A Brewing August Summer Storm

Tomorrow we suppose to get a break from those three digits, hot and dry days. Hopefully, the storm won’t miss us. Because, the soil needs water. But we definitely will appreciate the “cold front” in the mid 90s (34ºC). During today’s afternoon and evening, we could watch the clouds coming into DFW. It is always fascinating to see the clouds. They look like mountains, we don’t have in the prairie.

Relaxing July Evening

Today was just one of those days, I didn’t feel like doing much. Some days are there for being lazy and do a whole bunch of nothing. But I still went outside to do my daily photography. Kevin found a young toad, when he worked on mulching the west side of the house. A Pearl Crescent butterfly enjoyed some nectar from the blooming Lantana flowers. The Texas sunset was beautiful as always. And I could capture the Moon in some clouds; a very beautiful and dramatic setting, we’ve had this evening.

Peace After The Storm

Earlier in the evening, we had a thunderstorm coming through North Texas. After lots of lightning and rumbling, the Sun came back out. It was so peaceful. With plenty of day light left, this gave me the opportunity to capture several photos, before the sun was below the horizon.

Flower Friday (4)

Common Sunflowers on the Texas Blackland Prairie

Due to our vacation in the Pacific Northwest, the Paul McCartney concert, and Sara’s dance recital, I took a little break from “Flower Friday”. But now, we are back to normal. And I’ll post photos of beautiful garden flowers and wildflowers each Friday again. Enjoy! 😉

Texas Garden Sunset (3)

After Kevin mowed the lawn, I checked on the plants in the greenhouse and enjoyed the  view of the setting Sun, this evening. We have nine tomatoes growing so far. The plants are doing well in the raised beds. Last week, we’ve had lots of rain, which was good for the garden, and our water bill. 😉

This Summer, we will end up with a lot of sunflowers. The birds kept dropping the seeds in the soil, while they were picking for different seeds on the plant and from the bird feeders. They planted some corn as well. In Autumn and Winter, the birds will be rewarded with fresh seeds. It’s nice to have little feathered and furry friends as garden helpers.

Hiking In The Arbor Hills Nature Preserve In April 2019

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Sunset in the forested area of Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano, Texas

As I mentioned in the previous blog, Kevin, Katelynn, Sara and I went to the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano yesterday evening. While Kevin was running the trails, the girls and I took pictures of the gorgeous Texas Bluebonnet, and we hiked to the frog pond towards the center of the park. Unfortunately, it is too early for Bull Frog sightings. And the edges of the pond were covered in algae. So we couldn’t see any tadpoles either. But that was okay. We still had a fun walk, which ended with hanging out at the playground for a little bit, while we were waiting for Kevin to be done working out at the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve.

Beautiful Spring Sunset In March

I love this time of the year. It gets warmer; the trees grow back their leaves; the garden starts to grow all kind of vegetables, herbs, and fruit plants; the wildlife gets ready for preparing the nurseries for their young ; and the girls can stay longer outside, because the sun sets much later.