Due to a cold front coming in the temperatures began to drop, once it started to rain yesterday afternoon. A layer of ice covered parts of North Texas. This morning when the sun came out, the trees looked like ice chandeliers. Mother Nature put on one of her prettiest Winter dresses for us to enjoy. But now, the sun is strong enough and melts all this icy prettiness away. It was beautiful, while it lasted.
Icicles on Bradford Pear tree before sunrise
Icicles on the corner of the catio
Shines like a diamond
Icicles on our Peach tree
The north wall of the greenhouse is covered in ice.
Icy bird feeder
Icy Chinese Tallows
We are not getting much snow in the North Texas Winters. And most of the area looks gray/beige. But it has its beauty during the colder season as well. Most of my plants are wilted and are dormant in the garden at this time of the year. In Spring, I’ll cut them back for them to grow back thicker and lusher. And some are annuals, which won’t come back. But I can use their seeds from the previous year, to grow new plants this year.
Texas Star Hibiscus Seed Capsule
Wilted Vitex Leaves
Crape Myrtle Seed Pods
For the last five years, my Nikon D5100 was my companion, when I was out and about around the US. We went on two Disney vacations, a trip to Washington, D.C., another trip to New York, so many 5K & Fun Runs, family adventures and gazillions of nature photos. But it also began to wear it out. And the last several months, I notice a decline in performance.
A couple of years ago, when I purchased a lens I considered to get a new body as well. I knew, I will need a new camera one day. I decided on the Nikon D3200. Back then, I couldn’t part with my older camera and still went on adventures with it. But today, I finally made the decision to sit the D5100 next to the D40 (my starter camera) in the shelf. And the D3200 will be my new companion from now on. May the “new” camera last me at least as long as the older one. 🙂
A Honey Bee and an Assassin Bug share the same milkweed. (Photo: Nikon D3200)
Last nights storm brought some good water for the garden. After the sky cleared up, the bees were busy getting nectar and pollinating the milkweed, sages and rudbeckia.
A honey bee is busy getting nectar and pollinating the milkweed in my front yard.
Blooms from the end of August of last year. I let the pictures speak for themselves, again.
Scarlet Sage (Salvia coccinea)
My beautiful rose bush
Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica)
Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) and Scarlet Sage (Salvia coccinea)
Hibiscus blossom in the morning Sun
Texas Sage (Leucophyllum frutescens)