Venus Looking Glass Wildflower

I never can wait for May to arrive in Texas. This is the most colorful time of the year, when the Texas Prairie is in full bloom. We live in the Blackland Prairie zone, and I always love to “discover” new wildflowers. Several years ago, I stumbled across this beautiful and delicate purple flower named “Venus Looking Glass”. While I can’t find it on our property, I always sneak over to catch a few photos in my neighbors’ yard. Right now, they have several spots growing along the grass strip in the back alley.

Today, I had some fun playing with the filters on my computer. I wanted to see, how the photos come out. Hmm, they look very interesting compared to all the colorful pictures. But the filtering is not something, I’d do on a regular basis. I like the natural colors so much better. 😉

Orion, The Hunter (2)

On Sunday evening, while I was waiting for the Moon to get behind the Earth’s shadow, I took another shot of the constellation Orion. Waiting for the big event of a Lunar Eclipse can be very boring . Meanwhile I always try to make the time feel shorter by capturing photos of the night sky. Orion was the perfect object in the January Winter sky.

2831

Constellation Orion

http://www.flickr.com/photos/132943299@N07/31914476687/in/album-72157678416071305/

Hiking At The Colony Shoreline Trail In January

Hiking at Lewisville Lake, the wind was relentless today. The lake is at is full-pool capacity. And I saw lots of  Ring-billed Gulls fishing in the distance. Since it was too windy for photos, I just walked for bit, which felt good. I need to get back in shape anyway. The Christmas package needs to be trained off. And the best way to do so for me is walking and hiking in nature. As I mentioned before, I didn’t get any good photos from the walk today. So, I post a couple of pictures from a Great Blue Heron, I’ve photographed at the Shoreline Trail back in 2013.

Orion, The Hunter (1)

2789

Orion, the Hunter, in the Winter sky

Orion shines bright in the January sky. It is so bright, that it is one of the few constellations, I can see in the Dallas suburb. What I’ve noticed, that this constellation is directly above our house on New Years night at 12 a.m. Since Orion is on the celestial equator, it’s belt can be seen on Earth from pole to pole at this time of the year. The belt, Betelgeuse and Rigel (the brightest star in Orion) can be seen very easily in the southern sky.