2019

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. 😉

2019

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.

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Constellation Orion

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2019

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.

2019

Orion, The Hunter (1)

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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.

2018

Christmas Straw Ornaments

This year, I wanted an elegant tree in the front room. Since the girls wanted a real tree, I’ve got some Scandinavian straw ornaments in October. The tree looks very pretty with the red, silver and green balls and the white light. It’s lovely and peaceful with the crackling fire in the background. I can’t wait for the arrival of Yuletide/Christmas.

‘Tis the season to be jolly

2018

Texas Fox Squirrels In Eisenhower Park

I love to visit the Fox Squirrels in Eisenhower Park. Some try to bury their pecan nuts, some chase each other, some are getting mad when I’m in their territory. They are so much fun to watch and photograph. Cute little critters!

2018

Finding A Good Hay Bale Field At The End of Summer

At this time of the year, I usually see a lot of hay bales out in the fields. But finding the right field for some photos can be challenging sometimes. Either the light is not perfect, or the farmer put the bales too close together, which doesn’t look attractive for a little photo shoot. But I found this field across the highway. And when the sun almost set, the light was just at the perfect angle. I was lucky back then. Because now, there is a house community built on that very same field. I don’t like it. But it is part of the progress in the Metroplex.

2018

Leopard Grasshopper

Several years ago on a hot August afternoon, I found this Leopard Grasshopper sitting on my quartz stone at my front porch. I guess, it was looking for shade from the sun. For quite some time I sat next to it, while it watched me carefully. After capturing some photos, I left it alone. And when the sun began to set, it left the porch and hopped on its way.

2018

Testing The Samsung Galaxy S9 Phone Camera

When Kevin, the girls and I were on vacation, we were really frustrated with the cell phone signal. After less then two years, we switched back to our old phone provider today. With the new contract, Kevin and I got us the Samsung Galaxy S9 phones. Katelynn got an LG. And Sara is just happy, she can play the games on the old phones for right now.

This evening after we set up the new phones, I played with the camera in the garden a little bit. I’m impressed, how clear these photos came out. Of course, I still will use my Nikon cameras. But I don’t need to drag my bigger camera to every single event anymore. Because the phone camera shoots crispy clear photos as well. Now, I just need to get used to the rest of the phone knick-knacks again. First thing I did: I changed the ringtone to my old one on the new phone, which is Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir”. 😉