Planning A Trip To Utah’s National Parks

Today, I spent most of the day doing some online research for our Summer vacation. This one is a little bit of both: planned and spontaneous. Kevin and I decided to take the kids to a few Utah National Parks, last weekend. When Kevin came home, we debated and planned a little more. And while Kevin booked a cabin, I went outside to capture some photos of this evening’s sunset. My brain began to hurt a little. And the best way to relax is to watch the Sun setting. Now, we are all excited and look forward to hike some trails at the canyons of Utah. 🌄

Our Garden In Early May 2018

May has arrived, and finally we get warmer days and nights. The day temperatures are in the mid to upper 80s (28º-31ºC), while at night they are in the upper 50s to low 70s (15º-21ºC). This is perfect weather for our crop to grow in the raised beds. Kevin, the girls and I are excited that the peppers are getting bigger. The peach tree is heavy with fruits. And soon, we can harvest some Romaine Lettuce. I love dinners with fresh harvested salad from the backyard. Here are some photos I’ve captured from the raised bed garden, today.

Our Photinia Shrub

When we first moved into our house, we had Photinias all along the wall facing West. We had to get rid of almost all, but one of them. Because their roots broke the foundation of our house. Over the years, the shrub grew bigger and wider; it began to bloom were the protective nursery for some birds and Eastern Cottontails.

Now, it is Spring. And the Photinia bush is full in bloom. And I see some interested wildlife flying and hopping around it. It might be hosts for baby birds and baby bunnies, again.

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My Photinia was the host nursery for Northern Cardinal baby chicks in Spring 2013.

Bill Allen Memorial Park In April

Sara wanted to go to the turtle pond at Bill Allen Memorial Park, this afternoon. The weather was very nice. And Katelynn wouldn’t come home from school for another two hours.

When we walked on the paved trail, we saw some wild flowers, and a few critters roamed in the park. A red-eared slider turtle was hiding in the reeds by the pond. Since it is mating season, some dragonflies chased each other for that particular reason across the pond. Walking back to the car, Sara and I saw a Mallard couple resting at the creek. And two squirrels jumped from one tree to the ground and back into another tree. Yes, there was a lot of wildlife out and about this afternoon. It was fun to watch them.

🌸Peach Blossoms🌸

Finally, the first flowers of my peach tree opened today. Shooting sharp photos of them was a little bit of a challenge. We have some pretty strong wind guest, which bring warmer temperatures into North Texas. I had to put my shutter speed and ISO higher, and lower the aperture to get decent images. After this weekend, the whole tree will be in bloom. Hmmm! By July we might have a tree full of ripe peaches. 🍑🌸 

A Beautiful Spring-like Day In Early March

Today was such a beautiful day. So I spent some time with my camera in the backyard. The photos of the Brown-headed Cowbirds and the little Dark-eyed Junco, I posted in the previous blog. But here are some photos of peach tree buds, wild blooms, Bradford Pear blossoms, and a contrail of an airplane/jet I watched along the sky.

The Mexican Plum Tree

Earlier this week I captured photos of the neighbor’s tree, when it was raining. The fresh opened blossoms looked so pretty with these water droplets.

Today, the weather was gorgeous. So, I walked over there again. Because I saw a butterfly fluttering from one blossom to the other. When I came close enough, I noticed it was a beautiful Question Mark butterfly. The fragrance of the blossoms smelled so good. And the bees and flies agreed with me. They were all over the blooming tree, trying get all this great nectar. Keep pollinating it, sweet insects. I can’t wait to dry some fruits this Summer.