2019

“Super Heroes” Curriculum

Sara’s school had their 7th Curriculum Night. This year’s theme: “Superheroes”. As we all know, Superheroes use and fight lots of science to protect humankind and the world. Superman explains, how a tornado forms; Spiderman invites us to learn more about his buggy friends (No, I’m still not a fan of spiders!); the Incredibles teach us about electric circuits. … Just to name a few examples. But before I forget to mention it: There are also our daily human Superheroes, which keep us safe and sound in our community, every day: TCPD & TCFD came for a visit to say “Hello” as well.

It turned out to be another great Curriculum Night. Sara had a lot of fun, learning something new. Even Katelynn had fun with some of the projects. She was amazed, when she touched the water bubble, which sat on top of the sand (Remind me, not to use this kid of sand for the kitty litterbox!).

2018

Painted Lady Butterfly In November

In Texas, we always have blooms all year around. On the warmer days of late Autumn, the butterflies appreciate the flowers and visit the gardens for nectar. This Painted Lady I’ve photographed a couple of years ago. It was a nice afternoon in November.

2018, In The Garden

Theona Checkerspot Butterfly (Chlosyne theona)

Theona Checkerspot (Chlosyne theona) on Asclepias Tuberosa Milkweed

2018

Flutter Wings At The Shoreline Trail

Last week, The Colony Shoreline Trail got closed due to the flood waters of Lewisville Lake. So, it will take a while until I can hike the shores of the lake again. But a couple of years ago, I hiked the trail on a beautiful late October day. In Autumn, a lot of butterflies migrate south to Mexico and Central America. Many come from the northern states of the US and from Canada. In Texas our Prairie still provides plenty of flowers, and therefore the migrating insects and birds can get their fill before they will go on their long trip across the Gulf of Mexico. Here are photos of some beautiful flutter wings:

2018, In The Garden

Beautiful Sunday Afternoon In October

After all these rainy days, it was wonderful to have a sunny weekend. This Sunday afternoon, I just sat outside and enjoyed the sun. It’s also the season, the Monarchs migrates south, while other wildlife stays here and takes in the last days of the warmer weather. I watched the little bees and a Canna Leafroller collecting nectar from my flowers in the frontyard. Everyone prepares for the cooler season ahead. But when it is warm, we all come out and get as much of the warm rays of the sun as we can.

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Larger Canna Leafroller gets some nectar from our roses in the frontyard on this nice, sunny Sunday afternoon.
2018, In The Garden

After The Rain (1)

Every time it rains in Texas, it feels so good. Later in the week we suppose to get cooler temperatures. Therefore it will be much easier being outside and begin to garden, again. And I won’t have to deal with these pesky mosquitoes anymore. They suck the life out of me. The cooler weather will be great to clean up the gardens and start with the Winter vegetables. In the meantime, I enjoy to capture photos of what is left in my raised beds.

2018

Hiking At The Colony Nature Trail (2013)

When I hike with my camera, the trails are always full of surprises. One time, I walked on The Colony Nature Trail and found two bobcat kittens sitting in the Autumn foliage. On this hike, I walked into a Great Horned Owl. First it sat on a low branch in a tree right in front of me. The owl blended so well in the forested area, I’ve didn’t even notice it. But I’ve must have come too close for comfort. And it flew in a higher tree branch further away. It was still a stunning sight to see this beautiful Great Horned Owl in nature.

2018

Isle Du Bois/Ray Roberts Lake State Park, Texas (2013)

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The Ray Roberts Lake Dam

The weather was so nice, that Sara and I had quite a few adventures in the first week of September 2013. That Friday after Labor Day, we drove to Ray Roberts Lake State Park. The state park is divided in two parts by the lake: Isle Du Bois & the Johnson Branch. Sara and I decided, we’ll drive up to Pilot Point to get to Isle Du Bois. There is a nice lake beach, where Sara could play in the sand for a little bit. But when we arrived, the maintenance vehicle was out there to keep the beach clean and fresh for the following visitors. Sara and I went for a hike instead. We saw a lot of insects. And we even ran into a road runner. This was the second road runner, I’ve seen in the wild. How cool is that?! Wile E. Coyote was nowhere to be seen. 😉

2018

Hiking In The Arbor Hills Nature Preserve In August

In August, the Prairie seems dry and burned from the hot Summer sun. But looking closer, we still can still see the beauty within it. Drought resistant plants like this weather. And the butterflies and other insects like the flowers provided for them this time of the year.