Saturday, April 29, 2017

Kisses From God 4-18-2017

Both horses were missing shoes and it was too pretty to not be outside so I decided to go for a hike at the State Park. I like to do that every once in a while as I can't carry my SLR camera with me on the horse and I usually get some great photo opportunities when I'm not on horseback. I feel most connected to God when I get out in His creation!

I ask at the gate where most of the wildflowers are and I am directed to Amphitheater area.
Look at these beautiful Wine Cups!

There are some wildflowers but not quite the assortment I had hoped to find.

A Firewheel with a bug.

Whenever I find a heart shape on my outings I feel as though God is just reminding me how much He loves me. It always makes me smile and yes....feel loved 😊

Now this was intriguing! I didn't know what this was. When I posted on Facebook I got some input!

This is created by a Spittle Bug. According to one of my Facebook friends "they blow these bubbles from there butt creating a bubble cocoon protecting them from predators supposedly they are tasty but the bubbles are sour and birds won't eat them."

I learned something 😉

I decide to drive to the other side of the park over by the equestrian trails.

This takes me across the spillway. As I drive I see these vultures. I found it interesting and humorous. I haven't seen them congregate like this at the spillway before.

I look out my other window toward the lake and see this Canadian goose.

Looking back to the spillway there are more vultures.

I wish I could have gotten closer but I liked the reflection in the water.

Look at these "Yellow Roses of Texas" (cactus blooms)

See the bee crawling out of the flower covered in pollen?

I find another heart 😊. This one reminds me that even when my heart is crummy, God still loves me!

More beautiful blooms!

Some of the trail is pretty treacherous. Very glad I had my lace up riding boots on!

Once I got to the top the view was great!

I didn't quite capture what I was seeing but I liked how the sun was shining on these tall green plants that will bloom in a few weeks.

I rested for a spell and when I did this little guy decided to land on my camera bag.

I loved how the sun light shown through the foliage.

Then I came upon a magical place. There is a tree next to the trail that had butterflies fluttering around this tree in abundance along with some wasps.

I was mesmerized by all the fluttering beauty! The tree was plain and didn't even have any leaves yet. I'm thinking to myself there has to be something sweet that is attracting them. I just couldn't quit watching them and enjoy feeling them land on me occasionally.

The first butterfly to land on me landed on my hand.

Here is a short video clip.

The butterflies landed on me several times. I loved it 😍

If you interested, go here to see a video of just the butterflies fluttering around the tree.

Found where another Spittle Bug had been.

More pretty flowers.

You don't see them often but occasionally there will be a white or albino Indian Paint Brush.

A bird to finish off my walk. Not sure what this is. I haven't looked it up yet. It will be a nice addition to the picture calendars I do for my bird friends.

I had a great hike with Papa and certainly enjoyed His tokens of love and His kisses 😍

Have a good one!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Tufted Titmouse

I found a third nest. This one is also in a pipe. The only reason I knew there might be a nest is I saw a parent with food go down inside the pipe.

See the tail sticking out the top!

These pictures were taken on 4-8.

That pole sticking up in the air to the right of the water tank is it.

I started carrying my camera with me every time I fed and I am so glad I did as I got a special treat on the morning of April 17th.

Getting ready to go down in the pipe.

There she goes!

Now at first glance you might think this is the same bird with a different insect but watch....

It's Mom and Dad 😲!

I thought that was pretty darn cool!

Now I was really intrigued! I had to see if I could get a picture of the nest but how to get up there. Then I got the idea to drive my truck into the pasture and stand on the tool box! The day I did that was on April 18th! It was foggy that day as you can see.

Even standing on top of my tool box I wasn't quite high enough look into the pipe.

So I put my phone over the top and snapped a couple of pictures and was surprised at the result!

See how far down they are!

I enlarged the photo so you could see the babies better.

It looks like they are close to leaving the nest if they can!

On Saturday April 22nd when I went to feed that morning I found this little guy in Fancy's stall!

This answered my question about whether they could get out of the pipe! I gently shooed him out of the stall so he wouldn't get stepped on.

I got the horses eating and went to see if I could find him. I did. Hiding in the tall grass. This is the only one of the babies I saw. Hope he made it ok. So cute 😊

Well, all the babies have left their nests so no more baby bird watching until next spring!

Have a good one!