Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Waterdrops








 Water drops are beautiful!
I enjoy seeing water drops hang on flowers and plants
 after a rain shower or when they have been 
sprayed by a waterhose... :)

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Magnificent Pelicans

     Pelicans are one of my favorite birds. Brown Pelicans are in Texas year around. It is fascinating to watch them fly high over the water looking for fish near the surface. As soon as they spot the fish, they dive bill first into the water. Then the pelican drains the water from its pouch and will toss its head back so it can swallow the fish he caught. Sometimes, you will see a seagull follow close behind and land on the pelicans head hoping to get the fish from it. So far I haven't seen the seagulls have any luck but they keep on trying. :)


You also will see them at boat ramps and fishing piers 
waiting for the local fisherman to throw their unwanted fish back into the water.




      The White Pelicans are only here during the winter months. Although I like both the brown pelicans and the white pelicans equally .... I get excited when I start seeing the white pelicans arrive as I know they will be gone in a few short months until next winter.


   



White pelicans don't dive for their food 
like brown pelicans do. 
They dip their bills below the water to scare the fish 
or pound their wings against the water 
to chase the fish towards them
and then scoop them 
 into their bills. 

Happy Fishing!



Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Thistles and a Bee





A bee flying from flower to flower with pollen clinging to its legs.



A field full of thistle in various stages of growth. I find it fascinating how beautiful flowers are, starting from the very first bloom to the end of their life cycle.


Just for something a little different, I edited this lone thistle to black and white. It shows the very intricately weaved basket of the thistle, don't you think? :)