Monday, October 11, 2010


We have a lot of cottontails, which I always refer to as "bunnies."  These 2 were waiting for me to come to my studio yesterday. They're normally OK with my presence close by and I just happend to have my camera. Imagine that!

This one below didn't want to use any energy to run, it just flopped down and got comfortable!  They're way up there on the "cuteness" scale.

The family seems to be settling in.  Kittie is OK with it all, but I do get a little nervous when the tail playing starts.

I have a landscape painting to show you in my next post - stay tuned!

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Hill Country Fall Beauty -- New Helper

I was in the middle of the beautiful Texas Hill Country last week.  Fredericksburg is beautiful any time of year, but after our mild and wet summer, it's gorgeous now!  I have a few photos I want to share with you this morning.  More to come soon!

The field behind our lodge was full of these yellow beauties:

This elk was magnificent!  When he bellowed after his harem, I couldn't believe how loud it was:

The view is beautiful no matter which direction you look. 

They insisted on coming along: More to come!

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Sagebrush in bloom, Ice cream!

The sagebrush has been a little strange lately, 1/2 blooming, stopping, not really in a full run towards flowering.. But this one, just outside of my studio is giving me a great show every day.

It's full of blooms yet to open, so it should be much fuller soon.  This particular bush is light violet.  When the hillside we over look from the patio is covered with sage in bloom, it's awesome.  It's such a treat to see whole pastures brilliantly colored like this! 

The flowers range from a very light violet to a vivid deep violet.  Here and there you'll see a white bush, but really, it's not a pretty show like the violets.

You'll hear it called both "Cenizo" and "Ceniza."  More common names in this area are Sage, Sagebrush and Purple Sage.  The light silvery gray leaves always stand out when backed by the greens of the pastures.

Deer browse the sage if their normal food supply is sparse.  Butterflies are loving the blooms, you can find 3 or 4 different types right now, all happily enjoying!

They wanted ice cream.    Kittie likes vanilla. 

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Vulture inside of the patio!

Turkey Vultures

Turkey Vultures occasionally sit on the patio fence, but this one came inside of the patio.

His huge size is apparent perched on the bird house tree!

I tried to get a close up so you can see the color on his head.  These were shot from inside of the house, looking into a bright morning light - not the best, but the best I could get.  Hope you enjoy!

I'm posting these photos from my Posterous blog, which will automatically post to my regular blog at Blogger. Post from Posterous will look a little different from my regular post (and won't have a photo of my helpers, ....sigh...) but this will let me send short post quickly.  This is  test post, so please bear with me as I make sure all of this will come out right!


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Tuesday, August 10, 2010


The Turkey Vultures are on the patio fence again.....I'm being careful to keep an upright posture and continue moving.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

New Wildlife Photos

I wanted to share our animals and birds again. Here are deer, antelope, wild Tree Ducks and hummingbirds.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Painted Buntings are back!

I saw the 1st painted bunting of the season today!  The fountain is starting to attract birds again!


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