In Their Element: Birds Of The Texas Upper Gulf Coast

“Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy — your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself.” ~ Annie Leibovitz

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Lost in the Details

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”  ~ Mother Teresa

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I love to connect with my world.  With a park-like setting  literally one step away from my living quarters, it is easy to take daily walks in nature — with nature.  This weekend, though, we enjoyed watching birds from the comfort of the breakfast room, while the temps hovered in the 40’s and the wind whipped the trees.  Scott is now a fantastic birder.  He quickly and accurately identified two more beauties for our life list, now frequent visitors to the back patio:  Yellow-throated and Orange-crowned Warblers.   In the course of one morning, he counted more than 20 species from the inside.

Sometimes we find things that don’t necessarily bring us joy, like the Eastern Bluebird by the creek.  Small, perfect and beautiful, if dead, it was difficult to determine his demise.  We rejoiced in his life anyway; it was no doubt as fantastic and his plumage was blue.

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Feeding Soil and Souls

Fall is a time for maintenance. Just as the trees of our property are winding down, closing their factory doors one dropped-leaf at a time, so are we getting things in order to go dormant for the winter. Juggled into the daily sorting through boxes of stuff that held us together in apartment living over the summer was the slightly more unpleasant task of purging unused items from our home closets and attic spaces.This took some time — and patience — and aside from the stemware staged on the dining table which awaits glass shelving in the new kitchen, all is either put away or staged to go away. The best news is the pile of stuff that’s getting passed on is very, very big.

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