I helped my friend, Lori, unpack boxes from her recent move to a new home in South Austin yesterday. The first thing we unpacked were the wine glasses, because she greeted me with a can of wine, one of her latest finds, a lovely rosé made by The Infinite Monkey Theorem, an urban winery that’s located just down the street from her new place. Kinda fun and not bad! I can see this on the boat in my future. 🙂
I checked out a Purple Martin Party tonight – a spectator event coordinated by the Travis Audubon Society. Every Friday and Saturday night in July, from 8-9:30pm, people gather on the lawn outside the Texas Land & Cattle restaurant to watch tens of thousands of purple martins roost at sunset. These guys are done nesting and breeding and are on their way south to complete the annual migration cycle of life. They tell me that by the end of the month there may be hundreds of thousands of them.
How can one possibly photograph this event? Here is one shot I took, a small portion of the overall scene. Can you count them?
We spent last week driving to Florida and back to attend the best-reunion-evah. 🙂 I have so many pictures, my eyes are glazing over. I kind of like this one. The old gives life to the new. Bloom where you are planted, my friends.
We had a fun day! Julie collected 7 souls to go sailing with us on an amazing sunny & breezy day on Lake Travis. We sailed to Volente and then anchored in arky north, on the way back, for several hours. Back to the dock by sunset. We grabbed dinner at P. Terry’s on the way home. Overall: awesome!
A macro view of the nectar oozing out of some lilies that I brought home the other day. If I was a bee I’d be pretty excited about it. 🙂
Sooo, in the process of googling what that part of the lily is, I found waaaay too much information. But I’ll summarize by saying that I believe the central prong-like thing sticking out is the pistil, and the end of it is its lady-part, called the stigma, and the nectar it is oozing is there to catch bits of pollen from the worker bees as they fly in and out. There you go – botany lesson of the day.
We went to Kurt and Barbara’s Oscar watching party Sunday night – complete with red carpet, paparazzi, and bubbly.
At the beginning of the night, we each had a ballot to fill out with our guesses for winner of each category. Then we marked which ones we got right as the night went on. I got 7 out of 24 right. Not bad having only watched 2 of the nominated movies. But then my hopes were dashed as the best picture winner mixup unfolded. And my score fell to 6 out of 24. Sniffle.
But I took the blow with grace and poise. Life will go on. Somehow.
We’ve had ample early warning that Christmas is coming. I went into a Home Depot store at the end of September and they were already filling the entire store with Christmas decorations. Halloween and Thanksgiving have come and gone. So, it must be close.
We went out to lunch today, and this little paratrooper greeted me on the sidewalk outside the restaurant, having landed there recently. I had to take a second look, but it’s Frosty! A little shaken up, but I think he’ll be alright. Must be one of Santa’s early reconnaissance forces.