Apr 2, 2010

2 rocks nearest the sun

This week Venus and Mercury have been close together, setting right after sunset.   It’s pretty rare to see Mercury, and together they are a pretty sight.   Venus is the bright one.  Mercury is below it to the right.   This shot was taken 30 min after sunset about 2 miles from our house.  I was glad to get a shot with all the light from the city.

A Good Friday, indeed.

Apr 1, 2010

Fallen nest

We worked in the yard this evening.   In the way back,  under the cedar trees, I saw this fallen nest with a broken egg in it.   We’ve had some strong winds for the last day or so which may have knocked it down — or it could have been an animal.  I believe it’s a bluejay nest and egg.    They have many nests high up in the trees in our yard and they guard them fiercely.   Bluejays usually have 4 or 5 eggs at a time, so this one was either an only child or the other eggs have been snatched away.

Sorry to see this guy won’t make it.

Mar 30, 2010

Day's end

This is a wind spinner that was given to me by my friend, Doray.  At this time of the evening, the glass prism in the middle catches the sun as it sets through the trees in the backyard.   Behind the spinner you can see our herb garden, getting ready to pump out tons of basil, rosemary and other good things.

Mar 29, 2010

All grown up

This is a shot from today of the same bluebonnet that I photographed and posted here 2 weeks ago.   The bluebonnet field out back has really filled in and sprung to life.

Today marks the 3rd week since starting this photo-a-day endeavor.  Some say that it takes about 3 weeks to make something a habit.  I hope I can keep this one up.

Mar 28, 2010

Full worm moon

We wrapped up a Lake Travis Trifecta this weekend – Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  It was too windy for us to go out today,  so we hung around the boat and played – a little fishing, a little kite flying, a little fending-off-boats-trying-to-dock-in-gusty-winds, and lots of fun with the other B-dockers that were out and about — Joe, Marty, Sue, Kurt, Robert, Tasha, Lori, Dave, Ann, David, Michelle and Tony.

At sunset we bundled aboard Cupholder to cruise up Hurst Creek.  I think we have a new record – 9 people (and 1 dog) on-board.

This shot is of the (nearly) Full Worm Moon rising over the creek.

Mar 27, 2010

Zyle road fireworks

It was a beautiful day today.   We made it to the lake for a sail before the winds got way too strong.   We anchored up with friends, Rob and Jen, and their friends from California, Karen and Tom, in Arkansas Bend.

B-dock was lively when we got back, we saw Marty, Sue, Kurt, Wally, Nick, Ken, Mike and Kathy.   Hibernation is over!

After the lake we caught up with Rob and Jen at their house for dinner for the birthday girl — had a nice time with friends, pizza and fireworks.    This is a shot of one of Rob’s specials.

Mar 26, 2010

B-dock sunset

What a day.   Very early day, lots of meetings.   After work we headed to the lake.   We saw Doc and Joe, briefly, when we arrived.    We motored all the way up Hurst Cove.   The lake is FULLLLL!      We saw some big garr fish – 3 or more feet long;  some turtles; a blue heron; and a little sparrow that had made a nest under one of the limestone ledges.   We turned off the motor and let the winds blow us out all the way out of the cove out to the recently discovered mooring ball fishing grounds just beyond the marina.   We tied up to the ball until sunset and Monte brought in a crappie.   Very nice!

Afterward we stopped by Caribbean Run to say hello to Michelle, Tony, Robert and Tasha.   I guess we missed Kurt while we were out and about.   I’m itching for the next raft-up 😉

This shot was taken as we were motoring from A-dock to B-dock.   Very pretty.    Happy Friday!

Mar 25, 2010

Varmit!

Oh, the annoying squirrels!    He won’t get too much to eat out of this feeder, though.   It has a spring loaded outside that slides closed under the weight of a non-feathered varmit.      It doesn’t stop them from trying, though.

I guess I’d sure rather have them out here messing with the feeder than in the attic.   About this time last year, we had 3 squirrels eat their way into the attic under one of the soffitts.   It took some work to get them out, but we finally did, and then we sealed everything up.

Which reminds me, it was a little over a year ago that we started work on the shop.

Mar 24, 2010

Rainy day

It’s been drizzling on and off all day.   Which is good for the garden, and good for the lake.   The lake just passed its full level of 681′ above MSL (681.27 as of right now, actually).  It’s hard to believe it was at 629′  last Fall.

I’m looking forward to going to the lake this weekend.   But for the time being,  I am happy to sit inside the warm, dry house and watch the rain.

This is a picture looking up through a skylight in the gameroom.

Mar 22, 2010

Iris

I’m taking an awful lot of photos of spring flowers and trees.   They’re so beautiful, and they bloom and fade so quickly.    One day it’s snowing here, and the next things start popping like crazy.    At this time of year, I like to walk around the flower beds every day to see what has changed.   So, I guess it’s fitting that these are many of the  moments I’ve chosen to post.   Pretty soon it will be 100 degrees and I’ll be posting mostly lake moments.  For now, it’s signs of Spring.

These purple irises were given to me by my neighbor, Judy.   She has many irises growing in her beds and when she was thinning out the plants last Fall, she brought me a bag of about 10 bulbs.   I planted them several months ago and was very excited to see that they not only grew, but that they have started blooming!   They’re beautiful, but I’m surprised at how short the blooms last — only a few days.   So, I’ll enjoy them while I can.

After work today, I planted the rest of my herb garden, some purple cone flowers, and some morning glory.   Many of those are from seed, so we’ll have to wait a few weeks to see what takes.

Mar 20, 2010

Neighborhood gargoyle

Woo hoo!  Today is the first day of Spring!   The equinox occurred at 12:32PM today.   You wouldn’t know it, though, because a cold front blew in early this morning with thunderstorms, dropping temperatures to the 40’s and 50’s today, and into the 30’s tonight!   Crazy Central Texas weather.   You’d think we’d be used to it by now, but I am REALLY ready for Spring.

This afternoon we bundled up and took a brisk walk through the neighborhood.  This house is a couple of blocks from ours.   They dress this gargoyle up for holidays — Santa at Christmas, a ghost at Halloween, beads during Mardi Gras, …

I love our neighborhood.  It is very rustic, but right in the middle of things.

I’m happy that we are here and the work on the house is finally done.

And I want a gargoyle in front of my house, too.