Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sun and Sunflowers

Last night we drove out to check on the status of the Sunflowers, as we got close I could see the glorious yellow fields tucked in amongst the beautiful green of the cotton fields-the sight just made my heart sing.

While I have a few close favorites to the Sunflower-I have to say that no other flower is as glorious as the Sunflower. The evening light seems to be the perfect accessory as it streams through the beautiful yellow petals-in a warm yellow halo.

"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It's what sunflowers do."Helen Keller~

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Scoop On My Whirlwind Vacation

Entrance to Texas State Aquarium

The beautiful and amazingly warm Gulf of Mexico

Shrimp boats-what pier would be complete without them?

Laughing Gull taking a break from his mockery

Brown Pelican

Harbor Bridge puts on a colorful show-randomly changing colors and patterns.

I took a little whirlwind vacation-just a wee little break, but as it turns out even a small break can be so cathartic and for me this trip was about accomplishing a few firsts and ticking some items off my "bucket list."

I've been married for over 20 years and I can count on one hand the number of times I have driven anywhere out of town by myself, as a rule- my husband always drives when we go out of town whether it's 2 hours or 10 it's just a given that he will drive(I think he's afraid for me to drive.) This time a few special circumstances came into play that caused me to have to step up to the plate and drive 10 hours to the Texas coast. Ummm, I have never driven farther than the 6 hours to Dallas, and after my Dallas experience I have been a little less than enthusiastic about navigating about in busy metro areas, but this time it was about 1) a daughter who desperately wanted to see the ocean 2) a  husband already at the coast waiting for us 3) desperately needing to get out of town at least for a short break.....so off we went. I am happy to inform you that with the aid of my daughter,Google maps and a Garmin we made it thru San Antonio and on to Corpus Christi without a hitch. Bravo!! A huge accomplishment for me-it made me wonder why I had been afraid of venturing out on my own- gah, all the time wasted.

Let's see, there were also a few other "firsts" with some being "bucket list" items. Upon arriving in Corpus Christi we ventured out to find not just the Bay, but an actual ocean and ended up at the Gulf of Mexico,and not to travel all that way and never get my feet wet-  I immediately waded in clothes and all. You CAN NOT go to the Gulf of Mexico and not get in-so I did. I didn't really realize this was a "bucket list" item at the time, but in fact it most certainly was.The Gulf of Mexico is incredibly beautiful and amazingly warm-perfect!

On the first full day of our trip to Corpus Christi my daughter and I went the Texas State Aquarium where my daughter goaded my into touching a Stingray and a Shark, and well you can't let the 12 year old out do you. So, for the first time ever I touched a Stingray and a Shark. What do they feel like you ask? Because Stingrays are scavengers and feast on dead things they are covered in mucous-so you can just guess how that feels-right? Sharks are very different they are slightly bumpy like used sandpaper. Very interesting!

The evening of the first full day we allowed ourselves one very nice meal-of course at a restaurant where seafood was the fare as I was very excited to try my first " oyster on the half shell." Yes, I know it's hard to believe I have reached "midlife" and had never had a raw oyster-it's absolutely sinful. However, living in Lubbock,Tx. we aren't exactly privy to fresh seafood, and so I refused to try them until I was somewhere coastal.Oddly enough,trying a raw oyster was an item on my "bucket list" and so I was determined to make this happen. I am happy to report that I did try them and found they do in fact "taste like the ocean"-you always hear that, and it's true-they taste just like the Gulf of Mexico smells-briny and fresh.

Needless to say, we packed as many experiences into the few days we were there-we made another trek out to the Gulf of Mexico where once again I played in the ocean in my clothes (I don't own a bathing suit). I left soaking wet and satisfied even though I had to travel back to the hotel in soaking wet clothes-I wouldn't have missed it-for me this was a trip about accomplishing goals and experiencing firsts.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Hint No. 2

The Laughing Seagull is indigenous to this area of Texas.The laughing gull's English name is derived from it's raucous kee'agh call, which sounds like a mocking "ha... ha... ha..."  Click here for a short clip of the Laughing Seagulls' mocking laugh.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Hint No. 1

Some of you may be familiar with this bridge,but for those of you who aren't it's a very cool bridge. The colors and patterns are programmed into a computer to change at random putting on a very cool light show. We had a great time driving over it (a couple of times) taking it all in.Can you guess where our mini whirlwind vacation was?


One of my favorite places to visit when I head to the Texas Hill Country is Wildseed Farms, they have acres and acres of wildflowers and all kinds of fun garden accessories. I love the beautiful pottery all stacked together-the textures and colors are magnificent.

Friday, July 27, 2012

A Fresh Outlook

Colorful birdhouses all in a row

So, I went on a mad dash mini vacation to the coast, and then back up through the hill country of Texas. It's funny how even a short break from the mundane everyday responsibilities can give you a whole new outlook on life. Ahhhh, I feel much better.

Thursday, July 19, 2012


Sometimes, I almost delete a photo thinking it doesn't do much for me but then...something happens and it grows on me.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A Curious Love

I love these curious flowers that grow just one at the end of a stem,for some reason I'm just drawn to them.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Just Because

I was going to hold off until tomorrow's post, but I just couldn't. I sort of fell in love with this simple image. I don't have a clue what kind of flower this is-they come in a variety of colors, they are sort of odd little ducks with one flower per stem, but somehow I find them very intriguing.


Taking photos reminds me daily, that wherever I am the "fullness of God is." I just realized not too awfully long ago that is why I'm drawn to the camera- the lure is magical, soulful, spiritual-it fills me.

At first, photo expeditions seemed to be just about scouting a particular image, but slowly they have evolved into so much more. There is a finite attraction that is THE most palpable when I am out among nature-I am drawn to the realization that God is all around me...in the sunflowers, the cotton blossoms, the honeybees, the rain clouds, the light... I am reminded that "right where I am the fullness of God is."

Saturday, July 14, 2012

A Preview

Cotton blossoms..aren't they exquisite? THE most perfect pink.

Just a little preview of things to come... as soon as I get a few more edited.

Thursday, July 12, 2012


Okay, I guess it's pretty evident that I may also have a "thing" for leaves. I love the forms,textures and colors of all kinds of leaves and I just can't help myself. ;-))
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