I just realized that this Texas Tweeties blog is six years old today. My, oh, my, how time flies. This is my 860th post. I must ask myself, how in heck did I come up with something to write about 860 times? It all started when my dear friend, Deb Tappan, up there in Knoxville, Tennessee told me that I should write a blog. And, of course, my wife, Ann, chimed in and said, “Do it, do it!” Well, I couldn’t very well turn down my two best friends, could I?
Me and my two best friends, my wife, Ann and Deb. (photo by Paul Tappan.)
I wanted a catchy name that would connect with the birds and birders. Deb came up with name Texas Tweeties. At first, I thought people would confuse that with Twitter. But that hasn’t been the case. For the record, I don’t Twitter. I might tweek, squeak, whistle, burp and make other funny noises, but I don’t Twitter.
So I jumped in and got my writing juices flowing. I don’t remember what my first post was about, but I thought afterwards, heck, this ain’t so hard. This is from a guy that for many, many years, I was such an introvert that my worst fear was that someone would ask me to say grace before a dinner occasion. :-)
Anyway, 6 years, 860 posts. As of this date, I have been read by 181,394 people in 161 countries, and I only write in one language. There must be a heck of a lot of bi-linguals out there.
But I am having a bunch of fun doing this. Of course, the blog is about photography, too, but my wildlife and birding pursuits go hand in hand with it. I also, have been know to go off on a tangent and rant about some other thing, but as most of you know I stick to birding most of the time.
That being said, I must say that my friend Deb was the cause of me getting into bird photography. Ann and I were visiting her home. Outside her living room window was a large cedar tree of some type and all of these colorful birds were hanging around it and under it. Deb encouraged me to open the window and take some shots with my camera. Wow! I was stunned with all of those colorful species.
Up to then, my bird vocabulary was ducks, pigeons, or sparrows. My major photography interest was flowers and landscapes. Well, my world changed after that visit. I started photographing birds as often as possible. Then, I needed to be able to know what I was photographing, and voila!!, another friend got Ann and I into the birding hobby. You know, learning to identify them. Holy Mackeral!! I found that there are in the vicinity of 914 species of birds in North America, nearly 649 of them found in Texas alone, and 383 recorded sightings here in Tom Green County where I live. So far, I have learned to identify ony 283 species. I don’t have and accurate figure on how many of them I have photographed but probably near that last number.
Anyway, I am getting away from the purpose of this post and that is to celebrate another Texas Tweeties birthday. I appreciate all of my readers, from near and abroad, for staying with me and continuing to hopefully, enjoy my meanderings, my strange jokes and my photographs.
Let’s try for another year. Happy Birding to all!!