Friday Odds and Ends, Pictures, etc.

Well, TGIF!!  Where the heck does time go anyway??  It seems we just had a Friday a week ago.  They say that when you get my age and start down hill, you pick up speed.  And away we go…..


We finally got our new Bushnell Spotting Scope that we ordered.  It was supposed to be delivered yesterday.  FedEx said that it was delivered to our door, but it wasn’t.  So I got on the horn to FedEx, they done some checking and discovered that it was sent to the wrong address, and we got it this afternoon.  We’re looking forward to using it this weekend with our monthly bird adventure at the state park.


My showing of my photographs continues at Crockett National Bank.  Originally was to end on December 31, but extended by popular demand until January 31.  I am honored about that.  So far I have sold two pieces of my work.

Brown Thrasher

I received an invitation to enter two of my works in the annual Stribling Art Extravaganza in March.  It is a show and sale, so I will be picking out two of my best.  I haven’t decided which ones to use, but I am open to suggestions.

Spotted Towhee

I heard from my old friend Johnny Harper in Midland, Texas.  Sixteen months ago he was diaganoxed with Stage 4 Lymphoma.  After those sixteen grueling months of chemo, surgery, and I don’t know what all, he seemed like his old self.  Can’t wait to see him again.  He is hankering to go on a trip with us to our favorite stomping grounds, Big Bend National Park.

Loggerhead Shrike

Well, I think that’s about it for now.  Hope you enjoy the pictures.  I can’t seem to write a post without throwing in some of my images.  Click on any of them to see enlargements.

Happy Birding!

More from Maine

My f riend, Toby Shoemaker, from Maine has been at it again.  Some more Texas Tidbits.  Check out his latest here:  Here he put all of my (so far) parts to my Big Bend series.  All the links listed so you can read each part as you choose.  By the way, Part 6, will probably be coming your way in about two weeks.

Then read on for more of his, sometimes very hilarious, and sometimes seriously historical, whatever you want to call his style.  All of if very entertaining.  If you get lost, just click on his site at the top of my blogroll.

Back from the Big Bend, Part I

We finally got back home yesterday evening from the Big Bend area of the great state of Texas.  We traveled a total of about 1,100 miles and took around 500 images, most of what will end up in the proverbial round file.  But what great fun, so many margaritas, so little time. 🙂

This morning we had to lead our monthly adult birding tour at the San Angelo State Park.  Fewer birds than usual, but we met great new people.  Two of them were Tom and Judy Gargis from Fort Worth, Texas.  We first met them along the trails at Big Bend National Park before they were leaving for home.  Co-incidentally they were making a lay-over here at San Angelo State Park before heading for the metroplex.  Small world.

I have obviously a task ahead of me to edit a lot of images.  But first I wanted to post a few that I edited last night before turning in for some rest.  I spotted this North American Bobcat, also known as a red lynx or wild cat,  near the empty Rio Grand Village RV camping area.  He wandered out of the brush and decided to take a breather beneath a tree.  Fortunately, for me, he decided to rest several minutes, allowing me to get several exposures.  I had attached my Canon 100-400mm zoom lens to my Canon EOS 7D, and took the pictures hand-held from my van window.  Click any image to see an enlargement.



We spotted this Sharp-shinned Hawk in a tree about 30 yards off the highway in Big Bend National Park.  I parked up the highway and walked back silently to get this image with the same camera set-up as above for the bobcat.

Sharp-shinned Hawk

And last, but certainly not least, I have to include this photo of a Horned Lizard, more familiarly known as a Horned Toad, or Horny Toad.  I took this image this morning at San Angelo State Park.  This is the first one that I have seen in about 10 years.  They have been becoming scarce due to the increasing amounts of fire-ants in the state.  So I was pleasantly to see that there are still a few survivors.  This one was on the roadway, so after photographing it, I made sure that it scurried off the highway into nearby deeper grass.

Horned Toad