All posts by Sheila

I have a passion for the outdoors and I am most happy enjoying what nature has to offer. Hobbies include photography, birding, Pickleball, astronomy, biking, and hiking. I have been happily married, for 46 years, to an amazing person.

~Flower of the Day…

July 1 2022

Purple clusters

reaching toward the sky

resemble rockets

In Loveland we have an area called River’s Edge Natural Area. We enjoy walking with Riley here several times a week.

A group called Colorado Native Plant Society planted a rock garden along one of the paths.  This morning this plant caught my eye. It is called Purple Prairie Clover.

There are walking paths that connect five ponds, which have been given fancy names such as: Dragonfly, Sandpiper, Bass and Jayhawker.

~Here is a link to this beautiful area – https://www.lovgov.org/services/parks-recreation/trail-info/river-s-edge-natural-area

Enjoy a Happy Independence Day!

Celebrate your freedom!

~Friday’s Feathered Friend and more…

~Black-throated Sparrow

These little sparrows are fun to watch and a challenge to photograph, because they are always on the move.
I took the photo below back in April while camping at South Llano River State Park located in Junction, TX . This Texas State Park is one of my very favorite places to camp and bird.

*A little bit of information about them taken from the web:

~A sharply marked little bird of the arid zones. Black-throated Sparrows are very common in parts of the Southwest, even in some relatively barren flats of creosote bush where few other birds occur; loose winter flocks feed on the ground in open areas, making little tinkling callnotes. In spring, males perch atop low bushes to sing their metallic notes and trills.

~Their status has declined in some areas with increasing development in desert areas; unlike some desert birds, does not adapt well to suburbs. In proper habitat, still widespread and common.

~ Their diet consists mostly of seeds and insects. In general, probably eats more seeds in winter, more insects in summer. Also feeds on fresh green shoots, other green vegetation, and ripe berries and fruits when available. Can survive without water at some times of year, drawing its liquid from insects and green plants that it eats. Young are fed mostly insects.

A few photos of the South Llano River. It is a beautiful place to camp, hike, and bird. People from all over the world make a point of visiting this Texas State Park. And, if you want to enjoy some of the best Texas Hill Country barbeque  go to Lum’s. https://www.lumsbbq.com

One of the many sites in South Llano River State Park that we have stayed in over the many years we have visited.
Here we are this past April camping at South Llano. We rode many of the trails in the park with our ebikes. Riley Ann enjoys camping as well.
*A little bit of information about this State Park taken from the web:

Hiking/biking

Whether on foot or two wheels, explorers will enjoy the 22.7 miles of trails. Trails range from easy to difficult, and cross river bottoms, steep ridges and wooded areas in between.

Rugged back country trails offer solitude even on the busiest weekend. Whether you’d like a moderate hike or a more challenging mountain bike ride, expect great views and a very different experience than in the park’s lowlands.

Nature watching

Keep your eyes open for birds both large and small!

The park is home to one of the largest turkey roosts in Central Texas. Turkeys roost from Oct. 1 through March 31. The day use area is only open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during these months, so that humans don’t disturb the roosting turkeys.

Bird watchers have recorded more than 250 species at the park over the years. Visit one of our four bird blinds and see what’s there! Download Birds of South Llano River State Park:  A Field Checklist (PDF).

Visit our Nature page to learn more.

~~Get out there and enjoy what nature has to offer.

 

~Two Years Old Today

Riley Ann -what a joy she is!

Two years old today.

“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” – Gilda Radner

“A dog is our link to paradise.” – Milan Kundera

“My fashion philosophy is, if you’re not covered in dog hair, your life is empty.” -Elayne Booster

“Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished. ” – Dean Koonz