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~A Redhead with some Red Seeds~

A Magnolia Tree


Standing tall for all to see,

showcasing a multitude of gifts,

 with long, green, waxy leaves.


Delicate flowers in sundry colors,

white being the iconic symbol,

of a southern favorite.


Beauty and strength in its stance,

providing shade for those seeking relief,

with sturdy branches for nesting birds.


Autumn brings its offering of  food,

lovely cone shaped pods,

red seeds shining in the sun.


Standing tall for us to see,

we must remember,

a Magnolia Tree is a gift for all.


Pileated Woodpecker (photo taken in Mississippi)
Pileated Woodpecker (photo taken in Mississippi)

A lovely, old Magnolia tree stands next to our coach when we are parked at our favorite “RV resort”. I am not sure how long this Magnolia tree has stood here, but in a way it symbolizes the roots of a family, my family, living on this land and in this area for many years.¬†

My brother and sister-in-law enjoy this land and call it home; their very soul is rooted in every tree and shrub planted here. My love of this country, open spaces, wildlife and all things in nature, I believe, can be traced back to those who settled here.


Our visits are a gift; we will treasure each and every memory.

Look at those claws!
Look at those claws!

During our last visit, sitting outside near this old magnolia tree, we heard a loud racket. My brother, having heard this sound many times, knew exactly what it was.

This beautiful, female, Pileated Woodpecker flew in the Magnolia tree and immediately began to hunt for a snack. We were amused by its endeavor and I was delighted to have captured a few photos.

Look at those tail feathers
Look at those tail feathers
Grabbed it!
Grabbed it – A red seed filled cone.

~With our nose pointing west….


With our nose pointing west….

We sadly leave family and friends in Mississippi and Louisiana….until next time our hearts remain with each of you.

Two weeks ago we visited our family in Purvis, Mississippi. We had a wonderful time and it was truly sad leaving them. They spoil us rotten while we are there.

We stay at my brother and sister-in-law’s farm. While there we also get to see my younger sister and many nieces, nephews, greats and great-greats! Love you guys and thanks for making us feel loved and welcome!

A few Mississippi photos:

Annie She loves to chase cows and run off critters at night
Japanese Magnolia (my brother love to plant trees and blooming scrubs)
Japanese Magnolia
(my brother loves to plant trees and blooming scrubs)
Another variety of Japanese Magnolia
Another variety of Japanese Magnolia
Sing Baby Sing I saw twenty-three species on the farm while there
Sing Baby Sing
I saw twenty-three species, of bird this visit


Big Red, Hot rod, Lace and Fat Mama/Lena before she foaled
Big Red, Hot Rod, Lace and Fat Mama/Lena before she foaled. All across the Front Pond
Front Pond, Howard and Leland going to see if the Wood Ducks were in the bog.
Front Pond, Howard and Leland going to see if the Wood Ducks were in the bog. We saw 14!


 A pair of Blue-winged Teals visiting the back  pong

A pair of Blue-winged Teals visiting the Back Pond
Red Missippippi Mud -back pond
Red Missippippi Mud
-back pond
Tracks, probably Turkey
Tracks, probably Turkey
Another view of the back pond
Another view of the back pond

Goodbye Mississippi, we’ll be back!¬†

After our visit in Mississippi we drove to Madisonville, Louisiana and again stayed at Fairview Riverside State Park. We stay there, because it is close to friends, who also spoil us rotten! We had a great time and hope to see yawl soon. Love you guys!


I have been posting a few photos from Fairview Riverside State Park and I have a few more to share, including my new bird sightings!

A beautiful Cypress Tree
A beautiful Cypress Tree

One evening we had dinner with Howard’s brother and our sister-in-law, who drove from Hobe Sound, Florida to visit with SIL’s family in Metairie. Remember we spent time visiting with them and family in Hobe Sound. We will see all of you very soon, with all our love!

We all met at a restaurant in Covington, Louisiana. Howard and Bob’s childhood friend and his family jointed us for dinner and we had a very enjoyable time visiting.

One morning we drove the 22 mile causeway over Lake Pontchartrain traveling, as they say, from the north shore to the south shore to the city of Metairie, which is near New Orleans. We went to visit with our 82 year old cousin. Joy is her name and she is a joy to be around.

As you can see we had a busy time and again our visit has come to an end. This morning we pulled out of Fairview Riverside State Park and pointed our nose west!!! 


Goodbye Madisonville, Louisiana, we’ll be back!


We are slowly making our way home to Colorado, stopping along the way where ever we want, to enjoy birding, hiking, sightseeing and some more good eats! 

We are staying a few days in Duson, Louisiana (can you say the cajun pronunciation of Duson). While here we will visit a state park in Abbeville, Louisiana to see if we would like to stop there on future trips through this area. We really love the State Parks!

Tomorrow night we plan to eat dinner at a restaurant near Lafayette, while a cajun band plays their unique style of music!


We have not decided on a specific route home.


We don’t have any firm plans beyond this point, except to visit some of the national wildlife areas near Beaumont, Texas, hoping to see some migrating birds. 


Which way, which way shall we go?



~Around this time last year~

We are currently in rainy and cold southern Mississippi and while sitting here inside the coach, wishing for sun and warmer temperatures, I looked back to see what photos I had taken around this time last year. We were already in Hobe Sound, Florida. Here are a few:

Fishing (photo was stylized)
(photo was stylized)
Kite Surfing
Kite Surfing
Daydreaming or Fishing (photo stylized)
(photo stylized)
Waiting to be taken on the Loxahatchee River tour!
We were waiting to be taken on a Loxahatchee River tour!
Trailing Fishing Lines
Trailing Fishing Lines
Little Yellow Flowers
Little Yellow Flowers
Coral Cove
Coral Cove
(a favorite place)

The Pack and I have been enjoying ourselves visiting with family here in Mississippi; however the weather hasn’t been good. We haven’t been able to be outside much and it certainly isn’t good photo taking weather! Hopefully, before we leave on our way to southern Florida, we will have at least a few good weather days. I need to take a few cow, horse and yard dog photos! We have enjoyed wonderful conversations, great southern food and a few big city shopping excursions,

Wishing for sun!