Monday, November 18, 2019

Walk this way little girl....

....come down this trail!

 Hurry past the big scary spidey.....

 and squeeze past the ghostie on the left. 

Don't wander off the trail where the other ghosties live....

just keep on walking!

These were on a bike trail on the Florida Trails THIS WEEK (the middle of November). It has something to do with a big bike race they have every year. I sneaked down it just enough to get some photos.

No bikes were encountered AND no hikers were harmed...or even the taking of this hike! heeheehee!

So what do you say?

 Wanna go walking with me in the deep dark forest?

 I'm joining Angie for Mosaic Monday HERE .

Saturday, November 16, 2019

The Yellow-Billed Cuckoo

I finally saw a bird I've hoped to spot for years! I knew they were in this area but this is the first one I've ever seen! 

 A Yellow-billed Cuckoo!!!

I think it is a juvenile because of the absence of color on his beak and the dim stripes on his tail.

But isn't he a beauty!!!

I had driven over to the Pruitt Trailhead of Halpata Tastanaki Preserve and hadn't really planned to hike.

But I had my day pack 'just in case' and the weather was so beautiful, I couldn't resist a short walk. I met 3 hikers and talked with them and saw a big bird with a lot of white showing fly behind them. So when they walked on....I kept going. 

 And I saw him! He was darting down to catch something tasty and I even got that photo.

Look a little closer! A nice juicy caterpillar! 

At the top of page 268 in The Sibley Guide to Birds it says, " All three cuckoos are slender, long-tailed, and inconspicuous; they move furtively through dense foliage of bushes and trees in search of caterpillars."

What a thrill to see this beautiful bird! I can't wait to go back and hope that I hear his call next time.

I watched a large flock of Sandhill Cranes fly over yesterday! Time for migratory birds to move through the central part of our state! That's exciting too!

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE 
and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

"The Happiness of Pursuit"

I checked a book out of the library this week and was inspired. Even the title inspires you!

The Happiness of Pursuit : Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to your Life by Chris Guillebeau

I couldn't stop reading it and now I'll go back and read some of the pages I bookmarked. (reading it as an ebook allows you to bookmark multiple pages to find easily)

I'll use the quote from Goodreads, "A remarkable book that will both guide and inspire, The Happiness of Pursuit reveals how anyone can bring meaning into their life by undertaking a quest. A book that challenges each of us to take control – to make our lives be about something while at the same time remaining clear-eyed about the commitment -- The Happiness of Pursuit will inspire readers of every age and aspiration.  It’s a playbook for making your life count."

 A Common Buckeye photographed at the Pruitt Trailhead of Halpata Tastanaki Preserve

It's very inspiring no matter what your circumstances. I'm not going to travel to all the countries in the world like he did, but I have some new ideas about my hiking adventures. I've made 127 hikes this year so far. I'm wondering how I can use these concepts to 'up my game'. I definitely want to hike some new trails in my area and find some landmarks that I've read about. Have you read a good book lately that I might like?

 Enjoy your day! 😎

I’m joining Thankful Thursdays  and

Katherine's Thursday Favorite things HERE.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Veterans Day Tribute

A special THANK YOU to all of the veterans today,
especially my sweet husband and to all of those
that are presently serving in the military and their families. 

We appreciate your sacrifice!
What a blessing to live in this country and enjoy our freedoms.

 I've shown these beautiful Quilts of Valor before but want to share them again!

 The ladies in my community make these and present them to deserving veterans. They are real works of art.

To take part in this Nationwide project click HERE.

 I've shared a lot of mosaics this week so

I'm joining Angie for Mosaic Monday HERE .


Saturday, November 9, 2019

Flocks of Pine Warblers

The weather has been perfect for hiking and I would go every day.....if I could!

There are flocks of Pine Warblers all through the forest and even in our front yard.

I'm sharing a few of my favorite photos from this week.

And cropping them to see up close.

It's supposed to get a little cooler so we'll see what other birds fly through this weekend.

What's the weather like at your house?

Our highs or in the 70s with a nice breeze that makes if feel even cooler.

And with the dampness there are lots of mushrooms and pretty wildflowers in the forest.

We don't pick them but it's fun to come home and do a search to learn more about them.

Have a wonderful weekend!

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE 
and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Winter Changes

No, we haven't had the winter weather blast that so many of you have had but it's 'milder' here now and with the time change, I wanted to change some of my decor.

I thought the photos would turn out better in my bedroom because it wasn't quite so bright and sunny when I took them.  But it is a hard room to photograph with the large windows behind my bed.

I changed my extra pillow covers to purple velvet, put a different pillow on my chair and a wool throw on the cedar chest at the end of the bed. Just little changes but I think that's enough for now. (and if the throw doesn't stay straight, it will drive me crazy and I'll put it away! heehee)

I was going through some 'old stuff' and found 4 little winter angels and added them to my dresser. 

It's always covered in pretty things but I change it up from time to time.

Have you changed anything this week? I used things I already had. I am thankful for a nice home to live in and pretty things that I've collected over the years. What are you thankful for today?

I’m joining Thankful Thursdays  and

Katherine's Thursday Favorite things HERE.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Sholom Park in November

I know you've walked with me at Sholom Park many times but there are always flowers blooming, year round.

So put on your walking shoes....

and let's go!

We've had a few afternoon showers and the temps are in the 70s and 80s....

so it's a beautiful time of year to spend at the Park!

I've put most of the photos into collages....

so that I can share the beauty

and join Angie for Mosaic Monday HERE .

I have a large Camellia bush blooming in my flower bed! 
Do you grow those where you live?

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Birds and Bugs

Our weather has cooled some so we are excited about new hiking adventures! We have several trails we are anxious to try! Someone asked me this week if I had been to all the trails here. Of course not! heehee! But it does make you think about trying some new ones!

 A little closer to home though...this Red Shouldered Hawk was in our front yard this week.  (those are just shadows in the culvert, not anything in there that we could see)

I think he found something in the driveway culvert.

And then he was off!

But he landed in the tree across the street so I got a couple of nice photos looking up into the dark shade of the leafy oak.

We saw an oddity this week too. 

Two-striped Walkingstick, Anisomorpha buprestoides

My husband spotted it first! They are so hard to see.

I did a little research on it to find out about the small one traveling on the back of the large walking stick. We thought it was a baby but it's the male!

"Males are much shorter and thinner than females. They are often spied catching a ride on a female's back. Males may stay with one female for most of its life and mate with her." info HERE

We had Walkingsticks in Arkansas when I was growing up and my grandmother told us not to pick them up. She said if we messed with them, they would spit tobacco in our eyes and blind us.'s the info on that...."this species of walkingstick also uses a milky chemical spray to defend itself when threatened. It is smelly, and noxious enough to irritate even humans. If hit in the eyes with this secretion, temporary blindness could result." We should always listen to our grandmothers! lol

What is your weather like? We went from the 80s for highs to the 70s! YAY!!!

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE 

     and I’d Rather B Birdin’.