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Friday - July 31, 2009

Butterflies and lantana

I got to work one day last fall and there was a bunch (flock? gaggle? school? I dunno!...UPDATE: Sue wrote in to suggest "flutter", which is brilliant!) of butterflies going crazy over the lantana. I was forced to stop everything and take some photos. And, now I'm finally getting around to sharing them with you. Enjoy...

[Butterfly and lantana]

[Butterfly and lantana]

[Butterfly and lantana]

[Butterfly and lantana]

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Wednesday - July 29, 2009

Bluehouse at the Cactus

I had the grand opportunity to hear Bluehouse perform twice this week. First, we drove out to Kerrville to watch them in a house concert on Saturday evening. When they announced their US tour, that was the closest they were gonna get to Austin. I immediately signed up and made a reservation at a nearby hotel...then called Diane to see if she was game. Of course she was! Then, about 2 weeks ago, they added a Cactus gig to the tour on Monday night. Cool. Since they're from Australia, we don't get to see 'em play that often. So, when I get a chance, I jump at it. Both shows were fantastic. I took a few photos at the Cactus and thought I'd share some of 'em. Actually, most of 'em.

Singing "Do Right Woman" a cappella...

[Bluehouse]

Wow. Awesome. Truly. It's the last track on the One More Kiss cd. Hearing it in person can't be beat, though.

Bern...

[Bluehouse]

Jacqui...

[Bluehouse]

I'm sure she wasn't saying anything the least bit snarky.

Harmonizing...

[Bluehouse]

Bern broke a string and performed the fastest quick-change act in history. Jacqui took advantage of the downtime to complement the lovely brown water from Shiner...

[Bluehouse]

And, then they picked up without missing a beat. Impressive.

Near the end of the show...

[Bluehouse]

Check out their tour dates and go see them! You will not be disappointed.

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Saturday - July 25, 2009

Red and blue

First, the red...

[Red berries]

Then, the blue...

[Blue berries]

Taken last November at the Wild Basin Nature Preserve.

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Friday - July 24, 2009

Sculptures by Nature

[Sculpture]

[Sculpture]

I just loved these. Taken last November.

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Thursday - July 23, 2009

Fall colors, part 7

[Fall colors]

Taken at the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve...looking out over a nearby valley. Which may be part of the preserve but isn't accessible via the public paths.

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Wednesday - July 22, 2009

Moss Falls

And, on to the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve in West Austin, off Loop 360. Along one of the trails, you find little pond fed by a stream that runs down a beautiful moss-covered wall. It's, technically, a waterfall, I suppose. But, it seemed more a Moss Fall to me:

[Moss Falls]

Want more detail? See this pop-up.

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Tuesday - July 21, 2009

YAB - Yet Another Buzzard

[Buzzard]

Yep, another buzzard shot. Sue me. I just can't help it. I see one soaring and I have to take a photo. I swear, if there was some other sort of bird soaring around Central Texas, I'd have tons of photos of that bird instead. Honest.

PS: Taken at McKinney Falls, Nov. 2008.

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Monday - July 20, 2009

McKinney Falls

As usual, not a lot of water running over (through?) the falls at McKinney Falls. I really need to make an effort to take some shots out there right after a rain. If it ever rains again.

Standing directly over the "main" outlet back in November:

[McKinney Falls]

Then, a bit to the right:

[McKinney Falls]

From the side:

[McKinney Falls]

I like he tree trunk coming out of the water in the background.

And, for fun...black and white:

[McKinney Falls]

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Sunday - July 19, 2009

The McKinney Homestead

The McKinney Homestead is found, not surprisingly, on the grounds of the McKinney State Park.

This was our first glimpse of it...through the trees:

[McKinney Homestead]

And, an unobstructed view, a few minutes later:

[McKinney Homestead]

The informational placard on the grounds shares this info:

After moving here from Galveston in the late 1840's, Thomas McKiney had a new house built for himself and his wife Anna. His slaves cut limestone blocks from nearby outcrops, burned lime in a kin on the opposite side of Onion Creek, and cut lumber and shingles from a Bastrop County wood lot for use in construction. This was to be McKinney's quiet country place after the hectic years of revolution and turmoil in early Texas. The McKinney's had no children, but their house as at the center of a community of family and friends. However, the Civil War brought financial ruin, and Thomas McKinney's health began to fail. He died in his second-floor bedroom in 1873. Anna McKinney sold the homestead in 1885 to J. W. Smith, and farm families who worked for the Smiths lived in the house until it burned in the mid 1940's.

Interestingly, McKinney State Park became our "go to" hiking spot because it lies within in the Austin city limits. You're driving along in southeast Austin (about half-way between I-35 and the airport) and, all of a sudden, you're in a State Park. It's pretty cool. And, generally peaceful. You do sometimes hear the traffic or planes flying overhead. But, it's not bad. It would appear, though, that back in the day the homestead was quite a horse ride from Austin.

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Saturday - July 18, 2009

Fall colors, part 6

Two more takes on fall colors in Austin...

[Fall colors]

[Fall colors]

Onion Creek with shades of fall. Also taken at McKinney Falls State Park last November.

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Friday - July 10, 2009

Fall colors, part 5

[Fall colors]

[Fall colors]

[Fall colors]

Yep, more fall color photos taken at McKinney Falls last November.

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Thursday - July 9, 2009

Fall colors, part 4

'Thought I'd dive back into the photos I took on my hikes with Jennie last fall. We went back to McKinney Falls in the middle of November. And, found more fall colors...

[Red leaves]

[Red leaves]

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Saturday - July 4, 2009

Independence Day Flag

I wasn't thinking too clearly when I scheduled that lizard photo to go up this morning, was I? Well, here's something more appropriate for the day:

[US Flag]

Happy Independence Day, everyone! I took this photo last month at a baseball game, by the way. One of those glorious UT baseball games we had in the run-up to the CWS. What a season.

And, now? I'm off to make some cookies to take to the party. I hope everyone else has a great day.

PS: Thanks, Mom. 'Love you, too.

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Green anole in profile

I did get one more shot before he ran away:

[Green anole]

Look at that profile.

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Friday - July 3, 2009

Another green anole

Remember the green anole I photographed at my folks' house in April of last year? You don't? Check these posts out for a quick refresher: green anole and back to the green anole.

A couple of weekends ago, I was working in my patio...trimming the tree. I noticed a brown lizard on the fence as I was "closing up shop" for the evening. So, I went inside, found my camera, and went back out. The lizard was gone. But, lo! A green anole had shown up on the tree trunk:

[Green anole]

And, a bit of a close-up:

[Green anole]

He wasn't happy to see me and quickly skittered away. Ah well.

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