The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What a Difference a Century Makes


The daily commute, then and now.

This was sent to me in a collection of Unique Photos.
I thought this one was especially telling.
Whereas in the first photo they are reading local and world news,
in the second photo everyone is looking at the coffee their friends just bought at Starbucks.




Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Fungus Tree


I've never seen this much bracket fungi on a standing tree before.  
Usually on down trees that are dead.

I am not sure if the white furry stuff was spider webbing or some action from the fungi itself but since it looks like dusting off the side on the bark I'm thinking a spores release.



Monday, February 8, 2016

Beauty of Nature


Sometimes we tend to take for granted the beauty of Nature all around us.  
Just pause for a moment and you can find it right at your feet.

Ah, but Nature can get ugly too.
Just a few feet beyond I came across this crime scene.
The body had already been removed by the time I arrived.
"Nothing to see here folks.  Just move along."



Saturday, February 6, 2016

Mirror Clear


A still day produces a nice reflection.

I am out there hiking about today looking for more to photograph.  What will I find?
More nice reflections? Another slimy fungi?
Maybe some boxing jackrabbits? 

As usual for me I never can decide between color of black & white for selected photos.
So I present both and let you to decide.





Friday, February 5, 2016

Sign of the Season: Black-tailed jackrabbit boxing

Evidently I was unknowingly a witness to this behavior shown in yesterday's post.  A follower to my blog sent this from the Bay Nature bulletin he receives.

Every spring jackrabbits deviate from their usual routine of staying
hidden in shrubbery to head out into the open to compete for the role
of top hare among the jills (females). Bay Nature’s contributing
editor Alison Hawkes is covering this annual phenomenon, which
includes “boxing matches” as the females fend off the males. We’re
looking for shots of these antics, and while we’d prefer that they be
from the Bay Area, we’ll consider shots from other locations in
California if the content is right.

I was unaware that jackrabbits did this.  
I was also unaware that the females were referred to as jills.
I like that.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Bunny Play


I was intently trying to follow cat tracks left in the muddy trail and never noticed the two rabbits just ahead of me.  I grabbed a quick shot for usually at this point they would dart away.  
But these two did not.  You can just pick them out in the center, one on each side of what appears to be a log lying on the grass.

I slowly moved in closer and they resumed their frolicking about without a care that I was there. 
Hard to tell in these fast grab shots but the one on the right is airborne with all four feet off the ground.

I first thought I had interrupted some boy/girl action but when one finally ran off to the far brush,

the other sat there and did not chase off after "her".  I think they were just playing and having fun.



Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Oooey Gooey


A fungi I found along the trail where the two specimens below it are slowly dissolving into a gooey dripping.  It reminded me of a favorite rhyme of mine when a little boy.

Oooey Gooey was a worm
A mighty worm was he.
He sat upon a railroad track
train he did no see.
Oooey Gooey


Monday, February 1, 2016

Losing Followers to Your Blog?


The week before last I all of a sudden lost a handful of followers from my blog.  I wondered what I had posted that upset so many to abandon ship all in mass.  Well this morning Genie at Climbing the Digital Mountain had a post about the very same issue she was experiencing.  The Super-sleuth she is, she found out what was going on.  So click on the highlighted link above if you too have lost a large amount of followers.  Now I know it wasn't anything I said or did. 

Now with that all cleared up, here is a happy little cascade.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Bikers in Texas


The flatlands of west Texas are a training ground for these two cyclists of a professional cycling team.  I wondered where the rest of the team was but never saw them.

But you were expecting bikers of this sort from the title of this post.
That would annoy me having those flags flapping in the wind behind my head.
Texas doesn't have a helmet law so that just made those flags even more annoying.



Tuesday, January 26, 2016

More From West Texas 2011


People think I am nuts when I tell them how I enjoy driving the Great Plains states when there is nothing to see on the flat lands but acre upon acre of corn fields and wheat fields.  "Boring!"  
So I never say much to anyone about how much I enjoy driving west Texas.
Yeah, this scenery goes on for day long.

Occasionally there is some point of interest.

 A drive-up window at a liquor store.  What a wonderful state Texas is.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Pyrrhuloxia


I remember seeing this bird while in southern Texas and was so excited as I saw my first...well I don't remember, for at the time I thought it was something else other than what it really was.  

Yes, I am no bird authority.  The name looks like a mouthful to say so I'll just call it by its other name

the Desert Cardinal.



Thursday, January 21, 2016

Dead Cottonwood Tree


I was looking at some of my photos from road trips in the past.  This was at the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico five years ago.  I wonder if that tree is still standing.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

White Turkey


Seen on my walk in the park yesterday.
There must have been 50 or more wild turkeys in this herd.

I waited for Whitey to cross the road which he did so very rapidly.
I suppose there would be no dark meat on this turkey.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Smallest Church in America Destroyed by Arson


This really saddened me to learn about.  Evidently this happened right after Thanksgiving last year.



Here I have copied a local news report dated December 1, 2015.
Below that is a copy of my original post after visiting the little church in April of 2013.

DARIEN | Four days after a suspected arson destroyed the Smallest Church in America in northern McIntosh County, donations of building materials and cash are pouring in to rebuild the 190-square-foot structure, officials said.
The fire was reported just before 1 a.m. and firefighters found it burning throughout when they arrived, McIntosh County Fire Chief Mark Deverger said.
The fire was put out quickly, but because the structure is so small it was a total loss, he said.
Justin Lamb, an investigator with the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office, said a state fire marshal concluded that the fire was not started by an electrical short and was most likely arson.
The church is kept up by donations that visitors dropped through a slot in a safe and, Sam Clark, a contractor and firefighter, pointed out a spot where it appeared someone had tried to use a torch to cut into the safe.
The fire marshal had reached the same conclusion, Lamb said.
“From what he could tell, someone had tried to force it open,’’ and the caretaker said the damage had not been there earlier, Lamb said.
Frank Williams and Clark were at the church early Tuesday taking measurements to calculate what would be needed to rebuild the little non-denominational tourist attraction on U.S. 17 just south of the Interstate 95 interchange at Southport.
“It’s going to be rebuilt soon,’’ Williams said. “Money’s coming. Lumber’s coming. It’ll be done by Christmas.”
A stack of donated 2-by-4’s lay on the edge of the property, and Clark said demolition wouldn’t be a problem. The fire was so hot it cracked the concrete block walls, he said, pulling a block down with one hand.
The small pews and pulpit burned, but the safe was still intact mounted on a wall.
The church is 19 feet deep long and 9 feet, 6 inches wide and was built in 1949 by grocer Agnes Harper, who stipulated it be deeded to Jesus Christ.
The sign says visitors are welcome and most of those who stop at the church are visitors.
County State Court Judge Jean Bolin stopped by Tuesday morning and said it had no services but that “thousand of people stop by here.”
The has been the site of some marriage proposals and many weddings.
Lamb said there was a wedding there about 6 p.m. Friday.
Investigators don’t believe those in the wedding party were local, but they’re trying to track them down to speak with them, Lamb said.



In 1949 Agnes Harper, a rural grocer, built this 10 x 15 foot building, the best she could do with limited funds knowing she could not afford the kind of chapel that would do justice to God.  She wrote the deed in the name of Jesus Christ.  Mrs. Harper died and Rev. G.W. Ward took care of the chapel, holding services plus the occasional wedding or baptism.  The reverend died in 1986 and since then various people have volunteered to be caretakers for it.  It remains today as a curiosity and a sanctuary for the traveler who seeks rest and escape in a cozy confinement.

Open the door, the light comes on.



Standing at the pulpit one has a good view of all 12 parishioners.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Art at the Flea Market


I stood there at the table and for the life of me I couldn't figure out what this artist was creating.  
Well modern impressionist art is sometimes difficult to figure out anyway.


Then I finally reasoned I was standing on the wrong side of the table.
I turned the painting around and...





Friday, January 8, 2016

The Knife Seller


After the pile of jewelry the next flea market seller of interest was the guy selling knives.  He had a whole bunch more spread out on his tables but I was focusing on the colorful display on this board.  While composing this picture a gentleman walked up and asked the seller if he had any U.S.A. made knives.  The seller had only two.  And so goes our consumer choices in America these days. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Pile of Jewelery


Would you bother rooting through this tangled mess in search for something that fancys your eye?


One lady was not deterred.

Monday, January 4, 2016

One Last Visit to the Flea Market


El Nino will begin in earnest this week and is predicted to carry on through March.  
This means that for most Sundays my local flea market will be washed out.  

These vases caught my eye, especially the one on the left.
How did they do that?

Friday, January 1, 2016

End of 2015


Time to go outside and bring in the Christmas decorations.


We wish everyone a good 2016.


Saturday, December 26, 2015

What I Got for Christmas

Another year with my little buddy.
A year ago I really believed Sinbad would not be with me much longer.  
He continues to do well thanks to medication and special food.

He does a lot of this these days.  I wish I could.

I watch very little television.  But when I do...

Yeah, that's about how interesting TV is these days.

Now we will work on another year together.  
Wish us luck.





Friday, December 25, 2015

Gingerbread #5


Chateau St. Jean Winery

This one was the winner in my estimation.  It was created by the Boys and Girls Club and done by the kids themselves, mostly 5th graders.

Over 230 individually decorated icing covered graham crackers were used in the recreation of the Chateau St. Jean Winery and gardens.

I stood there thinking how sick I would be if I had to eat any small portion of this.
Seriously, I was getting a bit nauseated standing so close it.

Well done kids!

This concludes the gingerbread contest series.
Have a Happy Christmas Day everyone from Sinbad and I.