Wednesday, March 31, 2010
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Sunday, March 28, 2010
Who could resist taking photos of this old police car? Not me! I felt like I was stepping back in time to a different era. One more like Mayberry! Life was so much simpler then. We weren't bombarded by so many things, always rushing from here to there, attached to our electronics. I was reminded of the times when I was young and we were allowed to play outside (not as much danger of strangers and horrible things happening as today) till dark and then would hear my Mom calling my name and I knew it was time for supper (yes, supper...not dinner). Then we would sit outside with several of the neighbors and just talk or us kids would catch fireflies in a jar or play tag, till time to go in and maybe watch a little tv before bed. How many of us do this anymore? I can only speak for myself and my family and I know we don't do this often enough! Many of us don't even know anything about our neighbors. Children rarely play outside anymore, too many video games or computer games to keep them busy. Sorry, guess seeing one old car really brought back of a flood of memories!
Friday, March 26, 2010
We just couldn't resist stopping and walking back and taking photos of this area! Thank goodness there was very little traffic on this frontage road, it allowed us plenty of access, not to mention views of roadkill up close and personal. *lol* I had to do a little research to learn a bit about Sulphur Creek and found the following:
Thursday, March 25, 2010
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Sunday, March 21, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The Texas Mountain Laurel (Sophora secundiflora) is an attractive spring-flowering small tree with glossy, evergreen leaves and beautiful purple wisteria-like blooms smelling of grape Kool-aid. Another name by which it is known is Mescal Bean.
Texas Mountain Laurels usually reach a height of six to twelve feet. They often produce multiple trunks, and over time grow into show-stopping specimens. They are native to the alkaline soils of the Texas Hill Country, and are often found growing among granite rocks.
Plant Texas Mountain Laurel in full sun or light shade. Young trees may be purchased at the nursery, or grown from seed. The seeds may not sprout for several years unless they are first nicked with a file to start the process of germination. An easier way is to collect unripe seed, when it is pinkish in color, in late June or early July before the seed coat has had a chance to harden. Plant them immediately, and they should sprout quickly.
Texas Mountain Laurels are not easily transplanted and may require a year or more to overcome the process. One way to overcome this obstacle is to plant the seeds where you want them in the landscape or to plant them in gallon containers. Container grown plants should be handled carefully to avoid disturbing the root ball.
Although these trees are planted in many neighborhoods in the warmer parts of Texas, children should be warned that the seeds contain a poison.Texas Mountain Laurels are an excellent source of evergreen foliage and beautiful flowers and require little, if any, irrigation once established. They thrive in the dryer areas of Texas.
These mountain laurels were found in Corpus Christi at a shopping mall and photos were taken with a Nikon D5000 18-55 mm lens
Monday, March 15, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
South Padre Island, is located on the tropical tip of Texas just 25 miles north of the Mexican border and is a fabulous place to vacation! Or at least take an afternoon drive and relax to the tranquil sound of the waves!
South Padre Island consists of a 34 mile long stretch of white sand. The conveniences and attractions of a modern resort plus miles of undeveloped island terrain is what draws thousands of visitors to the area each year.
South Padre Island is known throughout the United States and is ranked as one of America's top 10 beaches.
Photo was taken with a SonyA200 18-70mm lens.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Photo was taken with a Nikon D5000 18-55 lens.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
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A visitor center, picnic area, and developed campground are available. Camping is allowed at no cost along the beach and selected areas along Laguna Madre.
Excellent opportunities exist for saltwater fishing, swimming, camping, hiking, boating, and other water sports.
Wildlife viewing and photo opportunities are numerous, including coyotes, white tail deer, peregrine falcons, kangaroo rats, and jackrabbits. Some endangered Kemp's Ridley and loggerhead sea turtles return to Padre Island to lay their egg during their nesting season mid-April to August. There are many species of birds that can be seen along the Gulf beach year-round.
Photo was taken with a Nikon D5000 18-55mm lens.