Creatures of the backyard…

I’ve begun to put up bird feeders and bird baths in my backyard to see who comes to visit me… so far, this is what I’ve captured ­čÖé …

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These molting Red Cardinals look so odd!

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Hays Co. Bar-B-Que in San Marcos, Texas and NEW …. Hays Co. Burgers and BBQ in Martindale, Texas (5 Stars for both!!)

Since I was making a day trip to┬á┬áDick’s Classic Garage Car Museum in San Marcos, Texas, I asked the Curator, Mr. Thom Fortney a good place to eat lunch nearby. ┬áHe suggested Hays County Bar-B-Que & Catering. Wow….GREAT recommendation Thom!!! Thanks!!

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Upon my arrival to a rather simple looking restaurant, I see these two beautiful ladies leaving, (I asked and they confirmed it was a thumbs up BBQ joint!) …if it’s good enough for 2 Beauty Queens…

 

 

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Birds of Texas!!!!!

Just a little slice of “zen pie” this morning looking at some of the recent bird shots I’ve been able to get here and there….enjoy ­čÖé┬á

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Red-Winged Blackbird – In the wild they live about 15 years.

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Railroad Bridge over the Brazos River in Richmond, Texas

(Above photo: Cover/Top-Choice A)

The Brazos River, that was called Rio de los Brazos de Dios by the early Spanish settlers translates loosly to “The River of the Arms of God”. ┬á

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This is longest river in Texas and 11th longest river in the US. The bridge was built in 1906, by the Pennsylvania Steel Co. of Steelton, Pennsylvania (Choice B)
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Two riveted Camelback Through Truss Main Span sections each 210ft long resting on concrete piers. Western approach span is a single 150ft long Pratt Through Truss fed by a 200ft timber stringe.  DimensionsLength of largest span: 210.0 ft., Total length: 770.0 ft., Deck width: 16.0 ft. (Source:  Bridgehunter.com)  (Choice C)
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(Choice D)

As I have been messing around in editing and trying new looks…which bridge photo do you like best? Top/Cover A, B, C or D? If you’d care to tell me why, I’d love to hear but if not a simple A,B,C or D helps me ­čÖé and thank you!!!

Thanks for visiting!

Elizabeth and Max

Stephen F. Austin State Park in San Felipe, Texas (short drive from Houston)

Today we are off to see Stephen F. Austin State Park – less than an 30-45 minute drive from Houston and a great place to camp!

While I didn’t go camping on this outting, I included some photos from when my daughter and I and our pups went camping in 2015. We had a blast camping there and did some geocaching there too. ┬áLet me tell ya…finding a micro-geocache is hard (full credit to my daughter finding that one!)!!! The trails there are well-kept and plenty of birds can be spotted here too…especially my red cardinals ­čÖé┬á

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Nice playground area
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Our old tent

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Industrial Country Market aka Quirky Country Market (Off the grid!) in Columbus, Texas

Remember folks…you heard it here first ­čÖé … Today’s epic adventure took me to the┬áQuirky Country Market. ┬áThe business was initially named Industrial Country Market but too many people didn’t realize it was opened to the public, due to the word industrial, so they are changing over to Quirky Country Market. ┬áThis place is ONLY opened on the weekends and is “off the grid”…there are a ton of solar panels to accomplish going off the grid – ┬áLove that!!!

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Watch for the sign as I can see driving past it if you don’t know about the store.
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Tons of the solar panels
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You’ll be greeting by the art as you drive up.
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Plenty of rocking chairs to just relax and take it all in as Savannah and Valerie Page were doing with their pups.

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Seabreeze Park in La Porte, Texas

(Above photo:  Black-crowned Night-Heron)

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Is Sylvan Beach Park crowded? Bee bop on over to Seabreeze Park instead (sorry, no beach though but it’s a great little La Porte, Texas park!)
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You get that nice breeze and it’s a tranquil little park.
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Seemed like a good fishing day out there too as I witnessed a few good catches!

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