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Nighttime on the Lake

I missed the full moonrise last night and it would have been perfect with the clear sky.  So I looked up the time for the moonrise tonight and headed down to the boat dock with my camera.

I can’t seem to remember that the moon is about 45 minutes late getting up above the hills and trees around Houston County Lake in East Texas.  So I stand around enjoying the sounds around this pretty little lake after dark.

It’s 80 degrees and a nice breeze keeps the humidity down.  The lake isn’t as smooth as glass but it is pretty close.  The occasional fish-splash keeps the surface moving.  I hear tree frogs all around me and even from across the lake.  The neighbor’s door opens and closes and he softly whistles for Ranger, the favorite neighborhood dog, to come home.  He must be coming because I hear different dogs bark as he runs by their homes.  I’m all alone on the deck, wondering if I’ll get to see the moon.  Looking straight up I cannot even see any stars because of the clouds.  I walk to the edge of the dock and start having silly-creepy thoughts:  what if a crocodile explodes through the surface and lunges at me onto the dock!  or what if Swamp-thang reaches up and grabs my ankle and pulls me under, without hardly a peep?!   hahaha – I step back… just in case.

Looking at the horizon again I’m thinking, well, I’ve seen it before maybe I should just give it up.  Then, of course, I see the sliver of orange above the clouds.

full moonrise, houston county lake, texas

It didn’t last long.  There was another cloud that the moon immediately disappeared behind.

full moonrise, houston county lake, texas

Thanks God, for letting me have another peek.

Backyard Birds of East Texas

Sorry about the lack of posts lately (for those who care).

One of my favorite things to do is spend time with my parents.  I admit that I’d rather do that than post on my blog since we only get to visit them, maybe, once a year.

But I’d like to share some of the beautiful backyard birds we’ve seen daily in their East Texas yard.

Finch
Finch

These little finches are everywhere.  I thought I kept seeing yellow on them, as they flitted by, but didn’t realize how much until I grabbed a shot.

Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Red-Bellied Woodpecker

I think there are several kinds of woodpeckers around here.  I’ll keep trying to capture the others.

Mockingbird
Mockingbird

The mockingbirds are probably 2nd to the finches as far as numbers go.

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

The Cedar Waxwings are around more than I see.  I think they have striking colors.

Male Bluebird
Male Bluebird

The bluebirds are courting and scouting for the right nest box.  The males chase the females, and fluff up their feathers at her, to show off their colors.

Female Bluebird
Female Bluebird Looking for the Right House

It was icy when first got here but the weather has warmed up.  On the west coast I get to enjoy beautiful sunsets over the ocean.  Here, in East Texas, I am enjoying beautiful sunrises over Houston County Lake.

Sunrise Fish Ring
Sunrise Fish Ring

I keep telling my fishermen that they’d see more action if they got up earlier.

Lunker!
Lunker!

But they’ve managed to catch a few without my sage advice.