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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.

Big Texas Skies

This has been such a busy and fun Christmas season visiting my amazing parents in Texas.

oak tree against sunset colors
Sailor’s Delight

I’ve had so much fun with them that I’ve neglected taking photos.  As I was outside running a couple errands though, the sunset colors of the big Texas sky caught my attention and I just had to stop.

Christmas trees make great fish habitat in the lake
Christmas trees make great fish habitat in the lake

As long as I had my camera and ditching my duties…I kept clicking…Walmart was selling leftover Christmas trees last week for 2 cents each so we got a baker’s dozen for fish habitat.  If more would have fit in the truck, we would have gotten more.  My brother wanted to know if we tried to talk them down in price. 😉  These will give those bass a reason to hang around.

"The Puzzler" (Norman Rockwell-style)
“The Puzzler” (Norman Rockwell-style)

Mom’s puttering around in the kitchen and Dad’s at the puzzle table.

Moon Rise over Houston County Lake
Moon Rise over Houston County Lake

And a beautiful full moon over the lake while steaks wait for the football game to end.

Goodnight big TX sky!


The birds were wild tonight!

I no sooner sat down at the counter for dinner when I saw an osprey dive into the river right in front of our window.  Don missed it because he was “washing his hands” in the other room.

So after we had dinner, I went outside to wait for the osprey to come back.  A bald eagle has been flying by every evening.  He doesn’t give us any warning though.  I mean, I’d like to have the camera positioned perfectly when he comes by.  It’s a reasonable request.

Okay, so, you know how long my attention span is…I guess I’ll try to get some planting done while waiting for something spectacular to happen in front of me.  Don says he’ll come out around 7:15 because that’s when the eagle flies by; so I’ve got about 20 minutes.

I set my camera down on the deck and get the shovel.  I’m looking at the ground and hear a big splash in the river.  I turn to see the osprey lift a fish out of the water right in front of me!  I yelled to Don in the house, “did you see the osprey?!”  Of course not, he was washing his hands again!

Heron on Alsea River
Heron on Alsea River

Well, now Don is staying out on the deck while I’m planting bulbs.  He’s manning the camera.  We saw this heron in the same spot last night.

So I got 50 bulbs planted on the hill down to the river and am back on the deck.  Don’s got buck fever with the camera.  I see some big wings flapping upriver and said, ‘hey!’ then noticed it was just the heron repositioning himself downriver.  But I made Don jump (and that always makes me laugh).

He took some pix of the merganser and yelled at the swallows for not flying low enough.

Then I saw a bird flying down the river and Don got ready with the camera – but it was a mallard.  Less than a minute later I saw the eagle coming!

He caught it in flight but we got better photos after he landed downriver.

Bald Eagle on Alsea River
Bald Eagle on Alsea River

We actually thought he’d just kept going until I noticed him in front of the next property.  We took photos of him until he left about 10 minutes later.  Bald eagles are such beautiful birds.

Moon Rise
Moon Rise

 Speaking of eagles landing…we’ve had clear skies lately so I’m sure there was a beautiful sunset from the beach.

But, here on the river near Blackberry Campground, we are enjoying the moonrise.

Full Moonrise Over Houston County Lake

I’ve been wanting to see the full moon for 3 days but the weather hasn’t cooperated.

The skies were very clear this afternoon and into the evening.  So I knew I’d get a chance but wasn’t sure what time moonrise was.

I was anticipating it since sundown and it finally came around 7:50.  It had to rise above some low clouds on the horizon but that gave it the nice orange color.

Full Moon Rising
Full Moon Rising

This is over Houston County Lake near Crockett, TX.

Just for my friends and family up north:  It got up to 80 again today!  🙂

I had to go buy some short-sleeved shirts so I didn’t have a heat stroke.

Windy West Coast Day

It’s been a little breezy the last couple days on Tillicum Beach.   Beautiful days though!

Sunset from Tillicum Site 18
Sunset from Tillicum Site 18

There weren’t any clouds to add to the sunset so I picked a campsite overlooking the beach.

Maybe I can catch the moonrise right after sunset.  I walked straight out to the wet sand to get out of the blowing sand as soon as possible.

Seagulls Hunkered Down
Seagulls Hunkered Down

I walked up the beach to the creek; hooded wind-breaker jacket cinched down around my face.  Camera tucked inside my jacket so it didn’t get sand blasted.


It was getting too dark to take photos and the moon still wasn’t in sight.  The wind was jostling me around so I couldn’t focus in the low light.

So I just walked back down the beach to the campground and crawled back into my warm little 5th wheel. 🙂