Onwards

Onwards

So it took us about two and half to three hours to reach my last goal. Hence, the fourth goal will not be revealed today LOL. It’s the journey! Remarkably, NASA has completed deployment of the Webb space telescope Landmark Colombian bird study repeated to right colonial-era wrongs Keep looking! The more you know, the…

Gracie afternoon

Gracie afternoon

Yesterday (Tuesday), we had a cold start to the day plus it was windy unlike the day before. The forecast was for a high of 62, but on the walk to the mail box at 11 am, it felt like, well cold. I had planned to go to the grasslands in the afternoon. Did I…

Pine trees

Pine trees

The pine trees on the grasslands are not native to Wise County. They were planted by the Forest Service in the 1960’s. So the lands were purchased between 1933 through 1946. Afterwards, the Soil Conservation Service (now NRCS) managed the lands. Then in 1960, nineteen national grasslands were officially transferred to the US Forest Service….

Nice list

Nice list

Bonaparte Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Ross’s Goose, Snow Goose, American Pipit, Killdeer, Turkey vulture, Red-shouldered Hawks, Green-winged Teals, Gadwalls, Northern Pintails, Redhead, Northern Shovelers, Cormorants, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Carolina Wren – heard only, Great Blue Herons, Northern Harrier, Wilson’s Snipe, American Crow, and either a Song Sparrow or Cardinal. This was the list for today’s…

Let’s talk turkey

Let’s talk turkey

Gobble, gobble, gobble, tuk, yike, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, tuk, yike, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, tuk, yike, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, and gobble! Well, I did say talk turkey and in their native language. This tribe helped the Pilgrims survive for their first Thanksgiving. They still regret…

Rattles in the sky

Rattles in the sky

What a drizzly cold day! So glad I took Gracie to the grasslands yesterday. In fact, after the morning walk this morning, all I could think about was how good a gooey cinnamon bun would be. I did not get one ;-( I settled for potato and leek soup for supper. “Genetic Goldmine” Uncovered for…

Perfect

Perfect

The Native Prairie Association of Texas (NPAT) Prairie Seekers (PS) had the perfect weather yesterday! After the multiple days of high winds, the group was so lucky to have such a beautiful day to learn about the prairie at the Dixon Water Foundation. How Tainted Treats Led to a Halloween Tragedy in 1858 Keep looking!…

My brother’s place

My brother’s place

My brother and family live on five acres in the Chihuahuan Desert. His place abuts a fifty thousand acres ranch. Just how cool is that! On our last full day, we spend the day at his house exploring. And he took us in his ATV up to the top of a nearby hill as well….

Lucky feather

Lucky feather

Yesterday, I went on a lovely little drive-about in the southwest Montague County. Keep looking! The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know.

Fork

Fork

The last part of the journey in Cooke County follows. It was a great day. Our next stop was at a creek that feeds into the Red River. And then we ended our journey looking out over the Red River. I always hope I will see a Bald Eagle cruising by, but not this time….

Unseen critters

Unseen critters

Evident of several critters were seen on the Aug.3th outing. The first one was the Smaller Sand Cricket (Ellipes minuta). It can be found along creeks edges with sandstone. However the actual cricket is hard to find. Perfectly preserved cave lion cub found frozen in Siberia is 28,000 years old. Even its whiskers are intact….