Blue Monday, Ruby Tuesday, Too 1-11-2021

Yesterday brought a real surprise to us in central Texas. 3 to 6 inches of wet snow. Pierre the Penguin was really wanting to go out and play.

I finally gave in to let him get his sled and enjoy what little snow was left. He asked Cuddy and the Sheriff to join. They were kind enough to pose for one photo. I had managed yesterday to get Hubby square in the middle of his chest with one, big, really wet snowball. He was inside so I had to mop to clean up my mess. There may have been another snowball that had missed and hit the sofa. Maybe.

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Blue Monday, Ruby Tuesday

Hope all made it through the holidays safely. My penguin buddies are still hanging around till the end of January. Thanks to MMT for her dedication on the memes. Gives me a purpose when taking photos. Here is a couple from yesterday’s get out and ride around for fun short trip.

Not the beautiful sight one might expect. It is, however the building I see in the distance when I look out my patio door. It is 8 miles in a direct line of sight. One more question answered.

This photo is using a telephoto lens. It is looking back toward our apartment. Our apartment is on the ground floor near the base of the pedestal water tower near the center of the photo.

Later in the drive I spied this feathered friend hanging out on wires along the road. Thought it needed a bit of internet exposure, too. Saw probably three or four more of these guys/gals during the drive.

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Penguins

Penguins grabbed my attention about 25 years ago. Soon all my friends knew about my fascination with these cute, well dressed birds. Actually according to OSU.edu, click here, my feathered friendly penguins are misunderstood. Penguins live not only in cold climates but also thrive in warm areas. Ooooo, how fun it would be to have penguins running around in my yard. I will not move to the southern edges of Africa, Australia, South America or the Galapagos Islands to be near the live penguins! Instead I along with friends have filled my life with the likeness of these cuties. Here are a few shots of most of my penguin buddies. Not included are the multiple pairs of socks and PJs nor jewelry. Yes, well over 100 different penguin objects.

In the penguin world, this is the reason for the season.

Wishing you each and everyone a season of good health and joy.

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Shadow Shot Sunday 2, 10-11-2020

The size of this text looks like the instructions on aspirin bottles. Not sure what changed. Or maybe my mind is just not remembering. There are days my brain seems to function in shadows.

Disrespect of the Hill Country landscape.
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Thanks to the Magical Mystical Teacher out in the US Southwest for hosting this photo challenge every single week. Such commitment. More photos can be seen by simply clicking on this link.

Ruby Tuesday 2, July 28, 2020

Posting something about fried chicken seems sort of wrong when using my birding website. But a little humor never hurts anything. Well, except the chicken. That bit of ruby color is for the Ruby Tuesday Too photo meme hosted by the incredible Magical Mystical Teacher. Thanks, MMT.

The dirty line marks the height the flood reached before receding.

Just a brief explanation about this photo. Last July the Mississippi and Missouri rivers were still above flood stage in vast sections of the Midwestern US. The above photo was in the area east of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. We had crossed into Illinois on the only available bridge. The bridges were not flooded, the low lying roads that lead to the bridges were still under water or too badly damaged to travel. Water still lapped at the road edges as we drove into Illinois then Kentucky. The area is where the Ohio and Mississippi converge.

So much lost last year and now Covid – 19.

Sandbags littered parking lots, barnyards and areas around homes.

Western Meadowlark, Billings, MT, July 14, 2019

Just to keep to tradition here on Watch the Birdie, here is a high and dry bird up on a hilltop near Billings, Montana.

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Blue Monday

A blue jay couple have been rearing two or three babies.  Now that the babies have fledged they are frequent visitors to our bird bath and feeders.  This pair seemed to be having a discussion.

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