We recently purchased the two acres of property next to our home. Our plans for this additional land is to create a beautiful green space with walking paths and sitting areas. The property was so heavily overgrown that it was nearly impossible to see more than a few feet in either direction of the path that my husband cut through the woods.
This will be a life long project but the first step in the process was to clear the under brush and the trash trees. Once the clearing was completed, it allowed me the opportunity to wander through the property and take in the beauty of nature. I like to think of my discoveries as Yard Art.
…This is the trunk on an almost petrified tree…This will become a focal point in a sitting area that I have planned for the center of the property.
…This is the bark on a 300 year old live oak…He could be older but he’s not saying.
…These tree roots grabbed my attention because they were the only ones like them.
…Spider webs fascinate me but are typically very hard to photograph…
Even in the dead of winter there is the promise of spring…and here in Southeast Texas old man winter is losing his grasp as spring overtakes the race…we are now in the season of Sprinter.
Today, I took a walk in the woods next to our house.
After a few minutes I could no longer see the road or our house. I was surrounded by overgrown underbrush, trees and brier patches…
I was totally focused on watching where I was walking so I wouldn’t step in a rabbit hole, trip on a fallen tree or walk into a Pyracantha branch.
The silence was broken by a soft scurry through the fallen leaves...
the next thing I heard was a guttural sound and the loud flapping of wings…predator or prey.
I was quickly reminded that walking in the woods is like visiting someone else’s home.
Walk softly and leave things better than you found them…
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Living in Houston, Texas usually affords us a very mild winter…The average high temperature for January is 62 and the low is 43. We can expect to see temperatures that range from in the 30’s – 40’s for about 3 weeks in early January. Hard freezes are uncommon. The coldest temperature recorded in Houston was 5 degrees on January 18, 1930.
So here we sit on January 7, 2014, with a low temperature of 24. The pipes and plants have been wrapped and the pets are bundled into their cute doggie sweaters. We are eating homemade chicken soup and sipping hot tea with honey all the while we are using up our propane at a record rate.
White Bark Pine…5 Needle Clusters
South Lake Tahoe, California
We get our share of backyard visitors…Since the very first day we visited the property where we now live, I have affectionately called our little piece of heaven the “hundred acre woods”. This reference comes from the adventures of Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh. Christopher Robins woodland friends consist of Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga and little roo.
The very first day we visited the property we were greeted by large Owls, rabbits and piglets. We are regularly visited by neighbors on horseback, Whitetail Deer and their offspring, armadillo, opossum, countless birds and an assortment of snakes.
But over the last few weeks we have been visited by one very beautiful but very dangerous Tigger….a Texas Bobcat. She has been skirting the woods that border our home, probably hunting for food for her litter. She doesn’t seem to be concerned with us…as we have seen her at different times of the day. I hope she continues to keep her distance because this momma will protect her litter if a threat becomes apparent.