Before a big storm at sunset


Sorry, Pop, but the kids couldn’t deal with the snake pictures any longer.  I had to post something else.  I went straight to my pictures and posted the first one I saw.

Shot of the Day:Nerodia rhombifera

Ah, the joys of living near a creek.   As we were returning from inspecting our almost-in-bloom hydrangeas down near the creek, we almost stepped on a nerodia rhombifera aka diamond-back water snake creeping along our porch apparently wanting to come in and eat Callie’s food, or perhaps Callie herself!   Here is the shot of this non-poisonous water snake.

diamond-back-water-snake-1.JPG Here’s another view as he attempted to find his way in:

diamond-back-water-snake-2.JPG Kevin was not favorably inclined to keeping him as a pet, so I picked him up with my mini-rake and carefully took him back toward the creek.  He was a bit aggressive, hissing and opening his mouth consistent with the Wikipedia article on this species.   I laid him out on the patio in order to take one more shot, but by the time I got back, he was crawling under the asian jasmine and became completely camouflaged.   Watch out for him, Callie!

We’re Seeing Blue

Guess what time it is for all card-carrying Texans?

Here’s a hint:


Yep.  And it hasn’t even snowed yet!  Better hurry and get your pictures taken now before they’re all gone!

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Brought to you by your friendly Irish ancestors: the O’Flannerys and the O’McDaniels–with a Go raibh maith agaibh (“Thank you” in Irish) to Megan & Shari for the keen headgear!

Happy Birthday, Markie!

Yesterday was Mark’s birthday.  No, I did not miss it.  Or forget.  I am having internet issues.  But let’s not talk about those.  Instead, let’s all wish Mark a very happy birthday!
Here he is in his little worker cave:


Happy Birthday, Mark!