Birds of the Dallas Zoo

Of all the animals and sights to see at the Dallas Zoo, I had no clue I would fall madly in love with the birds of the zoo. These photos represent a small chink in the variety and multitude of the birds on exhibit there.

In fact, these photos are from only ONE of the exhibits, specifically, the bird aviary in the Children’s zoo section called, Travis & Zach’s Birds Landing. What makes this exhibit even more unique is the beautiful garden the birds live in and how all the birds have been hand-raised.

I think the birds had me at the very first flush of feathers right in the entryway.

Hello friends.

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A fella that knows how to find the best perch.

My friend and guide of the exhibit.

Hope you enjoyed their charm as much as I did.

Wordless Wednesdays

Oh, Halloween with Your Scary Movies and Pesky Treaters

I just had to share some cuteness from the holiday. Technically pre-holiday since some I took on Averey’s two month photo shoot.

Halloween night Jason went trick or treating with the girls (and Fred the Cat) while I worked til dark. And after work, I tackled some photo edits. The all-women’s photography group I started with five other women over a year ago called, Chics Who Click, sponsored the photography for The North Texas Buddy Walk. I got back into town on a Friday night from Milwaukee and shot the event the next morning. *That* is a whole ‘nother blog post, but one of the reasons I was on the computer and not handing out candy (a very good reason!).

Finally, I get to sit in the living room for the first time about 8pm. I flipped on the TV for some non-thinking time and somehow get sucked in to watching Mama – in the dark – all by myself. My daughter so kindly texted me her advice to NOT watch it alone. *cry!*

Too late.

So now, I get to sleep with the flashlight next to my bed. Thanks Mama!

And now for that cuteness I promised you….

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I warned you about her cuteness. I could barely stand to put her down to take her photos. I’d rather hold her and talk to her, but someone has to photograph this baby. Might as well be Grammy.

On the same day as her two-month old photo shoot, we stopped at a little pumpkin patch off the side of the road. I thought…wouldn’t it be cute to get her photo with lots of pumpkins?

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Oh sure……

It is absolutely darling and Bridget is such a good little Auntie and holds her just perfectly.

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After a few clicks, the show was over and baby wanted nothing to do with any pumpkins. Or Halloween. Or Pirate ladies that worked there wanting some baby snuggles. Or buying pumpkins. Or being held over a pumpkin. Or letting both Aunties hold her while I got a picture in the pumpkins of all of them. Nope none of that.

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And when the talent is not happy, ain’t nobody happy.

Not to worry. I picked her right up and held her close. A little rock and little sway and this grand girl was just fine.

And no more pumpkin patches…..for a year anyway.

Hope you all had a wonderful Halloween. We are heading to Oklahoma tomorrow to see my Mom and take a four generational photo. Any guesses on who will be the star of the shoot?

All I can say is…… more baby time for Grammy!

How I Failed my Blog – Part One

I had big plans to post about my daughter’s 19th Birthday. Her LAST teenage year. Her beginning as a mom…..
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Fail….Her birthday was May 6th. Luckily, I took a photo.

My next big blog plan was to post about Mother’s Day. I wanted to be all weepy as my daughter is becoming a mother and I am her mother. How I drove to Oklahoma for the day to see MY MOM. Then, spent Sunday with my other mom, Jason’s Mom. And of course to end it with photos of Sydney and me. I handed my camera to Hubby and had him photograph us for her weekly pregnancy photos AND Mother’s Day.

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It was sweet.

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But it never got posted.

I, also, did not post about my photography groups’ first reception at the Arlington Museum of Art. We had veggies, fruit, cheese, and crackers. Not nearly enough wine…like only an hour’s worth.

I bought this beautiful bouquet from Central Market. We put some of the flowers in little lens cup holders and set them on the table.

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It was so incredibly cute. Of course, after the reception I took them home and enjoyed them another week. I think pink gerbers are my very favorite. Now, we have had our second reception. It was not near as crowded as the first, but lots of fun. Did I mention how beautiful all the photographs on the wall are?

How about how I failed at Spring? You know….the season of beautiful blooms. A nature photographer’s haven. Well, I took them. I took TONS of photos at my Momma Sue’s beautiful spring yard on Easter Sunday (I took some of the kids too – heh).

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Her hyacinth bloom. A new edition to her potted plant collection.

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Her gorgeous wisteria. A yearly favorite as they are always gorgeous and wisty.

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The incredible clover. A favorite of the bees every year, and who knew clover was so pretty!

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And most importantly, a BLUE BIRD!

I love blue birds.

And this is what I meant to show you on my blog…..but didn’t.

My last blog miss is from my staycation at the end of March. That’s right. I took a whole week and stayed at home….sort of….I kinda went to Oklahoma for my Mom’s birthday and I made lots of other plans and lunches too.

My stay at home week ended up being a busy one, but super fun. And over wayyyyy too fast.

But one of the things I did on my vacation was go to the Fort Worth Zoo. A favorite place of mine. I happened to catch this little Road Runner at feeding time. I must say I have never seen a bird SO proud of his dinner “catch” in my whole life. He pranced around and around to every window showing off his find and shaking his tail feathers.

I’m sure many will think it gross, but I thought it was so funny. Not to mention, he is a beautiful bird, with or without mice in his beak.

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That’s all for now. Stay tuned for the second part of How I failed my blog…..

It may include…anniversaries….and more zoo photos.

What does love look like?

Is it red like a rose?
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Crafted like home-made coaster?
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Does it fly through the air on heart wings?
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Or is it wrapped in disguise as a piece of fine chocolate?
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Maybe…..

But I don’t think that is what love looks like at all.

Love can’t be seen……it can only be felt.

Did you feel the love today?

We sure did. The Valentine’s fairy visited our house. The sweet little thing left behind…poems, thoughts, heart bokeh, and this enormous cache of goodies for the girls.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

***I hope to get back to more regular blogging soon. Life is so crazy….I’ll fill you in on all the major happenings soon. Yes. MAJOR happenings.