Glorious Morning

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How can the day go wrong when you wake up to this glorious sunrise? Texas sure does wake up beautiful. How did your morning begin?

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As much as I dislike the Texas weather. I do have to admit that we have some beautiful sunsets down here. The sunrises aren’t anything to sneeze about either.

This was my view while letting my niece practice her driving skills in a local parking lot. Good news we survived.

Here Comes the Sun?

 

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The sky in East Central Texas. 

Ever since the news started reporting that tropical storm Harvey was headed towards Texas, the state started preparing for the worst. Here in my neck of the woods, we were told to just expected rains with some flash flooding.

As the storm turned first from a category one up until it’s final destination as a category four hurricane, we watched people prepare and in some cases evacuate their homes. This photo was taken Saturday night as the sun was setting. The clouds were moving fast, and the sun ended up playing hide and seek among them until it finally set.

The worst is over but we are still not out of danger. Now the rains are adding to the already flooded areas making everything worse. If you can help in any way contact:

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Hurricane Harvey Fund

Hurricane Harvey Aid- Save the Children

 

Hopefully, soon we’ll be able to say Here Comes the Sun and smile.

 

Total Eclipse of the What??

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As the title may suggest I was all excited this morning when I woke, knowing that today we would be witness to a cosmic event. A total solar eclipse. This is where our little moon feels frisky and passes between the Earth and the sun. It doesn’t happen often, the last one was way back in 1918 on June 8th. And the next one isn’t until April 8, 2024. So for any who missed it, start working on your projectors, you have only eight more years to wait.

The above picture was taken about an hour before the eclipse was due to happen. As you can see the sun was shining brightly down here in Central Texas. Don’t pay any attention to my wind-blown hair. My family and I each took turns taking pictures of the big flaming ball of fire up in the sky. It kind of felt like a holiday. Picture the ancients dancing around waiting to be terrified when the sun suddenly burns out and goes dark.

So flash forward to the event du jour. My brother has been keeping tabs on the progress as it occurred in each state. What? It just happened in Wyoming, it’s getting closer. News reports are now saying it is closing in and to be ready. Okay, I get ready to film it using my phone. By the way, those reports that said you could watch it all go down by using your phone set on selfie mode, you should be whipped with a soggy noodle. Those reports were false.

Anyhow, there I was phone set to record the event of the summer. Well, I’ll let the picture speak for itself. I never got to turn on the video. I just got a picture to prove the phone idea sucked.

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Behold the Solar Eclipse of 2017. Breathtaking isn’t it. My brother has already said he is ordering some welders goggles for the next one. I think I will be getting me some of those fancy schmancy paper goggles, there ought to be a bunch going up on E-Bay soon. You know “Only used once, hardly worn Eclipse goggles. Only $59.99 plus s/h.” I am looking for bargains. Does anyone have a cheap pair?

 

“Thistle” While You Work

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I was walking out around our deck, looking for inspiration for today’s photo. I kept being drawn back to a weed, not the beautiful aloe plants, or cacti. No, it was this cluster of thistle that I kept coming back to.

A backyard full of gorgeous plants, and a weed catches my eye. Was it because it’s a weed, and in my mind, it doesn’t belong. Or is it the fact that even a weed can be beautiful.

I think it speaks to me that even in a world full of beautiful people, there are those of us who feel more akin to the weed. Unwanted, and destined to be cast out of the garden.

Yet the thistle,  like so many other weeds, performs a service in that it has medicinal uses. It makes me wonder how you see yourself. As a beautiful flower. Or are you a weed? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Sparks To Light A Fire

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When looking at this simple flower, my writer’s mind creates a whole new world. Alien landscapes, a dystopian society, sparks to fire up so many possibilities in one small flower.

Does my writer’s mind miss the beauty that is just in the flower? Never, but it is while delving deeper into the essence of what makes it so beautiful that art is born.

 

After The Rain

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I stepped outside after a pretty brutal thunderstorm, and as always it amazes me the resilience of plants to weather the storm. This rose took the moment to open up, and bloom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

of plants to weather the storm. This bud took that time to open up, and bloom.

Slow & Steady

 

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Photo credit to @busterbrat1 on Instagram

 

Is your day going at a snail’s pace? Every time I look at the clock I expect hours to have passed. What do I find? That old hour hand moving slowly into the next hour. As they say slow and steady wins the race, well we need to speed the race up a bit today.