Thursday, August 26, 2010

Can't Beat the Heat

The bunnies are I are still staying low and inside. We reached 107 F on Monday.  My fur babies don't come out until dark, preferring to stay in the darkest coolest corner they can find. I spend my nights cleaning, changing out cool water and brushing - lots of brushing. The bunnies are shedding like, well, the fur monsters they are. I apologize for the lack of new bunny pictures. I expect the bunz to feel more photogenic say around November - haha! 

So for today I have some pictures of critters outside withstanding the heat:

A gorgeous tiger swallowtail on our lantana. The lantana is about the only plant still alive in the garden and it feeds not only the butterflies and moths, but I've also seen our visiting hummingbirds on it. It's a really gorgeous plant, about 4 years old now and seems to withstand anything.
An anole lizard on our crape myrtle tree. He seemed to being "Go away lady, you're not my type"... I love the little lizards.

This critter was bold enough to come out in the daylight.  We often see raccoons at night munching on the bird seed, but hardly ever in the day. A couple of nights later though, we saw two this size and four *tiny* babies. They were so cute! and appropiately out around 11 pm.  I also got another surprise (but no pictures) of an armadillo wondering through the backyard. He was so cool. I have seen them before, dead along roadside or in zoos and such, but never alive in the wild. I was totally fascinated.

One last picture for you today.One of my favorite bunny pictures - Ferd when he was much smaller would climb underneath an oversize chair we had and hide for hours. He wouldn't even come out for treats, he would just stick his nose out for feeding:

Feed The Snout

Have a Great Week!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Quick Trip to Galveston

We took a couple of days to go to the beaches of Galveston, TX.  The bunnies would be left safely at home to snooze. So off hubby and I went early one morning, he drove and I slept. What great travel company I am! haha! We arrived mid afternoon, just enough time to catch lunch/dinner at one of our favorite restaurants Gaido's and to take a ferry trip. I love the ferry, watching the water, watching the birds and occassionally dolphins, the other sight seers and boats. Plus it's free and the wind and water are cooling. Trust me, it was HOT...

Here are some of the seagalls chasing the ferry. Sometimes passengers feed them at the back end. Always hopeful, the birds follow.
A couple of extra riders on the ferry. They rode like that the entire way. So cute!
At the end of the ferry ride, there are birds lined up on the pier. I think they watch to see if the boats pull up anything interesting in the water. Or it could be the air flow.
The next day we made it to the beach. There were cute little terns walking the shore line. They didn't let me get close, and my camera wasn't my good one, but I had to capture the memory.

There was a storm coming so we went home after the beach. Galveston is still showing signs of devastation from the hurricane Ike. It was still upsetting to see, but the new construction was heartening. Galveston is gorgeous, the Gulf of Mexico big and roaring, and our trip was just what we needed.

Oops, a couple of more photos from the beach... Giant dragonflies zoom all about the beach, they were glorious to watch as they danced in the sky.
And the morning glory growing wildly across the sands of the beach. All I could think of was the hummingbirds at home would love it...