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White Winged Dove…


Does that make you think of a song? If so, is it now stuck in your head??? lol

Isn’t the dove beautiful? She/he was close to the window. Watching me. They can be very docile, but my puppies caught one once, didn’t hurt it, but I had to yell a lot to get them to let go of the dove. Then I put her out front where she could recover from the shock, and she flew away later. I have to make my puppies sit before they leave the house, I chase the doves off, and then let the puppies out the door. They are so incredibly fast, they can catch birds. Once, they got a sparrow, but I was able to get it away from my fastest dog, and put her out front to recover. They play dead and then they fly off. Still, I don’t feed the birds so they’re playthings for the puppies. It’s a natural instinct for them to hunt, so they’re doing what dogs do. I have to remind myself.

But I’m trying to train them not to chase off the birds that are brave enough to sit on the fence. Tanner gets too much joy from seeing them fly away. Monster. 🙂 <3

Off to write. Only 20,000 words to go, bear to make, taxes to do, book to read, and seeds to plant (butterfly bushes and coneflowers). Oh, and a bunch of the seeds I  planted are actually coming up: salvia, zinnia, coneflower. Can’t wait to see if they make it! I’ve never had luck with flower seeds before. In the meantime, I’m taking pictures of weed flowers. 🙂


Hopefully, more pictures of flowers soon!

Have a flower-filled day!

Terry Spear

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Nature’s Beauty

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Oftentimes when I water, I see the miracle of a rainbow forming in the sunlight, and I think how much I’d like to capture it. I absolutely had NOT planned to take pictures today. None. Not one. Okay, one. Of a rainbow. Well, maybe more, until I could capture one just right.

You see, rainbows are tricky devils. They fade just as you take the shot. Here I am, juggling the hose and the camera and trying to see if the rainbow is even in the picture. It was, but I couldn’t tell, or sometimes it would fade right out of existence before the camera finished focusing.

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The top one shows more of the rainbow. The second one, the rainbow at the top had nearly disappeared already.

You know that a pot of gold is at the end of a rainbow, right? But would it exist if you create your own?

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Wolves and cougars have been found to help keep a balance in the wild or animals such as herbivores, elk, deer, goats, will eat up the vegetation to the ground, and then other wildlife can’t take cover and lose their habitats. And what has that to do with these pretty flowers? While I was out watering the other day, I saw these bad, bad flowering vines. They are weeds. They creep over everything and in this case, they’re climbing over a variegated privet, pictured above with the rainbow. But twice now when I’ve gone out to water, a hummingbird has flown close to my water spray. And I thought she was coming from the cornfields, which I couldn’t understand. Unless my neighbor has a hummingbird feeder.

But no, she’s coming for the nectar from these flowers. Sometimes “weeds” are miracles in disguise.

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Hummingbirds love tubular flowers.
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Nature’s hummingbird feeder.

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Desert Willow

I planted these because they don’t mind heat and drought, only now they’re not flowering. But the hummingbirds are attracted to them when they do flower.

So the weed, which seems to be more reliable,  stays. Sometimes humans just need to leave nature alone.

Don’t you agree?

Now, if I could only capture a shot of the hummingbird!

Have a glorious Monday!

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Wildflowers of Summer, Central Texas

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The bluebonnets are gone, but the Indian Blanket/Firestorm is out in full force, and I caught this milkweed that I thought was pretty with my macro lenses. Who says weeds can’t be pretty?

Back to Her Highland Hero. Need to finish it up so I can work on the Highland novella for an anthology I’m working with 4 other authors on! 🙂 If I don’t keep working on it, I’m bound to get edits in on the other books again and lose my place. LOL And have to start all over again. 🙂

Have a lovely Thursday!

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Wildflowers or Weeds?

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I took this on a breezy, sunny day.  The flowers only open in the sun. When the sun is hidden, they close up.

I remember reading once where a “gardener” had a wildflower garden in the front of his house. It was wild. Untamed. Chaos.

Neighbors wanted him to conform and get rid of the disconcerting mess.

This is what they agreed that he or anyone else in the neighborhood could have:

Grass lawn. Check. Trees. Check. Shrubs. Check. Ground covers–the acceptable kind. Check. Flowers–the legitimate kind. Check.

What makes for unacceptable ground covers or flowers? That wild stuff.

Living in the country, I don’t pay to have a community watchdog force. It means that I could have some neighbors who have a lot of trash out in the yards, yes. But mostly we just have lots and lots of fields of whatever the farmer’s growing–wheat, maze, and that’s it. Which means?

I can share my wildflowers with you. Or weeds.

They look kind of alien, don’t they? I think the next time I write an alien shifter story, I’ll include them.

So what about you? Do you buy all the weed killers you can get so you have the perfect lawn to fit the perfect neighborhood? Do you wish you could be a wild gardener?

I have to say that my worry about going all wild would be it makes for the perfect snake habitat. 🙂

Oh, and here is my rose bush–the old and the new:

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Back to edits.

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