Monday Walk: Texas Hill Country

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Wildflowers in Texas were at its peak time last weekend, stretching from roadsides to the sides of highways. Pleasant scenes didn’t last 30 minutes, it actually lasted the entire 2 hours while we were driving through the Hill Country.

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It was a perfect day for runners. Part of the country road was blocked for the weekend running program; there were many beautiful, happy runners. :)_W5A4623_

Muleshoe Bend Park was loaded with bluebonnets along the river as long as 6 miles. Btw, the bluebonnet is the State flower of Texas.

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The peak time of bluebonnets was over a week ago, so the park wasn’t as crowded as the past couple of weekends.

This park is also a popular place for camping, where you can bike, hike, and/or walk during the daytime and enjoy BBQ grill and beer in the evening.

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If I remember correctly, I met Rashmik through WP Photo 101 last year. I have enjoyed her Soul N Spirit blog since. Last week, she told a story of her grand tour. This is how she describes her first two beautiful photos,”The early morning sunlight penetrated through the huge canopy of trees. The rays looked golden. Darkness eloped and dawn woke up slowly stretching its arms.”  Then… the tigress! “She looked absolutely graceful yet wild, ferocious yet quiet…She walked few meters on the road. I was clicking like crazy.” Click HERE to read more and view her stunning shots.

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Jo is taking us to see DAFFODILS IN FARNDALE. Click HERE to see gorgeous photos daffodils and Farndale.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Motion

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She’s Alive… Beautiful… Finite… Hurting… Worth Dying for

5,889,829 hits already, a must-watch…

“It is dedicated to all who died fighting for the planet and those whose lives are on the line today. The cut was put together by Vivek Chauhan, a young film maker, together with naturalists working with the Sanctuary Asia network (http://www.sanctuaryasia.com/).”

Thank you for watching.

Sensitive Words and One Photo (Nature is…)

But nature is always more subtle, more intricate, more elegant

than what we are able to imagine.

~Carl Sagan

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 This series is inspired by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe‘s quote:

Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture,

and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.

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Early Bird and Mono Madness 2-6

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Leanne has some 52 remarkable monochrome photo submissions for MM 2-6. :)

WPC: Early Bird

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I have followed Sparkonit for a while. This blog provides new medical developments, computer technology advances, and recent scientific discoveries. He carefully select the articles and share them with us. Thank you, Sparkonit!  

Examples: Dark Matter (Science), New Drug That Can Mollify Effects Of Alzheimer’s DiseaseScientists Turn Off Genes That Spur Deadly Brain CancerWhen You Lose Weight, Where Does The Fat Go? and more….

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Monday Walk: Texas Countryside

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When Texas wildflowers stretching from roadsides to the sides of highways, it transforms the landscape, literally.  Almost everyone is out in a field to snap the breathtaking scene. There are several wildflower websites providing daily reports of where the best sightings are.

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Mrs. Lady Bird Johnson advocated wildflower landscapes, “because it can help us save water, wildflowers can save time and maintenance money.” She said. On December 22, 1982, her 70 years old birthday, Mrs. Johnson and Helen Hayes established a National Wild Flower Research Center to preserve the diminishing wild flowers and native plants. She also donated 60 acres of land and a lump sum of money for research. Today, we can enjoy acres of acres of wildflowers in many parts of Texas.

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In 1993, Mrs. Johnson was legally blind; she lost her joy of seeing wildflowers. In 2002, she had a stroke and could no longer speak. On July 11th, 2007, Mrs. Johnson passed away.  She was 94 years old.

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One of the wildflower viewing rules is “Don’t trample or pick the wildflowers.” These wildflowers are annuals, meaning they need to produce seed to come back in following years.

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Mrs. Johnson, as the First Lady, began her campaign to beautify America. The Highway Beautification Act became a law in 1965. She wanted the America we see from highways is a beautiful America.

Mrs. Johnson was the first one in history who made a solo railroad electioneering tour for her husband. During her railroad trip, she was threatened by bombs because she was championing for the justice for the poor and advancing Civil Rights. She continued. “Mrs. Johnson traveled through eight Southern states in her own train to promote the Civil Rights Act, at one point giving 45 speeches over five days.” ~ Wikipedia

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Thank you, Mrs. Johnson.

Mrs. Johnson

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Early bird gets the fish…

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 — The early bird gets the fish :)

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 — Here comes a hijacker!

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 — What…?

WPC: Early Bird

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