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Raising Monarch Caterpillars in Winter

Someone asked me to post an update to this since I made reference to it on Facebook.  A couple of weeks ago, until just yesterday, it has been very cold and rainy in Houston.  On a few of those days it was supposed to be below freezing so I moved my Milkweed plants to the […]

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Cold Weather And Monarch Caterpillars

I was asked recently about Monarch Caterpillars and cold weather. Generally I have found that the caterpillars do just fine as long as it’s above freezing, but if it’s supposed to be below freezing I take some extra precautions. I have several of those small containers that you get at the pet store that house […]

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Butterflies, Dragonflies And Hummingbirds Getting Nectar

I’m a little tired tonight, but not much detail is needed. Pulled out the camera again, and despite the horrendous afternoon light, took some pictures of Ruby Throated Hummingbirds, Dragonflies, and Gulf Fritillary Butterflies, and a Giant Swallowtail Butterfly laying eggs on my Lemon Tree. Can you find the Male Ruby Throated Hummingbird in the […]

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Butterflies, Dogs, Lizards, and Hummers

I’m back after a long hiatus. I finally decided to pick up the camera again, after using my iPhone to take just random shots. The afternoon light was horrendous, but I still had fun.

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German Shepherd Day 9 After Spleen Removal: Miracles Happen

I first got the call from the vet surgeon on Thursday. I think she said something like, “well, we got the pathology results back for Sascha.” I had prepared myself mentally for just about anything the vet would tell me, except for what she actually told me. Sascha did NOT have cancer and Sascha does […]

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German Shepherd Day 4 After Spleen Removal

Well today is day 4 since Sascha had her spleen removed. I’m still awaiting her pathology results from the surgery. In the interim, let me share the latest. Sascha is back to her crazy self.  I didn’t do a post on day 3, but this photo below explains it all. See the cute German Shepherd […]

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German Shepherd Day 2 After Spleen Removal

Before I forget to mention it, thank you to all the folks who wrote to me personally on my first post regarding Sascha’s cancer. I appreciate all the thoughts. So today is day 2 since Sascha had her spleen removed because of three tumors.  We don’t know if it was benign or malignant, and as […]

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My German Shepherd Has Cancer

Well this is certainly not a post I want to do, but perhaps through my blogging about it, perhaps it may help someone else, perhaps I will learn something to pass along, or perhaps a miracle will happen. Let me first offer some background. About three weeks ago Sascha, my 10 year old German Shepherd […]

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Ruby Throated Hummingbirds And Monarch Butterflies Arrive

I guess it might be pure coincidence, or perhaps something related to the wind and weather, but both the Ruby Throated Hummingbirds and the Monarch Butterflies were sighted today.  I saw 3 Monarch Butterflies (no pictures unfortunately as I was driving), and when I got home, I noticed a familiar sound I haven’t heard since […]

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Purple Martins Are Settling In To Their Housing

I haven’t been able to get an exact count of the number of Purple Martins in my two housing structures, but I think there are around 20.  When they fly in for the evening it sounds very strange as you see these diving birds all coming to the housing at one time.  They haven’t started […]

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First Sightings On Eastern Bluebirds For 2014

Well I’ve got good news and bad news about the Eastern Bluebirds so far. The good news is that there definitely is a male and female visiting my backyard. The bad news is that I’ve seen no evidence of them trying to build a nest in one of my many nestboxes, and they have not […]

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Juvenile Rufous Hummingbird On Bamboo Branch

This juvenile Rufous Hummingbird has been with me all Winter.  Unlike Ruby Throated Hummingbirds, he’s the toughest thing to photograph.  He’s very shy, flies away as soon as he sees me.  I believe this is the same guy that came around last Winter as well.  He’s got to be pretty lonely, as I’ve never seen […]

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