Friday, March 4, 2011

Texas bound


Tomorrow I'm headed to Texas again. I'm pretty pumped. Not gonna lie. I missed the Golden-cheeked Warblers a lot last year, so I'm happy to spend some quality time with them this season. I'm really excited to get the hell out of Mississippi (shocking, I know) for 4.5 months but I'm going to miss Zac (and the cats) like a crazy fool. But I gotta get out of here.
And the Hill Country is beckoning me. So happy to be going back to the ranch. Looking forward to the field season and working...running, riding my bike that hasn't gotten any action lately, birding, taking a bunch of photos (just got my new lens: Sigma 50-500 OS), the Frio, the caves, friends, those sweet Texas skies and storms. Really the list goes on.
It's amusing that I'm so attached to Texas, yes. And when I say Texas I mean Hill Country and West Texas areas, and some of south Texas for it's prime birding. The rest of Texas I have no love or lust for, nope. But Hill Country...it kinda feels like home.

This friendly armadillo is Cleo. He (she?) lived near the trailers (that's right, trailers! being a field biologist is glamourous!) in 2009. I'm hoping this buddy is still around. They're pretty cute little buggers. Camera Critters

28 comments:

tom sullivan said...

Thanks for the 'dillo pics. I've never seen a living one, only "roadkill." :-(

texwisgirl said...

Welcome back to Texas! You've seen much more of it than I ever will. I'm partial to my little piece of it here in NE Texas, but I will enjoy all the photos you take of the other parts!

Mama Zen said...

I'm an Oklahoma girl, so I am not allowed to utter a positive word about Texas . . .

Take lots of pictures!

KaHolly said...

Where in the Hill Country will you be? You're arriving, I'm leaving. It would be fun to both be here at the same time and meet. I'd love to see Golden-cheeked Warblers. When do they begin arriving? I love TX, too. ~karen

Lucy Corrander said...

And I didn't know armadillos lived in Texas. I'm brought up against my ignorance. I thought they lived only in Australia. I'll now creep away and hide under a bush.

Lucy

Rambling Round said...

I love the Texas Hill Country too, especially Fredericksburg.

Miss Becky said...

I have no idea what your life is, day to day, but you seem to travel a lot and you take fabulous photos that you share here, and for that I'm glad. have a beautiful weekend. and I'm happy you're going to the hill country you love.

Out on the prairie said...

Sounds fun, wish i was heading south myself just to get out of dodge for a bit.That lens sounds real nice to play with, perhaps hard to carry all day.

Susan said...

Great photos! I had a close encounter with a live armadillo in the wilds of Kentucky earlier this year. They are really beautiful when living. I'm much less impressed with the dead ones!
Strangely enough, I have always felt that Texas "felt like home." I'm from Kentucky. Where are you from originally?

Gaelyn said...

I've never seen one of those armadillos. Maybe while I'm in TX. So where exactly are you going?

Tonight in Deming, NM. Tomorrow, headed towards Alpine, TX.

Laloofah said...

Enjoy your road trip, your warblers, your armadillos, and everything about TX that you love and have missed, and I'll just sit here and enjoy your photos!

I enjoyed a trip we made to the Hill Country (mostly around Fredricksburg) while we lived in Abilene, and told my Dallas-raised Texas Aggie husband that if I were ever forced at gunpoint to continue living in TX (which is what it would have taken after 2 years in Abilene!), it would have to be in the Hill Country. It really is beautiful. (Texas Bluebonnets were even one of my wedding flowers). :-)

Happy trails!

Martha Z said...

If I had to go to Texas it would definitely be the hill country but I prefer the White Mountains in your previous shot and of course my heart lies across the deepest valley in the Sierra.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Saweet pics, love these guys too. I was an airline stewardess and was based in Dallas, TX a very long time ago;),and also got married there 41 years ago. Hoping you have a safe journey, and take tons of great images. Texas is a great place to venture about~

Leovi said...

Great series on this beautiful armadillo, You managed to capture the scene as with great beauty. very good

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Oh ya, being Texan myself, I do understand your love for the Hill Country. AND the birding on the coast. Can't beat it anywhere on earth.

LAKESIDE GEESE [and ducks] is my Camera Critter Link for this weekend.

Have a great day.

ladyfi said...

Enjoy your time in Texas. That armadillo is a charming creature! Lovely shots.

Gary said...

Now that's an animal we don't have, but I think we should. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Mike B. said...

My sons have a book on prehistoric animals and it shows an armadillo-like creature that was about 10' long! Imagine that.

Phil said...

Hi Johnny N, I just love that Armadillo, one of the "must see" creatures of the world. Enjoy your trip.

eileeninmd said...

JIll, sounds like a great experience. Have fun and I wish you good birding. Awesome shots of the armadillo.

Deborah said...

What wonderful photos!

John S. Mead said...

Welcome back to Texas! I was just in the Hill Country this weekend and it's happy to have you back! I hope the bluebonnets give you a decent show this spring ... forecasts are pretty iffy this year after a bumper crop last year.

Kala said...

Cleo is adorable.

We just got back from an absolutely fabulous week spent hiking in Guadalupe Mtns National Park.

Also - I've been to the Hill Country before and it is indeed lovely.

Can't wait to see your photos.

Janie said...

The Texas Hill country definitely tops Mississippi in my book. Nice photos of the armadillo.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I will being in the White Sands NM of New Mexico tomorrow and plan to head for Big Bend afterwards. I have you to thank for motivating me to these spots. Now I have to Google "Hill Country" and see what that is all about. Birds are not cooperative with me in having their pictures taken on this trip, but an Armadillo would be a "lifer" for me and I'll take that any day!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What wonderful shots! They look so cute.

catsynth said...

Great photos of the armadillo.
I remember TX hill country being quite beautiful when I visited in 2007.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Love the armadillo shots. I went to college in Texas and we used to go mountain biking around Lake Waco. There we encountered armadillo the size of deer. Okay, maybe baby deer. Only in Texas!