Friday MTShootOut LawnTool Guys

The Big Guy's Lawn Tool Toy!

The Little Guy...Likes the Big Guys Tools Toys...He's a Wheel Guy!

November 24, 2011
Lawn Tools


Deer and Turkey Shoots In Texas

Just goes to show there's more than one way to Bag a Doe and a Gobbler!

Ya'll have a Happy Thanksgiving!


Balancer VS Lopsider....FridayMTShootOut

Mother Nature Symmetry
Turtle Shell
The lower shell that encases the belly is called the plastron. The carapace and plastron are joined together on the turtle's sides by bony structures called bridges. The inner layer of a turtle's shell is made up of about 60 bones that include portions of the backbone and the ribs, meaning the turtle cannot crawl out of its shell.  Tortoises, being land-based, have rather heavy shells. In contrast, aquatic and soft-shelled turtles have lighter shells that help them avoid sinking in water and swim faster with more agility.  Wikepedia
Conclusion:  Texas Turtles that Float the Concho are at risk of going PlastronUp when they OverImbibe and try shucking their SwimSuits. 
Pistol Packin' HollyHock
In Japan, the Holly Hock was incorporated into the official seal of the Tokugawa Shogunate, and through this influence has maintained importance in modern Japanese culture.

Such a beautiful and perfect example of one Mother Nature's symmetrical creations.
Texas Mother Nature blessed us with a bountiful harvest of 'Pistol Packin' Holly Hocks this year at the San Angelo Picket Fence Gardens.

Man-Made Symmetry
 Magazine Display at Hastings
Featuring Famous Cowboy Movie Star/Singer
Roy Rodgers

This Symmetry Theme was fun for me, as it is my Nature to Balance Everything. 
However, as a Professional Artist/Designer I have 'Forced' myself to be A-Symmetrical LopSider! 
How about You...are you a Balancer or a Lopsider?
Theme for Nov 18, 2011
More Symmetrical Shooters



The Letter 'A' ... It's AWESOME

 It's not often that I take Photo's of the less Attractive side of People, Places or Things.
But the driver of the Auto in which I was a passenger...well, he was following the
 Arrow pointing to the left... Away from Academy's Attractive Side. 

It worked out Alright since it opened the Avenue for presenting our Athlete Grandson
 who supported  America's Breast Cancer Awareness Month
 by wearing Pink Leggings and the Pink Ribbon on his
 Athletic Footbal Gear which was bought at....
It was AWESOME to see All the Support from All Walks of Life!!!

AHHHH, now this is more like it....the Attractive Photo Shots!
As you can see the Pink Autum Joy Attracted both the Bee and Me!
Thank goodness for AutoZoom Zoom Zoom!
It Allowed me to capture this Amazing and Awesome shot!
Any closer and I'd be Applying Aloe and Antiseptics!

Speaking of AWESOME!

Theme for November 11th
'The Letter A"
More AWESOME Shots
on the


It's FourO'Clocks...Somewhere

by Julia Caroline Ripley Dorr 1892
It is mid-afternoon.  Long, long ago
Each morning-glory sheathed the slender horn
It blew so gayly on the hills of morn,
And fainted in the noontide's fervid glow.

Gone are the dew-drops from the rose's heart-
Gone with the freshmess of the early hours,
The songs that filled the air with silver showers,
The lovely dreams that were of morn a part.

Yet still in tender light the garden lies;
The warm, sweet winds are whispering soft and low;
Brown bees and butterflies flit to and fro;
The peace of heaven is inthe o'erarching skies.

And here be four-o'clocks, just opening wide
Their many colored petals to the sun,
As glad to live as if the evening dun
Were far away, and morning had not died!

When nothing else will grow and bloom for lack of moisture and the extreme Texas heat, I can always count on Four'OClocks. 

Botanically known as Mirabilis jalapa..Marvel of Peru, it is the most commonly grown ornamental species of Mirabilis, and is available in a range of colours  Mirabilis in Latin means wonderful and Jalapa is a town in Mexico.  The flower is said to have been exported from the Peruvian Andes in 1540.  A curious aspect of this plant is that flowers of different colors can be found simultaneously on the same plant.  (more info on Wikipedia)


My Town Friday ShootOut...BEWARE

My Town Friday ShootOut
Friday Nov. 4, 2011
Funny~Unusual~Strange~Spooky Signs
Beware...More Shooters Signs...On


HiO Silver


Stone Cemetery Part II for FMTShootOut




Something Old
Something New
Something Borrowed
Something Blue

October 21, 2011

Please see post below for Part I
Ben Ficklin Cemetery
My Hometown San Angelo, Texas


Ben Ficklin ~ The Stone Cemetery

Photo Group I

Ben Ficklin on the Web
(List of Graves)

Photos on CollectInTexas Gal PhotoBlog
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The Monarch's SWEET Texas Nectar

It's that time of year for the Monarch Butterfly to head South for the Winter.
  An amazing and much anticipated migration from Canada to Mexico. 
With Texas being smack dab in the middle of the route to Mexico,
Texans gear up every year by creating Habitats for the Monarchs.

Butterfly gardens are easy to plant, and you can design one that gives monarchs habitat throughout their breeding cycle. As with all butterflies, you should grow plants that will host the eggs and feed the larvae ("caterpillar plants") and/or Provide nectar to adult butterflies ("nectar plants").

Milkweed is the monarch's larval plant. It is the host for egg-laying and the food for the larvae. Here are a few milkweed species you may be able to plant in your region:
Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Adult monarchs will be attracted to gardens that provide nectar for them. Be sure to choose varieties of flowers that have early and late blooming times, so that nectar sources will be available throughout the season. Here are some favorite nectaring plants:
Purple coneflower
Sedum such as "Autumn Joy
Joe-Pye Weed
Rough Blazing Star
Butterfly Weed

Monarchs, like the majority of butterflies drink nectar from flowers through their tongues, which function much like straws.  From the list of nectaring plants, I have Autum Joy which blooms in perfect time for the Monarch Migration through Texas. 

It's past time for the Monarch Migration through Texas, but this Prince of Butterfly's must have gotten a late start and just yesterday, made a PitStop in my backyard to fill up for the Trip South of the Border.

Usually the Monarch's feed on the High Octane Autum Joy, but it was occupied.
Journey North's Monarch Butterfly Migration Website
Linking to
Theme for Friday October 14th
McLinky List of Sweet Shooters
How 'SWEET IT IS' to be back to My Town Friday ShootOut!
I've missed Ya'll
Please see the Post Below
That's Life...It's Not Simple...But I Sure Do Love It
for a Simple-Splanation!!


That's Life...It's Not Simple...But I SureDo LoveIt

When last I was here...April 10th...I really had plans to return before now!
As it happened, Spring Break and the Extended Photo Shoot Trip
took a detour in May which lasted through the summer and....

...continues today.

That's Life
When you say it is simple,
It says - not as simple as you think!
When you say it is difficult,
It says - not as difficult as you think!
When you say it is beautiful,
Giving a healthy challenge,
It says - are you sure?
When you say you know it well,
It will confuse you and say - you bet!
That's life...
I am not sure whether I know it,
But I sure do love it!

I'll see you again soon here on CollectInTexas Gal's Photo Blog to share my
 Summer PhotoShoots!
In the meantime, I invite you to visit me on
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