Posted on February 7, 2020
Burrowing Owls are the cutest little feathery critters that I have had a close up encounter with. Every so often I will take a drive down to the reclaimed garbage dump that was turned into a park. Fortunately it does not smell anymore. This park seems to be the home for the largest community of Burrowing Owls that I have found in the south.
While it may look like I am up close and personal with the owls and maybe even in their space, I am truly not. Each owl burrow has fencing around it, preventing you from encroaching on the owls space. My trusty zoom lens (which is not so trusty anymore) is the best way to get close to these tiny owls.
The owls are on constant look out for predators, so while they are watching me they are also watching the sky. They typically do not go to far from their burrow.
This little one above popped out of it’s burrow to see what I was doing. Often they will shoot into their burrow as you approach and then curiosity gets the better of them and they will pop back out again. I typically lie down flat on the grass and just try to keep as still as possible.
The burrows can house quite a few owls. The most I have counted has been six. Today this lot had 3.
This burrow actually had 5 owls. At least one of them is keeping an eye on you at all times.
Often you will find an owl having a sand bath. It helps to keep the mites down. It amazes me how the owl blends with the surrounding area. It’s really helpful when it comes to hiding from predator birds.
This little owlet was just a ball of fluff out in the sand. They are cuteness personified and I love taking the time to go down and visit with them. It does help that the South African shop is down there and I can stop by and stock up on the goodies I miss from home.
Thank you for joining me this month as we spend time sharing another day in our lives. This is a circle blog. Take some time to view what the other artists have for you this month. My friend Mindy is up next and I can’t wait to read what she has to share.
Posted on February 3, 2020
We traveled so much last year that I did not have time to edit all the images that I took. So I decided to go back and do some editing today and share the photos I had not shared when we visited last year.
San Antonio Riverwalk was definitely something I had read about, and something I wanted to see. This is definitely more than thirty minutes but I wanted to keep all the riverwalk images together in my blog. I have shared a few images on the Riverwalk last year, however, there are more photo’s that I did not share.
The hotel that we stayed at opened directly out onto the Riverwalk and so we walked out of the building and onto the buzzing walkway of restaurants and people. Lots of people. Clearly the easy was to see the Riverwalk would be to do a ferry right, but we don’t do easy. We walked. To be honest it was not a lot of walking. We ventured out for breakfast and then we were out again for dinner. Most of the restaurants were to the right of our hotel. Some of these are the restaurant walkway and some are of the road less traveled 🙂
Meander with me as we head along the Riverwalk…..
The restaurant area is busy. Lots of people, lots of restaurants, a hive of activity. There are so many places to eat at. We had bangers and mash at Mad Dogs, Seafood at Joe’s Crab Shack, Breakfast at the Original Mexican Restaurant and we stopped for beers at Durty Nellies Irish Pub. Oh and add a few sausage rolls to that order.
On of the things that I really loved about the San Antonio Riverwalk was the mix of old and new. These arched bridges give the sense of a timeless period long ago. Similar stone was just at the Alamo and at the Missions.
Always a favorite of mine is natural wildlife and the riverbanks and the river itself had these beautiful ducks out and about.
This walkway headed up to another shopping center and restaurants, and was also the pathway to the Alamo. Starbucks was around the corner and we stopped there on the way to the Alamo We also stopped by Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville for dinner one evening,
The stairway took us up to the restaurants and a busy area givent
Walking back from the shopping area we meandered down this pathway, past the waterfall and back to the busy canal. I love the colorful umbrella’s and the pathways of green.
All this walking definitely creates a thirst and this was a great spot to hang out and drink a local beer. The ducks were swimming up to the edge looking for handouts.
Heading left from our hotel, the area is quieter, more peaceful and relaxing. The walk was more meditative. There were no general restaurants in this area and the few that we did see were the dining areas for a specific hotel.
Outside the Briscoe Western Art Museum was this incredible set of statues of a cowboy herding cattle. The stairway below leads to the art village La Villita Art Village. We meandered through there one of the afternoons. The last image is of Rosita’s Bridge leading over to the River Art Group.
You have the best of both worlds on the Riverwalk. You have the hustle and bustle of patrons heading in and out of hotels, looking for places to eat, listening to music, and then on the other side you have this quiet, relaxing, peaceful walk.
This was definitely worth the visit and I was glad I could cross it off my bucket list.
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