Monday, January 20, 2014

Heard Museum

When I was in Texas for my "baby's" 30th birthday last July, he and his sweetheart took my dad and me to Heard Natural Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary. Talk about HOT. Oh my gosh. Flashbacks of 28 Texas summers was not a pleasant memory, so this was a very short outing. Besides, I had already been there with my daughter a few years before. Here are a scant few clicks I managed to get between water breaks and mopping sweat off my brow.
Passion flower. Reminds me of a sea anemone. 

Smile! You're on candid camera!

Button Bush aka Button Willow

I think this is a queen butterfly - female.

Unknown flower Globe mallow (thanks, TexWisGirl!)
To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.
Audrey Hepburn

37 comments:

retriever said...

Wonderfull flowers, the unkown also, have a nice day and week.

eileeninmd said...

Lovely flowers and the grasshopper capture is cool. Awesome photos! Have a happy day!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful shots! I love the passion flower, both the shapes and the colours.

Debbie said...

WoW-zers....can anyone say purple?!?! that's a beauty!!

and that adorable lil grasshopper....in perfect focus!!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I love that butterfly picture. I've never seen one like that before. Resembles a Monarch except for the black around the edges of the wings.

Rosemary Aubut said...

Loving the passion flower! Also such a great quote!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Lovely shots, especially like the purple passion flower - and the grasshopper was really neat. (But so destructive to flowers :-[[

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

You got some great photos! That purple flower is awesome!

Breathtaking said...

Lovely shots of flowers,and both the grasshopper and butterfly are great captures. The Button Willow is a very pretty plant.
Greetings from Portugal

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i have seen one of those flowers in our Florida trip ... they are so amazing in person. gorgeous capture. ( :

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Love the buterfly. I lived in Texas six years. It really is hot.

R. Mac Wheeler said...


Pretty

I love tight shots like those

Kleine Waldameise said...

Wunderschöne Aufnahmen, die Sehnsucht auf Frühling und Sommer wecken.

Ich hoffe, der Schmetterling war nicht gefangen.

Liebe Grüße
Waldameise

TexWisGirl said...

i think that may be globe mallow. :)

love the passion flower - and that stinking hopper portrait! i get SO tired of those munching buggers during our hot summers!

Irma said...

Beautiful pictures, which the first is my favorite.
Have a nice week.

Mitzi said...

Despite the Texas heat, the images are all stunning. That grasshopper was a great capture!

hootnonny said...

Beautiful! I love the passion flowers. They have an interesting history.

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Love the maypop bloom!

catskillblogger said...

Those are some stunning shots.

DeniseinVA said...

Impressive that you got the photos you did in such heat Gail, they're gorgeous!

Anvilcloud said...

My goodness! That Passion flower!!

Starla said...

No wonder it is called a passion flower. Look at that intense color!!

Nancy Claeys said...

I've always wanted to try growing passion flower. Just an amazing blossom.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Looks like this place had lots of beauty,but the heat you describe would be a deal breaker for me.

EG CameraGirl said...

Love these photos. You were brave to be out in the heat. I really do prefer cold to heat. :))

bailey-road.com said...

Lovely shots.

Shug said...

Loved seeing them all.....my fave though, the unknown flower.
It's warm here in Texas today. Shorts weather for sure. Super nice day to be outside...
Enjoy the outdoors..

Merisi said...

You managed to capture all those flowers and critters so beautifully, quite an accomplishment under the circumstance! ;-)

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Oh, I love all of these. That passion flower is gorgeous. It does look like a sea anemone. Love the grasshopper hugging the flower stem and looking sheepish. The button bush shot is fantastic. A great set, Gail. You may not enjoy heat, but you do some amazing work in it. :)

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Great photos, Gail! I love the passion flower.

Brian King said...

Beautiful! I LOVE the grasshopper! I'm not a fan of the heat, either.

Barb said...

What vivid macros - such detail! I love the passion flower.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Wonderful photos. I love the colors especially the passion flower. Hope all is going well for you.

Jacquelineand.... said...

Your dislike of the heat didn't show in the photos, simply stunning!

ladyfi said...

Wow - what amazing shots! Gorgeous.

Marika said...

Nature so perfect ♥

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Lovely flower pictures! That passion flower is native here in Florida... I posted some pictures, but some of them I was afraid to... they actually looked a little bit, well let's just say .... too passionate