Happy Birthday, Tinka and Leftovers from Rockport

Happy Birthday, Tinka 


Looking good for 65!!!

Hurricane Ike had interrupted us from a few reports.


As the storm approached, we were heading out of town.  That weekend was scheduled to be the annual hummingbird festival in Rockport.  In late August and early September, this place is lousy with the critters.


Our next door neighbor had two feeders set up and we saw as many as thirty birds swarming the feeders at one time.


Flying, sitting in the trees and on the feeder, there are no fewer than 13 birds in the photo below.


Sand Dollars 

The elusive sand dollars were plentiful on a recent visit to the Padre Island National Seashore.  Something that we had not seen before were LIVE sand dollars.


The difference between live ones and dead ones is the color.  Usually you will find white sand dollars.  These have been dead for a while and tumbled smooth in the surf.  Here are examples of live and dead sand dollars.


The live ones are a little fuzzy and we’re told that you can’t bleach and polish them yourself to make them look white.  It’s just something that nature needs to take care of.

2 Responses to “Happy Birthday, Tinka and Leftovers from Rockport”

  1. Happy Birthday, Tinka!!!!! Doug & JoAnn

  2. Rick and Tinka says:

    Thank you!!!!!! I really do not want another birthday.
    It sounds like Doug is really getting his medical problems solved!

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