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Pretty Peacocks of Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve in Austin Texas

Pretty Peacocks of Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve in Austin Texas

Exotic peacocks can be seen wandering about the grounds of central Austin Texas. The peafowl living at Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve are descendants of the original pair of peafowl given as a Christmas gift to the Mayfield’s in 1935. In the springtime visitors to Mayfield Park are often greeted by the peacocks fanning their tail […]

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Hiking is My Cheap Therapy – Exploring Nature Trails in the City

Hiking is My Cheap Therapy – Exploring Nature Trails in the City

Taking a mid-day break to hike a nature trail is my cheap therapy – I think only of the  exact moment I am in, walking the trail, exploring nature. Time doesn’t exist. Hiking at Bull Creek Park in northwest Austin recently I lost all track of time. I had planned to spend a half hour […]

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Oldest Oak Tree in Texas – The Big Tree – Goose Island State Park

Oldest Oak Tree in Texas – The Big Tree – Goose Island State Park

The Oldest Live Oak tree in Texas, known as The Big Tree, lives at Goose Island State Park near Rockport Texas.  I paid a visit to the Big Tree in February on my way back from the coastal town of Port Aransas. This old oak tree is amazing!     While I was visiting The Big Tree the […]

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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – Bluebonnets and Hiking Trails

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – Bluebonnets and Hiking Trails

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin’s southwest includes botanical gardens, hiking trails, as well as a research center including the Restoration Research Trail. After leaving Washington DC Lady Bird Johnson worked to encourage the beautification of Texas highways. Mrs Johnson’s passion for the environment and wildflowers eventually lead to the creation of The National […]

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Mayfield Park – Peacocks and Hiking Trails in Austin City Limits

Mayfield Park – Peacocks and Hiking Trails in Austin City Limits

Mayfield Park is an absolute gem – this Central Austin park includes a 27 acre nature preserve, 2 acres of beautiful gardens, an historic cottage, water-lily ponds, and peacocks greet you at the entrance! Mayfield Park and the surrounding nature preserve was gifted to the City of Austin by Mary Mayfield Gutsch in 1971. Her parents […]

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Lady Bird Lake – Downtown Austin Texas Hike and Bike Trail

Lady Bird Lake – Downtown Austin Texas Hike and Bike Trail

Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail in downtown Austin Texas is the perfect inner-city getaway! A beautiful escape to nature without leaving the city – I often make a pit-stop for a quick walk by the water when I’m in-between client appointments. It’s the perfect place to get a little exercise and unwind. For […]

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Mumsy’s Garden in Calgary Alberta Canada

Mumsy’s Garden in Calgary Alberta Canada

We’re enjoying springtime weather in Austin Texas. The wildflowers blooming along the Austin roadways always get me thinking about my mom, affectionately known as Mumsy, who happens to love gardening. She loves getting her hands in the dirt. She loves picking out new plants to try out in her garden. She even managed to get […]

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SXSW – an afternoon on 6th St in Austin Texas

SXSW – an afternoon on 6th St in Austin Texas

South by SouthWest (SXSW) in Austin Texas is the annual film, interactive, music conference and festival which began in 1987. My first SXSW experience was in 2000 when I purchased a wristband for $95 and found out I still had to wait in lines and could be turned away even with the wristband. I went […]

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Huatulco Oaxaca Mexico

Huatulco Oaxaca Mexico

Huatulco is almost due south from Austin, Texas – it’s a resort town situated on the Pacific coast of Mexico in the state of Oaxaca. I visited Huatulco in 2000 and remember it as a very laid back place. The Bougainvillea grew to massive size and were full of vibrant blooms Lush gardens full of tropical fruits […]

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Spring in Austin…almost :)

Spring in Austin…almost :)

Last week on Monday I was enjoying the beautiful spring weather in Austin, Texas. I noticed a few red bud trees blooming so in-between client appointments I stopped by Zilker Botanical Gardens to visit their red bud trees – just starting to bloom as you can see in this photo: Yesterday was 28 degrees Celsius […]

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Graffiti Around the World

Graffiti Around the World

Traveling around the world I enjoy walking around exploring the neighborhoods of my temporary location – graffiti always catches my eye. In Buenos Aires I stayed in the Palermo Soho neighborhood and walked throughout the neighborhood – there was plenty of creative graffiti in the area.           Rio de Janeiro has some […]

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Portuguese Man O’ War – Looks Pretty but Don’t Touch

Portuguese Man O’ War – Looks Pretty but Don’t Touch

This Portuguese Man O’ War arrived on the beach of St Jos. Island yesterday while I was walking along taking photos of the collection of things washed up on shore. The Portuguese Man O’ War was by far the most interesting and colorful item on display. More information on these marvelous creatures soon. For now […]

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