Turtles

Turtles

I have always liked turtles because they have to stick their head out to go forward or backward. I try to always go forward. Turtles are different from tortoises. They are land creatures. The turtles pictured are in the creek at my ranch, Ambush Hill, aptly titled because the bluffs are conducive to a successful ambush or the title is appropriate because visitors are ambushed by the beauty of...

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Texas Exotics, Axis Deer

Texas Exotics, Axis Deer

Commonly known as the most beautiful deer in the world, mature Axis deer have spots much like a fawn. The species originated in India. A large male can weigh up to 250 pounds with the females weigh less. Since the deer are from a tropical climate they breed any time of the year. The axis deer on my ranch are quite prolific and need to be thinned on a regular basis because they drive away the...

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Exotics

Exotics

  Hunters love the Hill Country of Texas.  Many exotic animals roam free or live behind game-proof fences.  At Ambush Hill Ranch I have my share of exotics, some desired and and some not so desired.  Some species thrive in the rugged canyon lands and this can cause problems similar to what rabbits did in New Zealand.    Ranchers today receive substantial money from hunters.  A trophy...

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The Ranch Cat Named Parlay

The Ranch Cat Named Parlay

While the picture is not of Parlay the cat, this is a picture of problems that arise from living on a remount ranch.  Porcupines destroy trees.  Porcupines live on tree bark.  They prefer young trees and when young fruit trees are planted, they ring the tree and eventually the trees die.  When I first moved to the ranch, the mice, rats and squirrels made nests under the hoods of my vehicles...

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Texas Authors

Being from Texas I enjoy reading Texas authors who write about my territory.  Though I am global in my outlook I favor good Texas writers.  I enjoy Texas history by authors J. Frank Dobie, James Haley,  and T. R. Fehrenbach who capture Texas culture from the very beginning as does James Michener who is not from Texas but spent his final years in Austin and donated his collection to the...

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My favorite Authors

I have no picture to accompany this post.  As an author, traveler and reader I enjoy books by travel authors.  Among my favorites are Paul Theroux, Bruce Chatwin, Richard Halliburton, John McPhee and Bill Bryson.  Bill Bryson writes about other things too.  In fact most travel writers don’t write exclusively about traveling.  Insights are included.  I also enjoy reading authors from...

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