Sword fern and the macro lens | Manvel, Texas Photographer

Sword fern grows pretty much straight up so I decided to capture pictures from a  few different angles. This plant is pretty interesting to photograph especially when using a macro lens.

It grows very well in the shade to part shade areas and seems to tolerate drought pretty well without having to be constantly watered.

It is bright green so it can liven up shade areas quite well.


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Farm bell| Manvel, Texas Photographer

These old farm bells were used to let everyone know dinner was ready. They were very heavy and made out of wrought iron. They are loud so no one would have a problem hearing it.

When our children were little they loved to ring it at dinner time.

I have had this one for at least 35 years. My grandparents bought it for us as a gift one year. It sits in a triangle-shaped bed with an old black wrought iron wash pot.

I am pretty sure this one is an original and not a replica, but I do need to research that a little more to be sure.

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A Texas Crop

Milo is grown in many rural countries. It is used as a main source of protein, energy, vitamins and minerals.Here in the United States it is used in feed for cattle and poultry and also in brewing applications.

It is the third most important cereal crop here in the United States and it is the fifth most important worldwide. Nigeria, India, Australia, Argentina, Mexico and the United States all grow this crop.

If other countries eat this crop you have to wonder why we don’t if it is such a great source of protein.


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Bumpy cat

This older cat was known as Bumpy Jr. he was the spitting image of a cat we had years ago named Bumpy.I know it was his offspring.

For the last three years, or so Bumpy Jr. has been coming by here to eat. During the last year and half he would stay from 3 – 5 days never leaving. He would lay out on the deck as if he owned the place. He never bothered anyone he was a good old tom cat.

It took awhile, but I could pet him, but I was the only one who could. He knew he could trust me. I even put flea medicine on him last month since he traveled I figured he needed it. I know he appreciated that.

Two weeks went by and I had not seen him so I knew something had happened to him. He was never gone from here more than three days at a time.

I really wish people would pay attention when they are driving and avoid hitting animals in an area that the speed limit is 30 mph. He truly touched my heart and I hope he knew that. I will miss him and his visits.

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Double the Love | Manvel, Texas Twin Photographer

These adorable twin boys were born at 34 weeks.Ricardo weighing in at 4 pounds 8 ounces and Roberto weighing in at 5 pounds 4 ounces. They were only in NICU for 17 days which is not bad at all for twins that were born 6 weeks early.

The boys were 5 weeks old in these pictures and had just been to the Dr. They were currently weighing 7 pounds 3 ounces and 7 pounds 9 ounces. Five-week-old twin boys that are just now the size of a newborn baby.

Twins normally catch up to other babies by the time they are a year old.

They were a little bit gassy this day so we did not get as many pictures as I wanted to, but the ones we were able to get turned out really cute.

I ordered these outfits just for this session, of course, I had to customize them by adding the large button because I like being different. The yarn these outfits were crochet out of was quite soft.

I hope to do a follow-up photo session with these two little guys when they are about 6 months old.


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