2020 Cibolo Nature Center

Cibolo Nature Center
Boerne, Texas

The Cibolo Creek trail is a jewel just waiting to be explored.

Since the Covid lock-down Kim and I have been trying to take walks whenever we can. One of our favorite walks is through the Cibolo Nature Center located just outside of Boerne Texas. Usually, especially early in the morning when we prefer to walk, we have the place all to ourselves.

There is is nice set of trails which go past a marsh and then along the Cibolo Creek.
Little baby Cyprus trees now dot the elevated walkway.
Photography possibilities along the creek are endless.
And there is always something new and interesting to see along the way.

As the Texas summer temperatures heat up we try to take our walk earlier when there might be just a hint of coolness in the air.

A Real Life American Action Hero

This is a re-post of an article I wrote in March of 2015 when my wife Kim went off to fight the Ebola crisis in Africa. Now there are so very many heroes who are fighting on the front lines to get this new virus under control. Kim is now not able to help, but I know that she would be right there if she could.

Rambo on his way to fight imaginary villains

What does a real life hero look like. Here is a picture of one of my favorite TV hero’s. I have watched Sylvester Stallone in the Rambo movies probably too many times to count. He sure looks ready for anything.

But what does a REAL life hero really look like? I think that it is somebody who just sees a need in the world, gets up and says, “Hey! I think I might be able to help with that.” They are just ordinary people who are as afraid of the unknown as we all are, but somehow, someway they rise above their fears. Like us, they sometimes wake up in the middle of the night sweating with fear, but still they rise up in the morning, have a cup of coffee and get on with what needs to be done.

A real life American hero

What does a REAL life hero look like? She looks like my 72 year old wife who after helping stop the spread of Ebola in Liberia, Africa ( she says she had a lot of help from MSF, Doctors Without Borders) is now off once again, this time to Sierra Leone to hopefully do the same. She says she is going to try to stop the spread of Ebola there, so we don’t have to worry about it here. This Is what the face of a REAL true American hero looks like, and I am once again proud to be able to support her in her quest, and I hope all of you can do the same?

You can read all about her work at my blog or go right to the source in her blog https://kimfedericisblog.wordpress.com

I know she would appreciate a thought or comment, a word of encouragement, or just a simple thank-you note as she begins her work of making the world just a little safer. She will be gone for the next two months. As I write this she is in the air on her way to Africa, and I couldn’t be prouder to call her my friend.

But of course that’s just my opinion!

Now after reading this isn’t there someone who you would like to thank. Then do it!

Bluebonnets in the Hill Country….Again!

Somewhere in the Hill Country

So we could not reset the temptation to take yet another drive up north into the Texas Hill Country to ogle over the bluebonnets, which are just starting to go to seed. In a few weeks they will be all gone to be replaced by many other, even more colorful wildflowers. Here are a few of my favorite images from our trip.

There was no need to keep a 6 foot distance from these bluebonnets!

You just can’t take a bad photo of a flowing stream and Texas bluebonnets

I just have to show off one of my photos that won second place in the DeWitt County Shutterbug contest. It is still one of my favorite images that I took on my last trip to Utah. Its called “Framed Mountain”. You can see all of the winners by going to their Facebook page at:

Okay, I am now done showing off!

Country Distancing

Willow City Loop Texas


A few days ago we took a ride out to see the bluebonnets. We had planted about a pound of seeds in our yard, but they are still looking pretty skimpy. Willow City Loop is in the Hill Country just north of Fredericksburg Texas. It has just the right soil conditions so the bluebonnet flowers are always tall and lush and beautiful.

This year the bluebonnets did not disappoint.

The loop takes a few hours to drive with frequent stops to photograph.

Even in stormy weather there is always something interesting to photograph
Some downed trees can make an interesting subject.

We had a wonderful break from our self isolation. We saw very few other cars, but in the late morning more started to drive the loop. On the way home we even stopped to pick a few bluebonnets to press for our business at www.flowersinglass.com which, like all other non-essential business’, has been shut down except for some mail orders. Hopefully, we will be able to start doing art & craft shows in the fall. In the mean-time I could get used top this retirement thing!