March 31, 2015

10 Things // March 2015

I started a new photography project on texture!  In the off chance that you spot some weirdo staring at a tree with their camera just inches away from's probably me :)

I got to enjoy a few days of snow and giant icicles...which I of course used to pretend I was Tim the Enchanter...

Things started to grow again...

Matthew started collecting rocks & minerals...which means I want to start collecting them too...which means you'll be seeing more pretty photos like this:

The weather started getting warmer and I started finding creepy crawlies again.  In case you didn't know...I love insects!!

I acquired a new reptilian friend:

I celebrated the first day of Spring by sharing a sweet photo I took of Popcorn...and she even got featured on The Dainty Squid!  This is totally going to her head.

Insects aren't the only critters making a comeback....aren't snails the cutest?

I enjoyed a visit to my Grandparents house...where I found this fella hanging out on one of the fence can't tell in the photo, but he's making that face because it had just started to sprinkle...who doesn't love the rain?

I celebrated my Mom's birthday along with my sister & her girlfriend!  We stayed in a nice hotel, did some shopping, and took her to see Cinderella.  We all had lunch at Razzoo's before they hit the road for their 2 hour drive home the next day.  Aside from their food being AMAZING, they have the cutest menus ever:

Even more stuff I loved about March:

  • Matthew and I enjoyed a date night by going to see Chappie.  You should definitely see it if you get a chance.  Just a quick bit of movie trivia for you...Chappie was directed by Neill Blomkamp, who also directed District 9 and Elysium.  His next project? Aliens!!!! Oh and Sigourney Weaver is going to be Ripley again!  I. Am. So Excited!  P.S.  Sharlto Copley (voice of Chappie) has the most epic beard in Elysium...don't believe me?  Just watch this video :)  So hot!
  • I discovered and have been going crazy with plans for the blog!
  • I created a Last FM account!  If you're curious about the types of music I listen to just head on over there and check it out!

March 30, 2015

On The Trail // Pretty Pollinators

Matthew and I went on our first "sort of" hike of Spring yesterday!  I wasn't very prepared and the "no water and mid-80's temps" were a bit much so we ended up cutting it short.  I was hoping to see at least one reptile, but I guess I just wasn't looking in the right places.  We did spot these female Easter Tiger Swallowtails though!  Aren't they beautiful?  I love the coloring and they were SO big!!!

How was your weekend?

March 24, 2015

Backyard Adventure // Snails Snails Snails!

I have forever been a huge fan of snails.  They're super slimey, interesting, and cute...all rolled up in a cute little shell.  What's not to love?!  I found these little guys under a bucket lid at my Grandparents house a couple of weekends ago.

Have a Great Week!

March 20, 2015

Happy First Day of Spring!

Because Spring is probably my favorite season, I decided to share a fun little photoshoot I did with Popcorn!  I kinda wanna start doing these little shoots with all my pets-it's so much fun!  Isn't she cute?!

Happy First Day of Spring!

March 17, 2015

Say Hello To // Starbucks the Leopard Gecko

In early February, my little brother purchased Starbucks from a vendor at the NARBC show, and has been worried that he hasn't been eating.  At his request, I've taken him under my wing and will be making sure he gets everything he needs to be healthy and happy.  A visit to the Vet may be in his future, but as far as I can tell he seems to be just fine.  I'll keep you updated on any progress and I hope you enjoy the festive photos in the meantime!

March 16, 2015

At The Park // Crawlies and Footprints

On a recent walk through the park, we discovered a little trail through the woods that we never noticed before!  Once Spring weather starts rolling in, I can typically be found overturning rocks and logs in search of insects, reptiles, and amphibians.

Although I didn't find any of the latter two, I did get super excited to find this Queen Yellow Jacket under a rotten log!  Fertilized Queens overwinter under logs and other hidey spots until late spring arrives.  After she emerges, she builds a small paper nest and lays her eggs.  After taking a few photos, I placed her back under the log and went on my way.

Aside from the Queen, I also came across a teeny tiny Millipede, tons of worms, and lots of fresh prints in the mud :)

Are Raccoon prints the cutest or what?

March 13, 2015

Mineral Collection

Green Fluorite
Matthew recently started collecting minerals!  There is a really amazing shop here in Fort Worth called Crystal Moon Gallery, and we visit it every two or three months.  They've got fossils, minerals, rocks, art, antiques, jewelry, and a ton of other goodies.  We LOVE the place.  The shop owner is very knowledgeable as well, and we learn something new every single time we go in there.  So cool!

On our most recent trip there, Matthew decided to buy a few items to start growing his own collection and he picked up some really neat stuff!  The very first thing he ever picked up from there was a giant Megalodon tooth, which is super cool.  I promise I'll share it in a future post!
Fibrous Malachite
Amethyst Geode
I think it would be really neat to start collecting minerals by color, so that you could eventually have a rainbow display of them!

Which is your favorite?

March 11, 2015

On The Trail // Fungi

My mushroom and other fungus identification knowledge is...zilch.  I love coming across them, and I think they're a lot of fun to photograph, but I know next to nothing about them.  Mycology is something I could definitely see myself getting into, and I'd love to be able to identify different species while hiking.

I'll do some research and come back to identify these when I get a chance.  If you're reading this and you know what they are-please let me know!

Can you identify any of these?

March 9, 2015

Fort Worth Nature Center // Texture

After a morning full of rain, Matthew and I headed out to the Fort Worth Nature Center which is a short drive from our house.  I was so hopeful that I would be able to find at least ONE reptile.  I turned log after log and rock after rock, but they were all hiding somewhere else I guess.  Hopefully I'll have better luck next time!  I did get tons of photos full of texture though!

The following two photos might be my favorite, and I think it would be a great little project to start.  I've never really given too much thought in regards to how different tree surfaces are, but after taking these photos, I'll definitely be paying more attention!

As a side note, I changed my blog design!  I loved my old template, but I was ready for a change.  I love that the photos are a little larger now, and the dark colors are a better fit for my navigation and sidebar items.  Let me know if there's anything that would help to improve your experience!  Have a great week!

March 3, 2015

Life Lately // 2

Sweet Valentines Goodies // Catching up on some research!
I didn't intend on waiting a whole month to do another Life Lately post, but oh well!  This will be a fun little round up of February :)  Matthew got me a cute little Sonny Angel doll that I've been wanting to start collecting.  Isn't it cute!?  Along with the doll, he also got me a a ginormous Amphibians and Reptiles of Texas book and a big bag of Lush bath goodies.  I've been reading up on that book as well as the Texas Bug Book, both of which are going to be a huge help for knowing and finding my subjects this spring :)

The vast majority of the winter season here in Texas has hovered between 50 and 80 degrees.  Over the past week, we finally got some winter weather!  I think we possibly got more snow that I've ever seen in Texas.  I enjoyed wearing these cute little bear shoes I picked up at Gander Mountain and snuggling with Matthew and the animals.
Weather Forecast // Snuggly Bear Shoes
Neighborhood view from my car // Brandi enjoying the snow
Early in February, we visited the NARBC show (see the post here!), and my little brother brought home a handsome little Leopard Gecko.  I picked up a postcard for the Texas Rattlesnake Festival, which is a new annual event held in Texas.  It's goal is to educate the public on Rattlesnakes, not eradicate them.  I'm so happy that there is finally something like this in Texas.  The world's largest Rattlesnake Roundup is held in Texas each year.  Having an annual Festival that teaches respect and admiration for animals instead of negativity towards them is a giant step in the right direction.
My little brothers Leopard Gecko // NARBC and Texas Rattlesnake Roundup stuff
Over the past few days, I've binge watched the first two seasons of Vikings, and am completely obsessed with it now.  If you love world history, I definitely recommend checking this show out.  After watching the show, I've also decided that I must master braided faux hawks and side braids.  I've never been any good at French Braiding my own hair, but I'm determined to learn it.  Here's my first attempt at a little side one:
Viking side braids // Save our Rattlesnake bracelet
WISHLIST:  I am loving just about everything at Look Human.  In my previous Life Lately post, I mentioned the Bradley Cooper shirt that I wanted (and now have!).  I've been wanting this "Desolation of Smeowg" shirt, and I finally ordered it a few days ago.  I can't wait for it to be here!  On March 10th this Wes Anderson Vinyl is being released!  I'm a HUGE Wes Anderson fan, and am really looking forward to this :)

  • Great Spring Weather!!!
What have you been up to lately?

March 1, 2015

Scavenger Hunt // March 2015


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