Sunday, September 27, 2015

Supermoon Lunar Eclipse 2015

Tonight I went out and took some pictures of the eclipse. Here are some of the best shots.

Friday, September 18, 2015

The Lone Star State

Before the holidays start up again in retail world, I took off for a trip to Texas to see my family. We are really close so it is hard being so far away from them. But, it just makes the times I do get to see them even more awesome and jam packed with fun things to do. We always have to go and visit Hagerman Wildlife Refuge. It is one of our favorite places. The area they live in had a lot of flooding in the spring and the refuge was completely under water and closed most of the summer. It had just opened back up when I got to Texas so we had to take a look. It was crazy seeing how high the water line was on the trees. All the trees just had green on the very top and then at a point all the leaves just cut off from where the water had been. Now that the refuge was starting to recover, the public could come to visit again. They recently built a very impressive butterfly garden to attract many kinds of pollinators and to educate the public. My parents are volunteers at the refuge and helped with this project so we went and they showed me the garden. I could not resist snapping a ton of photos with my sony. 

My parents
And hummingbirds too!
Another adventure we went on was to White Rock Lake in Dallas to see the Monk Parakeets and the Wood Ducks. The Monk Parakeet is originally from South America. These in the White Rock Lake area were supposed pets released into the wild that apparently thrived in the Texas climate. They were very cute and also very noisy. It was interesting to see so many different kinds of animals adapting to urban life. The wood ducks have very interesting colors and were very stunning to observe. 

I had a great time seeing all my family, friends, and old favorite hangouts. It was an awesome trip that had me longing to never leave that beautiful Texas countryside and its big open skies.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Journey to the Cape...

This past weekend we went to the Cape for a day trip.  I love the Cape. I interned there one summer at a wildlife rehab center - Cape Wildlife Center. It was the most rewarding work I think I will ever do.

My sister in law Sakina is interning there over the summer at the Chatham Bars Inn, so we went to see her and hang out for the day.
Karim, Sakina, and Soeb

Some awesome lantana at the Inn 

Beautiful hydrangea at the Inn 

So when we went we had to hit one of my favorite spots - PB Boulangerie.
Enjoying our goodies 

They have the best bread. My favorite that I always get a few loaves of is the Fromage. It has bits of cheese baked into it and is just divine. I had visions of all the sandwiches I could have this week so we bought four loaves this time. It's great because I can just freeze what I don't use right off the bat. Anytime I want I can just return to the Cape in one cheesy bite!
The paninis I made with "the bread" 
After our snack, we ventured out to see the Nauset Lighthouse. It was a beautiful sight to see, as most lighthouses are.
Right next to the Lighthouse was a great beach with lots of surfers. As you can see from the picture, it was a bit stormy that day. The ocean was in perfect condition for surfers. There were some great waves for them. I was a little worried for them though not because of the waves but there were seals swimming with them. Where there are seals, there is a very high chance of sharks. The surfers wetsuits look very much like a seal so it's easy for the shark to think the surfers are their next meal!

All in all, it was an awesome day. Can't wait to go visit again. There will always be a special place in my heart for Cape Cod.