Sunrise, Sunset, and Fishies

Fer sure, yesterday was really hot, and so was the day before, but it was certainly not without beauty and the potential for fun. I’m so glad the dogs pestered the heck out of me to go outside Saturday night, or I’d have missed a spectacular sunset. The one below is my favorite image, which I shared on Facebook, but I didn’t want blog readers to miss out.

This is facing EAST at sunset. I wish I could get my hair those colors.

Last night’s sunset was also good, but I didn’t get out until after the exciting part, thanks to eating lovely food cooked by my sister. I was also still recovering from my late afternoon activity.


Mandi is officially on vacation, so she wants to have some outdoor fun. I accompanied Mandi and her son, Matthew, over to the pond behind Ralph and Sara’s to do some fishing. Of course, it was 100 degrees out there. But, we persevered. The pond is stocked, so we know there are good fish in it, but it’s so pretty and relaxing, that I didn’t care.

The pond behind Sara and Ralph’s house.

I mostly toted smelly bait back and forth and helped in other ways, since there were only two good fishing poles. I took lots of photos of minnows, my horse, trees, and such, plus this scary alligator, who is really a log.

It looks like a gator to me, sort of.

One actual fish was caught, by Mandi. She cracked me up going to get that big ole catfish in her flip flops and fancy nails. I got action shots, so I felt like quite the pro.

Here’s Mandi reeling in her catch.

Later, Mandi got another bite, but the fish went under something and got her hook tangled. Not wanting to lose her good hook, Mandi reeled it in, and we found she had caught one of Sara’s Christmas trees from years ago. It’s holding up pretty well!

Ta da! It’s a fish.


Of course, I was up bright and early, because it’s Monday, which is “go to work in Austin day.” That’s okay, though, because the sunrise was one of those 360-degree wonders that make any day start out well. My attempt at a panorama is a little lumpy, but it shows the colors.

180 degrees of sunrise.

All day we’ve had beautiful, white clouds, which must be the edges of the recent hurricane to the east of us. One thing is certain, no matter how upset you get about events of the day, loved ones’ issues, and minor irritants, a look at the sky will give you perspective and remind you that a new beginning is only hours away.

Farewell to the colorful Hermits’ Rest for another few days!

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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