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Armadillos, Birds and Dark Skies


Armadillo welcome at South Llano River State Park near Junction, Texas. Photo by Dana Jones.©


After a day of windy conditions along I-10 through eastern Texas, it was good to arrive at South Llano River State Park. With a few hours of daylight left, I hiked one of the park's trails. Three deer sailed across the trail in front of me followed by an armadillo who was taking her/his time and seemed oblivious to my presence.


I stopped at a bird blind where I enjoyed watching at least a dozen cardinals, a blue bird and numerous others birds. What a delight!






This park is home to the largest population of wild turkeys in Texas but I arrived too late to visit the roosting areas. Guess I'll have to visit this park again.





Photos by Dana Jones©





As I was preparing my camper for the night, folks from an area astronomy group began setting up for a dark-skies event in a parking area just across the road. I guess such events are held frequently at this park. Close to 30 people gathered around three telescopes as the leaders of the event explained a number of night-sky phenomenon. Quite interesting. I live in a dark-sky county so am familiar with such events. Maintaining dark-sky places is so important to the health of our planet.



Quilt Design Class to Debut This Fall


Car time is often a time when my brain gets creative. Today was such a day. I will offer a multi-session, in-depth quilt design workshop via Zoom this fall. It's been a while since I've taught a design class so I knew I wanted to add to and rework some of what I've taught in the past. Today the ideas just kept flowing. I'm quite excited about the possibilities and will be sharing more in an upcoming newsletter.


In the meantime, I hope you'll consider enrolling in "Finding Your Design Sense." We'll meet for four three-hours sessions. Classes will be from 10 a.m.-noon (MST) Thursdays, September 15, October 13, November 10 and December 8. The cost will be $140. There will be some reading and projects to tackle between classes.

This workshop will introduce you to the basics of design — balance, unity, variety, line, shape, value, color, pattern, texture and more — through in-class activities and at-home play projects.






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