These beautiful pinto's live on a ranch that backs up to one of the roads in our subdivision.
Pinto is a generic term referring to any breed of horse that has a white coat splashed with patches of a different color. Whatever their breed, these pinto's are certainly friendly, curious neighbors. They trotted right up to the fence when we got off our bikes, and did't mind being petted!
For a while I painted quite a few equestrian scenes - I wish I had met these willing models then.
There are other animal neighbors nobody tries to pet.
This black longhorn is handsome, but that curving rack of horns can only mean 'stay away'!
Out on the lake, we sometimes pass cattle cooling off in the water.
Scenes like this really make our dog's day - Kye stands in the prow, fascinated by the sight and scent.
In our garden, we have smaller creatures - like this box turtle who got caught in our squirrel trap one afternoon. We opened the hatch, and he lumbered quietly away.
I saw him later sleeping under this holly.
Our little trap did catch two squirrels who had gnawed their way into our attic.
They were resettled in a distant wood.
But our most exciting catch was this big armadillo!
We are not sure how he overcame the electric armadillo fence, but somehow he got into the front yard and dug quite a deep hole, before blundering into this unbaited trap.
He has since been relocated to a distant field.
They are such strange looking creatures. When the trap opened, he actually leapt in the air!
The butterflies, of course, are much prettier to watch, and not destructive.
They have been feasting on the lantana flowers (a perennial in the verbena family).
We've seen Giant Swallowtails, Western Swallowtails, Monarchs, Orange Sulphers, and Gulf Fritially butterflies.
The days are steamy and hot, and the lake water is very warm, but we feel cooler just looking at it.