It’s baby skunk season! I didn’t know that it was baby skunk season, of course, but when driving in Eastern Travis County yesterday for a story, I came upon a family of baby skunks crossing the road. As I was pulling up, their mom was scurrying off into the woods on the other side of the road, and the five or six babies were still on the road.
Several cars ended up stopping to wait as the skunks crossed the road. They were extremely curious about the cars and the drivers who got out to try to shoo them across the road.
They made the cutest little noises and, though their tails were raised, they didn’t spray.
This year, the same duck (his best guess, anyway) returned to build another nest. When the ducklings hatched this past weekend, Brashear had a food dispenser and saucers of water for drinking and swimming at the ready.
Usually, the mother leads them across the lawn to the food and water. Monday morning, though, mama duck was away briefly, so he stepped into service, with camera phone.
“She was comfortable enough to leave while I was in the backyard with them,” Brashear commented on Facebook. “She flew off to be with her man for a moment. They both landed shortly thereafter. He was not happy with me.”
Follow @bitterwhiteguy on Twitter and Instagram for more duck-cam updates as the spring saga continues.
It looks like the non-venomous snakes are swimming through the dirt on the ground at the Houston park. Experts say that this dance is a standard part of snake mating season, and it will become more common as the weather gets warmer.
The video has been viewed more than 34,000 times since it was uploaded late last month.
Typically, the springtime is when these snakes start to mate. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website, mating takes place in the spring and starts when male snakes seek out the female snakes using their sense of smell. Then, the “synchronized slither” dance method in the video happens, and the female will later have her pick of suitors to choose from when it comes time to mate.
Solange Knowles released her new album “A Seat at the Table” last week. A few days after she premiered two new music videos for songs featured on the album: “Don’t Touch My Hair” and “Cranes in the Sky.” Both the album and videos have already been lauded by critics.
Some Austinites might recognize an Austin-area home and Hill Country landmark in the video for “Cranes in the Sky,” which Vogue reports was shot across the deserts of Texas and mountains of New Mexico.
The Plant at Kyle is, according to its own website, a house and “architectural landmark” located about 30 miles outside of Austin. The house as it stands today (after “beginning life in the 1920s as a shed at the Alamo Cement plant”) was built out of scrapped materials from a soon-to-be-demolished San Antonio cement plant and has won several architectural awards.
The complex claims to house the “world’s largest screened in porch,” which Solange can be seen dancing in in the “Cranes” video.
Recognize any of the other spots in the video? You can watch it in full below:
The video, which has garnered more than 13 million views on Facebook, is of Lexi Heinrich and her husband Hunter whose dance tunes include Destiny’s Child’s “Bootylicious,” Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love to You” and Bruno Mar’s “Marry You.”
According to Fox7, Hunter and his groomsmen had no prior dance experience but they choreographed the dance with his sister — just three hours before the wedding.
“I was a little nervous,” Hunter admitted. “But the second it started going, adrenaline takes over and it was go time.”
Why do you have to fight with Drake at the Houston Cheesecake Factory? You know he loves to go there.
The rapper was spotted in his Canada away from Canada (Texas) last week, filming a music video for his hit “Child’s Play,” the Houston Chronicle reports. Whether as part of filming or not, Drake made a point to stop at his favorite chain while in H-Town.
The song “Child’s Play” includes the lyrics: “Why you gotta fight with me at Cheesecake/You know I love to go there/Say I’m actin’ lightskin, I can’t take you nowhere/This a place for families that drive Camrys and go to Disney/They don’t need to know all of our business.”
As Instagram videos show, the family friendly restaurant wasn’t the 6 God’s only stop in Houston. Drake was also seen filming at another favorite joint (mentioned in songs “No Tellin'” and “Believe Me”) steakhouse/strip club V Live.
YouTube user StreetCap1 posted the video clip, acknowledging that the object is not necessarily a space craft and it could be something less notable like a meteor. “What made it interesting was the camera cut off when the UFO seemed to stop,” he wrote.
“The station regularly passes out of range of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS) used to send and receive video, voice and telemetry from the station,” Huot said. “For video, whenever we lose signal (video comes down on our higher bandwidth, called KU) the cameras will show a blue screen (indicating no signal) or a preset video slate.”
As for what the object was, Huot said “it’s very common for thing like the moon, space debris, reflection from station windows, the spacecraft structure itself or light from Earth to appear as artifacts in photos and videos from the orbiting laboratory.”
YouTube user AFK Anthony posted his own mashup of the two fan-favorites on July 7, taking the footage of a “TWD” trailer and combining it with the audio from the comic-book hero movie. We get to see Rick Grimes and the crew walk their typical walk through the valley of the shadow of death but this time with some DMX playing in the background.
“I felt like somebody needs to resing these lyrics again and sing them over our world and just be a good reminder,” Payne said. “I hope that it in someway touches you and inspires you to make a better place.”