While walking the property looking for photo ops and artifacts I passed the above Dove nest on the ground. I didn't notice it until the dove sitting on it took off and it startled me. Who would have thunk Dove would actually build a nest on the ground, but I guess since there are no trees to speak of they have to build them somewhere. Sure seems like a good way to get eaten by a snake.
When dove nest are threatened the dove flies a short distance from the nest and then starts flapping one wing and acting like its disabled. When the predator gets close to them they then fly further away and start the same thing over which eventually gets the predator far enough away from the nest so as not to be a threat to the nest. This is to distract the predator and get it to try and get the bird rather than the eggs or chicks. I've witnessed that numerous times back in Plano and the same holds true down here. Not sure what good that would do if the threat was from a snake? Maybe they handle that situation a little different???
Finally found some Yucca fruit to try my pickled Yucca fruit experiment with. These were on the lower south portion of my land. I'd already removed a bunch of the fruit before I took this picture.
Another Yucca shown here in the blooming stage. Note the white flowers.
Picked fruit waiting to be pealed and pickled. Note one has been pealed to show how to prep them for frying.
Sliced and ready to be coated with cornmeal and fried like okra. I've done this in past years, and they were fair, but a tad bitter. The reason I decided to try pickling them is to see if the sour of the vinegar would offset the mildly bitter taste. I guess I'll know in a week or two after they are pickled. I'll probably add a few Jalapeño slices to the vinegar to give them a little heat.