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~Birding in Texas, Spotted-Towhee & a Texas Wildflower

 

~South Llano River State Park, Junction, TX, April, 2017

Spotted Towhee
Spotted Towhee

Nice to see the Spotted Towhee enjoying a bath. Towhees are one of my favorite birds.

 

Texas Wildflower

As you can see from the header photo above, spring was making its grand entrance. Lush green grasses and dazzling wildflowers were gracing the area with their presence.

 

Happy Birding!

Spotted Towhee
“See ya next time!”

 

 

~Birding in Texas, Greater Roadrunner

~Lake Colorado City State Park, Colorado City, Texas, April, 2017

Everybody loves the Roadrunner, right?

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Beep, Beep!

I have never seen a pair of Roadrunners. At some point, one would think, we would see a pair. Always searching for insects, lizards and snakes, and seemingly always running. I was lucky to see a few of them running around this lovely state park. Occasionally, a brief pause. And, I mean brief!

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One evening, Howard and I were walking in the park and spotted this Roadrunner sitting in a tree. I have seen them (briefly) sitting on a fence post, but never in a tree. I wonder if he thought he was hiding from us.

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Greater Roadrunner
Greater Roadrunner

Now, go catch an insect!

Happy Birding!

~A Morning Walk

On our walk we met an elderly couple sitting on a bench. They were wearing their Parks & Recreation volunteer vests, and huge smiles. When someone walked by their bench they were very happy to engage in conversation. With paper and pens on their laps, they were recording how many people they saw including activities they were doing. This data would be turned over to Parks and Rec to help in making future decisions on this multipurpose area. By the way, this park was being constructed in 2012 when a flood destroyed the progress. It has taken several years to build it again.

Howard and I chatted with them for several minutes and we enjoyed our chat with these friendly “youngsters”.  They were RV’ers, having traveled in many different rigs and through many states. No longer wanting to travel they moved into a beautiful home within walking distance of the Big Thompson River and their bench. It was nice to see them happy and enthused about life.

So what were people doing on this beautiful morning: walking, sightseeing, biking, running, fishing, taking photos, sitting, kids were throwing rocks into the ponds, and certainly enjoying this gorgeous park along the river. As for me, I was testing out my new Canon lens. It is a EFS 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. Just a few photos.

One of the many ponds around Loveland, Colorado.

Dragonfly Pond
Dragonfly Pond
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A Sunflower reaching toward the sun. A bring yellow among the browns and beiges of Buffalo Grass

Further along the path a man was standing, straddled his bike. As we approached he pointed out this baby snake. After taking a couple of photos of the snake we chatted for a few minutes. He was from Tampa, Florida, visiting his brother and family. He told me, “all snakes bite, but not all are poisonous.” He also told us that he played base in the Lynyrd Skynyrd Rock Bank for many years. Isn’t it fun to chat with people? Well most of the time! Heehee!

Check out the colors and pattern.
Check out the colors and pattern.
Sunflower
Sunflower – I am happy with the detail this lens is giving me up close.
Baby Bull Snake (?)
Baby Bull Snake (?) Great to have around the house, kills rodents and Rattlesnakes.

Take a walk, chat with people, enjoy the day.

 

~Signs of Spring

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Look around,

signs of Spring,

are abound.

Fluttering wings,

colorful blooms,

birds that sing.

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Swallowtail Butterfly
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Northern Mockingbird
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Making way for new feathers

 

The rains came and haven’t stopped, reminding us once again that this is an El Nino year.  What a time to be in Louisiana. What else should we have expected, plus it is Spring.

Yesterday, we were camping in Mandeville, Louisiana at Fairview Riverside State Park. The day we arrived management closed the RV loop closest to the river. We kept watching the water rise in the park and had a feeling we would be asked to evacuate, and that is what happened. We packed up quickly and drove a short distance to Hammond, Louisiana. The rains came again and haven’t stopped – twelve inches so far!

We will stay in Hammond until we feel it is safe to travel; hopefully a window of opportunity will present itself on Saturday so we can head west toward home.

We enjoyed our stay in Florida, even though it was rainy. Since my last post on travel news, we attended HamCation Ham Fest in Orlando, spend time again with friends at Lake Louisa and Rainbow Springs State Parks and then headed west. Our week at my most favorite “resort” was priceless; being with family is always a wonderful treat.

We are hoping our trek home will be dry, enjoyable and uneventful.

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Spring a time for renewal. Enjoy!