Texas Fox Squirrel

Well, original I wanted to blog about my Autumn Squirrel photo. But now, I’m working on trying to figure out the new layout, while writing and adding the photo on WordPress. I guess, it will take a couple of days, until I’m fluent with the new settings. In the meantime, here is a photo of the cute critter I’ve captured at the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano, Texas.

Texas Fox Squirrel in Arbor Hills Nature Preserve

First Visit At The Arbor Hills Nature Preserve (2013)

Five years ago, Sara and I visited the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve for the first time. It is only seven miles away from our house. But I had no idea it existed, until I looked at a park map on Google one morning. Katelynn was in school. And Sara was bored, because she had no one to play in the house. So I decided, I take her for a hike to the park. The weather was nice and not too warm. It was perfect to see what the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve has to offer. On the way I said to Sara: “Maybe we see some wildlife in the park.”

When we arrived at the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, we saw a lot of hikers, sprinters and runners. I told Sara to stay with me on the right side of the trail, for people who work out can pass us on the left. She did very well. We walked into the forested area. And Sara noticed a couple of squirrels chasing each other. One had a couple of pecans in its mouth. And the other squirrel wanted the first one to share at least one of the pecans. Sara and I made it all the way to the Observation Tower, where we had a nice view over a big portion of the park. After a little rest, we hiked back to the parking lot. Sara was counting the bridges, we crossed along the way. She said: “There were three bridges in total. And the squirrels were funny.” I’m glad, she got entertained on this little trip to the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve. 😉


Hiking In The Arbor Hills Nature Preserve In August

In August, the Prairie seems dry and burned from the hot Summer sun. But looking closer, we still can still see the beauty within it. Drought resistant plants like this weather. And the butterflies and other insects like the flowers provided for them this time of the year.


The Arbor Hills Nature Preserve In May

Yesterday morning, I took a little photo hike through the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, again. More and more flowers begin to blossom all over the park. The Indian Blanket is truly like a blanket covering the prairie. And in between are some dabs of purple, white, blue, and pink.

The bees are busy collecting nectar. And the butterflies laying eggs to keep up with their population. A cardinal sings his beautiful song of Spring to his mate, while a squirrel is looking for some stashed away acorns from last Autumn.

In May is the best time to watch all of Nature’s beauty. Because once we will hit Summer, the sun will “torch” most of it away to make room for other beautiful flora and fauna.


Busy Weeks Before Summer Break

In a little over two weeks the school year is over, and Summer Break will be here. This week and the following, we have lots of events coming up. Tonight is Katelynn’s school band concert; Sara’s dance rehearsal & recital is this week, plus she has a dance performance in a different elementary school. The Sport Award Ceremony is on Thursday.  Yep, busy … busy … busy … But I had time to hike at the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve to capture some photos of our beautiful Texas Nature. Pictures will follow, tomorrow. In advance, here is a nice shot of a dragonfly:

Wandering Glider Dragonfly


Spring Blooms In April

Some photos from the Spring blooms at the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, at this morning:


A Hike In The Arbor Hills Nature Preserve (2)

Yesterday, I wrote about the Texas Bluebonnet at the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve. Since I was capturing photos of these beautiful flowers, I decided to take a little hike to the creek bridge, which leads to the Riparian Forest and the Blackland Prairie. I captures more photos of insects and blooms, while passing the Off-Road Cycling Trail.


Texas Bluebonnet

It’s this time of year again, when parents and pet owners capture photos of their little ones and puppies in the Bluebonnet fields. Right now, bluebonnets are blooming all over the prairies of Texas. And since it is the state flower of our great Lone Star State, a lot of people are excited to see them bloom.

At this morning, I drove to the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve. The wind blew strong. But I found with my camera a way around it. The right settings, and the wind has nothing against my Nikon and me. 😉 Before I made a left turn into the park, I saw a sea of bluebonnets showing themselves from their most beautiful side. The Sun did the other part to make them look good out there. Every time I see a field like this, I wish I could role in it. But I would be in big trouble. The cops would kick my butt; a snake could bite me in my rear end; or a bee could sting me, by confusing me for a flower. So, I will keep photographing them. And others can still enjoy them, when I left. 😉


A Hike In The Arbor Hills Nature Preserve (1)

At this morning, I drove to the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano. I hoped to see some Texas Bluebonnets. But when I arrived, not a single bloom was in the meadow. So, I hiked the main trail for a little bit. And I found some blooming trees and other small blossoms in the Riparian Forest area. Later I took a shortcut through the Pond trail. I sat down and watched some ducks at the pond. It’s courting and mating season for them. Some little fish swam in the shallow water right in front of me. After I rested a little bit, I went back to the parking lot. I guess, I have to wait another 2 – 3 weeks for the Bluebonnet to emerge and bloom all over the Texas prairies. But it is so worth waiting. It will look so beautiful seeing a sea of blue all over the meadows, again.