I love August! A lot of flowers in all kind of shades of yellow, orange and reds bloom and attract dragonflies, butterflies and hummingbirds at this time of the year. Here are a few photos of some blooms and the smallest dragonfly, I’ve ever seen before.
The widow skimmer dragonflies begin to visit my yard more frequently, again This means it’s over 100ºF, and it’s mid July. As soon as I fill up the bird bath and water the garden, my little dragons come over for a visit and check out, what I’m doing. They love to hang out in my yard until sunset. And the following evening, the dragonflies show up again. I love Texas Summers. Usually, when it gets that hot, the humidity goes away.
Sara wanted to go to the turtle pond at Bill Allen Memorial Park, this afternoon. The weather was very nice. And Katelynn wouldn’t come home from school for another two hours.
When we walked on the paved trail, we saw some wild flowers, and a few critters roamed in the park. A red-eared slider turtle was hiding in the reeds by the pond. Since it is mating season, some dragonflies chased each other for that particular reason across the pond. Walking back to the car, Sara and I saw a Mallard couple resting at the creek. And two squirrels jumped from one tree to the ground and back into another tree. Yes, there was a lot of wildlife out and about this afternoon. It was fun to watch them.
The weather is warm and beautiful outside. It was a perfect day to clean out the garage, and then taking a nice hike at the Shoreline Trail. Stan’s Lakeview Draft House had a live band. While I photographed some vegetation along the trail, I could listen to some Rock music. I couldn’t have asked for more. Here are some photos from my evening hike at the lake:
It is almost the end of July. At this time of the year, we usually have three or four dragonflies flying around in our backyard. They find themselves a nice narrow surface to rest on it. Usually they’ll sit on wilted grass, tomato cage frames, branches, small sticks, etc. Our pool seems to attract them as well. And sometimes, I see them diving right onto the water surface. This Widow Skimmer rests on a green onion, and keeps an eye out for those mockingbirds. Dragonflies are on the mockingbird’s menu. It’s the circle of life. But the very next day, I have another four dragonflies visiting my backyard. So it is all good.
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.