Stone Creek Park

I have a confession to make: I’m an internet “junkie” and a Pinterest addict. 😉 Now this has been said, I can tell that I love to pin photos of places in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex to check them out later. I stumbled across this park with a small waterfall in Flower Mound.

One October morning of last year, I drove to Stone Creek Park to capture some  photos of the park and the waterfall. I wish, the water had been just a tiny little bit higher. But since  I wasn’t familiar with this area, it was a good thing and more safe that the water is at a lower level. It was a nice little hike. The foliage slowly changes colors. It was a perfect Autumn morning. 🙂

Young Bobcats At The Colony Nature Trail

A couple of years ago, I did some bird watching on a local trail. On my way walking back I wanted to see, if I can a better look at those little chickadees. When I stepped of the trail, something jumped into the bushes. Hmm, that was bigger than a squirrel or a rabbit?! I tried to see what it was. There was this little bobcat. First I thought it was a cat. But shortly later it dawned on me. This little one just laid in the foliage and enjoyed the warming rays of the sun. It’s sibling was shy; the one that jumped further back into the bushes. After years of waiting to capture a bobcat on camera, I’ve got rewarded with two kittens. ❤

My guess: Since they were really close to the houses in our community, their den must have been flooded due to the high water levels of Lewisville Lake in 2015. I always kept an eye out for Momma Bobcat. And I really didn’t want to run into her. She must have been hunting for lunch, while she left the kittens under the safer shrubs. One of the kittens decided to come out and bask in the sun. And that’s how I almost stumbled over them.

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I discovered this little bobcat kitten at The Colony Nature Trail a couple of years ago.

The Wichita Mountains

When Kevin was about Katelynn’s age, his dad was stationed as a soldier in Fort Sill by Lawton, Oklahoma. Since the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge is lining up with Fort Sill, my parents-in-law took their three boys and went camping and/or hiking in the mountains for the weekends.

Many years later, Kevin always talked about going back hiking in the Wichita Mountains. At the Labor Day weekend in 2014, I said: “Okay, the girls are big enough. Let’s pack the camping gear and give it a shot!” At that time, we didn’t know it would become a Labor Day weekend tradition in our family.

Well, this year we arrived at the campground a little bit too late. Since the campground takes only ‘First come – first serve’ in, and they don’t do reservations for single families, we didn’t get to camp. The campground was overflowing with guests. Maybe it was good that way. When a place is too crowded, we can’t really relax and enjoy our weekend getaway, either.

But since we were here already, we used the chance to hike for a couple of hours. We went up to Mount Scott to enjoy the beautiful scenery from above. And we went to the Jed Johnson Dam and the Quanah Parker Lake Dam to exercise the dogs for a little bit. After all, we’ve got out of the house and enjoyed the day as a family. Can’t ask for more, right? 😉

When we came home and unpacked the car, it didn’t take long for us to pass out on our beds. And today, we can enjoy all the goodies we packed for the trip. We are still considering, if we put up the tent, grill some hotdogs and marshmallows over the campfire, and listen to daddy’s spooky ghost stories, in the backyard tonight.

NOTE: Original posted in “The Barefoot Garden Fairy” on September 4, 2016

Dinosaur Valley State Park II

This morning, Kevin and I made a spontaneous decision what we gonna do with this beautiful sunny Sunday. Kevin suggested, we could drive to Oklahoma and hike in the Wichita Mountains. I wasn’t so sure, if I was up for a long ride just to walk around for a couple of hours. “What about the Dinosaur Valley State Park? We always wanted to see the dinosaur foot prints in the river. Katelynn would love to see it. And the girls would have a blast to play in the water.” Kevin agreed, we might want to take a shorter trip.

Arriving at the State Park, we went straight to the pool with the dinosaur foot prints. Katelynn could tell us exactly what print belonged to what dinosaur. Yes, she is that good with her knowledge of the Jurassic time period. These foot prints are very impressive. One of the pictures shows, how big some of these dinosaurs must have been. The girls stand together in one of these big impressions.

Chasing little fish and playing in the Paluxy River, was the highlight of the day. Sara decided to run and got on a slippery spot. She fell right on her bum. The look in her face was hilarious. She couldn’t believe, she got all wet. I ensured, it was alright. It’s warm, and she needed a good play time. Kevin and I sat in the shade by the shore and kept an eye on the girls.

It was a perfect day to get out and do something outdoors. We got some magnet stones from the Dinosaur World store. The magnets kept Katelynn and Sara busy on the way home. It’s nice having a drama free ride once in a while. 😉

At The Turtle Pond

Sometimes too many things pile up in life, and I had to clear my mind this morning. The best way to do this, I just take a walk to the turtle pond at Bill Allen Memorial Park. Watching the turtles sitting on a tree log and listening to the frogs croaking, can be so soothing. Some small turtles were basking in the sun. Unfortunately, I didn’t see a frog in the pond.

There is some blue dye in the pond to take care of the algae. The pond got really bad last year. Maybe the mild Winters had their part in it. But I’ve noticed, that the dye is working. The pond looks good and doesn’t smell funky, anymore. It’s just still very blue. 😉

Starfall At Lewisville Lake

This evening, our local photography group had a meeting  for sunset captures at Stewart Creek Park. It was nice meeting up with some photo friends and have a chit chat about special photo places, again. I always enjoy these field meetings.

The Colony Shoreline Trail In August I

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: