Hiking at Lewisville Lake, the wind was relentless today. The lake is at is full-pool capacity. And I saw lots of Ring-billed Gulls fishing in the distance. Since it was too windy for photos, I just walked for bit, which felt good. I need to get back in shape anyway. The Christmas package needs to be trained off. And the best way to do so for me is walking and hiking in nature. As I mentioned before, I didn’t get any good photos from the walk today. So, I post a couple of pictures from a Great Blue Heron, I’ve photographed at the Shoreline Trail back in 2013.
After lunch with Kevin, the girls and I went for a walk to Josey Ranch Lake. Lots of water fowl has migrated from the northern states, down here to overwinter in North Texas. Katelynn and Sara watched the swans, the geese, the ducks, the pigeons and other birds, while I captured photos of them. The Canada Geese were comfortable enough to eat around us, as long as we didn’t touch them. On the other hand, the American Wigeons, the Northern Shovelers and the American Coots swam as far away from us as they could at the lake. The Mute Swans didn’t care and kept cleaning themselves in the meantime.
It was nice taking a walk in the park, again. I haven’t been walking and hiking for quite some time. But since it is cooler, I want to go back to my favorite hobby: Nature Photography. So, I took a nice stroll in Bill Allen Memorial Park around noon today. I watched some birds and a few squirrels getting the fresh Autumn wild berries. A double-crested cormorant landed on the water surface of the turtle pond. It enjoyed diving in the water and came up at a different place of the pond, every single time. It was almost a game to guess, where the cormorant would pop its head out of the water, next. The trees show signs of Autumn as well. There is still a lot of green, but it is mixed mostly with yellow. Here and there are some orange and red spots visible between the other trees. And some trees already lost almost all their foliage. We might not get the Indian Summer like up north, but Autumn has still its beauty down here in the South.
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. 😉
Storm clouds started to come in, when the sun began to set on this beautiful August evening.
One of my favorite photos I’ve captured by the Restaurant Trail at The Colony Shoreline Trail back in 2014. I love the silhouettes of the thistles, branches and leaves in this photo.