When the temperatures drop below freezing and the sun is rising, fog builds on top of the pond near Sara’s school. After I drop Sara off, I take my camera and hike down to the pond sometimes. Here are some photos, I’ve captured back in February 2014.
The weather was too nice to stay inside the house. I decided to drive for a little photo hike over to Bill Allen Memorial Park. Some disc golf players had the same idea. They used this beautiful weather for a little match between friends. I was surprised, not very many birds and critters were out and about. But they might have been further back in the forested area, due to more visitors in the park. Right now, the vegetation is still dormant at Bill Allen Memorial Park. As same as in my yard, everything is still in gray/beige colors. I can’t wait until Spring arrives and Nature begins to wake up, again. But until then, we deal with the Texas Winter beauty.
This afternoon I took a little photo walk through Bill Allen Memorial Park. I wanted to see, how far the foliage has already turned in the park. And I have to say, the trees are much further in to the season, than the trees are on our street. Some trees show lots of gold and red. Some trees hang on to the few leaves, they have left on their branches.
Since there are not as many leaves on the trees anymore, it is much easier to see the wildlife. A squirrel finds a nut on the ground, hops on the trunk, runs up the tree and stores it in its home for Winter; a variety of birds feast on the ripe berries on the trees and shrubs, while others sing their songs of Autumn in the meantime.
When the wind blew, the foliage “rained” down and danced on the ground. The sun peeked out of the clouds, and some butterflies flew to the few asters left between the grass. They all enjoyed this beautiful Autumn afternoon at the 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. 🙂
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.
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
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. 😉