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.
I discovered this little bobcat kitten at The Colony Nature Trail a couple of years ago.
What is a better way to enjoy the birthday, when the kids are in school, and the husband is at work? That’s right. I do a little photo-hike along The Colony Shoreline Trail. And I was lucky, today: I actually could capture a pondhawk in mid-flight; several Great Egrets were close to the shoreline; a Great Blue Heron was on water watch directly on the edge of the trail; and a squirrel and enjoyed a fresh osage orange.
tawny Emperor Butterfly
Great Egret at the shoreline
Skipper on Frog Fruit
Low Bladderpod (Lesquerella densiflora)
Honey Bee on Frog Fruit
Low Bladderpod (Lesquerella densiflora)
Great Blue Heron overlooks the water at the trail
“Time to go back to the water!”
“I’m almost at the lake, again.”
Western Pondhawk in mid-flight
Surfing Great Heron
This Texas Fox Squirrel loves to munch on fresh fallen Osage Oranges.
Canada Goose Feather
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 sun is setting at Stewart Creek Park in The Colony.
This is the second part of the story, when we had the flood two years ago. Six days after I went to Stewart Creek Park to see how much Lewisville Lake has flooded its surrounding shores, the time was here when the lake reached the 532-foot mark. The water began to spill over, created a creek, which was flowing into the Elm Fork Trinity River. By May 30, 2015 the lake had reach its peak at exactly 537 feet above sea level. This means, it was 15 feet above the normal pool, and five feet above the spillway:
May 24, 2015
The moment is finally here: The water of Lewisville Lake goes over the spillway for the last few hours. Since Lake Ray Roberts is releasing 600 cubic more water per second out of its gate (7000 cubic/sec.) than the gate (6400 cubic/sec.) does at Lewisville Lake, plus the recent rain falls of the last couple of days, it was only a matter of time, before the last foot of the 532-feet mark was reached to make the lake spill over. Now all this water, which flows over the spillway, establishes a creek of its own designed to flow into the Elm Fork Trinity River south of the lake dam.
It helps to release some of the water, which comes dangerously close to the homes near the lakes. More rainfalls are also in the forecast. Let’s hope the lakes are not rising too much higher as their current levels.
At the time I captured the photo, the water was going over the spillway for about two hours.
All the precious water from Lewisville Lake goes over the spillway into a creek, which flows into the Elm Fork Trinity River south of the lake dam.
It’s been two years, that I came to the Shoreline Trail and saw it flooded from all the rain we had due to El Niño. Back then, I also captured some photos and wrote a blog about it:
May 18, 2015
Today I wanted to see, how high the water level is at Lewisville Lake. Wow, it is much higher than I thought it might be. Due to all the rain, lots of areas of the Shoreline Trail are flooded. The city had to close it.
El Niño brings us a lot of water for the last several weeks. Since Lake Ray Roberts and Lewisville Lake are connected by the Elm Fork River, all the water that floods the area of Lake Ray Roberts needs to go somewhere. It runs south through the river into Lewisville Lake, which has the flood gate open to release all this extra water. But it takes time to get the lakes back to their “normal” levels.
The anglers, fishers, and wild birds are very happy with the high water levels. Maybe the killdeer was out of luck, and its nest got flooded as well. But the water brings lots of fishes closer to the shore, and they are an easy catch. The boat owners take the time to fix up their boats for the season. I heard some drilling by the pier. They also have more space in the lake, and don’t have to worry to run on shore as easy as when we have drought season with low lake levels.
And there is still more rain in the forecast for this week.
The Shoreline Trail is closed, due to high water. I have to be honest, I wasn’t expecting the level to be this high.
The trail area looks like a big swamp, right now. The dragonflies were flying right in front of my face.
The Killdeer might have lost its nest, due to the flood. I witnessed that they like to breed and nest close to the water. And right now, this area is all flooded.
The grilling season is postponed at Lewisville Lake.
In some areas only the trees peek out, because the land is submerged in the water.
It’s nap time for the ducks. The males were on the lookout, while the females took a nap.