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.
At the 1-Mile-Marker of The Colony Shoreline Trail is a pond, where ducks and turtles share the space for relaxing in the sun. It is also a good food source for the ducks, since the pond is not too deep. They can stretch their necks to get some of those kelp-like roots from the pond bottom. And for the turtles it is deep enough for a swim.
Last week, The Colony Shoreline Trail got closed due to the flood waters of Lewisville Lake. So, it will take a while until I can hike the shores of the lake again. But a couple of years ago, I hiked the trail on a beautiful late October day. In Autumn, a lot of butterflies migrate south to Mexico and Central America. Many come from the northern states of the US and from Canada. In Texas our Prairie still provides plenty of flowers, and therefore the migrating insects and birds can get their fill before they will go on their long trip across the Gulf of Mexico. Here are photos of some beautiful flutter wings:
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.
At this time of the year, for many blooms it is too hot in the Texas Prairie. Without rainfall for weeks, the soil begins to dry out and and leaves deep cracks in the ground. The wildflower’s roots have a hard time to reach the moisture, which is left in the deeper clay. The Texas Thistle is one of the many plants, which begins to wilt in the heat. Its peak blooming season is in early Summer, when we still get plenty of thunderstorms. But now in the beginning of August, we have an ocean of wilted thistles across the prairie. Even in its wilted stage, the Texas Thistle has its own beauty.
This morning, the weather was so beautiful and the temperatures were 77ºF (25ºC). After Katelynn and Sara were on their way to school, I got dressed and packed my backpack for a small hike at the Shoreline Trail. When I arrived, a Painted Bunting welcomed me at the trail head. It sang a beautiful song to its mate. It was humid. But taking a short break in the shade and the wind blowing, helped a lot. The Prairie looked so beautiful. Butterflies and other insects got attracted by the thistles, prairie coneflower, bee balm, and many more blooms. I watched many more wildlife along the trail, before I hiked back to the car. It felt good visiting the Shoreline Trail. I have to do this more often, again.