In Texas, we always have blooms all year around. On the warmer days of late Autumn, the butterflies appreciate the flowers and visit the gardens for nectar. This Painted Lady I’ve photographed a couple of years ago. It was a nice afternoon in November.
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:
After all these rainy days, it was wonderful to have a sunny weekend. This Sunday afternoon, I just sat outside and enjoyed the sun. It’s also the season, the Monarchs migrates south, while other wildlife stays here and takes in the last days of the warmer weather. I watched the little bees and a Canna Leafroller collecting nectar from my flowers in the frontyard. Everyone prepares for the cooler season ahead. But when it is warm, we all come out and get as much of the warm rays of the sun as we can.
Every time it rains in Texas, it feels so good. Later in the week we suppose to get cooler temperatures. Therefore it will be much easier being outside and begin to garden, again. And I won’t have to deal with these pesky mosquitoes anymore. They suck the life out of me. The cooler weather will be great to clean up the gardens and start with the Winter vegetables. In the meantime, I enjoy to capture photos of what is left in my raised beds.
When I hike with my camera, the trails are always full of surprises. One time, I walked on The Colony Nature Trail and found two bobcat kittens sitting in the Autumn foliage. On this hike, I walked into a Great Horned Owl. First it sat on a low branch in a tree right in front of me. The owl blended so well in the forested area, I’ve didn’t even notice it. But I’ve must have come too close for comfort. And it flew in a higher tree branch further away. It was still a stunning sight to see this beautiful Great Horned Owl in nature.
The weather was so nice, that Sara and I had quite a few adventures in the first week of September 2013. That Friday after Labor Day, we drove to Ray Roberts Lake State Park. The state park is divided in two parts by the lake: Isle Du Bois & the Johnson Branch. Sara and I decided, we’ll drive up to Pilot Point to get to Isle Du Bois. There is a nice lake beach, where Sara could play in the sand for a little bit. But when we arrived, the maintenance vehicle was out there to keep the beach clean and fresh for the following visitors. Sara and I went for a hike instead. We saw a lot of insects. And we even ran into a road runner. This was the second road runner, I’ve seen in the wild. How cool is that?! Wile E. Coyote was nowhere to be seen. 😉
The Monarch became the Texas state insect by a 1995 resolution of the state legislature.
Several years back, while Kevin took the clothes out of the dryer he said that there is a big butterfly hanging around my Mexican sunflowers. I might want to check it out. When I looked out the patio door, I saw a big Tiger Swallowtail fluttering around my flower bed. Quickly I grabbed my camera and captured a couple of photos. This was the first time, Kevin and I saw an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail in our backyard. What a beautiful sight.