8/21/2017

Solar eclipse day sightings at Oak Point

Hummingbird clearwing moth at the pond 11:45 a.m.



Lots of catocala moths ready  to surprise the unwary.

At noon the mosquitoes in the shady woods were ravenous. So glad I had my Deep Woods OFF towlette packet. After that they left me alone.

Widow skimmers


Obelisking dragonfly tries to keep cool.

 
Fun shadows on Rowlett Creek
 A small group gathered at the picnic pavilion. Two people had cereal box viewers. Three had eclipse glasses which they shared. I had a collapsible colander. Park employees stopped their mowing to chat for a minute. The mowing really had the dragonflies busy chasing stirred up insects. A red-shouldered hawk hung in the air overhead screeching. I wonder if it screeched about the mowing or the eclipse.
 
It never got very dark.
 Time of maximum coverage in Plano was 1:10 p.m., and coverage was about 75%.
Shadows seem to jump!

The most entertaining of today's sightings defied attempts to photograph. Three juvenile five-line skinks were chasing each other over and under and around this long fallen log in the shadows having a dandy time. A picture of the log can't tell the story, but at least a public domain photo can show the almost neon blue of the skinks.


Photo by Michael Holroyd, Public Domain. 



© 2014-2017 Nancy L. Ruder

7/23/2017

Early birds vote change is good

Hummingbird on red yucca near the parking lot
Shoved a hat over my scary sleep hair, got myself out to the park about 8:15 this morning and was rewarded with appearances by bluebirds, scissortails, hawks, and this cooperative hummingbird.

This scissortail and I inspected the footings for the new bridge that will make walking between the visitor center and the amphitheater easy.




As a special treat for the early birds walking and biking there was a dramatic cloud and a pleasant breeze at the pond for twenty minutes before the morning steamed up for the scorcher ahead.

Oh, thank you so much!!

No paddlers on the pond, but the new signs are going up:


My nature fix is complete:



It's all good.

© 2014-2017 Nancy L. Ruder