Wander and Ponder

One of the things I am most grateful for in my life, is the opportunities I have to wander around all by myself.  Our family has two rural properties, so when I walk around on one of them, it’s not like being in a park — I don’t have to stick to a trail, I don’t have to keep up with anyone who is trying to get to some rock formation or waterfall, I don’t have to get out of anyone’s way.  I can just sit on a rock for half an hour if I want to.  And yet, as I am on a small piece of ground, if I were to twist an ankle or something, someone would know where to look for me!

And when I go back inside and look at the photos I took, I often notice brand new details I didn’t see while on the walk.

Here are a few photos from our last trip to Central Texas, from the little hill behind our house.

View to the north.

Rocky ground.

A well-camouflaged Pallid-winged Grasshopper blends into the rock background.

Snapdragon Vine plants were attracting lots of pollinators.

Sonoran Bumblebee on Snapdragon Vine.

Sonoran Bumblebee.

Snapdragon Vine. I love the web in the background.

Black Swallowtail butterfly.

Rain clouds in the south.

Rain clouds moving in from the south had me heading back to the house after only an hour on the hill.  I can’t wait to go again and see what I find next time!