WalkingSquares 6 through 12
I am enjoying the WalkingSquares challenge set by BeckyB of Winchester, to get out and walk each day in November. Most days I walk around our farm, but on two days this week I ventured further afield.
Sunday November 6 was warm and overcast. Nothing phenomenal showed up to be photographed, but this cloud formation caught my eye.
Monday was also warm. I chose this photo from that day, because I was able to capture three insects in one picture.
On Tuesday, I went to town (about 12 miles away). Our library has a lovely little park, given by the Rotary Club to be a memorial to community members, and I took my walk there. The park is only a few acres, but it was planned so that it has lots of little ecozone niches — a creek with a waterfall, a large pond, and a tiny wetland area.
On Wednesday, I had to be in another town, Tomball, and I took the opportunity to visit the Theis Attaway Nature Center. This is another very small park, only 4 acres, and it also is designed to create various econiches. The last time I was there, back in May, the wildflower meadow was packed with waist-high thistles. (I didn’t look closely enough to know which species, but next year I will consult this page and identify what is there.) This time, the flowers had all been mowed down, and there was not a lot in the way of wildlife to photograph, but I still found a few insects and turtles.
On Thursday, I was back at home. A cold front was predicted to move in in 24 hours, and the birds were very active. Yellow-rumped Warblers and Cedar Waxwings had come back for the winter. The warblers are so hard for me to get pictures of — they gather in groups and no one stays still long enough for me to focus the camera, usually. So I was very glad to get this photo of one of them stretching out to grab a bug.
Friday I went out about an hour before the rain and cold front got here. I was curious as to whether the birds would still be so evident, but all was quiet in the treetops. Then I spotted this Red-tailed Hawk in the pasture. I really liked the dramatic setting of the dead branches curving all around him.
Right after my walk, the cool front got here with a good cloudburst, which we needed. It cleared out quickly and Saturday morning was breezy and clear.
I had time for only a short walk, before weekend guests arrived. Close to the house, some Yellow-rumped Warblers popped out of the brush and I got a few pictures. This one is a little blurry, but at least the bird is in the sunlight and not hidden in shadow.
Wonderful photographs! I especially like the butterflies and the dragonfly. And the hawk. Gorgeous.
my kind of walk, just loved all the birdlife. thank you so much for sharing and being part of the walking squares
Thank you, I am enjoying it so much!
I always learn from your posts! Thanks