I woke up this morning and said to myself, “Self, (that is what I call myself at times), you need to write a post”. I haven’t written one in several days. It has just been one of those periods where it seems that I haven’t accomplished anything. We had lots of rain, really gully-washers, here and the lakes have received much water. The lake where I spend most of my time with my photography was literally over the banks, where previously it had almost dried up. The gates were opened to bring the depth back to the normal. That water will flow downstream to replenish yet another reservoir a few miles south.
So when I finally got out a few days ago, decided to go to several venues where I like to photograph. First, here is a photo that I got in my own backyard, where we received seven and a half inches of the wet stuff. A very wet, not dried off yet, immature female Bullock’s Oriole.
We headed to San Angelo State Park. We noticed that O. C. Fisher Lake there had received some water also. Reportedly it rose from a dry bed to nine feet of water. Should help the overall wildlife of the area. Even the Prairie Dogs are happy, judging from this mother frolicing with an off-spring.
This photo was taken in the north part of the park at the prairie dog village there. Also,while in that area we spotted a couple of Mississippi Kites in a tree.
Look close at the above picture. No, it is not a four-legged Killdeer, nor are those training wheels. When we first spotted the adult Killdeer, the chick was several yard away. As we approached, it sensed danger and ran for it’s mother and hid under a wing. I snapped a few photos, then left, as I don’t like to stress the wildlife for the sake of a photograph.
More images from the park included the following.
Leaving the park, we decided to venture downtown. San Angelo is the home to one of just a handful of International Water Lily Collections in the world. Ken Landon, the curator and owner, collects specimens from all over the world. He is just now putting out the plants for the summer, but several of them were in bloom already. The five pools, (soon to be six) are each about half full, but will be completely filled with gorgeous blossoms of all shapes and sizes very soon. Here are a couple of images that I captured. As you can see from the water droplets, the rains had just recently finished.
I hope you enjoyed this diverse collection of images. Click on any or all of them to see enlargements.