A Year on Clear Lake-Aug 10, 2013

Checking Out the Scenery–August 10, 2013

This Green Heron seems to be checking out the scenery, including the pretty lantana bloom. It gets a thumbs up.

It’s always exciting to spot one of the deer. They are hard to come by on this little stretch of land. Once the animal disappears into the brush, it is virtually impossible to fine. This sighting was on my way out, at the south end of the peninsula.

We had rain this morning, but once again not a heavy amount. The land is so parched that the downpour did not puddle. It soaked into the earth and softened it.  We are grateful for the little bit that did fall, and of course, hope for more.

When I first started visiting here, the vegetation seemed strange. Much of it I had never seen before–wildflowers and vines, lots of thorns–including the cacti. I’ve grown to love it, especially as it is going through its life cycles. Here’s a little plant that is blossoming out now. Take a moment to click on the photo (right) to see the tiny, delicate, purple flowers. (I apologize in advance for not being able to tell you the name of this and the other flowers and plants highlighted here. I’ve been searching for the identity, but have not been successful, yet.) To the left is another photo of the plant, intermingled with yet another plant that I don’t have a name for, but love. And the lower right photo is another purple wildflower that is in bloom right now. Check out the beautiful, tall, green blades of grass mixed with it. I have more, but will save those for another post (and maybe I’ll have a name for you by then). Last, but not least, a beautiful stand of cacti–at least I can identify them.

Green Thought: I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.― E.B. White, Letters of E. B. White