A Year on Clear Lake-Oct 30, 2013

Egret at Work–October 30, 2013 The day began with a spectacular, vibrant sunrise, then the rain moved in. No complaints. I paid a visit to the marina–my first since the boat races of last weekend. The water was high, covering the bulkhead, and there were no birds, which is a rarity. A lone snowy egret (above) worked the shoreline by …

A Year on Clear Lake-Oct 29, 2013

Touch of Yellow–October 29, 2013 The wildflowers keep coming. I spotted these tiny unidentified flowers by the side of the trail (see above and left). Then there are the cowpeas (r), which are good food for the white tail deer, growing in several locations across the area. Activity has been very slow on the peninsula of late. There is plenty …

A Year on Clear Lake-Oct 28, 2013

A Sundog of a Day–October 28, 2013 A sundog added a splash of color to the sky today. Wikipedia says this phenomenon is commonly made by the refraction of light from ice crystals in high and cold cirrus clouds.  The ice crystals, called diamond dust, drift in the air at low levels. These crystals act as prisms, bending the light …

A Year on Clear Lake-Oct 27, 2013

The Buzz–October 27, 2013 They hardly generate a warm fuzzy to see them, but these wasps were among the first inhabitants to greet me when I arrived today.  The morning’s rain weighed down the tree’s leaves to reveal the hiding sight of the nest. I pass this tree everyday, but today was the first time I remember ever seeing the …

A Year on Clear Lake-Oct 26, 2013

Dressed for Autumn–October 26,2013 The Buckeye butterfly  is one of the most abundant in Houston in the autumn–and so apropos, decked out in warm, fall colors. This butterfly prefers open, sunny locations, and cannot tolerate freezing temperatures. It often sits with open wings, while basking in the sunlight, as our friend above did. A Little Blue Heron was working the …

A Year on Clear Lake-Oct 25, 2013

In the Pink–October 25, 2013 Dawn arrives in the pink of health,  bathing all in its healthy glow–a great way to start the day. It was late in the day when I took my walk, and little was found on the ground, but the skies seemed filled with a variety of birds. The hawk took to the skies, an American …

A Year on Clear Lake-Oct 24, 2013

Planet Venus–October 24, 2013 The planet Venus shines bright in the late October sky. If you want to feel connected–I mean, really connected–to something bigger than yourself, then think how many eyes are staring up at Venus tonight. Think, how many eyes over the million of eons have stared up at this same planet. And while our earthly view of …

A Year on Clear Lake-Oct 23, 2013

One-Legged Stand–October 23, 2013 I was pushing the clock as I made a quick dash around my regular route. Not much was happening on the peninsula this evening. Still, there were a few things to share. Like the million dollar sunset that turned the sky golden. And the image of the immature great blue heron basking in the beauty of …

A Year on Clear Lake-Oct 22, 2013

A Winter Visitor–October 22, 2013 I’m not sure what this little masked visitor is, but I found him perched alone atop a tree at the far north end. Later I discovered a wooly worm, the caterpillar of the Giant Leopard moth, wandering  the trail in search of a place to hunker down. I know why I love my daily walks …

A Year on Clear Lake – Oct 21,2013

The Elusive Ones–October 21, 2013 I am excited to have finally captured good images of our elusive deer family. As usual, it was a surprise when I came upon them. This time they didn’t dash off, but instead took a few minutes to stare at me. I stood perfectly still. Finally the momma was satisfied that I wasn’t a threat. …