Great Blue Heron pair in flight near the rookery. Last night I was playing around with some techniques and textures and came up with this… Grace like this is what makes humans want to “fly like a bird.”
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Blanket flower, Firewheel, Gaillardia — all names for this beautiful flower that is blooming nearly everywhere, it seems, in the Hill Country now. It’s also good to see a bee. A real bee. They seem to have become so rare…
Went back to the rookery near Goose Island State Park again today and got two sets of chicks in one photo! Two little yellow beaks in the left nest and one big chick visible on the right side. The adults sit upwind to protect the chicks from the wind, and sometimes spread their wings a bit.
Great Blue Heron with two chicks at the rookery near Goose Island State Park. This rookery may be doomed because it is now on the grounds of a gated community and will soon be surrounded by houses — assuming they do not plan to destroy the pond and trees themselves… It was purchased just as Goose Island State Park got money to purchase the precious property.
This is a Snowy Egret (black beak, black legs, yellow feet) who got in a fight with the bird flying away at this point. I had noticed his impressive topknot earlier, but didn’t know what was going on.
The picture below is earlier in the battle…
So happy to see a few butterflies this year! In the first few springs we lived here there were SO MANY butterflies! It was wonderful. Then things went wrong for them I guess. Hard winter frosts made many of the plants they like die back to the ground and hence bloom much later. Other things have been blooming earlier due to warmer weather. Whatever it was, there have been very few butterflies. This year a few more, and I was very happy to find this black swallowtail yesterday. It is not perfect — it seems to have lost one of its tails… It is enjoying a Mexican Hat flower. We planted some wildflower seeds in the yard a few years ago and the Mexican Hats took over. They are beautiful this time of year — a sea of yellow and green.