Robert (gurdonark) wrote,

spiny lizard

I took Beatrice for a walk in the cool early morning. She is glad we are home.

I drove up to the Johnson Branch Unit of Lake Ray Roberts. I like walking the sidewalk paths through the cross timbers there. I hoped to see zebra longwing butterflies,but none were in evidence. I walked for 115 minutes. I took a picture of a lizard, whom I believe to be a Texas Spiny Lizard. I saw a great blue heron, a great egret, a snowy egret, several mockingbirds, several northern cardinals, scissor-tailed flycatchers, a western kingbird, a turkey vulture, and several grasshoppers.

Once I saw a little bird I thought was a blue/gray gnatcatcher, but as I looked I realized I was instead seeing a small group of fledgling mockingbirds, fully-formed but tiny, getting used to flying.

I drove home. We ate sandwiches for dinner. We rented a movie we both love, Mike Leigh's "Happy-Go-Lucky". We enjoyed seeing Sally Hawkins' great performance, which should have won the Oscar in its year but in fact she was not nominated though was a Golden Globe winner. I look forward to seeing her in the new Woody Allen movie.

I listened to a mixcloud cloudcast that said it featured one of my songs. I had a lot of cool covers, including a great "Cinnamon Girl" I had not heard before. My song, a curious novelty remix of youtube vlogger Thaumata I did years ago, felt fun to hear, the oddball Dr. Demento guest in otherwise august company.

Now the TV is playing a Texana guy with a guitar and I am thinking about going to read more of "Cloud Atlas" and then sleep.

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