May 30th, 2009

abstract butterfly

skipping amid nature

This morning I went to Allen Station Park, five or so minutes from our home. The park has a small nature trail, which leads to the historic small railway dam.

Along the trail this little fellow ran as fast as he could, and then paused to survey the landscape:

Texas spotted whiptail lizard

I love google, because I could spend a few moments there and learn he is a Texas spotted whiptail. Then I came upon this little guy, who is called, simply enough, a rough green snake:

ROUGH GREEN SNAKE, Opheodrys aestivus

I also saw lots of robins, who declined to stand still for photographs.
I saw a little hawk being chased by swallows. I find that swallows, perhaps due to their flight speed, are among the most playful and yet fearless birds. They gave that hawk no quarter, though, in fairness, the hawk asked for none.

As I prepared to leave the park, I watched a lovely northern parula. Then, after a bit of grilled chicken for lunch at a KFC, I came home and checked out the back yard butterfly bush. I saw the above little grass skipper. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out which skipper he is, but I am still not sure.

It's been a stay-near-home day, but a fascinating one.