Robert (gurdonark) wrote,

wind and bloom

We live in a reasonably windy region. Today the wind went beyond reason. Days like today remind me I live in the west, as the whole day had a western wind feel. I called the local Garland utility about a dangling (but probably non-lethal) wire I saw on my drive home. All over the metroplex, people lost electricity. I saw fences out. The news is full of stories about wildfires a hundred miles west.

On my drive home from work, I stopped at Breckinridge Park in Richardson, usually one of the most reliable wildflower displays. Alas, I was too late--most of the flowers were gone, and the city, despite its focus on conserving them, had given up and mowed.

But then I went to Oak Point Park in Plano:

Field with showy evening primrose (Oak Point Park, Plano, Texas):

Field with Showy Evening Primrose

Blanket Flowers (firewheels), Oak Point Park, Plano, Texas:

blanket flowers

The best image? Not the above. Not on digi-cam. It was 2 male scissortail flycatchers, bursts of color, sitting at ease on the little park road, as I drove up. When I paused to reach for camera, they flew up in their scissor-tailed charming way.

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