Robert (gurdonark) wrote,

Bonham State Park, Texas

Bonham State Park, Texas, originally uploaded by gurdonark.

Today I drove an hour to Bonham State Park, northeast of the town in which I live. I arrived at 8.30 a.m. I walked until 9.30 a.m. I saw a few birds: lots of vultures, an eastern phoebe, and a red-bellied woodpecker. I loved a small purple flower of whose name I am unsure: perhaps it is a species of gayfeather (bright morning star).Then I rented a canoe from the very helpful rangers. One ranger told me he lives near the park, and sees indigo and painted bunting every Spring. I love buntings.

I paddled the small lake for the better part of an hour, without managing to fall in (and even managing to circle back for the camera I mistakenly left on shore).The paddling was lovely. Fish broke the surface. A killdeer flew overhead, complaining, as killdeer are wont to do. I floated near the beach on which many vultures stood. A great blue heron flew overhead, and landed in a large evergreen tree. The sun shimmered on the lake. A bit of breeze blew, but it was not bad at all. I even could take a picture of the lake with my cell phone, and posted it directly to Facebook.

I drove the country roadways back home, exploring farm roads I'd never traveled. I listened to the Arkansas Razorbacks fall far behind Texas A & M, but spent the afternoon watching them make a miraculous comeback in the second half.We dined at Thai Noodle Wave, where the teriyaki chicken was heavenly.


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