Only one more after this, I promise!
Going around the side loop, we saw more egrets and a great blue heron. Passing back over the bridge, we looked for the ducks, but they were gone.
We had just started along the main loop when I saw something that looked almost planned, but later I could see it was just a coincidental occurrence. Two oaks arched together, framing a smaller tree behind them. I was stunned!
I liked the colors of the grasses too.
After that, it was walking in the sun. And it was hot. And cloudless.
To be honest, I was really feeling it. I was sucking down water like it was unlimited. Even though we had brought two bottles each, I ended up using almost three of them. Out of shape, and did I mention it was hot?
About a half mile from the tree arch (that’s how I think of it now), there is a bird viewing area, set up overlooking a large lake. We stopped there to…look for birds, right, that’s it!
There weren’t a lot of birds to look at, nearly none that I could see, but there was a turtle sunning itself way out there. In the dead trees I could just make out somethings that looked like birds, but they were too far away to make a definite identification. I thought at the time they might be cormorants, but I didn’t know they were here in the county, so I dismissed that idea. (More about cormorants in a later post)
This first fellow was singing in a tree as we came up to the viewing area,
and this second one was in a tree as we were leaving the area. I didn’t even know there was a bird called a dickcissel, so I can be forgiven for not knowing them on sight, right?
Finally, as promised, a ribbon-winning photo! Actually, it is my second one, the first I posted here. They were both entered in the Black and White Landscape category at the Lake County Fair, and they finished 2-3, so I took a red and white ribbon in my first competition. Granted, none of the other 20 photos I’d submitted did anything, but one must start somewhere, right?
Tomorrow – something that made the heat worth it!