Rain? It rained sometime during the night or early morning hours. When we got up, Rigamarole was covered in water, the picnic table was wet and so were The Beast and the Escape pod.
My 10K Volksmarch today was at Mitchell Lake Audubon Wetlands in south San Antonio. I would have started much earlier than 8:25 a.m., but the wetlands don't open until 8 a.m. When I arrived at the Audubon Society, I had to go into the office to pay my $2 admission fee and sign in for the Volksmarch. The man working at the Audubon Society was very chatty and that took another 15 minutes or so.
A tour of two people was ready to head out for a bird survey. I guess they try to identify as many birds as they can on the survey.
Upon leaving the building and passing by beautiful, butterfly-attracting flowers, I had to photograph a butterfly or two.
|Monarch butterfly (danaus plexippus)|
|Monarch butterfly backlit by sun.|
Here are interesting finds along my path...
|Hairy-looking seed pods.|
|Silver-leaf nightshade (Solanum elaeagnifolium)|
|Wild petunia (Ruellia sp.)|
|Golden orb spider in the middle of its web.|
|Golden orb spider.|
|Golden orb spider.|
|Northern rough-winged swallow.|
|Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly.|
|Black-bellied whistling duck family.|
|Least sandpiper and killdeer.|
|Four black-necked stilts in a row.|
|Black-bellied whistling duck.|
|Black-bellied whistling duck and willett.|
|Snowy egret fishing.|
|Orb spiders were everywhere today!|
|Self portrait. Don't you love the hat?|
|Cacti ready to bloom.|
|Orb spider in front of cacti.|
|Beautiful blooms outside the visitor center.|
I really enjoy my alone time on walks like this when I can go at my own pace, look for birds and photograph to my hearts content. I would love to learn the songs of different birds to identify them as it isn't always possible to spot them.
Bob worked today. When he came home he could barely walk. He's pretty sure he has plantar fasciitis. He is going to take it easy on his exercising and do stetches to help alleviate the pain. I hope he gets better soon because I'll miss my best walking partner while he's convalescing.
I hope you're all having a good weekend.
Travel Bug out.