Vines use holdfasts to climb concrete.
A white-winged dove built a nest in my balcony. It took about two weeks for the eggs to hatch and two more for the babies to fledge.
June 28th – I stepped out for better cell reception to this!
What bird is this, I wondered …
I came home drenched from a sudden downpour to a sight that tugged at my heart.
Why this bird chose a fourth-floor balcony grate to have babies beats me.
See how the story ends! Check out the full album of photos taken June 28th to July 28th.
Note: All close-ups are crops of longer shots (to give the birdies their space).
Happy Earth Day! White Rock Lake is home to flora and fauna that boost the happy.
The coot’s white bill and dark feathers and its bobbing motions make it Chaplinesque.
The Filter Building sits on the southwest bank of White Rock Lake.
Glad they left the name and the very cool sign untouched.
The white structure is a boat garage.
I took these pictures one misty morning last month. Here’s a sunny day post on White Rock Lake from four years ago.
Spring ahead with your dreams, my friend, for spring is ahead.
A favorite color (purple) and one of my favorite flowers (tulips) kiss in this planting at Northpark Mall. I chanced upon it while waiting to join a friend for dinner yesterday. Joy!
This Allen gem has four lakes, each with its own personality.
A walking trail surrounds this lake.
This stopped me in my tracks:
These pics are from last weekend when temps rose to 60+ Fahrenheit. Not the norm for winter, but this is Texas where temps drop 20 degrees in as many minutes when cold fronts hit.
Look at the pics in these Yelp reviews of this very park. Spring! Canada geese. Picnics. Possibilities.
Here’s the City of Allen listing for Bethany Lakes Park.
When it’s brrrry cold outside, there’s always photos from the month of May.
Here’s the City of Allen listing for Dayspring Nature Preserve.
This tranquil gem sits at the heart of downtown Dallas. Traffic whizzes about and under it and high-rise buildings stand like sentinels around it. The park is a Buddha ‘midst the buzz. Its well-kept spaces include a botanical garden, a children’s park, and a dog park.
Tuck into a falafel sandwich or just-baked pizza from the nearby food trucks.
Amble through the botanical garden, home to native plants, including this monarch magnet, the lantana.
Here are some monarch shots from a sunny October day.
Monarchs migrate through North Texas twice a year. Once in the fall en route to Mexico, route reversed in the spring. Pollinator-friendly plants in the park’s Monarch Wrangler section give these beautiful butterflies a place to rest and refuel.
Bottom of sign: This site demonstrates beneficial conservation management practices for the monarch butterfly and other pollinator species producing tangible values for natural resources and our Texan way of life.
Apart from food trucks for noshing and green spaces for chilling, KWP has outdoor ping pong tables and a reading room. Weekend yoga, capoeira, tai chi and meditation classes make it a community wellness hub. The park even has a performance pavilion for music concerts.
Plan a visit to Klyde Warren Park.