Category Archives: Walking

Equinox at my door

Today (March 20th) marks the first day of spring this year. I got to White Rock Lake 15 minutes before sunrise to listen to birds greet the day. And was I in for a treat! I took short walks along Lawther Drive, parking in the small lots around the lake.

dawn sky over White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas

Dawn sky over White Rock Lake

I saw coots and mallards and wood ducks on the water. The male wood duck sports an aerodynamic helmet. Such authority. So cute.

Dawn at Whiterock Lake Dallas

I call this the chandelier tree.

My eyes were on the waterfowl, but chirps rained on me from the trees.

A red-winged blackbird drew me into a reed patch with its trill. No pictures of the RWB,  but got a quick shot of two racing shells. Sidebar (book suggestion): The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. Great read!

Racing shells on Whiterock Lake, Dallas

And then I heard honking in the sky. The unmistakable call of Canada geese! I looked up and sure enough, a pair!

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See the two specks in the clouds about a third of the way up from the bottom and more than a third of the way in from the left? Canada geese.

I was definitely hoping I’d see Canada geese, but I wasn’t expecting to see them. So this was a bonus and I was content with the glimpse and the honks. I tried again to take pictures of the red-winged blackbird, but the reeds and the bird’s motion meant a few unusable shots. So I started walking back to the car when loud honking at the water’s edge stopped me in my tracks. I looked back:

Canada geese on Whiterock Lake

Oh, hello … Canada geese. I can’t even …

I kept my distance to give them space.

Canada geese on Whiterock Lake, Dallas

Seconds later, they took to the skies.

Canada geese on Whiterock Lake, Dallas

Flap flap

Canada geese on Whiterock Lake, Dallas

In sync

Airborne!

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Winter green

Live oaks don’t shed leaves in the winter.

live oaks in Tietze Park

Their chlorophyllic stance in frosty weather makes this an arc de tree-omphe. These beauties frame Tietze Park, one of Dallas’ many green spaces.

 

The most punderful time of the year

Signs that wordplay is alive and well in Dallas!

Near Mockingbird Station, around Halloween:

Halloween sign near retail store: fab-boo-lous

No scar(e)city of puns. Dallas is well-equipped.

Near Trader Joe’s/Walnut Hill:

Walkens welcome

Locks to laugh about.

Christmas cheer around here:

Gnome for the holidays

Where to go for my wordplay addiction? The elf-help section.

Happy you here! Err … I mean, Happy New Year. Too much punch can do that, ya know!

White Rock Lake, Dallas – 2

Happy Earth Day! White Rock Lake is home to flora and fauna that boost the happy.

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A pair of coots

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.

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The Filter Building once housed a system to purify lake water for city consumption. In the 1950s, the city began to rely on its other lakes for water, so the Filter Building stopped serving its original function. Today you can rent it for private and corporate events.

Glad they left the name and the very cool sign untouched.

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Mauve magic of Texas mountain laurel

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Coot stalking

The white structure is a boat garage.

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The water looks fine. Let’s go.

I took these pictures one misty morning last month. Here’s a sunny day post on White Rock Lake from four years ago.

Bethany Lakes Park – Allen, Texas

This Allen gem has four lakes, each with its own personality.

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Mostly mallards

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Reflecting pool

A walking trail surrounds this lake.
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This stopped me in my tracks:

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Anhingas and gulls

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Unparalleled parking

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About to nail the landing

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Soli-tree

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.

Dayspring Nature Preserve – Allen, Texas

When it’s brrrry cold outside, there’s always photos from the month of May.

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Nature preserve beats traffic jam

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Indian paintbrushes (ratibida columnifera) surround firewheel (gaillardia pulchella)

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Sheer re-leaf

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‘Round the bend for mind to mend

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Path-o-logically peaceful

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Air filter

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Decked out in emerald

Here’s the City of Allen listing for Dayspring Nature Preserve.

Klyde Warren Park, Dallas

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.

20171028_133412.jpgTuck into a falafel sandwich or just-baked pizza from the nearby food trucks.

20171028_133123.jpgAmble through the botanical garden, home to native plants, including this monarch magnet, the lantana.

Here are some monarch shots from a sunny October day.

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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.

20171030_170045.jpgBottom 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.

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Flanking a botanical garden walkway are pink muhly on the left and mealy blue sage and lantana on the right, all drought-resistant Texas natives.

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.