Michael's Rediscovery of Nature

Ramblings and observations of a former biologist and a lifelong naturalist, who has recently returned to his roots in east Texas. After a many years of working from coast to coast in an industry far removed from biology, it has been a pleasant change of geography, activity, and attitude. No stressful job decked out in a three piece suit. No city living. Instead there is a rediscovery of the woods, of something scurrying through the leaves, of the clear notes of a bird call, and of reliving the joy that I had when nature was a playground and a classroom.

"Bugs" and Flowers Instead of Birds

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I really had intended on taking pictures of birds at Caddo Lake today.

Kristi and I taught a photography course to some of the members of the Cypress Basin Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist.  After the classroom portion, we went out by the lake so our class could practice some of the techniques we taught.  We had Prothonotary Warblers zoom past, saw a Summer Tanager, a couple of Parula Warblers and the usual suspects in that area.  I did not manage to photograph any of those, but did enjoy seeing them.  

Kristi and one of the class members, Linda Richtsmeier, spent some time photographing dragonflies and some Cricket Frogs.  The dragonflies were quite cooperative and very plentiful.  That made it a lot of fun and I think we all got some pretty good shots.  

After everyone else left, I stayed for a while longer.  It was just too beautiful of a day to quit.  I really had hoped to catch a shot at some of the birds we had been seeing and hearing.  However, nothing was cooperating and then a group of people came who were a bit noisy so I walked down the road a ways.  I did see a beautiful Red-tailed Hawk and caught a glimpse of what I believe was a Yellow Breasted Vireo but it was a very quick look so I am not counting it for sure.  

As happens with me, soon I was watching the ground more than the trees and began photographing some of the Spring flowers and the insects that were on them.  It led to a fun afternoon.

Here are some of the shots from the day.  


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