I wasn't sure it was going to be hike-able when I headed out since so many places around Houston are still underwater. I attempted Riverpark Park a couple days ago in Sugar Land. and it was 100% under water. It's a confusing photo, but that is the trail sign on the bottom left and the trail is covered in brown Brazos River mud. The canopy of trees is reflected off the water. Completely impassable.
It's a park I can't wait to go back to when it is dry. But yesterday was about the piney woods. I don't think I have ever seen so many pinecones before.
Cool temperatures, low humidity, and plenty of peace. No quiet, though. The birds were chirping up a storm. I would have loved to have spotted more, but they were asking people to stay off the trails in much of the park where I was while an endangered species of woodpecker nests.
And I was fortunate enough to spot one of them AND get a picture. Though it escapes me why "Red" is in their name.
There was one other Lifer for me in this park. When I first saw it I was afraid it was just another Northern Cardinal. I was so happy when I got the shot on my computer to find it was something a little more exotic moving north after wintering in South America and southern North America. He is a Summer Tanager. You can see why from a distance I thought it was a Cardinal.
|Black Swallowtail on Lantana|