The Heard Nature Photographers Club organized a field trip down to Ennis yesterday for the annual Bluebonnet Festival. Our only organized activity was a stop at Kachina Prairie Park for a short wildflower walk.
The 30-acre park is remnant native, never-plowed prairie now being actively conserved by a coalition of the Ennis Garden Club, Indian Trail Master Naturalists, City of Ennis and the Texas Land Conservancy. Several master naturalists were on hand leading small groups on a 3/4-mile loop identifying various plants and talking about the history of the area.
Red-bellied Woodpeckers apparently engaged in a nest squabble with what I assumed to be a cowbird.
Green Heron while waiting, but managed to get this reflecting Red-eared Slider.
Eastern Pondhawk I've ever photographed.
coral honeysuckle vines were twined around trees on the prairie's edge.
EDIT: Carolyn Ross with the Indian Trail Master Naturalists identifies it as Spiderwort.
goldenrod crab spider.
I still maintain that I don't want to invest in a macro lens. My telephoto zoom and wide angle cover just about everything I want to shoot, and I'm having enough fun and finding myself plenty challenged trying to sharpen my skills with those two. This was admittedly one of the rare moments of exception where I kind of wished I had one, though.
I can't say enough about what a terrific job all the volunteers did. They were clearly passionate about the prairie, and delighted to share their knowledge and affection with guests. A great part of the day!