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Somewhat surprisingly, the road out to the Greer Island levee crossing was completely passable. Just some puddles in a couple of spots. So I ended my visit out there.
Lake Worth rises another foot, the levee probably won't be above water any longer. It was lapping right up against the trail in some stretches.
alligators in North Texas, but had never actually seen one in the wild before. I waited with him until the sun made a brief appearance.
Mimosa tree at the trail head. A naturalist at the visitor center helped identify several of the wildflowers I saw, and added that this one is not native to Texas.
prickly pear cacti were in bloom all over the refuge.
Eastern Pondhawks were among the many dragonflies I saw along the trail.
blanket flowers near the gate house.
I also saw three armadillos and a painted bunting during my four-hour visit, but wasn't able to get pictures of them. The alligator was really the big win of the trip. Apparently the swift-moving waters have been moving some downstream and they get "caught" by the levee.
Just the fix I was looking for after all our wet, overcast weather lately!