After getting up early on Saturday to catch the sunrise south of Fort Worth, I was looking forward to sleeping the next day. Then I got an email through iNaturalist that a photo walk was going to be held at LLELA Sunday morning. Change of plans. :)
We headed off down the Redbud Trail, which I thought was great since I hadn't taken it on either of my previous visits. Soon enough we were enjoying a nice view of the Elm Fork of the Trinity River, still running high after some rain the day before and continued heavy release from Lake Lewisville.
BAMONA for an ID.
Black vultures kept a close watch on our party. We were all a little offended to be considered that close to death.
Bodark trees and their fruit, commonly known as horse apples. I thought they looked more like brains or balls of maggots. Whatever you call them, they do have an interesting texture.
twelve-spotted skimmer from at least 20 feet off our path in the underbrush. It was quite still, possibly warming up in the sun that intermittently peeked through the clouds.
Green Heron along a small creek we crossed. Like others I've seen, it seemed much less concerned about our presence than its larger relatives typically do.
Eastern Pondhawk munching on a breakfast of damselfly.
mantidfly -- it was kind of a big deal. Again, I was amazed at how he spotted something so small that it was dwarfed by his hand.
We meandered for almost three hours, and my knowledge of and appreciation for the area grew the entire time. I look forward to joining them again in the future!