Sunday, March 23, 2008

Southern Hospitality -- Letterboxing in Texas


Texas in the springtime is incredibly beautiful. The wildflower displays are not to be believed. (Thank you, Lady Bird!) I had freed myself from conference responsibilities, and spent a delightful day with Sandi and Lindsey (that's SandiBox and SoccerChik, for you letterboxers). What a delightful duo!

We spent the bulk of our day at Memorial Park, where the letterboxes are so plentiful, you can literally stumble over them along side the trail. (Note to self: you've got to learn to stop stumbling along the trail.)

I had told Sandi and Lindsey that I wanted to get up close with nature, and like good Southern hostesses, they made their guest incredibly happy. Sandi spotted this Yellow Crowned Night Heron, and shouted out, "Bird! Bird!" It reminds me of the first time I saw a Roseate Spoonbill. Robb and I were driving on the highway in Texas, and I certainly did not have time to say, "Oh looky over yonder Robb. There's a Roseate Spoonbill on the right side of the road." All I had time to do was holler, "PINK!" Robb still teases me about this.

This is what serious birders (of which I am not one) call a "Life Bird." It was the first time I had ever seen this astonishing creature. Isn't he handsome, in his breeding plumage? What lady Night Heron could resist him?

The smaller animals were no less impressive. This, I believe, is a Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle, although this identification could be faulty. It seems to me that this beetle is sporting eight spots, and besides, there aren't supposed to be any of these bugs along the Gulf Coast.

I'm sorry I've not written more about this wonderful day. I'm still exhausted from my trip, but I wanted to share some of the pictures, and thank Sandi and Lindsey for their kindness. Sandi wrote a much more detailed account of this awesome day on her blog.


SandiBox said...

So glad you enjoyed your visit. We had a great time too. Be sure and let us know if you find your way to town again.

Sandi & Lindsey

Anonymous said...

Sorry I missed your visit, but was out of town for Spring Break vacation. Glad you had a good time in TX and hope you come again!

Silver Eagle

Anonymous said...

Goody for you to get out in nature as you travel to different parts of the USA.

Gary and I just walked on our first rail trail on Easter Sunday, which this area started only 9 years ago. Apparently there are walking/bike riding and horse riding trails that go alongside active, rural trail tracks. It was nice to see a bit of the area being preserved as a rural area, since development around here appears to me to be unrestrained. Enjoy it while you can! Next time you head to Texas those flower-filled fields will probably be a mall and a parking lot.


Pam/Digging said...

I absolutely love those reds, blues, and greens of our wildflower spring shows. Beautiful!


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