Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Sunday drive through Palo Duro Canyon

It was about 65F degrees on this October morning — a perfect day to visit Palo Duro Canyon State Park. 

Along the road we saw campers, cyclists and cars parked at trailheads. However it didn't seem very crowded for a Sunday morning.

There are six water crossings that can limit access to some areas of the park.
Rocks along the roadside beckon you to get out of the car and climb.
Some have the urge to climb higher than others.
Next time I will bring my camera and wear proper shoes. I shot this pics with my iPhone.

I spotted a big rock near the Chinaberry stop that looked like a good hike.

Or maybe I'll try the 5.75-mile roundtrip hike to the Lighthouse, the rock formation on the canyon's brochures. It's a popular trail that bikers and horses also use.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Hummingbirds at rest

Sometimes it is easier to get a photo of a hummingbird while it is sitting around.

This one was trying to sneak around another hummingbird sitting atop the feeder.

On guard.

Not humming. Just watching.

Shaking off some raindrops.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Eyeballing a Red Saddlebags dragonfly

The Red Saddlebags Dragonfly has a standout color.  But I still see more Blue Dashers around my yard.
This one circled and circled before finally landing long enough for me to snap a pic.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Grass spider works its funnel web

That's a very impressive funnel you made, little spider.
 In the morning dew it was easy to spot a couple of funnel webs in the grass.

I snapped this pic with my iPhone, but if you look closely, you can see the grass spider patrolling near the funnel.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Little big-eyed skippers flash a bit of orange

Little orange skippers are tough for me to identify.

My guess: At least one of these is a Fiery Skipper. And could there be a Least Skipper in the mix?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Colorful grackles descend

Grackles found my feeder this week. I know they are common and often considered a nuisance, but they sure are pretty.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

I think this hummingbird called me a 'poopy head'

The hummingbird landed on a branch near me.
It took a closer look at me.
Then it released its opinion of me.