Since it’s rained like crazy and the rivers are still rising, I thought it would be a good time to check out our pond, the arroyo, and the riparian areas at the front of our property.

A meadow pink for my newfound love of the color.

Also, since it’s time for the second wave of wildflowers, I’d check them out, too. I’m always happy when these pink beauties are shining forth, so that was a good start!

I’m so glad they didn’t get all of these in the hay!

The dogs came along and enjoyed their own “pond” made by Lee’s unfinished drainage area.

Thanks for the pond, Dad!

When I finally reached the pond, water was still flowing gently. Everything was settled into its normal places.

I wanted to get some nice pictures with wildflowers in them, but good old Alfred kept trying to protect me by standing between me and the pond. It was funny.

I did finally get my shot!

I got lots of nice flower images and finally one of a dickcissel that I can recognize. There are hundreds of them here right now.

Where are my friends?

I enjoyed checking for appropriate plants, and was happy to see sedges and dock waving away. That means it’s been staying moist since we put in the dam. It’s pretty to me.

Dock on the left, sedge on the right.

I find it hard to walk around briskly when everywhere I turn is something pretty. There are almost as many kinds of butterflies as there are birds.

Thistle and red admiral.

One more

Also, I went to feed the chickens and saw a lot of birds headed for the tree by the driveway going to the cabin. I realized they were very yellow. Were they warblers? No! The sounds they made told me it was hundreds of dickcissels! Look!

This tree is chock full of birds.

Okay, enough pictures. I’ll leave you with a coneflower. They are cheerful!

Not sure which one this is. But it’s lovely.

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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