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Another day, another creek. This time, I roamed near Cypress Creek out west of town.
HAM hosted their annual blood drive. All donations are welcome. If you can’t get out, don’t fret. Houston Area Mosquitoes will come to you.
They were particularly aggressive around the creek and lakes. I ended up with about 25 bites. In the words of Jimi Hendrix, “There’s a red house over yonder / That’s where mosquitoes ate my neighbor.”
On the bright side, I can’t remember the last time I encountered so many honeysuckle vines. The aroma followed me everywhere. When I was a little kid, our dad sometimes took us into the woods to pick blackberries. Sucking the sweet nectar off a honeysuckle flower was a rare treat.
One field was covered in spring wildflowers. Bluebonnets, poppies, thistles, daisies, and more crowded together in the sunlight.
One must venture farther from the city to find endless fields. But pockets of wildflowers are frequent throughout northern Harris County.
A dozen egrets stood in a field between meals. This one loitered near the primrose. Closer to the water, I encountered herons, turtles, and a pretty garter snake.
Only a pair of great egrets continued fishing at midday, in a small stream. Surrounding shrubs offered a bit of shade. Unlike the turtles, the birds didn’t seem to mind people walking by along the woodland trails.
Have you been getting out to enjoy the sunshine during this lockdown?
My previous photography adventure can be viewed here.Published in