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Late April Update

Still blue and beautiful

Still blue and beautiful

Now that it’s the end of April, it’s time to assess how the nearby wildflowers are doing as we head into Houston’s loooooong, hot summer. So I recently took a nature walk in our neighboring master-planned community to snap a few pics.

First and most importantly, the bluebonnets still are growing and thriving. Unfortunately, the weeds are overgrown around them in many places; I’m hoping that’s some sort of landscaping plan rather than laziness by the maintenance crew.

There’s a lot of pink.

There’s a lot of pink.

Adding to all that blue is an amazing amount of pink, thanks to a bumper crop of evening primrose. These little beauties are all over the place in Houston!

Indian blankets add lovely pops of color.

Indian blankets add lovely pops of color.

I’ve been jogging in this community for about six years, and it’s been interesting how the wildflowers are ever-changing. For example, this is the first time the Indian blankets have been plentiful. That makes me smile, because they’re one of my faves.

However, I’ve yet to see a sunflower. Those have been commonplace the last few years. I guess life is all about trade-offs, even when it comes to nature.

You can never have too much purple.

You can never have too much purple.

A recent returnee along the walking path are foxgloves in different shades of purple.

Up close and personal

Up close and personal

They’re pretty as both a group and individually and are springing up all along the route.

A waspy bee enjoys an Indian blanket.

A waspy bee enjoys an Indian blanket.

One thing that hasn’t changed? Those flippin’ bees! Wherever I go, whatever I do, they seem to think we’re going to go through it together (name that song!)

A bee hovers over a bluebonnet.

A bee hovers over a bluebonnet.

Personally, I’m a solo act.

A Sea of Bluish Purple

Bluebonnets always make me smile.

Bluebonnets always make me smile.

One of the first things I did when I returned from my short Chicago trip was to drive to the master-planned community next to mine. My goal? See how much the bluebonnets had grown, as well as to check if any other wildflowers were adding to the color scheme.

These might be the most-photogenic flowers ever.

These might be the most-photogenic flowers ever.

Remember the few bluish-purple beauties that braved the end of winter last month?

Now they’re popping out all over where I do my long runs and walks! It’s really breathtaking.

There's a boy-girl theme going on here.

There’s a blue-pink theme going on here.

As for the other wildflowers, well, so far they’re slackers. I mainly noticed pretty pink evening primrose intermingling with the bluebonnets here and there.

A welcome dash of red

A welcome dash of red

The red phlox stood out, but there were too few to make much of a difference.

Looks like the Indian Blanket will have company.

Looks like the Indian Blanket will have company.

Meanwhile, that one, lonely Indian Blanket not only is still hanging in there, but it has some friends nearby that are about to bloom.

Hopefully that sea of bluish purple is about to experience some colorful changes!

Putt Putt (Disc) Golf

My younger son putts at the Texas Army Trail disc golf course.

Know how to tell you’ve been shooting one sport for too long?

A disc approaches the basket.

When you stop snapping pix of the people playing that activity, because you’re bored.

The chains capture a disc.

I’ve been shooting disc golf ever since my younger son became enthralled with the sport in late 2007. That’s a whole lot of photos of people flinging plastic circles into metal baskets.

A par putt nestles among the chains.

The last two times I put my Nikon D700 to my eye when disc golf was being played, though, I was mesmerized by the action of the discs approaching and landing in the chains or tray of the basket. Those putts that players hope will be birdies and pars have a fluid motion that I kept trying to capture.

It was a welcome change!

The disc is about to hit the chains at last week’s Southwest Handicap Mini.

Know how to tell when you’ve really lost your . . . ahem . . . focus?

The disc continues on its route.

When you’re shooting discs going into baskets using burst mode. There’s no turning back after that, I’m afraid.

Lodged in the tray, the putter is done for now.

Hopefully, I’ve gone far enough down this road, though, that I’m ready to go back to shooting the real disc golf action again:

Evan putts.

The players!

Evening primrose at Community Park

And, of course, the occasional wildflower . . . or two . . . or many.

Beauty Without Beasts

Pink evening primrose intermingles with red phlox drummondii.

When I was snapping wildflower pix earlier this month, I wasn’t always dodging bees. Fortunately.

It’s easy to see how the Mexican hats got their name.

Most of the time I could roam among the beauty without worrying about what I might be disturbing.

Orange flowers brighten the landscape.

The ability to drink in all that beauty without bee-ing ready to run away felt freeing.

I love these Indian Blankets!

There are so many gorgeous and different wildflower colors that you don’t want to just snap and flee.

This is an Indian Blanket aberration.

But when you’re out in nature, you have to realize that this isn’t your habitat. You are just a visitor among the bees, bugs, and wildflowers.

A small bee and bugs enjoy the little yellow daisies.

When it comes to this much beauty, you don’t mind dealing with a few beasts. Well, as long as they’re not stinging you.

Happy Earth Day!