Grizzly at Mary Bay Yellowstone Lake

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sunrise in the Park

We have been enjoying some awesome sunrises this month here at Lockhart State Park.

These photos (click to enlarge) were taken between 7:00 and 7:15 in the morning. As you can see the clouds adds a lot to the effects of the photos.



Really need to carry my camera more often so as to capture more of these.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Where Did The Summer Go?

This summer sure went by fast. We moved to Lockhart State Park the first of March. 



I am working here as a Park Host and Dianna is still working in Austin for the IRS. 


Our Home at the park

Dianna is always saying she likes my office better than hers. I have to admit I do like my office.


My Office

Lockhart State Park is the only golf course in this area so it is a big draw from several neighboring towns. It is a 9 hole par 35 course. Taking care of the greens and fairways is my primary duty here. I sure thought I was done mowing grass when we sold the house. Was I wrong there. One of the perks for working here is we can play as much golf as we want. We have played a few times this summer.

Dianna playing through a water hazard

This summer we had a lot of winged visitors.


Two of our visitors


Along with the hummers we had some other critters visit us.

Looking at you looking at me

Wolf Spider


Lots of other wildlife in the park that I didn't get a pictures of as I seem to leave the camera in the rig too often. We did get to see some of the many wild flowers and plant life in the park. There is one plant we avoided completely.

Poison Ivy

In May we took a trip to San Diego for a visit with my cousin and all her family. We did some touring in Marina Del Ray and had a wonderful lunch of local mexican cuisine on the beach. West coast life style is grand.

You can have the traffic

Then we made our way to Laughlin, NV for a visit with my sister.  We had a great time there with a boat ride on the river and fun in the casino.

Entering NV

No traffic here

In November we did a short trip to Dickinson, TX to visit Tommy an old friend from my early years in TX. After that we went to Aransas Pass, TX for a visit with our friends Jim & Shirley. We had many hours of Pegs & Jokers to prove the men rule supreme at the game.

Till next time.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Need More Millimeters

The bird activity has really picked up the past few weeks. We had a flock of white pelicans spend a night on their way north. I hope they didn't expect to fill up on fish as there are no fish in the lake.



I'm pleased to say I got the opportunity to take my first picture of a Bald Eagle in the wild. It may not be the best picture but it's the only picture of an eagle I've taken. Now I want more lens millimeters so I can get a closer view of the subject.



This eagle has been perching on the same branch for several weeks now. He will sit for a period of time then swoop down and catch a duck and take it to a nest of hungry eagle chicks.


These ducks escaped the claws of the eagle this time. I'm sure one of them will be the main entree for the young eagles real soon.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, January 27, 2012

What a Difference a Rain Makes

And rain it did! We don't have a rain gauge here at the park but according to the neighboring ranchers we received 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 inches of rain. This all came in the early morning  hours of January 25th.
This lake was completely dry January 24th.
Work was completed just in time for the raised walkway to the covered dock.
It is  wonderful feeling to look out at the lake and see all this water when the day before it was a dry lake bed.

Most of the day you could hear water rushing down the creek bed that feeds the lake. The creek feeding the lake is along the other side of the tree line - upper right of photo.

Another surprising thing is the amount of birds that returned to the lake area. A Blue Heron was seen looking for the frogs that have came back to life. A raft of Pin Tail ducks has taken over one end of the lake. It seems their are more song birds than before or is it they can now be heard because the lake has water?