Come walk with me…

Join me as I walk through my magical wetlands wonderland. My oasis in the desert where I clear my head of life’s worries:

Yesterday I visited late morning. The weather was wonderful and there were several other friendly visitors. As I crossed the bridge to enter the park, I looked down to see this beautiful snowy egret greet me!

After crossing the bridge, I walked to the first viewing area, this is where I always stop first, just to see what might be happening. Sometimes there are a lot of creatures (birds, turtles, frogs), sometimes there are not. Yesterday I was blessed with beautiful colors to start my walk:

There are paths that lead around several water areas. I can walk between a couple of them, but some are grown over. There are two main loops around the water areas that I always walk along on my visits. This time of year the grasses and cattails have blocked out a lot of the water views. I have been told they burn some of it off each spring. When I first discovered this park I could see a lot more of the water. However, I still see so much beauty each time I visit! Below are some of the views from the paths.

In the photo below you can see another water viewing area up on the left. I spent a lot of time there yesterday just watching a few birds swim in and out of the reeds.

This is where I discovered a new bird, the northern shoveler. He is a very cool looking bird. He and his lady friend were simply beautiful in the morning sun.

There are several reservoir areas that we can’t access. I’m not sure the exact purpose, however, the last couple of times I visited there was water there, along with hundreds of birds. Yesterday I saw a coyote along the back edge of the reservoir. Look closely and you can see him below.

Towards the end of my visit, I had several people tell me about the bobcat up ahead. Although I didn’t get a great face photo, it was cool to watch him saunter along the path. He even walked past two visitors who stood quietly on the side. Clearly he is used to people in the area. I was also told he is a youngster. Apparently there is a mama and two young bobcats there, so he must be one of her “babies”. A very cool cat 😎

Below are a few additional views of the area, taken on previous visits. I hope you enjoyed a walk through one of my favorite outdoor locations. Watch for future posts of bird and animal photos. I always see something new and always feel refreshed when I leave 💚

This is a path between two water areas. There are two or three of these paths that are accessible.

“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.” ~ Isabelle Eberhardt

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”
~ T. S. Eliot

26 Comments Add yours

  1. Just Teri says:

    Such a rich and diverse wildlife in this park!! The Bobcat is beautiful. Very cool it’s comfort among humans ❣️

    Wonderful photos Lisa. Offers a moment of peaceful presence – the power of nature that you generously share ❤️🤗

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    1. Thank you Teri! I do love the bobcat. I’ve seen him, or one of them, 3 times now. So glad you enjoyed! 😊🤗💗

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  2. Janis says:

    Sun-drenched elsewhere is the dream!

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    1. Isn’t that a great quote?! 😊🌞

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  3. Sheree says:

    Fabulous photos

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      1. Sheree says:

        My pleasure

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  4. What an awesome place to get away for some peace and quiet! Great shots too Lisa – Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you Pam! Happy New Year to you as well! 😊

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  5. Hi Lisa! What a beautiful experience. You captured it well. 🙂 ~WB

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    1. Thank you! The sun almost always shines, and that does help bring out the beauty! 🌞

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  6. V.J. Knutson says:

    Gorgeous photos. Thanks for taking us along.

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    1. Thank you so much! And you are welcome 😊

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  7. Wonderful walking wonderland! Beautifully captured, Lisa ❤

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    1. Thank you Donna! I see something cool every time I go 😊

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      1. Amazing how Nature makes us catch our breath.🌻

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  8. You are blessed to have these views.

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    1. I am! And to think I lived here for about 25 years before I discovered this place!

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  9. Mike Ross says:

    I’ve never seen a duck with a bill like that, he’s like part platypus!

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    1. 😁 Isn’t it funny! They are so odd looking, but the colors are really beautiful!

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  10. The park looks gorgeous, Lisa. How exciting to see all those birds and animals there. Wonderful photos.

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    1. Thank you! I look forward to the next few months and seeing how it changes. At least this is one good thing from 2020 since I didn’t even know it was there before!

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  11. blackie1957 says:

    Beautiful story supported by great images and information

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    1. Thank you! It’s hard for photos to show “the whole picture”. But I enjoy trying. 😊

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  12. kutukamus says:

    Life and peace all around.. Thanks for the walk. I love it! 🙂 🍸

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    1. Thank you so much, it really is a lovely place!

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