Things we saw on our After Christmas Nature Walk at the preserve

Beautiful sunshine and water reflections:

Bees buzzing around a few remaining flowers:

A Vermillion Flycatcher:

A beautiful coyote as he sauntered off in the distance:

A variety of floating ducks swimming to-and-fro around the pond:

With beautiful fall color reflections:

Multiple dragonfly sightings!

Another bird:

Beautiful fall and winter colors:

Duck wings flapping:

And in the end, even the ducks are ready for an afternoon nap:

“I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets. It has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day. It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful. Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and benumbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me – I am happy.”
~ Hamlin Garland

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  1. Alice says:

    Wow, those pictures are beautiful! And I love the dragonflies.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, we were surprised how many dragonflies we saw! They were buzzing around all over the place! And their wings shimmered in the sun! 🌞


  2. Wind Kisses says:

    I feel the emotion from the quote. And your photos bring the story. 🤗

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    1. Awww, thank you Donna! 😊

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  3. Looks like you had a beautiful walk!

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    1. Thank you, it was wonderful! And the weather was perfect!

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  4. nesfelicio says:

    Lovely walk, rich with sights! Great photos!


  5. Thanks for sharing the Vermillion flycatcher. Never seen before.

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    1. You are welcome! We actually see them regularly in our area. They stand out with their beautiful red color!

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  6. Toonsarah says:

    Wow, bees and dragonflies in December – amazing! And such beautiful colours and reflections too 😀

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! We were surprised with the dragonflies. I did read today that we have dragonflies year around in Arizona. But fewer in the winter than in the summer.

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  7. Love your Vermillion Flycatcher, Lisa! (I’m a little jealous too, hehe, one of these days maybe I’ll see one 😉 ) Wonderful and beautiful sightings and shots, what a fabulous way to spend a part of Christmas Day!

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    1. Thank you, Donna! It was actually the day after Christmas, but it was lovely! We see those little Flycatchers all around our area 😊

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  8. Naomi says:

    That quote was appropriate for the beauty of God’s creation that you saw on your walk.

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    1. I agree, thank you! 😊


  9. Anita says:

    So many beautiful absolutely amazing pictures from your nature walk Lisa!

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    1. Thank you, Anita! I haven’t gone out to my favorite places in a while. Time to start doing that again!

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