On Sunday, DnA decided to treat me to a short (short because of GD) hike in Castlewood State Park….and the Park reminded me SO much of the Bannerghatta area that I go to with Geetanjali and co, that I was quite homesick for a bit! One great plus was that there was NO plastic, and one great minus was that there were NO little chai-stalls giving hot little thimble-chais, so delicious and giving us that hot-mouthful boost…
Here’s the scenery; that’s the Meramec River (we went to see the
very beautiful they are, too! )
Here's the River Trail at the park...it's so reminiscent of the paths we walk through on our birding and wildlife trips...
Here's the sign for the State Park:
We met up with a cyclist with his mountain terrain bike...
The only bird which I managed to get a (foozly) photograph of, was this
rat-tatting away on the wood, in true Woody Woodpecker fashion:
DnA are checking that GD is comfortable in her sling:
And GD is ensuring that she has an eye out for everything and doesn't miss the view:
Miniature flowers put little molecules of sunshine on some plants:
Unknown little fruits looked red and juicy in the grass:
A tree had decorated itself with mushrooms:
They were frilly,delicately-coloured creations:
The grass bent its head to see where it had sprung from:
Spiders had spun their gossamer over the leaves:
The only three insects that I got on camera (perish the thought of any mammals!) were at the home of DnA's friends; here's a spider bunching itself up, trying to spin a web:
I caught it as it swung past the bottom of the hammock-post:
I didn't compensate enough for the way the harsh afternoon sun would wash out this horrific-looking insect:
But this delicate dragonfly (it looks like our PIED PADDYFIELD SKIMMER back home) cast a shadow as delicate as the patterned gauze of its wings, upon the leaf on which it sat...
Coming home, I got this lovely vista of a church, from behind D's shoulder:
A rolling stone gathers no….
but I did gather a lot of lovely mental images of that short outing!