I got up around 6:00 am and headed over to the American River Bend Park. I was hoping the redbud trees would be in bloom there, and they were, but thanks to Daylight Savings Time, it was still dark when I arrived at the park – made darker because of a thick overcast. So, I had to wait about 30 minutes before it got light enough for my camera to actually be able to see anything.
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I got some lovely redbud photos, along with some shots of the Pipevine Swallowtail butterflies that were out. It was still chilly (in the 50’s) outside, and there had been a heavy dew overnight, so the butterflies were all torpid and wet, but some of them managed to rouse themselves so I could take their pictures. The place was also alive with the songs of House Wrens. They seemed to be singing from everything jumble of underbrush around. I was able to get photos and video of them… and of some Spotted Towhees that were also singing in the area. I think I would’ve seen more action if it had been just a tad warmer…
Still, I walked for almost 4 hours (which is my absolute limit) before heading home. I’d tweaked my left ankle at the park when I climbed a pile of mulch to get photos of some slime mold, so that kept me chair-bound most of the rest of the day.