Tag: Southwest Nature Preserve

Is It Autumn Yet?

I climbed the switchback trail up to the ridge at Southwest Nature Preserve yesterday, and it felt a little different. The high temperature was still in the 90s and there were no clouds to deflect a little of the sun’s radiant warmth, but there… Continue Reading “Is It Autumn Yet?”

the Acrobatic Flight of “Butter-Butts”

Yesterday was sunny and clear, and Southwest Nature Preserve was the right place to take a walk. Its 52 acres are hemmed in by a major freeway and suburban development, and many visitors walk its trails and drop fishing lines into its waters. Despite… Continue Reading “the Acrobatic Flight of “Butter-Butts””

Grateful for an Autumn Walk

Today’s walk at Southwest Nature Preserve was especially rewarding for me. A week ago last Sunday, I got prompt, excellent medical care for a heart attack and I seem to be recovering well. As a result, I had the chance to take a very… Continue Reading “Grateful for an Autumn Walk”

Skinks, Turtles and Birds on a Summer Morning

8/13/20 I knew that having Jim Frisinger join us would be a harbinger of good birding. Jim teaches birding at Southwest Nature Preserve and is the first one we think of when we think about birds at the preserve. And sure enough, even though… Continue Reading “Skinks, Turtles and Birds on a Summer Morning”

An Evening at the Ponds at Southwest Nature Preserve

The long, hot day was surrendering to darkness at the preserve. The trees and shrubs around the edge of the pond were black silhouettes and the sunset was fading. Shades of gold and rose would soon slip into the dusty gray-black that passes for… Continue Reading “An Evening at the Ponds at Southwest Nature Preserve”

Winter Solstice

Good morning Weathercock: make this day bright. Put us in touch with your fair winds. Sing to us softly, hum evening’s song. Point the way to better days we can share with you. -Jethro Tull, “Weathercock,” from Heavy Horses The sun has set on… Continue Reading “Winter Solstice”

Endings and Renewals in the Woods

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” – Bilbo Baggins My favorite way to dodge weekend chores and recharge for the… Continue Reading “Endings and Renewals in the Woods”

Being Mindful of Oaks and Hawks at Summer’s End

It was almost two weeks into autumn, and summer’s heat held on. On October 6th, when the high temperature in Arlington reached 97ºF, a cold front was scheduled to roll through late in the day. It would be an interesting time to be at… Continue Reading “Being Mindful of Oaks and Hawks at Summer’s End”

High Summer at Southwest Nature Preserve

After the long reprieve from Texas heat, with the rains of spring and early summer, we’re back to a more typical August. With temperatures climbing and the sun beating down, I decided it was time to take a walk at Southwest Nature Preserve. I… Continue Reading “High Summer at Southwest Nature Preserve”

A Shortcut to Nowhere

I climbed up “Kennedale Mountain” today, an old-ish man with pulmonary disease scaling the summit easily. Kennedale Mountain is a ridge at the Southwest Nature Preserve. A primitive trail gently climbs to a sandstone ridge at the top via a series of switchbacks. On… Continue Reading “A Shortcut to Nowhere”