There were good winds today, pretty steady at 20 knots, so we headed to the lake. We washed a thick layer of pollen off the boat and then we were good to go. We sailed for a couple hours and then picked up Michael and Amber for more sailing and then enjoyed sunset back in the slip.
With no commitments until Easter dinner with Julie later in the day, we headed out to visit Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. It is a beautiful place to see in the spring, full of gardens teeming with wildflowers, and several miles of lovely trails to explore.
I don’t think the wildflowers have peaked yet in south Austin, based on what we saw here, so there’s still time to get out there and see them!
There is a great-horned owl family roosting in a wall ledge just inside the entrance. There are two owlets, but they are not sticking their heads up in this shot.
Spring is in full gear in Austin! Temps swing between the 40’s and 80’s every few days. The wildflowers and trees are in bloom. Trying to make sense of just how quickly the year seems to have flown by, I looked back over my calendar, only to realize that I have been out of town four of the first ten weeks of the year. Yep, that’ll do it.
I’m looking forward to getting out and about to take in all the beautiful sights. This is the prettiest time of the year.
I’m still going through photos from our recent road trip. In the mean time, I’ll share a moment from today…..
A month or two ago, I bought tickets in advance for the 2018 Best of Texas Hot Air Balloon Festival (and wine & food festival, AND polo match). I really just wanted to get some pictures of the hot air balloons. The festival is today, so this morning, before the sun came up, I headed to the polo grounds for the photo opp. It was a tad underwhelming, as the balloons didn’t actually launch. They simply inflated six of them, left them up for about an hour, and then deflated them again. Nevertheless, it was a beautiful sight, even if a fleeting one.
We attended the annual Austin Oyster Festival today. This was our third time to enjoy it. It was held on the grounds of the old Seaholm power plant on the north shore of Austin’s Ladybird Lake. And we had a great time.
We popped over to free Thursday at the Blanton museum today. Ellsworth Kelly is an American artist who designed “Austin,” a stand alone art gallery, and artwork in its own right, for the Blanton art museum. He died a few years ago, but his building was recently finished. We visited the museum today to see this exhibit, and the other rotating collections on display.
Afterwards we celebrated National Margarita Day at Chuy’s. Cheers!
I went for a hike today around our neighborhood greenbelt and pond. I came across this white-throated sparrow, who posed just long enough for me to raise the camera, focus and press the shutter. It’s a rare thing for me to have the sun at my back when I try to get an unexpected shot off.
It’s a pretty bird, with an even prettier song.
By the way, “lifer” just means it is a first in my lifetime sighting of the species.