I spent a good day on Saturday.
First stop was New Braunfels airfield, for their Pancake Breakfast fly-in. This is always entertaining and hey, they offer free pancakes! So I enjoyed a pleasant hour or so socialising with the usual posse of local pilots that attend these things.
When they all flew away, my attention turned towards the many swifts that were flying about, back and forth to their nests. There were at least four swift nests in an overhang close by, with chicks in.
Next stop was Aquarena Springs, which is a natural area in San Marcos that is home to freshwater springs and several rare species, as well as plenty of other wildlife. I wanted to see herons. I was not disappointed!
Great Blue Heron
These fish live in deeper holes (bottom left) and come up now and again. This one is blowing the bubbles seen top right.
And a cute little green anole that leapt up to have his photo taken.
There were many other birds, fish, turtles, dragonflies etc; the place is teeming with life and is generally splendid.
Later on, I went into Austin and met up with Jim, in the Thai Kitchen restaurant. Not the most upmarket of places but the food was very good. We then decamped to Taylor airfield, and Jim took me in his aeroplane, a Vans RV-7A, for a bit of sunset flying. Most excellent!
Jim taxiing to the gas pump
Sunset over the ski lake
We watched the sun creep below the horizon, from 4000 feet. It was glorious. Thanks, Jim.