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Radnor Lake Photographs: Tue., April 14, 2010

April 13th, 2010 · 3 Comments · canada goose, ducks, flowers, lizard, Radnor Lake, red-tailed hawk nest, skink, squirrel, turtles

Mike E. invited me for a hike at Radnor Lake today (Tuesday, April 14, 2010). It was sunny and 84 degrees F as we hiked. It almost seems as though we skipped spring this year and jumped right into summer temperatures. However, it must be a banner spring for plants, as I cannot recall such a burst of flowers at Radnor Lake. It’s amazing.

Here are a few of my favorite photographs from today’s hike, complete with descriptions below each image. As usual, some of the images appear at random, so you can hit your browser’s refresh/reload button to see additional images of the same subjects.

purple flowers, Mike E. at Radnor Lake, Nashville, Tennessee

Here’s a pic of Mike E. hiking on the Ganier Ridge connector trail amidst an amazing area filled with purple flowers, which must be seen to be believed! I have not yet identified these purple flowers carpeting the area, so if anyone knows what they are, please comment.

five-lined skink at Radnor Lake, Nashville, Tennessee

Here’s a good closeup of a young/juvenile five-lined skink on a tree along the Ganier Ridge trail at Radnor Lake, with its brilliant blue tail which loses its color as the skink ages. (There is also another post about the skink on this blog…)

Radnor Lake, Nashville, Tennessee

A nice view of Radnor Lake in spring, complete with flowering Redbud tree

canada geese at Radnor Lake, Nashville, Tennessee

A pair of Canada Geese taking it easy on the shore of Radnor Lake

canada geese at Radnor Lake, Nashville, Tennessee

Another pair of Canada Geese, with a couple of Red-eared Sliders (turtles) on a log in the background at Radnor Lake

purple flowers at Radnor Lake, Nashville, Tennessee

These brilliant purple flowers are everywhere!

purple flowers at Radnor Lake, Nashville, Tennessee

More purple flowers

trees with vines at Radnor Lake, Nashville, Tennessee

Large tree with huge vines

trees with vines at Radnor Lake, Nashville, Tennessee

waterfowl at Radnor Lake, Nashville, Tennessee

A pair of unidentified waterfowl at Radnor Lake

waterfowl at Radnor Lake, Nashville, Tennessee

A pair of Wood Ducks at Radnor Lake

red-tailed hawk nest at Radnor Lake, Nashville, Tennessee

The nest of a Red-Tailed Hawk, which could be seen much more clearly a couple of weeks ago, now largely obscured by new leaves

bumble bee at Radnor Lake, Nashville, Tennessee

One of the more unusual things that occurred on this hike was the extreme interest of a bumble bee in Mike and I. This bee would not leave us alone for about ten minutes or more; it kept hovering in front of us as we rested on a bench along the South Cove Loop at Radnor Lake, getting bolder and closer with each passing moment. I decided to try to photograph it in flight, which was rather difficult. A couple of them turned out well enough to see the colors of the bee.

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  • Randy

    The purple flowers are Larkspur, genus Delphinium

  • Laura

    If you were sitting on something made of wood when the bumble was bothering you…it may be an indication that it was a “wood bee” which I believe is different from a “bumble bee” but they look almost identical. I have many wood bees at my home and they hoover around very curiously if you are in a place where they are boring their perfectly round holes…in other words…it may have been saying to you and itself…” why ‘wood’ you be interested in my ‘boring holes’?” Ha ha just a little poetic natualist humour – I couldn’t pass up the puns!

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