deponti (deponti) wrote,

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I do love the walks I take; Forest Park is a beautiful place, but I like walking around the neighbourhoods, too. This evening, to walk off the excessively heavy masala dosa and upma that we all had at the St Louis temple, I went for a long evening walk too....

I'll start with the birds...

The HOUSE SPARROW is not well-regarded here; a board on the golf course seems quite unfriendly to me, in a country where the Statue of Liberty says all refugees are welcome....

anti starling sparrow board golf course 280409

But the sparrows seem to thrive, nevertheless; this male seems to have an "open and shut" kind of dwelling!

house sparrow st l 100509

This evening, I spotted this GREAT BLUE HERON in one of the small lakes:

great blue heron 100509

Since the PURPLE MARTINS keep swooping and hawking in the air, it was difficult to get one sitting down, but I finally managed one photograph:

purple martin 100509 forest park

Though they usually look quite dark, here one can see how they got their name!

Everywhere, the bushes are full of these small jasmine-like flowers which have a faint, nice scent, too:

small jasmine like flower 100509

Some of the trees have these beautiful seed pods and flowers:

seed and flower on tree 100509

I spotted a lot of these MUSHROOMS in the grass, but will need asakiyume to tell me if they are edible..I wouldn't take a risk!

mushrooms forest park 100509

Their undersides looked so beautiful....

inside of mushroom 100509

I loved the different colour of this tree as the bark had been stripped away:

bark of tree porter park 100509

Looking at all of that, I mumbled to myself, "God Bless America!" and immediately saw this licence plate:

100509 g bless no plate
Tags: birding, enjoyable, forest, photography, sights, st louis, walk

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