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Images from Creve Coeur Lake 260909
As a birding outing, the visit to

Creve Coeur Lake

was a washout, or rather, a rainout...but the place is so beautiful, that while D cycled and A ran, with GD in a jogging stroller, I ambled around and enjoyed myself very much indeed!

Here's the sign which explains the origin of the name of the lake:

260909 creve coeur lake name sign

Here's the dripping springs:

dripping springs creve coeur lake 260909

(and they weren't dripping only because of the rain...!)

On the lake, several rowing teams were receiving their coaching:

rowing teams receiving coaching 260909 ccl

At first, the weather seemed quite pleasant, with fleecy white clouds adding puff-cotton balls to the scenery on the lake:

clouds over CCL 260909

It was quite amazing to see the way the rain clouds just rose up over the blue-and-white, with a mantle of grey:

raincloud coming up 260909

Here's a video of it happening!

How often can one *see* rain coming up like that!

In spite of the intermittent sprinkling, there were joggers and cyclists on the path, which wound under the huge bridge that carried the highway and its traffic:

highway above 260909

There is a sort of creek that flows into the lake

creek leading to CCL 260909

I saw this man paddling a surfboard-like boat flat on the water:

surf-board boatsman 260909

I later saw him taking it out of the water and loading it on to his car, too:

surfboard-like boat 260909

I wonder what that kind of boat is called...a raft? a punt?

The wet weather had brought out mushrooms of all types...here are some frilly ones:

frill mushroom 260909

Some saddle mushrooms:

saddle mushroom 260909

And a convocation of them:

mushrooms 260909

The wildflowers

trumpet-like orange wildflower ccl 260909

the fat red berries

berries ccl 260909

And the colours of the leaves

colours on leaves 260909

spoke of the new season that's upon us:

creve coeur lake fall leaf 260909

The rain shed diamonds on this web:

rain on web 260909

Another spider was constructing its website:

spider on web 260909

I tried to get a closeup, but it was tough, with the web and spider swinging wide in the stiff breeze:

spider closeup 260909

I finally left the lake to its own beauty, and brought away this image of a heron-scape:

heronscape 260909

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Rowing pic is nice!!!
Berries pic is berry nice!!!

:) waiting for your next post!

Oh btw... have a fun filled Dussehra!!!

HUH....all I did was, on the Navaratri Friday, I made pAyasam and sundal and made a kOlam outside the house. Yesterday (Dashami) I was explaining the festival to our next-door neighbours.

The orange flower is jewelweed--it has pods that explode when you touch them--very fun.

I love the final photo in this set (and also the one you sent me earlier!)

oh...how I wish I knew this on Sunday! :( TNT flowers! Well, the name Creve Coeur translates literally to "bursting heart", so perhaps this is an apt flower for a place where an Indian maiden died of a "bursting" heart...


Had seen clouds forming, but never taken a video...loved it!

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