White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas is a wonderful example of biodiversity in the midst of urban sprawl. The objective of this blog is to promote White Rock Lake as a destination, to capture the essence and beauty of the lake, and to portray it as the living, breathing organism that it is.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
It’s the Time of the Season When Love Runs High – at White Rock Lake
“Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?”
How many of
you remember the 1968 song by the Zombies, “Time of the Season”?
Right now, as you walk around White Rock
Lake in east Dallas, you cannot help but start singing the lyrics of that song:
“It's the time of the season…When the love runs high…”
Spring is the time of the year when Mother
Nature pushes the “get amorous” button. In the words of the song, “It's the
time of the season for loving.”And
the birds, animals and insects at White Rock Lake are taking it seriously, as
though their very existence depended on it.
These Variegated Fritillary butterflies were mating yesterday, flying around from plant to plant, locked in passion, on the hill above Winfrey Point at White Rock Lake.
Mating Variegated Fritillary butterflies at White Rock Lake
Milkweed Bugs mating yesterday near Winfrey Point, White Rock Lake
These fish were spawning in Dixon Branch Creek, just before it enters Sunset Bay
If you're interested in aeronautical acrobatics and copious amorous activity, go find yourself some dragonflies. They are always fun to watch. These two dragonflies were answering nature's call in the tiny stream that runs into the lake from the Dallas Arboretum.
Mating dragonflies at White Rock Lake
Mating feral pigeons at Sunset Bay, White Rock Lake
Mating Mallard ducks on the east shore of White Rock Lake
The female Mallard felt so violated with the entire ordeal that she felt the need to shower afterwards. The male Mallard looked on, not quite understanding the need to bath.
In the words of Neltje Blanchan: “Can words describe the
fragrance of the very breath of spring?”
In case you were wondering what the song sounded like, you can listen to it here: Time of the Season