After a shower of rain Saturday night, the sky was painted with a pink color when I woke up shortly after 5 a.m. on Sunday morning. I got dressed in less than 3 minutes and drove to Mindowaskin Park to watch sunrise. Upon arrival I was greeted by an unexpected rainbow.
The sky was decorated with clouds of colors and patterns. Some were dark and looked like the cartoons in children's story book of "The North Wind and the Sun", with a mouth blowing air. Some were like royal robes woven with gold strings. Others were like light blue evening gowns decorated with pearls.
In Brightwood Park, the pollinator garden changes daily. Both people and insects are attracted by the beautiful flowers and do not want to leave. Bugs appeared to have a special preference for bright white flowers. They collected the crowns and kept them in their tummies leaving an artistic pattern signature on the remainder of the flowers.
In the ponds, turtles usually come to the surface around 9 AM and take off around 5 PM, like people going to work. However, baby turtles are just like human babies. They don't care about schedules and can wake up and go around as early as 6 AM. Similarly, young blue jays love to make their presence known by singing loud on trees. The voice attracted a Nashville warbler to joined me as the audience.
On the ground a chipmunk was enjoying his breakfast and completely forgot to say hello when I took portrait shots for him.
On my way out, I saw a bug with an interesting shape. It was small, less than a centimeter in size, and has two fork-like "antennas" on its forehead. It was a challenge for me to focus for picture taking, with either a camera or an iPhone. I am still trying to determine the identity of the cute creature.
I am a frequent visitor of Brightwood Park and enjoy sharing my discoveries.