I don’t know how many people know that the City of Denton has a park where you can hike, fish, interact with nature, and explore. I had a chance to meet up with a group of fellow Denton Area Photographers at the Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center.
Our hike went off without a hitch until we met a flooded portion of the Wetlands Trail, which forced us to double back to find a dryer trail. We hiked for over three hours, but I have a feeling we could have stayed longer. I am positive that there are trails that we did not explore, and that there are photo opportunities still waiting out there in the wilderness.
The weather on Saturday was perfect for spending the day outdoors. It was not so cool that we had to wear layers of clothing nor was the heat sweltering. While the weather was favorable, we encountered a few of the inhabitants of the area. None were dangerous; one in particular sparked an interest. We discovered the Spittle Bug, which is a funny little creature. Here are a few of our group inspecting the creature
Discovering this little creature was fun. It sparked our imagination a bit. It really was protected by the “spittle” I would have never thought that a grown bug was in there.
Of course there were butterflies, and trees abound. My favorite trees were not on dry land so to speak. They were in the water, and were old and in a state of decay of some cases.
This tree had certain spookiness to it, especially with the reflection in the water. I could imagine a witch story or some other spooky tale being told about this old tree.
As for wildlife, we managed to not see any dangerous animals. This is a little surprising, considering the environment we were in. One spot particularly could have surprised us with some snakes!