Bigger picture = the dam (background) from the spillway side where the walking trails are "improved" and maintained.
Upper right = red line entering picture is where I stood to snap the bigger shot. Those rocks ... I believe they are "crawling" with rattlesnakes! I've seen rattlesnakes there and I've seen sticks that look like rattlesnakes there ... both are alarming! Would you believe a young woman, 30ish and certainly old enough to know better, climbed up that rock wall and came over the barrier at the midway point on the bridge?!? (The smoothly arched part of the red line is the bridge.) I am generally highly unlikely to comment on anyone's, and certainly a stranger's, behavior or choices BUT when she came over the edge from climbing that wall I said ... You know the rattlesnakes are "active" this time of year, right? She didn't have a clue. Fortunately, she took the note graciously. She said she didn't think there were snakes around here. Uh ... yeah. Last week I saw a coral snake not more than two foot from the paved trail. Yes ... snakes ... love rock piles ... love rivers ... love Texas hot. If there were a list of "what are you afraid of" snakes would be at the top for me.
Lower right picture = the elusive black squirrel. I don't know if it really is a black squirrel or even if there is such a thing as the black squirrel, but whatever it is, I've seen them only here, in the rocks, and they are really hard to spot. They blend right in and the shoot over and under the boulders with lightning speed (probably dodging snakes is my guess). This one is a baby. He was on the lake side of the dam.
The weather is mostly fine and I've started walking a couple hours (or more) a day. Yesterday I had a nice visit along the trail with the most normal Vietnam era Vet that I've become acquainted with. He served as an officer in the marines. Also noteworthy was his little dog, a mix of chihuahua and Cretan hound. I like the dog's calm yet alert disposition.
Really bad weather over where four of my family members are ... it's glorious here today. Recent storms have cleared the air of pollen.
I'll do some of those lists ... .