Not the flowers – this photo was taken back in August – but me, defying the gray days by showing the bright orange petals overcoming the drab background.
Our first view of the rec area was a large paved parking lot, with a boat ramp and a lot of flashing lights at one end (more about that tomorrow). While that doesn’t sound promising, it turned out that despite the pavement and the excitement, there was nature to be found.
I can’t identify the first flower below, but I think the second may be fleabane – please offer your own suggestions if that doesn’t seem likely. And I do recognize the critter in the third picture as a grasshopper, but that’s as specific as I can get.