A flood and unexpected truces at Oak Point Park, Part 1

A couple days ago Oak Point Park in Plano experienced a heavy thunderstorm.  Areas of the park often flood, as is evidenced by ponds that appear from the overflow and sidewalks covered in debris.  I often tell my friend Tore that I wish I could witness a flood from the safety of a watch tower.  Instead I must be content with going afterwards.

I have quite a few photos to share so I’ll divide this blog in to multiple posts. 

The photo below is the area that flooded and it’s the focus of all my photos for the series.

When I approached the debris-laden area, I was surprised to discover the number of critters hanging on for dear life. There were snails, beetles, ground spiders, stink bugs, web building spiders, ants and various other creatures.

It’s a nature photographer’s dream! My first visit caught me unprepared – I only had my camera phone but I returned the following day with my Canon.

Oak Point Park

Snails, snails and more snails! Also, I’ve never seen a snail stretch that far.

Snails at Oak Point Park

Snails, beetles, an ant and a cricket all in one photo.

Snails at Oak Point Park

Another snail.

Snail at Oak Point Park

A snail and a beetle.

Snail and Beetle at Oak Point Park

Look at the variety of creatures huddled together. I could have spent the entire day observing and discovering.

The next blog will showcase a variety of beetles.

Date: March 14 and 15, 2020
Camera: iPhone and Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

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