So, instead of doing what I was supposed to do this afternoon, I went over to Homer Lake.
I started out in the Collins Pond area. The pond was pretty:
I started to walk down the path around the pond, but it's rained a lot. I shortly came upon:
Unfortunately, while I was standing on the east side of the pond, the glare of the sun reflecting off the pond started a headache that I didn't shake until I got home. I went to the main park entrance and stopped in the Environmental Education Center (actually, I needed a restroom) and looked at the exhibits there. They have some live reptiles, and a number of stuffed birds and mammals, but I'd really rather look at live birds and mammals. They did have a bird feeder, and I took this picture of a Red-Bellied Woodpecker, who was eating seeds like a regular bird:
I went out to the observation platform that overlooks a small prairie restoration area, and I ate my apple, but I didn't take any pictures there that I thought were worth sharing. Then I went to the small area on the north side of the lake. There was something odd in the water; it was moving around quickly and changing direction a lot, and I couldn't figure out what it was. I took a bunch of pictures, and none of them were very clear; this was about the best I could do:
It looks like the tail fin of a fish, but it would be an awful big fish for a little pond like Homer Lake, and it wasn't acting like a fish. It stayed on the surface, moving in circles, changing direction, but looking basically like this, for a good 10 minutes, and then it vanished.
I was hoping to stay in this area until the sun got low, because great blue herons like this area, especially at that time of the day, and I was hoping to get some pictures. Unfortunately, the headache I'd gotten earlier was still going strong, and I was feeling really tired, so I decided to give up and go home. As I was leaving, though, I did come upon a sign that spring really is coming, even though I know that the weather today was an aberration: