The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve is all about being up close and personal with the earth and all creatures small and great. Usually I am referring to bats...but this time it literally is something we would truly consider small. This fly in the photo is a common little fly, but he had a huge presence in the eye of Jana Ritter’s camera. This was my photo pick of the week. If anyone saw the picture of the smiling, old gentleman grasshopper that entertained us so last week at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve, then you will appreciate why this fly was so glad to pose for the camera. He wants to be an instant celebrity like his buddy.
We did have a few HUMAN visitors this week, and our jaws dropped at all of the wonders on such a tiny piece of land. Birds of every description held our interest until darkness put them all to bed...well, all but the Great Horned owl that flew right into the area where we were sitting. I guess he was coming to find out what we did with the bats. Miss Hiss is still around and likes to hog the camera just like she has always done. Blinkey Bunny was on the trail trying to stay one step ahead of a small fox that scampered down toward the parking area from the loop trail. The painted buntings and the cardinals were sitting on their nests in the persimmon trees. Butterflies and caterpillars were abundant every night that we visited the preserve. Perciville Porcupine hunted determinedly for something to eat at the overflow seating area until we walked up and disturbed him. He retreated back into the brush to wait for us to leave.
As I mentioned, the bats did not leave the cave until after closing time but the show did go on and no one went away totally disappointed. Next week will hold memories of its own at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. Call 325-347-5970 for details. Please leave a message if I am out and I will be glad to return your call. Have a wonderful week and hope to see you at the cave!!