Texas Hill Country trip - March 2009

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1 During Spring Break 2009 (Mar. 24 - Apr. 2) Kenny and I went to the Hill Country of Central Texas  in hopes of seeing the beautiful wildflowers. I didn't realize the area was in a record-breaking drought when I bought the airline tickets in January! De...

During Spring Break 2009 (Mar. 24 - Apr. 2) Kenny and I went to the Hill Country of Central Texas in hopes of seeing the beautiful wildflowers. I didn't realize the area was in a record-breaking drought when I bought the airline tickets in January! De...

During Spring Break 2009 (Mar. 24 - Apr. 2) Kenny and I went to the Hill Country of Central Texas in hopes of seeing the beautiful wildflowers. I didn't realize the area was in a record-breaking drought when I bought the airline tickets in January! Despite the harsh conditions I was still able to document 150 different wildflowers, 102 which were new to me. We drove 907 miles during the 10 days, where we visited San Antonio, Bastrop, Austin, Boerne, and Concan. We visited some state and city parks including: McKinney Falls SP, Bastrop SP, Lost Maples SP and Garner SP, the San Antonio Botanical Garden, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Cibolo Nature Center, and the Friedrich Natural Area. This photo of the Bluebonnets and the old house was taken at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens, a lovely introduction to the Texas natural regions. map of trip... 1303
2 <strong>Texas Bluebonnet </strong>
<em>Lupinus texensis</em>
Austin, TX 
March 29, 2009

This is a small sample of what we had hoped to see <em>en masse</em> along the highways in the Texas Hill Country, but we just saw small patches around San An...

Texas Bluebonnet Lupinus texensis Austin, TX March 29, 2009 This is a small sample of what we had hoped to see en masse along the highways in the Texas Hill Country, but we just saw small patches around San An...

Texas Bluebonnet Lupinus texensis Austin, TX March 29, 2009 This is a small sample of what we had hoped to see en masse along the highways in the Texas Hill Country, but we just saw small patches around San Antonio and none at all in all the other places we visited. :(


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3 <strong>Texas Paintbrush</strong>
<em>Castilleja indivisa</em>
Waelder, TX
March 26, 2009

If the Bluebonnets are the #1 wildflower in Texas, the Paintbrush has to be a close #2! I had hoped to see the fields of these two wildflowers growing along...

Texas Paintbrush Castilleja indivisa Waelder, TX March 26, 2009 If the Bluebonnets are the #1 wildflower in Texas, the Paintbrush has to be a close #2! I had hoped to see the fields of these two wildflowers growing along...

Texas Paintbrush Castilleja indivisa Waelder, TX March 26, 2009 If the Bluebonnets are the #1 wildflower in Texas, the Paintbrush has to be a close #2! I had hoped to see the fields of these two wildflowers growing along the sides of the highway like I'd seen in field guides, magazines and on the internet, but I had to be happy with small clumps due to the drought. The red bracts are the showy part of Paintbrushes, the actual flower is the yellow part in between.


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4 <strong>Boat-tailed Grackle</strong>
<em>Quiscalus major</em>
Boerne, TX
March 29, 2009

These large black birds were both obnoxious and comical, we couldn't help but be amused by them. They were the first bird we heard when we stepped outside the...

Boat-tailed Grackle Quiscalus major Boerne, TX March 29, 2009 These large black birds were both obnoxious and comical, we couldn't help but be amused by them. They were the first bird we heard when we stepped outside the...

Boat-tailed Grackle Quiscalus major Boerne, TX March 29, 2009 These large black birds were both obnoxious and comical, we couldn't help but be amused by them. They were the first bird we heard when we stepped outside the airport when we arrived in San Antonio. They make a variety of calls, often sounding somewhat like a car alarm! This guy was in the "mood for love" and was loudly announcing his desires to the females nearby by calling loudly and puffing up his feathers! If you live in an area where grackles live, it is best not to park your car under the trees where they roost at night, it won't look the same the next morning! 921
5 After we picked up our rental car, we headed for the <a href="http://www.sabot.org/">San Antonio Botanical Gardens</a>, I figured there would have to be a few wildflowers there! One of the first flowers we saw as we drove into the parking area were Blu...

After we picked up our rental car, we headed for the San Antonio Botanical Gardens, I figured there would have to be a few wildflowers there! One of the first flowers we saw as we drove into the parking area were Blu...

After we picked up our rental car, we headed for the San Antonio Botanical Gardens, I figured there would have to be a few wildflowers there! One of the first flowers we saw as we drove into the parking area were Bluebonnets! This is one of the many formal gardens. At this time of the year it was planted with pansies. We enjoyed seeing the different gardens, including the Japanese garden with the koi pond, the desert cactus and tropical area with bromeliads, ferns, euphorbias, and orchids. One large room in the conservatory was dedicated to just palms and cyads. A garden dedicated to blind visitors had plants with interesting textures and smells and had some of the plants labeled in Braille. I did find several other wildflowers in the Hill Country area, south Texas desert area and the Big Thicket sections. 1055
6 A fountain in one of the formal areas of the San Antonio Botanical Gardens.

A fountain in one of the formal areas of the San Antonio Botanical Gardens.

A fountain in one of the formal areas of the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. 1030
7 I liked the informal, country gardens at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens.

I liked the informal, country gardens at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens.

I liked the informal, country gardens at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. 921
8 A serene view of the Big Thicket pond at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. We we enjoyed watching the turtles, dragonflies and birds that lived around the pond.

A serene view of the Big Thicket pond at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. We we enjoyed watching the turtles, dragonflies and birds that lived around the pond.

A serene view of the Big Thicket pond at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. We we enjoyed watching the turtles, dragonflies and birds that lived around the pond. 929
9 <strong>Rock Rose; Pavonia Mallow</strong>
<em>Pavonia lasiopetula</em> / Mallow Family
San Antonio, TX (Botanical Gardens)
March 24, 2009

Rock Rose; Pavonia Mallow Pavonia lasiopetula / Mallow Family San Antonio, TX (Botanical Gardens) March 24, 2009

Rock Rose; Pavonia Mallow Pavonia lasiopetula / Mallow Family San Antonio, TX (Botanical Gardens) March 24, 2009


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10 <strong>False Dayflower</strong> 
<em>Tinantia anomala</em> (formerly <em>Commelinantia anomala</em>) / Dayflower Family
San Antonio, TX (Botanical Gardens)
March 24, 2009

False Dayflower Tinantia anomala (formerly Commelinantia anomala) / Dayflower Family San Antonio, TX (Botanical Gardens) March 24, 2009

False Dayflower Tinantia anomala (formerly Commelinantia anomala) / Dayflower Family San Antonio, TX (Botanical Gardens) March 24, 2009


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11 <strong>Purple Martin</strong> - male
<em>Progne subis</em>
San Antonio, TX
March 24, 2009

I had been wanting to get a photo of a Purple Martin for a long time, so I was glad to find this fellow at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. These birds l...

Purple Martin - male Progne subis San Antonio, TX March 24, 2009 I had been wanting to get a photo of a Purple Martin for a long time, so I was glad to find this fellow at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. These birds l...

Purple Martin - male Progne subis San Antonio, TX March 24, 2009 I had been wanting to get a photo of a Purple Martin for a long time, so I was glad to find this fellow at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. These birds live in large colonies and will readily nest in houses provided for them. Martins are great insect-eaters that catch their prey in the air. 975
12 <strong>Air Plant; Ball Moss</strong> 
<em>Tillandsia</em> spp.

This wiry plant is an <em>epiphyte</em>, it lives on tree limbs, powerlines and even old metal fences! I had seen them growing in humid central and south Florida, but I was really surp...

Air Plant; Ball Moss Tillandsia spp. This wiry plant is an epiphyte, it lives on tree limbs, powerlines and even old metal fences! I had seen them growing in humid central and south Florida, but I was really surp...

Air Plant; Ball Moss Tillandsia spp. This wiry plant is an epiphyte, it lives on tree limbs, powerlines and even old metal fences! I had seen them growing in humid central and south Florida, but I was really surprised to see them in arid, central Texas! I spotted these growing on an old fence in Boerne. They grow on the trees, but do not cause the tree any harm unless they block the sunlight from the leaves.


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13 These Air Plants were growing on a powerline in Garner State Park! 
The flowers produce tiny, wind-spread seeds that can grow just about anywhere.

These Air Plants were growing on a powerline in Garner State Park! The flowers produce tiny, wind-spread seeds that can grow just about anywhere.

These Air Plants were growing on a powerline in Garner State Park! The flowers produce tiny, wind-spread seeds that can grow just about anywhere. 1389
14 <strong>Texas Lantana</strong>
<em>Lantana horrida</em> / Verbena Family
San Antonio, TX
March 24, 2009

This is a very common plant along the roadsides in central Texas. The flowers are interesting, they change color after they have been pollinated.

Texas Lantana Lantana horrida / Verbena Family San Antonio, TX March 24, 2009 This is a very common plant along the roadsides in central Texas. The flowers are interesting, they change color after they have been pollinated.

Texas Lantana Lantana horrida / Verbena Family San Antonio, TX March 24, 2009 This is a very common plant along the roadsides in central Texas. The flowers are interesting, they change color after they have been pollinated.


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15 <strong>False Garlic</strong>
<em>Nothoscordum bivalve</em> / Lily Family
San Antonio, TX
March 24, 2009

This is a very common wildflower in central Texas.

False Garlic Nothoscordum bivalve / Lily Family San Antonio, TX March 24, 2009 This is a very common wildflower in central Texas.

False Garlic Nothoscordum bivalve / Lily Family San Antonio, TX March 24, 2009 This is a very common wildflower in central Texas.


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16 <strong>Straggler Daisy</strong>
<em>Calyptocarpus vialis</em> / Aster Family
San Antonio, TX
March 24, 2009

This little native wildflower grows EVERYWHERE in central Texas! It has a vining growth habit.

Straggler Daisy Calyptocarpus vialis / Aster Family San Antonio, TX March 24, 2009 This little native wildflower grows EVERYWHERE in central Texas! It has a vining growth habit.

Straggler Daisy Calyptocarpus vialis / Aster Family San Antonio, TX March 24, 2009 This little native wildflower grows EVERYWHERE in central Texas! It has a vining growth habit.


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17 <strong>Angel Trumpets</strong>
<em>Acleisanthes longiflora</em> / Four-o'clock Family
San Antonio, TX
March 25, 2009

I was amazed to find this plant growing in an empty lot next to a used car lot! It had very long flowers to be such a small plan...

Angel Trumpets Acleisanthes longiflora / Four-o'clock Family San Antonio, TX March 25, 2009 I was amazed to find this plant growing in an empty lot next to a used car lot! It had very long flowers to be such a small plan...

Angel Trumpets Acleisanthes longiflora / Four-o'clock Family San Antonio, TX March 25, 2009 I was amazed to find this plant growing in an empty lot next to a used car lot! It had very long flowers to be such a small plant growing on the ground.


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18 <strong>Yellow-Puff</strong>
<em>Neptunia lutea</em> / Pea Family
San Antonio, TX
March 25, 2009

The distinctive green and white pinnately-compound leaves helped me identify this odd little flower. I found it growing in an empty lot close to our ...

Yellow-Puff Neptunia lutea / Pea Family San Antonio, TX March 25, 2009 The distinctive green and white pinnately-compound leaves helped me identify this odd little flower. I found it growing in an empty lot close to our ...

Yellow-Puff Neptunia lutea / Pea Family San Antonio, TX March 25, 2009 The distinctive green and white pinnately-compound leaves helped me identify this odd little flower. I found it growing in an empty lot close to our hotel.


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19 <strong>Engelmann's Daisy</strong>
<em>Engelmannia peristenia</em>
San Antonio, TX
March 24, 2009

This was a very common wildflower that grew all over south-central Texas, it didn't seem to be bothered by the drought a bit.

Engelmann's Daisy Engelmannia peristenia San Antonio, TX March 24, 2009 This was a very common wildflower that grew all over south-central Texas, it didn't seem to be bothered by the drought a bit.

Engelmann's Daisy Engelmannia peristenia San Antonio, TX March 24, 2009 This was a very common wildflower that grew all over south-central Texas, it didn't seem to be bothered by the drought a bit.


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20 <strong>Mealy Sage</strong>
<em>Salvia farinacea</em> / Mint Family
San Antonio, TX
March 25, 2009

I found this common wildflower blooming in a field behind a warehouse in the outskirts of San Antonio.

Mealy Sage Salvia farinacea / Mint Family San Antonio, TX March 25, 2009 I found this common wildflower blooming in a field behind a warehouse in the outskirts of San Antonio.

Mealy Sage Salvia farinacea / Mint Family San Antonio, TX March 25, 2009 I found this common wildflower blooming in a field behind a warehouse in the outskirts of San Antonio.


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21 <strong>Texas Bindweed</strong>
<em>Convolvulus equitans</em> / Morning Glory Family
San Antonio, TX
March 25, 2009

I found this little star-shaped bindweed in an empty lot. It didn't seem to be as invasive as other bindweeds can be.

Texas Bindweed Convolvulus equitans / Morning Glory Family San Antonio, TX March 25, 2009 I found this little star-shaped bindweed in an empty lot. It didn't seem to be as invasive as other bindweeds can be.

Texas Bindweed Convolvulus equitans / Morning Glory Family San Antonio, TX March 25, 2009 I found this little star-shaped bindweed in an empty lot. It didn't seem to be as invasive as other bindweeds can be.


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22 The <strong>Cathedral of San Fernando</strong> in downtown San Antonio contains the remains of many of the defenders of the Alamo. They are in a crypt just inside the door on the left.

The Cathedral of San Fernando in downtown San Antonio contains the remains of many of the defenders of the Alamo. They are in a crypt just inside the door on the left.

The Cathedral of San Fernando in downtown San Antonio contains the remains of many of the defenders of the Alamo. They are in a crypt just inside the door on the left. 1092
23 The crypt with the remains of Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, and Travis. The bodies of the defenders were burned, so there is no gravesite for the heroes.

The crypt with the remains of Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, and Travis. The bodies of the defenders were burned, so there is no gravesite for the heroes.

The crypt with the remains of Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, and Travis. The bodies of the defenders were burned, so there is no gravesite for the heroes. 1378
24 San Antonio is full of one-way streets. One night we drove all over the downtown area trying to go to the Alamo. We finally parked on a street behind it and walked there. What a beautiful sight it was front-lit! It was nice to see it in the dark withou...

San Antonio is full of one-way streets. One night we drove all over the downtown area trying to go to the Alamo. We finally parked on a street behind it and walked there. What a beautiful sight it was front-lit! It was nice to see it in the dark withou...

San Antonio is full of one-way streets. One night we drove all over the downtown area trying to go to the Alamo. We finally parked on a street behind it and walked there. What a beautiful sight it was front-lit! It was nice to see it in the dark without all the throngs of tourists and distracting buildings we went back the next day. 940
25 All of the old buildings (and many of the new ones) are made of local limestone. This block in the Cathedral of San Fernando had lots of seashell fossils in it. I guess I'm probably one of the few tourists that would take photos of the fossils in a bui...

All of the old buildings (and many of the new ones) are made of local limestone. This block in the Cathedral of San Fernando had lots of seashell fossils in it. I guess I'm probably one of the few tourists that would take photos of the fossils in a bui...

All of the old buildings (and many of the new ones) are made of local limestone. This block in the Cathedral of San Fernando had lots of seashell fossils in it. I guess I'm probably one of the few tourists that would take photos of the fossils in a building! :) The rock in the Hill Country nearby is limestone, so the stone masons didn't have to go far for their building supplies. 1037
26 It was interesting to see the markings in the blocks left behind on the blocks on the Cathedral of San Fernando by the stonemasons nearly 200 years ago.

It was interesting to see the markings in the blocks left behind on the blocks on the Cathedral of San Fernando by the stonemasons nearly 200 years ago.

It was interesting to see the markings in the blocks left behind on the blocks on the Cathedral of San Fernando by the stonemasons nearly 200 years ago. 880
27 I thought this Dragon on the facade of an old building in downtown San Antonio was interesting!

I thought this Dragon on the facade of an old building in downtown San Antonio was interesting!

I thought this Dragon on the facade of an old building in downtown San Antonio was interesting! 860
28 Some really gaudy south-of-the-border ceramic birds were for sale in <em>El Mercado</em> ("The Market") in downtown San Antonio. It was an interesting place to visit, but we didn't buy much. If you want souvenirs from Mexico, this is the place to go!

Some really gaudy south-of-the-border ceramic birds were for sale in El Mercado ("The Market") in downtown San Antonio. It was an interesting place to visit, but we didn't buy much. If you want souvenirs from Mexico, this is the place to go!

Some really gaudy south-of-the-border ceramic birds were for sale in El Mercado ("The Market") in downtown San Antonio. It was an interesting place to visit, but we didn't buy much. If you want souvenirs from Mexico, this is the place to go! 856
29 We didn't expect this to be our first view of Texas Longhorns! These skulls were for sale at <em>El Mercado</em>. I don't know which is worse, the Lone Star skull or the black velvet paintings! Do people <u>really</u> buy that stuff?!

We didn't expect this to be our first view of Texas Longhorns! These skulls were for sale at El Mercado. I don't know which is worse, the Lone Star skull or the black velvet paintings! Do people really buy that stuff?!

We didn't expect this to be our first view of Texas Longhorns! These skulls were for sale at El Mercado. I don't know which is worse, the Lone Star skull or the black velvet paintings! Do people really buy that stuff?! 854
30 <strong>White-winged Dove</strong>
<em>Zenaida asiatica</em>
San Antonio, TX
March 25, 2009

These doves were very common everywhere we visited in Texas. Their "hoo, hoo, hoo" call might sound a bit like an owl to some people. I thought they were ...

White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica San Antonio, TX March 25, 2009 These doves were very common everywhere we visited in Texas. Their "hoo, hoo, hoo" call might sound a bit like an owl to some people. I thought they were ...

White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica San Antonio, TX March 25, 2009 These doves were very common everywhere we visited in Texas. Their "hoo, hoo, hoo" call might sound a bit like an owl to some people. I thought they were pretty birds, but many of the local folks said they are a pest. 854
31 The San Antonio Riverwalk is another city "must do". The walkway is below the streets and is lined with shops and restaurants. We enjoyed watching the ducks and herons along the waterway. It was a wonder the ducks didn't get hit by the constant flow of...

The San Antonio Riverwalk is another city "must do". The walkway is below the streets and is lined with shops and restaurants. We enjoyed watching the ducks and herons along the waterway. It was a wonder the ducks didn't get hit by the constant flow of...

The San Antonio Riverwalk is another city "must do". The walkway is below the streets and is lined with shops and restaurants. We enjoyed watching the ducks and herons along the waterway. It was a wonder the ducks didn't get hit by the constant flow of the tour boats! It is very pretty at night. I thought it seemed a bit strange to have the river contained within walls. 901
32 These musicians were serenading patrons in a Mexican restaurant on the Riverwalk in San Antonio. Their mariachi music was quite lively!

These musicians were serenading patrons in a Mexican restaurant on the Riverwalk in San Antonio. Their mariachi music was quite lively!

These musicians were serenading patrons in a Mexican restaurant on the Riverwalk in San Antonio. Their mariachi music was quite lively! 931
33 <strong>Yellow-Crowned Night Herons</strong>
<em>Nyctanassa violacea</em>
San Antonio, TX
March 25, 2009

Try as I may, I could not get a better shot of these birds! We spotted them as we were eating lunch at an outdoor cafe on the Riverwalk. I'm ...

Yellow-Crowned Night Herons Nyctanassa violacea San Antonio, TX March 25, 2009 Try as I may, I could not get a better shot of these birds! We spotted them as we were eating lunch at an outdoor cafe on the Riverwalk. I'm ...

Yellow-Crowned Night Herons Nyctanassa violacea San Antonio, TX March 25, 2009 Try as I may, I could not get a better shot of these birds! We spotted them as we were eating lunch at an outdoor cafe on the Riverwalk. I'm sure I annoyed some of the other patrons as I kept jumping up with my camera to get a good angle. Some of them didn't quite understand my enthusiasm about a couple of birds! :) The male (right) kept flying off to collect small branches to help build a nest. 779
34 <strong>Mexican Buckeye</strong>
<em>Ungnadia speciosa</em> / Soapberry Family
Leakey, TX (Lost Maples SP)
March 30, 2009

This shrub is not related to a true Buckeye (<em>Aesculus pavia</em>) which is in the Buckeye Family and has palmately compo...

Mexican Buckeye Ungnadia speciosa / Soapberry Family Leakey, TX (Lost Maples SP) March 30, 2009 This shrub is not related to a true Buckeye (Aesculus pavia) which is in the Buckeye Family and has palmately compo...

Mexican Buckeye Ungnadia speciosa / Soapberry Family Leakey, TX (Lost Maples SP) March 30, 2009 This shrub is not related to a true Buckeye (Aesculus pavia) which is in the Buckeye Family and has palmately compound leaves. It does, however, have large brown capsules that contain round, brown poisonous seeds with a white "eye" like a true Buckeye tree.


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35 <strong>Plains Wild Indigo</strong>
<em>Baptisia bracteata leucophaea</em> / Pea Family
Waelder, TX
March 26, 2009

The large flower heads of these plants often fell over making photography a challenge. I saw a lot of these plants along the backro...

Plains Wild Indigo Baptisia bracteata leucophaea / Pea Family Waelder, TX March 26, 2009 The large flower heads of these plants often fell over making photography a challenge. I saw a lot of these plants along the backro...

Plains Wild Indigo Baptisia bracteata leucophaea / Pea Family Waelder, TX March 26, 2009 The large flower heads of these plants often fell over making photography a challenge. I saw a lot of these plants along the backroads as we drove from San Antonio to Bastrop.


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36 <strong>Texas Dandelion</strong>
<em>Pyrrhopappus multicaulis</em> / Aster Family
Waelder, TX
March 26, 2009

These flowers were quite prevalent along the backroads around San Antonio and Austin. I liked this shot looking straight down on the bloom.

Texas Dandelion Pyrrhopappus multicaulis / Aster Family Waelder, TX March 26, 2009 These flowers were quite prevalent along the backroads around San Antonio and Austin. I liked this shot looking straight down on the bloom.

Texas Dandelion Pyrrhopappus multicaulis / Aster Family Waelder, TX March 26, 2009 These flowers were quite prevalent along the backroads around San Antonio and Austin. I liked this shot looking straight down on the bloom.


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37 <strong>Texas Greeneyes</strong>
<em>Berlandiera texana</em>
Bastrop, TX (Bastrop State Park)
March 26, 2009

There are relatives of this plant growing in Florida and New Mexico. They do have a green center before the disk flowers open.

Texas Greeneyes Berlandiera texana Bastrop, TX (Bastrop State Park) March 26, 2009 There are relatives of this plant growing in Florida and New Mexico. They do have a green center before the disk flowers open.

Texas Greeneyes Berlandiera texana Bastrop, TX (Bastrop State Park) March 26, 2009 There are relatives of this plant growing in Florida and New Mexico. They do have a green center before the disk flowers open.


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38 <strong>McKinney Falls State Park</strong> is a beautiful park southeast of Austin. It has spectacular limestone waterfalls. The falls were very low due to the drought, but from the photos I've seen it can have a strong flow. However, if it had I could...

McKinney Falls State Park is a beautiful park southeast of Austin. It has spectacular limestone waterfalls. The falls were very low due to the drought, but from the photos I've seen it can have a strong flow. However, if it had I could...

McKinney Falls State Park is a beautiful park southeast of Austin. It has spectacular limestone waterfalls. The falls were very low due to the drought, but from the photos I've seen it can have a strong flow. However, if it had I couldn't have crossed the creek and I would have missed a spectacular wildflower, the Scarlet Clematis. 890
39 Due to the drought, the water at   McKinney Falls State Park was very low. The stream flowed through the grooves in the limestone, the kids in the picture were playing in the grooves.

Due to the drought, the water at McKinney Falls State Park was very low. The stream flowed through the grooves in the limestone, the kids in the picture were playing in the grooves.

Due to the drought, the water at McKinney Falls State Park was very low. The stream flowed through the grooves in the limestone, the kids in the picture were playing in the grooves. 1019
40 This scene at McKinney Falls State Park was amazing with the submerged rocks.

This scene at McKinney Falls State Park was amazing with the submerged rocks.

This scene at McKinney Falls State Park was amazing with the submerged rocks. 844
41 This riverbed at McKinney Falls SP would have been interesting to see this with a bit more water.

This riverbed at McKinney Falls SP would have been interesting to see this with a bit more water.

This riverbed at McKinney Falls SP would have been interesting to see this with a bit more water. 825
42 <strong>Scarlet Leatherflower</strong>
<em>Clematis texensis</em> / Buttercup Family 
Austin, TX (McKinney Falls SP)
March 27, 2009

This was quite an exciting find! I had walked on the trail across the dry top of the falls at McKinney Falls SP an...

Scarlet Leatherflower Clematis texensis / Buttercup Family Austin, TX (McKinney Falls SP) March 27, 2009 This was quite an exciting find! I had walked on the trail across the dry top of the falls at McKinney Falls SP an...

Scarlet Leatherflower Clematis texensis / Buttercup Family Austin, TX (McKinney Falls SP) March 27, 2009 This was quite an exciting find! I had walked on the trail across the dry top of the falls at McKinney Falls SP and something red caught my attention. I had seen this beautiful flower in my wildflower books, but I didn't expect to see it, especially since it grows in only a few counties in central Texas.


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43 <strong>False Indigo Bush</strong>
<em>Amorpha fruticosa</em> / Pea Family
Austin, TX (McKinney Falls State Park)
March 26, 2009

This was a shrub that I was acquainted with from Tennessee.

False Indigo Bush Amorpha fruticosa / Pea Family Austin, TX (McKinney Falls State Park) March 26, 2009 This was a shrub that I was acquainted with from Tennessee.

False Indigo Bush Amorpha fruticosa / Pea Family Austin, TX (McKinney Falls State Park) March 26, 2009 This was a shrub that I was acquainted with from Tennessee.


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44 <strong>Pink Mimosa</strong>
<em>Mimosa borealis</em> / Pea Family
Austin, TX (McKinney Falls SP)
March 26, 2009

Unlike the non-native, weedy Mimosa tree, this small shrub has little thorns.

Pink Mimosa Mimosa borealis / Pea Family Austin, TX (McKinney Falls SP) March 26, 2009 Unlike the non-native, weedy Mimosa tree, this small shrub has little thorns.

Pink Mimosa Mimosa borealis / Pea Family Austin, TX (McKinney Falls SP) March 26, 2009 Unlike the non-native, weedy Mimosa tree, this small shrub has little thorns.


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45 <strong>Hog Plum</strong>
<em>Colubrina texensis</em> / Buckthorn Family
Austin, TX (McKinney Falls State Park)
March 26, 2009

Hog Plum Colubrina texensis / Buckthorn Family Austin, TX (McKinney Falls State Park) March 26, 2009

Hog Plum Colubrina texensis / Buckthorn Family Austin, TX (McKinney Falls State Park) March 26, 2009


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46 <strong>Zexmenia</strong>
<em>Wedelia hispida</em> / Aster Family
Austin, TX (McKinney Falls SP)
March 27, 2009

I like the common name of this flower, too bad it isn't the scientific name, I don't have many that start with a "Z"! I found it growi...

Zexmenia Wedelia hispida / Aster Family Austin, TX (McKinney Falls SP) March 27, 2009 I like the common name of this flower, too bad it isn't the scientific name, I don't have many that start with a "Z"! I found it growi...

Zexmenia Wedelia hispida / Aster Family Austin, TX (McKinney Falls SP) March 27, 2009 I like the common name of this flower, too bad it isn't the scientific name, I don't have many that start with a "Z"! I found it growing along the trail at McKinney Falls SP.


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47 This Tree Lizard was photographed at McKinney Falls in Austin, TX. It let me get quite close as I took its photo.

This Tree Lizard was photographed at McKinney Falls in Austin, TX. It let me get quite close as I took its photo.

This Tree Lizard was photographed at McKinney Falls in Austin, TX. It let me get quite close as I took its photo. 996
48 <strong>False Nightshade</strong>
<em>Chamaesaracha sordida</em> / Nightshade Family
Austin, TX (McKinney State Park)
March 27, 2009

I found this little plant outside the bath house in the park. That is one reason I always have my camera with me,...

False Nightshade Chamaesaracha sordida / Nightshade Family Austin, TX (McKinney State Park) March 27, 2009 I found this little plant outside the bath house in the park. That is one reason I always have my camera with me,...

False Nightshade Chamaesaracha sordida / Nightshade Family Austin, TX (McKinney State Park) March 27, 2009 I found this little plant outside the bath house in the park. That is one reason I always have my camera with me, I never know what I'm going to find!


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49 <strong>Bull Nettle</strong>
<em>Cnidoscolus texanus</em> / Spurge Family
Bastrop, TX 
March 26, 2009

These plants were quite common in the woods and along the roadsides. They are in the same genus as the Tread Softly plant I've seen in my parent...

Bull Nettle Cnidoscolus texanus / Spurge Family Bastrop, TX March 26, 2009 These plants were quite common in the woods and along the roadsides. They are in the same genus as the Tread Softly plant I've seen in my parent...

Bull Nettle Cnidoscolus texanus / Spurge Family Bastrop, TX March 26, 2009 These plants were quite common in the woods and along the roadsides. They are in the same genus as the Tread Softly plant I've seen in my parents' neighborhood in the panhandle of Florida. However, this one is like Tread Softly on steroids!


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50 <strong>Bull Nettle</strong> flowers are quite pretty  close-up, but just don't get <u>too</u> close!

Bull Nettle flowers are quite pretty close-up, but just don't get too close!

Bull Nettle flowers are quite pretty close-up, but just don't get too close! 947
51 <strong>Drummond Phlox</strong>
<em>Phlox drummondii</em> / Phlox Family
Waelder, TX
March 26, 2009

I somehow managed to get the little hairs on the plant in focus, but not the flowers! Unfortunately, this was the only shot I got of this pretty r...

Drummond Phlox Phlox drummondii / Phlox Family Waelder, TX March 26, 2009 I somehow managed to get the little hairs on the plant in focus, but not the flowers! Unfortunately, this was the only shot I got of this pretty r...

Drummond Phlox Phlox drummondii / Phlox Family Waelder, TX March 26, 2009 I somehow managed to get the little hairs on the plant in focus, but not the flowers! Unfortunately, this was the only shot I got of this pretty red flower! Phlox are a favorite nectar flower of butterflies, they drink from the little hole in the middle of the flower. The name Drummond appears often in Texas wildflowers, either in the common name or as a species name spelled with two "i"s. Thomas Drummond was a Scottish botanist who studied and collected plants in central Texas in 1833 - 34. He collected 750 plants during that time (and I thought I did pretty well with 150!). He would not have had to put up with a lot of the non-natives at that time however!


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52 Drummond Phlox can be different shades of red or pink. I liked the pink "stars" in the middle of this cluster.

Drummond Phlox can be different shades of red or pink. I liked the pink "stars" in the middle of this cluster.

Drummond Phlox can be different shades of red or pink. I liked the pink "stars" in the middle of this cluster. 1173
53 <strong>Wooly-white; Old Plainsman</strong> flowers
<em>Hymenopappus artemisiifolius</em> / Aster Family
Waelder, TX March 26, 2009

These plants were very common along the roadsides near San Antonio and Austin. They are composite flowers, but they...

Wooly-white; Old Plainsman flowers Hymenopappus artemisiifolius / Aster Family Waelder, TX March 26, 2009 These plants were very common along the roadsides near San Antonio and Austin. They are composite flowers, but they...

Wooly-white; Old Plainsman flowers Hymenopappus artemisiifolius / Aster Family Waelder, TX March 26, 2009 These plants were very common along the roadsides near San Antonio and Austin. They are composite flowers, but they do not have ray flowers ("petals") like daisies. Each little part is an individual flower.


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54 <strong> Wooly-white</strong> plant

Wooly-white plant

Wooly-white plant 1223
55 <strong>Winecup</strong>
<em>Callirhoe digitata</em> / Mallow Family
Waelder, TX 
March 28, 2009

These beautiful, hot-pink flowers stand out along the roadsides.

Winecup Callirhoe digitata / Mallow Family Waelder, TX March 28, 2009 These beautiful, hot-pink flowers stand out along the roadsides.

Winecup Callirhoe digitata / Mallow Family Waelder, TX March 28, 2009 These beautiful, hot-pink flowers stand out along the roadsides.


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56 <strong>Herbertia</strong>
<em>Herbertia lahue ssp. caerulea</em> / Iris Family
String Prairie, TX
March 26, 2009

This was one of those "two-fer" plants, I stopped to take a picture of the Prairie Indigo and I spotted this lone flower on the grou...

Herbertia Herbertia lahue ssp. caerulea / Iris Family String Prairie, TX March 26, 2009 This was one of those "two-fer" plants, I stopped to take a picture of the Prairie Indigo and I spotted this lone flower on the grou...

Herbertia Herbertia lahue ssp. caerulea / Iris Family String Prairie, TX March 26, 2009 This was one of those "two-fer" plants, I stopped to take a picture of the Prairie Indigo and I spotted this lone flower on the ground! Unfortunately, this plant is a morning-bloomer, the petals had begun to close when I saw it, so this is the best I could get.


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57 <strong>Cat Claw</strong>
<em>Acacia roemeriana</em> / Pea Family
near Fischer, TX Hwy. 32
March 28, 2009

These shrubs have a lot of little curved, sharp prickles on them, giving them their common name Cat Claw.

Cat Claw Acacia roemeriana / Pea Family near Fischer, TX Hwy. 32 March 28, 2009 These shrubs have a lot of little curved, sharp prickles on them, giving them their common name Cat Claw.

Cat Claw Acacia roemeriana / Pea Family near Fischer, TX Hwy. 32 March 28, 2009 These shrubs have a lot of little curved, sharp prickles on them, giving them their common name Cat Claw.


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58 <strong>Antelope Horns</strong>
<em>Asclepias asperula</em> / Milkweed Family
Bastrop, TX
Mar. 26, 2009

This was one of my "target plants", one I've seen in my books and wanted to see for a long time. Milkweeds are highly variable, with several d...

Antelope Horns Asclepias asperula / Milkweed Family Bastrop, TX Mar. 26, 2009 This was one of my "target plants", one I've seen in my books and wanted to see for a long time. Milkweeds are highly variable, with several d...

Antelope Horns Asclepias asperula / Milkweed Family Bastrop, TX Mar. 26, 2009 This was one of my "target plants", one I've seen in my books and wanted to see for a long time. Milkweeds are highly variable, with several different flower colors, growth habits, and growing locations. This plant was one of the few roadside plants that I saw frequently on this trip, it must be fairly drought-tolerant.


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59 <strong>Texas Nightshade</strong>
<em>Solanum triquetrum</em> / Nightshade Family
Bastrop, TX
March 26, 2009

When we went to visit my friends, Sue and Andy in Bastrop, they took us on a walk around their property. Andy pointed this plant out to u...

Texas Nightshade Solanum triquetrum / Nightshade Family Bastrop, TX March 26, 2009 When we went to visit my friends, Sue and Andy in Bastrop, they took us on a walk around their property. Andy pointed this plant out to u...

Texas Nightshade Solanum triquetrum / Nightshade Family Bastrop, TX March 26, 2009 When we went to visit my friends, Sue and Andy in Bastrop, they took us on a walk around their property. Andy pointed this plant out to us down by the river.


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60 <strong>Wafer Ash</strong>
<em>Ptelea trifoliata</em> / Rue Family
Bastrop, TX
March 27, 2009

At first glance, the leaves of this shrub look a bit like Poison Ivy or Fragrant Sumac, but it is not harmful to touch.

Wafer Ash Ptelea trifoliata / Rue Family Bastrop, TX March 27, 2009 At first glance, the leaves of this shrub look a bit like Poison Ivy or Fragrant Sumac, but it is not harmful to touch.

Wafer Ash Ptelea trifoliata / Rue Family Bastrop, TX March 27, 2009 At first glance, the leaves of this shrub look a bit like Poison Ivy or Fragrant Sumac, but it is not harmful to touch.


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61 I was really amazed at the different kinds of lichens that grew on the trees in central Texas. This twig had an interesting mix of four different species!

I was really amazed at the different kinds of lichens that grew on the trees in central Texas. This twig had an interesting mix of four different species!

I was really amazed at the different kinds of lichens that grew on the trees in central Texas. This twig had an interesting mix of four different species! 958
62 <strong>Chinaberry Tree</strong>
<em>Melia azedarach*</em>
Austin, TX
March 27, 2009

When I first saw these pretty purple flowers, I thought, "What a lovely tree! I wonder what this is?" When I looked it up in my Texas wildflower book I learned i...

Chinaberry Tree Melia azedarach* Austin, TX March 27, 2009 When I first saw these pretty purple flowers, I thought, "What a lovely tree! I wonder what this is?" When I looked it up in my Texas wildflower book I learned i...

Chinaberry Tree Melia azedarach* Austin, TX March 27, 2009 When I first saw these pretty purple flowers, I thought, "What a lovely tree! I wonder what this is?" When I looked it up in my Texas wildflower book I learned it is an invasive non-native tree that is spreading into many parts of central TX. Much like our Empress trees, they are lovely, but they have a bad habit of taking over! Each one of those pretty flowers will make a round, yellow seedpod.


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63 Texans are proud of their "Lone Star" flag, we saw it flying nearly everywhere we traveled!

Texans are proud of their "Lone Star" flag, we saw it flying nearly everywhere we traveled!

Texans are proud of their "Lone Star" flag, we saw it flying nearly everywhere we traveled! 870
64 The <strong>Congress Avenue Bridge</strong> in south Austin is famous for the colony of nearly 1 million Mexican Free-tailed bats that live in the slits underneath the roadway. From mid-March to late October the bats emerge at sunset to eat millions of...

The Congress Avenue Bridge in south Austin is famous for the colony of nearly 1 million Mexican Free-tailed bats that live in the slits underneath the roadway. From mid-March to late October the bats emerge at sunset to eat millions of...

The Congress Avenue Bridge in south Austin is famous for the colony of nearly 1 million Mexican Free-tailed bats that live in the slits underneath the roadway. From mid-March to late October the bats emerge at sunset to eat millions of isects. I hope they don't contract the "White Nose Disease" fungus that has killed millions of bats in the northeast. The white boat is one of the tour boats that people can take to watch the bats emerge from under the bridge. 797
65 It is hard to believe nearly 1 million bats could live in these slits below the Congress Avenue bridge! It is not possible to see them because they are so far up in them. You can't see them, but you sure can <u>smell</u> them! It is not too wise to sta...

It is hard to believe nearly 1 million bats could live in these slits below the Congress Avenue bridge! It is not possible to see them because they are so far up in them. You can't see them, but you sure can smell them! It is not too wise to sta...

It is hard to believe nearly 1 million bats could live in these slits below the Congress Avenue bridge! It is not possible to see them because they are so far up in them. You can't see them, but you sure can smell them! It is not too wise to stand under the bridge very long! 769
66 Here are some of the bats emerging from under the bridge at sunset. It is not a good idea to stand too close, the bats might leave you with a few "souvenirs" on your jacket! It was a cool night, so we didn't see as many bats as we had expected.

Here are some of the bats emerging from under the bridge at sunset. It is not a good idea to stand too close, the bats might leave you with a few "souvenirs" on your jacket! It was a cool night, so we didn't see as many bats as we had expected.

Here are some of the bats emerging from under the bridge at sunset. It is not a good idea to stand too close, the bats might leave you with a few "souvenirs" on your jacket! It was a cool night, so we didn't see as many bats as we had expected. 921
67 <strong>Mexican Free-tailed Bat</strong>
<em>Tadarida brasiliensis</em>
Boerne, TX
March 29, 2009

It took several attempts to get this shot because the bat had such an erratic flight pattern. A close look at the leading edge of the wings will rev...

Mexican Free-tailed Bat Tadarida brasiliensis Boerne, TX March 29, 2009 It took several attempts to get this shot because the bat had such an erratic flight pattern. A close look at the leading edge of the wings will rev...

Mexican Free-tailed Bat Tadarida brasiliensis Boerne, TX March 29, 2009 It took several attempts to get this shot because the bat had such an erratic flight pattern. A close look at the leading edge of the wings will reveal a little "hook", this is the bat's thumb. Bats are extremely beneficial animals, they eat hundreds of mosquitoes and moths each night. This bat came from a colony that lives in a cave in Boerne, but this is the same kind that lives under the Congress Ave. bridge in Austin. Bats locate their prey by echolocation, they emit ultrasonic squeaks (which humans can't hear) that reflect off the insect and back to the bat's large ears. That is why they fly so erratically. 829
68 The <strong>Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center</strong> in Austin, TX is like the "Mecca" for wildflower enthusiasts! Lyndon Johnson's wife loved the native Texas wildflowers and wanted to spread their beauty and help people appreciate them better. Sh...

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, TX is like the "Mecca" for wildflower enthusiasts! Lyndon Johnson's wife loved the native Texas wildflowers and wanted to spread their beauty and help people appreciate them better. Sh...

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, TX is like the "Mecca" for wildflower enthusiasts! Lyndon Johnson's wife loved the native Texas wildflowers and wanted to spread their beauty and help people appreciate them better. She initiated the planting of wildflower seeds along Texas' highways and interstates. In a good (non-drought) year, the highways are carpeted with wildflowers that have spread over the years through re-seeding. Alas, this was not a good year! Ironically, we literally "went through hail" to get to the center when we got caught in a violet thunderstorm on the road. 908
69 <strong>Blue-eyed Grass</strong>
<em>Sisyrinchium sagittiferum</em> / Iris Family
Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center)
March 27, 2009
 
I liked seeing the shadow of this wildflower on the rock.

Blue-eyed Grass Sisyrinchium sagittiferum / Iris Family Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center) March 27, 2009 I liked seeing the shadow of this wildflower on the rock.

Blue-eyed Grass Sisyrinchium sagittiferum / Iris Family Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center) March 27, 2009 I liked seeing the shadow of this wildflower on the rock.


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70 <strong>Eve's Necklace</strong>
<em>Sophora affinis</em> / Pea Family
Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center)
March 27, 2009

I was intrigued by the common name of this small tree. The flowers were lovely, especially with fresh raindrops.

Eve's Necklace Sophora affinis / Pea Family Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center) March 27, 2009 I was intrigued by the common name of this small tree. The flowers were lovely, especially with fresh raindrops.

Eve's Necklace Sophora affinis / Pea Family Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center) March 27, 2009 I was intrigued by the common name of this small tree. The flowers were lovely, especially with fresh raindrops.


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71 <strong>Anacacho Orchid Tree</strong>
<em>Bauhinia lunariodes</em>
Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center)
March 27, 2009

Anacacho Orchid Tree Bauhinia lunariodes Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center) March 27, 2009

Anacacho Orchid Tree Bauhinia lunariodes Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center) March 27, 2009


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72 <strong>Golden-eye Phlox</strong>
<em>Phlox roemeriana</em>
Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center)
March 27, 2009

I found this pretty little flower blooming in a drainage catch-basin near the parking lot at the Wildflower Center.

Golden-eye Phlox Phlox roemeriana Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center) March 27, 2009 I found this pretty little flower blooming in a drainage catch-basin near the parking lot at the Wildflower Center.

Golden-eye Phlox Phlox roemeriana Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center) March 27, 2009 I found this pretty little flower blooming in a drainage catch-basin near the parking lot at the Wildflower Center.


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73 <strong>Windflower; Granny's Nightcap</strong>
<em>Anemone berlandieri (Anemone decapetela) </em> / Buttercup Family
Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center)
March 27, 2009

These flowers can be purple, white or pink. I spotted this one gr...

Windflower; Granny's Nightcap Anemone berlandieri (Anemone decapetela) / Buttercup Family Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center) March 27, 2009 These flowers can be purple, white or pink. I spotted this one gr...

Windflower; Granny's Nightcap Anemone berlandieri (Anemone decapetela) / Buttercup Family Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center) March 27, 2009 These flowers can be purple, white or pink. I spotted this one growing in a field along a trail behind the wildflower center.


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74 <strong>Southern Flag Iris</strong>
<em>Iris virginica</em> / Iris Family
Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center)
March 27, 2009

Southern Flag Iris Iris virginica / Iris Family Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center) March 27, 2009

Southern Flag Iris Iris virginica / Iris Family Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center) March 27, 2009


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75 <strong>Cut-leaf Evening Primrose</strong>
<em>Oenothera laciniata</em> / Evening Primrose Family
Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center)
March 27, 2009

This isn't what I would consider a Cut-leaf Evening Primrose, but if the botanists a...

Cut-leaf Evening Primrose Oenothera laciniata / Evening Primrose Family Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center) March 27, 2009 This isn't what I would consider a Cut-leaf Evening Primrose, but if the botanists a...

Cut-leaf Evening Primrose Oenothera laciniata / Evening Primrose Family Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center) March 27, 2009 This isn't what I would consider a Cut-leaf Evening Primrose, but if the botanists at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center say that's what it is, I'll have to go with that name. :) This flower has a square opening where the petals come together.


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76 <strong>Texas Star</strong>
<em>Lindheimera texana</em> / Aster Family
Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center)
March 27, 2009

Maybe this flower is what gave the early settlers the idea for the Lone Star on the flag! :)

Texas Star Lindheimera texana / Aster Family Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center) March 27, 2009 Maybe this flower is what gave the early settlers the idea for the Lone Star on the flag! :)

Texas Star Lindheimera texana / Aster Family Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center) March 27, 2009 Maybe this flower is what gave the early settlers the idea for the Lone Star on the flag! :)


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77 <strong>Yellow Flax</strong>
<em>Linum rigidum</em>
Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center)
March 27, 2009

When we arrived at the wildflower center it was raining, I had to wait for a couple of hours until the sun reappeared to get this ...

Yellow Flax Linum rigidum Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center) March 27, 2009 When we arrived at the wildflower center it was raining, I had to wait for a couple of hours until the sun reappeared to get this ...

Yellow Flax Linum rigidum Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center) March 27, 2009 When we arrived at the wildflower center it was raining, I had to wait for a couple of hours until the sun reappeared to get this photo. Many flowers close when it rains to protect their pollen.


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78 <strong>Plains Fleabane</strong>
<em>Erigeron modestus</em>
Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center)
March 27, 2009

Plains Fleabane Erigeron modestus Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center) March 27, 2009

Plains Fleabane Erigeron modestus Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center) March 27, 2009


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79 <strong>Wild Foxglove</strong>
<em>Penstemon cobaea</em> / Figwort (Snapdragon) Family
Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center)
March 27, 2009

True Foxgloves are in the genus <em>Digitalis</em>. This flower is a type of Beard Tongue.

Wild Foxglove Penstemon cobaea / Figwort (Snapdragon) Family Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center) March 27, 2009 True Foxgloves are in the genus Digitalis. This flower is a type of Beard Tongue.

Wild Foxglove Penstemon cobaea / Figwort (Snapdragon) Family Austin, TX (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center) March 27, 2009 True Foxgloves are in the genus Digitalis. This flower is a type of Beard Tongue.


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80 <strong>Scarlet Gaura</strong>
<em>Gaura coccinea</em> / Evening Primrose Family
Bigfoot, TX
April 1, 2009

No, this is not an April Fool's Day joke, there really is a Bigfoot, TX! Although the town is so small, I doubt its animal namesake could h...

Scarlet Gaura Gaura coccinea / Evening Primrose Family Bigfoot, TX April 1, 2009 No, this is not an April Fool's Day joke, there really is a Bigfoot, TX! Although the town is so small, I doubt its animal namesake could h...

Scarlet Gaura Gaura coccinea / Evening Primrose Family Bigfoot, TX April 1, 2009 No, this is not an April Fool's Day joke, there really is a Bigfoot, TX! Although the town is so small, I doubt its animal namesake could hide there! Actually, I was glad we drove on the backroads to that town, I saw a lot of roadside flowers that I wouldn't have if we had stayed on I-35 going back to San Antonio! This was one of the many flowers I photographed along the highway.


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81 Ground lizard
Boerne, TX Cibolo Nature Center

Ground lizard Boerne, TX Cibolo Nature Center

Ground lizard Boerne, TX Cibolo Nature Center 874
82 <strong>Black-chinned Hummingbird</strong> - male
<em>Archilochus alexandri</em>
Boerne, TX
March 28,2009

Living in east Tennessee, we have just the Ruby-throated hummingbird, so it is always a treat to go out west where we can see other species....

Black-chinned Hummingbird - male Archilochus alexandri Boerne, TX March 28,2009 Living in east Tennessee, we have just the Ruby-throated hummingbird, so it is always a treat to go out west where we can see other species....

Black-chinned Hummingbird - male Archilochus alexandri Boerne, TX March 28,2009 Living in east Tennessee, we have just the Ruby-throated hummingbird, so it is always a treat to go out west where we can see other species. This little guy was photographed at the Cibolo Nature Center, where I could get relatively close. Hummingbirds can only perch, they have such short legs they are unable to walk. Note the yellow pollen on his beak! 862
83 If the sunlight hits the feathers of a male <strong>Black-chinned Hummingbird</strong> at the correct angle, they look purple due to the refraction of the light. I had to wait until late in the afternoon when the sun was at a low angle to get this shot.

If the sunlight hits the feathers of a male Black-chinned Hummingbird at the correct angle, they look purple due to the refraction of the light. I had to wait until late in the afternoon when the sun was at a low angle to get this shot.

If the sunlight hits the feathers of a male Black-chinned Hummingbird at the correct angle, they look purple due to the refraction of the light. I had to wait until late in the afternoon when the sun was at a low angle to get this shot. 730
84 Only in Texas would you find signs on cross streets in German and Spanish! <em>Hauptstrasse</em> means "Main Street" in German; <em>Blanco</em> means "white" in Spanish. Many of the little towns in central Texas were established by German immigrants. T...

Only in Texas would you find signs on cross streets in German and Spanish! Hauptstrasse means "Main Street" in German; Blanco means "white" in Spanish. Many of the little towns in central Texas were established by German immigrants. T...

Only in Texas would you find signs on cross streets in German and Spanish! Hauptstrasse means "Main Street" in German; Blanco means "white" in Spanish. Many of the little towns in central Texas were established by German immigrants. The pretty building in the background is the Boerne (pronounced "Burney") library. We enjoyed seeing the historic buildings in the old sections of the little towns. We went to Boerne to visit the Cibolo Nature Center. The pretty, clear Cibolo Creek runs through the property, it is lined with huge cypress trees. The center is a good bird-watching area. 866
85 The old limestone Catholic church in Boerne gleamed in the early morning sun. We enjoyed hearing the bells chiming that morning.

The old limestone Catholic church in Boerne gleamed in the early morning sun. We enjoyed hearing the bells chiming that morning.

The old limestone Catholic church in Boerne gleamed in the early morning sun. We enjoyed hearing the bells chiming that morning. 917
86 Cibolo Creek in Boerne is lined with huge cypress trees. The water runs clear and cold because it is fed by an aquifer. It was low due to the long drought.

Cibolo Creek in Boerne is lined with huge cypress trees. The water runs clear and cold because it is fed by an aquifer. It was low due to the long drought.

Cibolo Creek in Boerne is lined with huge cypress trees. The water runs clear and cold because it is fed by an aquifer. It was low due to the long drought. 821
87 Another view of the massive cypress trees on Cibolo Creek at the Cibolo Nature Center. The light green growth on the surface of the water is Duckweed.

Another view of the massive cypress trees on Cibolo Creek at the Cibolo Nature Center. The light green growth on the surface of the water is Duckweed.

Another view of the massive cypress trees on Cibolo Creek at the Cibolo Nature Center. The light green growth on the surface of the water is Duckweed. 810
88 <strong>Cibolo Creek</strong> runs through Boerne and is the main source of water for the town, this area is backed up behind a small dam that is just out of view at the left of the photo. The sagging dock and dry banks show how low the water was when ...

Cibolo Creek runs through Boerne and is the main source of water for the town, this area is backed up behind a small dam that is just out of view at the left of the photo. The sagging dock and dry banks show how low the water was when ...

Cibolo Creek runs through Boerne and is the main source of water for the town, this area is backed up behind a small dam that is just out of view at the left of the photo. The sagging dock and dry banks show how low the water was when we were there. If the area had not had 4" of rain the week before we got there, there wouldn't have been this much! We enjoyed walking down to the creek in the morning and evening to watch the ducks, coots, geese and cormorants. 816
89 I liked this scene of a mother Moskovy Duck and her ducklings at sunset!

I liked this scene of a mother Moskovy Duck and her ducklings at sunset!

I liked this scene of a mother Moskovy Duck and her ducklings at sunset! 814
90 We saw these Cormorants roosting in a large cottonwood tree along Cibolo Creek in Boerne, TX. It was about 7:30 in the evening when we saw them flying in from a day of fishing. The ones that arrived early had the best choice of branches, as more flew i...

We saw these Cormorants roosting in a large cottonwood tree along Cibolo Creek in Boerne, TX. It was about 7:30 in the evening when we saw them flying in from a day of fishing. The ones that arrived early had the best choice of branches, as more flew i...

We saw these Cormorants roosting in a large cottonwood tree along Cibolo Creek in Boerne, TX. It was about 7:30 in the evening when we saw them flying in from a day of fishing. The ones that arrived early had the best choice of branches, as more flew in they began to squabble over the roosting spots. It seemed amazing that a bird with webbed feet for swimming could perch on a branch to sleep. 876
91 <strong>Lesser Goldfinches</strong>
<em>Carduelis psaltria</em>
Boerne, TX
March 29, 2009

This was the first time we had seen these pretty little finches. They are eating thistle seeds from a seed sock.

Lesser Goldfinches Carduelis psaltria Boerne, TX March 29, 2009 This was the first time we had seen these pretty little finches. They are eating thistle seeds from a seed sock.

Lesser Goldfinches Carduelis psaltria Boerne, TX March 29, 2009 This was the first time we had seen these pretty little finches. They are eating thistle seeds from a seed sock. 812
92 <strong>Black Crested Tufted Titmouse</strong> (Mexican)
<em>Baeolophus bicolor</em>
Boerne, TX
March 28, 2009

This variety of titmouse is found in Mexico and central Texas. It is the same genus and species as the ones we have in Tennessee, but i...

Black Crested Tufted Titmouse (Mexican) Baeolophus bicolor Boerne, TX March 28, 2009 This variety of titmouse is found in Mexico and central Texas. It is the same genus and species as the ones we have in Tennessee, but i...

Black Crested Tufted Titmouse (Mexican) Baeolophus bicolor Boerne, TX March 28, 2009 This variety of titmouse is found in Mexico and central Texas. It is the same genus and species as the ones we have in Tennessee, but it has a black crest where ours has gray feathers on the head. 775
93 <strong>Black-bellied Whistling Duck</strong>
<em>Dendrocygna autumnalis</em>
Boerne, TX
March 29, 2009

We saw these ducks on Cibolo Creek in Boerne, TX.

Black-bellied Whistling Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis Boerne, TX March 29, 2009 We saw these ducks on Cibolo Creek in Boerne, TX.

Black-bellied Whistling Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis Boerne, TX March 29, 2009 We saw these ducks on Cibolo Creek in Boerne, TX. 779
94 <strong>Inca Dove</strong>
<em>Columbina inca</em>
Boerne, TX
March 28, 2009

These small, brown doves (left) are very well-camouflaged and blend in with the bare ground. Like the Mourning and White-winged Doves, they frequent bird feeders such as...

Inca Dove Columbina inca Boerne, TX March 28, 2009 These small, brown doves (left) are very well-camouflaged and blend in with the bare ground. Like the Mourning and White-winged Doves, they frequent bird feeders such as...

Inca Dove Columbina inca Boerne, TX March 28, 2009 These small, brown doves (left) are very well-camouflaged and blend in with the bare ground. Like the Mourning and White-winged Doves, they frequent bird feeders such as this one at the Cibolo Nature Center. 835
95 <strong>Lesser Scaup</strong> - male
<em>Aythya affinis</em>
Boerne, TX
March 28, 2009

At last, I was able to see these pretty ducks up close! The last time I had seen them they were bobbing off in the distance on one of our local lakes. I liked ...

Lesser Scaup - male Aythya affinis Boerne, TX March 28, 2009 At last, I was able to see these pretty ducks up close! The last time I had seen them they were bobbing off in the distance on one of our local lakes. I liked ...

Lesser Scaup - male Aythya affinis Boerne, TX March 28, 2009 At last, I was able to see these pretty ducks up close! The last time I had seen them they were bobbing off in the distance on one of our local lakes. I liked the purple sheen reflecting off the head feathers. 767
96 <strong>Lesser Scaup</strong> - male and female
<em>Aythya affinis</em>
Boerne, TX
March 28, 2009

Lesser Scaup - male and female Aythya affinis Boerne, TX March 28, 2009

Lesser Scaup - male and female Aythya affinis Boerne, TX March 28, 2009 799
97 <strong>Egyptian Goose</strong> pair
<em>Alopochen aegyptiacus</em>
Boerne, TX
March 30, 2009

We got a kick out of watching these funny geese courting along Cibolo Creek in Boerne early one morning. These non-native geese are from Africa.

Egyptian Goose pair Alopochen aegyptiacus Boerne, TX March 30, 2009 We got a kick out of watching these funny geese courting along Cibolo Creek in Boerne early one morning. These non-native geese are from Africa.

Egyptian Goose pair Alopochen aegyptiacus Boerne, TX March 30, 2009 We got a kick out of watching these funny geese courting along Cibolo Creek in Boerne early one morning. These non-native geese are from Africa. 903
98 <strong>Broad-winged Hawk</strong>
<em>Buteo platypterus</em>
Boerne, TX
March 29, 2009

This hawk had landed in a tree, but it was obscured by the branches, so I had to wait until it flew to get a photo.

Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus Boerne, TX March 29, 2009 This hawk had landed in a tree, but it was obscured by the branches, so I had to wait until it flew to get a photo.

Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus Boerne, TX March 29, 2009 This hawk had landed in a tree, but it was obscured by the branches, so I had to wait until it flew to get a photo. 789
99 <strong>Mexican Hat</strong>
<em>Ratibida columnifera</em>
Boerne, TX
March 28, 2009

This is not the greatest photo, but it does show the detail of the disk flowers in the center. Each of the little yellow dots are a single flower, each capable o...

Mexican Hat Ratibida columnifera Boerne, TX March 28, 2009 This is not the greatest photo, but it does show the detail of the disk flowers in the center. Each of the little yellow dots are a single flower, each capable o...

Mexican Hat Ratibida columnifera Boerne, TX March 28, 2009 This is not the greatest photo, but it does show the detail of the disk flowers in the center. Each of the little yellow dots are a single flower, each capable of making a seed. This plant is commonly planted along roadsides.


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100 <strong>Sneezeweed</strong>
<em>Helenium quadridentatum</em> / Aster Family
Boerne, TX
March 28, 2009

I found this flower blooming next to Cibolo Creek in Boerne.

Sneezeweed Helenium quadridentatum / Aster Family Boerne, TX March 28, 2009 I found this flower blooming next to Cibolo Creek in Boerne.

Sneezeweed Helenium quadridentatum / Aster Family Boerne, TX March 28, 2009 I found this flower blooming next to Cibolo Creek in Boerne.


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101 <strong>Pearl Milkvine</strong>
<em>Matelea reticulata</em> / Milkweed Family
Boerne, TX
March 28, 2009

This unusual little flower almost escaped my attention. I was photographing the Air Plants that were growing on this old wrought-iron fence wh...

Pearl Milkvine Matelea reticulata / Milkweed Family Boerne, TX March 28, 2009 This unusual little flower almost escaped my attention. I was photographing the Air Plants that were growing on this old wrought-iron fence wh...

Pearl Milkvine Matelea reticulata / Milkweed Family Boerne, TX March 28, 2009 This unusual little flower almost escaped my attention. I was photographing the Air Plants that were growing on this old wrought-iron fence when I noticed a vine growing up one of the posts. I recognized it from seeing it in my wildflower books. The following photo shows a detailed close-up of the flower.


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102 <strong>Pearl Milkvine</strong> close-up
<em>Matelea reticulata</em> / Milkweed Family
Boerne, TX
March 28, 2009

Pearl Milkvine close-up Matelea reticulata / Milkweed Family Boerne, TX March 28, 2009

Pearl Milkvine close-up Matelea reticulata / Milkweed Family Boerne, TX March 28, 2009 953
103 We really wanted to do some hiking so the locals in Boerne told us about the <strong>Friedrich Nature Park</strong> that was about 12 miles away (on the outskirts of San Antonio). This photo is an example of what the trail was like --- very rocky. We w...

We really wanted to do some hiking so the locals in Boerne told us about the Friedrich Nature Park that was about 12 miles away (on the outskirts of San Antonio). This photo is an example of what the trail was like --- very rocky. We w...

We really wanted to do some hiking so the locals in Boerne told us about the Friedrich Nature Park that was about 12 miles away (on the outskirts of San Antonio). This photo is an example of what the trail was like --- very rocky. We were amazed at how small the trees were in the Hill Country. The only large ones we saw were the Cypress trees that grew along the rivers. 825
104 We hiked about 3 miles on the perimeter of the Vista Loop trail at Friedrich Wilderness Park.

We hiked about 3 miles on the perimeter of the Vista Loop trail at Friedrich Wilderness Park.

We hiked about 3 miles on the perimeter of the Vista Loop trail at Friedrich Wilderness Park. 852
105 It was a little un-nerving to read this sign at Friedrich Wilderness Park, it is hard to get used to hiking in areas where the local fauna can <u>kill</u> you! :(

It was a little un-nerving to read this sign at Friedrich Wilderness Park, it is hard to get used to hiking in areas where the local fauna can kill you! :(

It was a little un-nerving to read this sign at Friedrich Wilderness Park, it is hard to get used to hiking in areas where the local fauna can kill you! :( 909
106 <strong>Spanish Dagger Yucca</strong>
<em>Yucca treculeana</em> / Agave Family
Kyle, TX
March 28, 2009

Actually, some of the plants could kill you too! These yuccas have wickedly sharp points on the ends of the stiff leaves. They probably could h...

Spanish Dagger Yucca Yucca treculeana / Agave Family Kyle, TX March 28, 2009 Actually, some of the plants could kill you too! These yuccas have wickedly sharp points on the ends of the stiff leaves. They probably could h...

Spanish Dagger Yucca Yucca treculeana / Agave Family Kyle, TX March 28, 2009 Actually, some of the plants could kill you too! These yuccas have wickedly sharp points on the ends of the stiff leaves. They probably could have been used as daggers! Yuccas are pollinated by just one insect, the yucca moth.


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107 This windmill at Friedrich Nature Area was no longer in use, however we did see several on ranches that were turning and pumping water from the aquifer. Green energy at work!

This windmill at Friedrich Nature Area was no longer in use, however we did see several on ranches that were turning and pumping water from the aquifer. Green energy at work!

This windmill at Friedrich Nature Area was no longer in use, however we did see several on ranches that were turning and pumping water from the aquifer. Green energy at work! 897
108 Kenny struggles to climb a steep part of the Vista Loop trail at Friedrich Wilderness Park. We sure slept good that night!

Kenny struggles to climb a steep part of the Vista Loop trail at Friedrich Wilderness Park. We sure slept good that night!

Kenny struggles to climb a steep part of the Vista Loop trail at Friedrich Wilderness Park. We sure slept good that night! 880
109 <strong>Western Spiderwort</strong>
<em>Tradescantia occidentalis</em> / Spiderwort Family
Bastrop, TX
March 26, 2009

Like their relatives, the Dayflowers, these pretty flowers bloom just one day. They have 3 petals instead of 2 like the <em>Comm...

Western Spiderwort Tradescantia occidentalis / Spiderwort Family Bastrop, TX March 26, 2009 Like their relatives, the Dayflowers, these pretty flowers bloom just one day. They have 3 petals instead of 2 like the Comm...

Western Spiderwort Tradescantia occidentalis / Spiderwort Family Bastrop, TX March 26, 2009 Like their relatives, the Dayflowers, these pretty flowers bloom just one day. They have 3 petals instead of 2 like the Commelinas.


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110 <strong>Showy Evening Primrose </strong>
<em>Oenothera speciosa</em> / Evening Primrose Family
San Antonio, TX 
March 24, 2009

This was the first wildflower we saw when we landed in San Antonio, in fact I noticed it growing along the runway media...

Showy Evening Primrose Oenothera speciosa / Evening Primrose Family San Antonio, TX March 24, 2009 This was the first wildflower we saw when we landed in San Antonio, in fact I noticed it growing along the runway media...

Showy Evening Primrose Oenothera speciosa / Evening Primrose Family San Antonio, TX March 24, 2009 This was the first wildflower we saw when we landed in San Antonio, in fact I noticed it growing along the runway medians at the airport! This primrose grows nearly everywhere in that area. I liked the shadows of the stamens and anthers in this photo.


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111 Now this is the <u>real</u> Hill Country!
We were just east of Vanderpool at this point. We were amazed that there were no understory plants beneath the junipers (a.k.a "cedars"), only broken limestone rocks.

Now this is the real Hill Country! We were just east of Vanderpool at this point. We were amazed that there were no understory plants beneath the junipers (a.k.a "cedars"), only broken limestone rocks.

Now this is the real Hill Country! We were just east of Vanderpool at this point. We were amazed that there were no understory plants beneath the junipers (a.k.a "cedars"), only broken limestone rocks. 896
112 We didn't see any Longhorn cattle until we reached the Hill Country. These guys were relaxing in the warm sunshine. It wouldn't have been a complete trip to Texas unless we had seen some longhorns! :) We never saw any cowboys though!

We didn't see any Longhorn cattle until we reached the Hill Country. These guys were relaxing in the warm sunshine. It wouldn't have been a complete trip to Texas unless we had seen some longhorns! :) We never saw any cowboys though!

We didn't see any Longhorn cattle until we reached the Hill Country. These guys were relaxing in the warm sunshine. It wouldn't have been a complete trip to Texas unless we had seen some longhorns! :) We never saw any cowboys though! 898
113 Once when I stopped along the highway to get a nice scenic photo, I spotted this exotic deer in a field on a ranch. These animals were imported for big game hunting. It seemed a little unfair to have feeding stations with raised hunting blinds nearby. ...

Once when I stopped along the highway to get a nice scenic photo, I spotted this exotic deer in a field on a ranch. These animals were imported for big game hunting. It seemed a little unfair to have feeding stations with raised hunting blinds nearby. ...

Once when I stopped along the highway to get a nice scenic photo, I spotted this exotic deer in a field on a ranch. These animals were imported for big game hunting. It seemed a little unfair to have feeding stations with raised hunting blinds nearby. Where's the sport in that!? We also saw bison and ostriches on some ranches. I wonder what the cowboys of a century or two ago would have thought of that?! 784
114 A view of the southern Hill Country shot from the car. The springtime colors of the trees were so lovely. The mesquite trees were a pretty lime green.

A view of the southern Hill Country shot from the car. The springtime colors of the trees were so lovely. The mesquite trees were a pretty lime green.

A view of the southern Hill Country shot from the car. The springtime colors of the trees were so lovely. The mesquite trees were a pretty lime green. 800
115 Due to a time crunch, we weren't able to hike as far as we would have liked at <strong>Lost Maples State Natural Area</strong>, near Leakey, we had traveled from Boerne and still had to drive on to Concan that afternoon. We hiked just a couple of miles...

Due to a time crunch, we weren't able to hike as far as we would have liked at Lost Maples State Natural Area, near Leakey, we had traveled from Boerne and still had to drive on to Concan that afternoon. We hiked just a couple of miles...

Due to a time crunch, we weren't able to hike as far as we would have liked at Lost Maples State Natural Area, near Leakey, we had traveled from Boerne and still had to drive on to Concan that afternoon. We hiked just a couple of miles on the East Trail, from the "you are here" sign in the middle to the oval overlook symbol in the top middle. This park is a great habitat for birds, many unusual species can be spotted here (including the endangered Yellow-cheeked Warbler). It is named for the Bigtooth Maples that grow in the area, most of the Hill Country does not have those trees. Texas State Parks charge admission fees per person, not per car like many states. We paid from $4 - $6 per person at the different parks we visited. 808
116 The East Trail often followed the bank and sometimes crossed the creek at Lost Maples.

The East Trail often followed the bank and sometimes crossed the creek at Lost Maples.

The East Trail often followed the bank and sometimes crossed the creek at Lost Maples. 859
117 <strong>Texas Mountain Laurel</strong>
<em>Sophora secundiflora</em> / Pea Family
Leakey, TX (Lost Maples SP)
March 30, 2009

I had a very hard time getting used to calling this flower "Mountain Laurel"! It is in the Pea family, the plant that we ...

Texas Mountain Laurel Sophora secundiflora / Pea Family Leakey, TX (Lost Maples SP) March 30, 2009 I had a very hard time getting used to calling this flower "Mountain Laurel"! It is in the Pea family, the plant that we ...

Texas Mountain Laurel Sophora secundiflora / Pea Family Leakey, TX (Lost Maples SP) March 30, 2009 I had a very hard time getting used to calling this flower "Mountain Laurel"! It is in the Pea family, the plant that we call Mountain Laurel in the Appalachian Mountains is in the Heath family and looks nothing like this. The flowers of this plant reminded me a bit of Kudzu blossoms, they too smell like grape drink!


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118 It required a pretty steep, rocky hike to get up here (note the trail far below), but the view of <strong>Lost Maples State Natural Area</strong> from above was worth every step. The pond where I saw the swimming lizard is below the cliff in the middle...

It required a pretty steep, rocky hike to get up here (note the trail far below), but the view of Lost Maples State Natural Area from above was worth every step. The pond where I saw the swimming lizard is below the cliff in the middle...

It required a pretty steep, rocky hike to get up here (note the trail far below), but the view of Lost Maples State Natural Area from above was worth every step. The pond where I saw the swimming lizard is below the cliff in the middle of the photo. The flower in the foreground is a Yucca. 893
119 <strong>Claret Cup Cactus</strong>
<em>Echinocereus triglochidiatus</em> / Cactus Family
Leakey, TX (Lost Maples SP)
March 30, 2009

As we were driving down the road to the trail head at Lost Maples State Park I said, "Pull over, I just saw a Clar...

Claret Cup Cactus Echinocereus triglochidiatus / Cactus Family Leakey, TX (Lost Maples SP) March 30, 2009 As we were driving down the road to the trail head at Lost Maples State Park I said, "Pull over, I just saw a Clar...

Claret Cup Cactus Echinocereus triglochidiatus / Cactus Family Leakey, TX (Lost Maples SP) March 30, 2009 As we were driving down the road to the trail head at Lost Maples State Park I said, "Pull over, I just saw a Claret Cup Cactus in bloom!" Although I had photographed them earlier in the week at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, I wanted to get one "in the wild". This was another of my "target plants", one I've wanted to see for a long time. It seems like I've always been too early in the season to see cactus in bloom, so I was thrilled to find this one.


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120 <strong>Golden-Cheeked Warbler</strong>
<em>Dendroica chrysoparia</em> (endangered species)
Leakey, TX (Lost Maples SP)
March 30, 2009

What a thrill it was to see this beautiful little bird, especially since it is an endangered species. I wish I ...

Golden-Cheeked Warbler Dendroica chrysoparia (endangered species) Leakey, TX (Lost Maples SP) March 30, 2009 What a thrill it was to see this beautiful little bird, especially since it is an endangered species. I wish I ...

Golden-Cheeked Warbler Dendroica chrysoparia (endangered species) Leakey, TX (Lost Maples SP) March 30, 2009 What a thrill it was to see this beautiful little bird, especially since it is an endangered species. I wish I could have taken a better photo with more of it visible, but warblers are very flitty little birds and they don't stay still for photographers! The central Texas area is the only nesting area for these birds, they like the security of the juniper trees. 862
121 <strong>Annual Pennyroyal</strong>
<em>Hedeoma acinoides</em> / Mint Family
Leakey, TX (Lost Maples State Park)
March 30, 2009

This was one of the few wildflowers I found blooming in the Hill Country, it was growing on top of a large limestone bo...

Annual Pennyroyal Hedeoma acinoides / Mint Family Leakey, TX (Lost Maples State Park) March 30, 2009 This was one of the few wildflowers I found blooming in the Hill Country, it was growing on top of a large limestone bo...

Annual Pennyroyal Hedeoma acinoides / Mint Family Leakey, TX (Lost Maples State Park) March 30, 2009 This was one of the few wildflowers I found blooming in the Hill Country, it was growing on top of a large limestone boulder.


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122 The self-timer on my camera captured this photo of us eating our picnic lunch at Lost Maples State Natural Area. I guess we could have sat on the bench and eaten, but we wanted to sit near the pond. I was glad we did sit there, otherwise I would have m...

The self-timer on my camera captured this photo of us eating our picnic lunch at Lost Maples State Natural Area. I guess we could have sat on the bench and eaten, but we wanted to sit near the pond. I was glad we did sit there, otherwise I would have m...

The self-timer on my camera captured this photo of us eating our picnic lunch at Lost Maples State Natural Area. I guess we could have sat on the bench and eaten, but we wanted to sit near the pond. I was glad we did sit there, otherwise I would have missed the swimming lizard. 892
123 While we were eating lunch by the first pond at Lost Maples State Park I saw something fall from the cliff face on the opposite side. I looked in the middle of the pond and saw this lizard swimming to the opposite side! (The light blue object is a dams...

While we were eating lunch by the first pond at Lost Maples State Park I saw something fall from the cliff face on the opposite side. I looked in the middle of the pond and saw this lizard swimming to the opposite side! (The light blue object is a dams...

While we were eating lunch by the first pond at Lost Maples State Park I saw something fall from the cliff face on the opposite side. I looked in the middle of the pond and saw this lizard swimming to the opposite side! (The light blue object is a damselfly) 848
124 <strong>Western Scrub-Jay</strong>
<em>Aphelocoma californica</em>
Leakey, TX (Lost Maples SP)
March 30, 2009

I couldn't believe we were in TX for 10 days and this was the only scrub jay I saw! It was visiting a feeder at Lost Maples State Park.

Western Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica Leakey, TX (Lost Maples SP) March 30, 2009 I couldn't believe we were in TX for 10 days and this was the only scrub jay I saw! It was visiting a feeder at Lost Maples State Park.

Western Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica Leakey, TX (Lost Maples SP) March 30, 2009 I couldn't believe we were in TX for 10 days and this was the only scrub jay I saw! It was visiting a feeder at Lost Maples State Park. 922
125 <strong>Texas Madrone</strong>
<em>Arbutus texana</em> / Heath Family
Leakey, TX (Lost Maples SP)
March 30, 2009

Madrone trees are unmistakable, they have smooth reddish-brown bark and sinuous branches.

Texas Madrone Arbutus texana / Heath Family Leakey, TX (Lost Maples SP) March 30, 2009 Madrone trees are unmistakable, they have smooth reddish-brown bark and sinuous branches.

Texas Madrone Arbutus texana / Heath Family Leakey, TX (Lost Maples SP) March 30, 2009 Madrone trees are unmistakable, they have smooth reddish-brown bark and sinuous branches.


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126 <strong>Scissor-tailed Flycatcher</strong>
<em>Tyrannus forficatus</em>
March 30, 2009

This bird is unmistakable with its long, split tail. I had a very hard time getting a photo, these birds wouldn't let me get too close. I must have looked prett...

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus March 30, 2009 This bird is unmistakable with its long, split tail. I had a very hard time getting a photo, these birds wouldn't let me get too close. I must have looked prett...

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus March 30, 2009 This bird is unmistakable with its long, split tail. I had a very hard time getting a photo, these birds wouldn't let me get too close. I must have looked pretty funny as I slowly stalked them often hiding behind utility poles! Flycatchers land on powerlines, tree limbs, and even barbed wire fences to watch for flying insects. When they spot a fly, moth, or other insect, they dart out quickly to catch and eat it. 1001
127 We stayed in a cabin at the <strong>River Rim Resort</strong> in Concan, TX. It has RV hookups, cabins, cottages overlooking the Frio River and a 4-bedroom limestone inn (to be completed in late May 2009), built on the site of a former church camp. The...

We stayed in a cabin at the River Rim Resort in Concan, TX. It has RV hookups, cabins, cottages overlooking the Frio River and a 4-bedroom limestone inn (to be completed in late May 2009), built on the site of a former church camp. The...

We stayed in a cabin at the River Rim Resort in Concan, TX. It has RV hookups, cabins, cottages overlooking the Frio River and a 4-bedroom limestone inn (to be completed in late May 2009), built on the site of a former church camp. The crystal-clear Frio River is a short walk down the hill. The owner, Nancy, has added several birdfeeders near the office, I enjoyed photographing the hummingbirds, cardinals, titmice, and woodpeckers as they ate at the feeders and chased one another! The resort is selling my notecards of local wildflowers, birds and landscapes. 1166
128 Rim Cabin is one of the larger cabins that  overlook the Frio River at River Rim Resorts. These have a grill, patio, and an outdoor fireplace.  <a href= "http://riverrimresort.com/welcome.html"> for more info on River Rim Resort</a>

Rim Cabin is one of the larger cabins that overlook the Frio River at River Rim Resorts. These have a grill, patio, and an outdoor fireplace. for more info on River Rim Resort

Rim Cabin is one of the larger cabins that overlook the Frio River at River Rim Resorts. These have a grill, patio, and an outdoor fireplace. for more info on River Rim Resort 1205
129 An early morning view of our cabin (#2) at River Rim Resort in Concan. We had just a short walk down the hill to get to the Frio River. We were there during the low season, so the gardens had not yet been planted. By the peak season, Nancy will have th...

An early morning view of our cabin (#2) at River Rim Resort in Concan. We had just a short walk down the hill to get to the Frio River. We were there during the low season, so the gardens had not yet been planted. By the peak season, Nancy will have th...

An early morning view of our cabin (#2) at River Rim Resort in Concan. We had just a short walk down the hill to get to the Frio River. We were there during the low season, so the gardens had not yet been planted. By the peak season, Nancy will have the flowers blooming and the hummingbird feeder well-stocked for the visitors' enjoyment! 1451
130 The inside view of cabin #2 at River Rim Resort. I should have taken the photo <u>before</u> we started bringing in our stuff!

The inside view of cabin #2 at River Rim Resort. I should have taken the photo before we started bringing in our stuff!

The inside view of cabin #2 at River Rim Resort. I should have taken the photo before we started bringing in our stuff! 1219
131 <strong>Golden-fronted Woodpecker</strong> - female
<em>Melanerpes aurifrons</em>
Concan, TX
March 31, 2009

This photo was taken early in the morning at River Rim Resort. The woodpecker was waiting to fly to the hummingbird feeder to load up on n...

Golden-fronted Woodpecker - female Melanerpes aurifrons Concan, TX March 31, 2009 This photo was taken early in the morning at River Rim Resort. The woodpecker was waiting to fly to the hummingbird feeder to load up on n...

Golden-fronted Woodpecker - female Melanerpes aurifrons Concan, TX March 31, 2009 This photo was taken early in the morning at River Rim Resort. The woodpecker was waiting to fly to the hummingbird feeder to load up on nectar. It was really funny to see such a large bird drinking out of the feeder! I saw a pair of these birds at Garner State Park, but they were too high to get a good shot. 1046
132 <strong>Desert Sumac</strong>
<em>Rhus microphylla</em>
Concan, TX
April 1, 2009

Desert Sumac Rhus microphylla Concan, TX April 1, 2009

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133 <strong>Evening Star Rain Lily</strong>
<em>Cooperia drummondii</em>
Rosanky, TX
March 26, 2009

This was the <u>last</u> wildflower I expected to see blooming in Texas because it doesn't bloom until after a substantial rainfall and the area we we...

Evening Star Rain Lily Cooperia drummondii Rosanky, TX March 26, 2009 This was the last wildflower I expected to see blooming in Texas because it doesn't bloom until after a substantial rainfall and the area we we...

Evening Star Rain Lily Cooperia drummondii Rosanky, TX March 26, 2009 This was the last wildflower I expected to see blooming in Texas because it doesn't bloom until after a substantial rainfall and the area we were visiting had been suffering through a 2-year drought. However, the week before we arrived, the area received 4" of rain. These flowers were the most common wildflower I saw in some areas, growing thick along the roadsides and in yards! What a nice surprise that was.


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134 The yard next to the River Rim Resort in Concan was <u>full</u> of Rain Lilies! Being in a drought year, I never expected to see a single Rain Lily, much less thousands of them in one field! They were almost weedy in some spots. But what a pretty weed!

The yard next to the River Rim Resort in Concan was full of Rain Lilies! Being in a drought year, I never expected to see a single Rain Lily, much less thousands of them in one field! They were almost weedy in some spots. But what a pretty weed!

The yard next to the River Rim Resort in Concan was full of Rain Lilies! Being in a drought year, I never expected to see a single Rain Lily, much less thousands of them in one field! They were almost weedy in some spots. But what a pretty weed! 1142
135 <strong>Wild Onion</strong>
<em>Allium canadense canadense</em> / Lily Family
Concan, TX

This is a very common wildflower in Texas, I saw it nearly everywhere we visited. The plant can cause an onion flavor to the milk of cows that eat it.

Wild Onion Allium canadense canadense / Lily Family Concan, TX This is a very common wildflower in Texas, I saw it nearly everywhere we visited. The plant can cause an onion flavor to the milk of cows that eat it.

Wild Onion Allium canadense canadense / Lily Family Concan, TX This is a very common wildflower in Texas, I saw it nearly everywhere we visited. The plant can cause an onion flavor to the milk of cows that eat it.


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136 <strong>Blue Gilia</strong>
<em>Gilia rigidula rigidula</em>
Concan, TX
March 31, 2009

What a beautiful wildflower this was! I was surprised to find it growing in a crack of a limestone rock.

Blue Gilia Gilia rigidula rigidula Concan, TX March 31, 2009 What a beautiful wildflower this was! I was surprised to find it growing in a crack of a limestone rock.

Blue Gilia Gilia rigidula rigidula Concan, TX March 31, 2009 What a beautiful wildflower this was! I was surprised to find it growing in a crack of a limestone rock.


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137 When we heard the local people talk about the river crossings on the Frio River, we didn't think you actually had to drive across the river! Haven't they heard of bridges?! This photo was taken through the windshield of the car. 
The water was very lo...

When we heard the local people talk about the river crossings on the Frio River, we didn't think you actually had to drive across the river! Haven't they heard of bridges?! This photo was taken through the windshield of the car. The water was very lo...

When we heard the local people talk about the river crossings on the Frio River, we didn't think you actually had to drive across the river! Haven't they heard of bridges?! This photo was taken through the windshield of the car. The water was very low (just a couple of inches) while we were there so it wasn't a problem. We saw flood gauge signs that went to 5 feet next to many creeks. We saw one flood gauge sign up in a tree about 30 feet above the ground at the River Rim Resort. I thought it was a joke, but the owner, Nancy, told me there was a flood in past years that did reach that point! The river crossings are the put-in and take-out points for the tubers. 982
138 <strong>Vermilion Flycatcher</strong> - male
<em>Pyrocephalus rubinus</em>
Concan, TX (Garner SP)
March 30, 2009

When I first saw one of these spectacular birds, I thought it was a Scarlet Tanager, a birder quickly set me straight! Poor Kenny, he...

Vermilion Flycatcher - male Pyrocephalus rubinus Concan, TX (Garner SP) March 30, 2009 When I first saw one of these spectacular birds, I thought it was a Scarlet Tanager, a birder quickly set me straight! Poor Kenny, he...

Vermilion Flycatcher - male Pyrocephalus rubinus Concan, TX (Garner SP) March 30, 2009 When I first saw one of these spectacular birds, I thought it was a Scarlet Tanager, a birder quickly set me straight! Poor Kenny, he really had to use every ounce of patience he had when I would yell, "Stop now, I see another one of those red birds!", he would pull over as quickly as he could safely. It was fun to watch these birds dart out from a tree limb or a fence to catch an insect in mid-air. I must have looked pretty funny stalking the different birds I saw on the trip. The only one I didn't get a photo of was the Caracara. One was in the median along the interstate and I had my macro lens on another time and couldn't get a shot of it! 851
139 "Old Baldy" is a large rock cliff that looms above the Frio River at <strong>Garner State Park</strong> in Concan, TX. Due to the dangerous rocks, this area is closed to hiking. The next hill over can be hiked / climbed, but it is very difficult due to...

"Old Baldy" is a large rock cliff that looms above the Frio River at Garner State Park in Concan, TX. Due to the dangerous rocks, this area is closed to hiking. The next hill over can be hiked / climbed, but it is very difficult due to...

"Old Baldy" is a large rock cliff that looms above the Frio River at Garner State Park in Concan, TX. Due to the dangerous rocks, this area is closed to hiking. The next hill over can be hiked / climbed, but it is very difficult due to the steep elevation gain and all of the loose rocks. It was one of the hardest hikes we've ever done (the Skyline trail in Alaska was steeper, but it didn't have the rocks). 2487
140 A view of the beautiful, crystal clear Frio River at Garner State Park. On a warm summer day, that river would have been packed with swimmers, tubers and kayakers!

A view of the beautiful, crystal clear Frio River at Garner State Park. On a warm summer day, that river would have been packed with swimmers, tubers and kayakers!

A view of the beautiful, crystal clear Frio River at Garner State Park. On a warm summer day, that river would have been packed with swimmers, tubers and kayakers! 1006
141 <strong>Ladder-backed Woodpecker</strong> - male
<em>Picoides scalaris</em>
Concan, TX
March 30, 2009

I spotted these woodpeckers in a large cypress tree along the Frio River. It appears they are both males since they have the red spot on top of ...

Ladder-backed Woodpecker - male Picoides scalaris Concan, TX March 30, 2009 I spotted these woodpeckers in a large cypress tree along the Frio River. It appears they are both males since they have the red spot on top of ...

Ladder-backed Woodpecker - male Picoides scalaris Concan, TX March 30, 2009 I spotted these woodpeckers in a large cypress tree along the Frio River. It appears they are both males since they have the red spot on top of their heads. 1088
142 <strong>Axis deer</strong> 
<em>Cervus axis</em>
Concan, TX (Garner SP)

These deer are a good example of what can happen when exotic animals are brought into an area for the purpose of hunting. Many of the ranches in the Hill Country of central Te...

Axis deer Cervus axis Concan, TX (Garner SP) These deer are a good example of what can happen when exotic animals are brought into an area for the purpose of hunting. Many of the ranches in the Hill Country of central Te...

Axis deer Cervus axis Concan, TX (Garner SP) These deer are a good example of what can happen when exotic animals are brought into an area for the purpose of hunting. Many of the ranches in the Hill Country of central Texas have imported these deer from India, kudus, dikdiks, antelopes, and other animals from Africa and other countries. These deer were photographed from the car in Garner State Park near Concan. The deer escaped from a nearby ranch when the Frio River flooded in 2002. They have few natural enemies (other than cars and guns!), so their numbers have exploded. They can have more than one fawn per year. Unlike the native Whitetail deer, the adults do not lose their spots. The local people told us these deer are very good to eat! We were told not to drive at night in the area because of the danger of hitting one of these deer. We saw a lot of dead ones on the side of the highway. 1984
143 This is the Overlook trail?! Yes, note the yellow rectangle trail blaze painted on the rock above. We noticed the rangers don't use <em>cairns</em> (piles of stacked rocks to mark the trail) here like many other parks in the west, I guess they would ju...

This is the Overlook trail?! Yes, note the yellow rectangle trail blaze painted on the rock above. We noticed the rangers don't use cairns (piles of stacked rocks to mark the trail) here like many other parks in the west, I guess they would ju...

This is the Overlook trail?! Yes, note the yellow rectangle trail blaze painted on the rock above. We noticed the rangers don't use cairns (piles of stacked rocks to mark the trail) here like many other parks in the west, I guess they would just blend in too much to notice and hikers would get lost! 980
144 The view from the trail on the back side of Garner State Park. See what I mean about all the rocks?! The spiky plants are Sotol. We didn't get to see any of them in bloom, the flower stalks don't appear until May. I did see some Prickly Pear cactus blo...

The view from the trail on the back side of Garner State Park. See what I mean about all the rocks?! The spiky plants are Sotol. We didn't get to see any of them in bloom, the flower stalks don't appear until May. I did see some Prickly Pear cactus blo...

The view from the trail on the back side of Garner State Park. See what I mean about all the rocks?! The spiky plants are Sotol. We didn't get to see any of them in bloom, the flower stalks don't appear until May. I did see some Prickly Pear cactus blooming along this trail though. 941
145 I put my camera on a rock, set the self-timer on 10 seconds and ran to get into the photo, I wanted proof that we hiked this trail at Garner State Park!

I put my camera on a rock, set the self-timer on 10 seconds and ran to get into the photo, I wanted proof that we hiked this trail at Garner State Park!

I put my camera on a rock, set the self-timer on 10 seconds and ran to get into the photo, I wanted proof that we hiked this trail at Garner State Park! 927
146 <strong>Cardinal Feather</strong>
<em>Acalypha radians</em>
Concan, TX (Garner SP)
March 31, 2009

This is the male flower cluster, this plant is <em>dioecious</em>, other plants have the female flowers. I found this growing on the top of a rocky ...

Cardinal Feather Acalypha radians Concan, TX (Garner SP) March 31, 2009 This is the male flower cluster, this plant is dioecious, other plants have the female flowers. I found this growing on the top of a rocky ...

Cardinal Feather Acalypha radians Concan, TX (Garner SP) March 31, 2009 This is the male flower cluster, this plant is dioecious, other plants have the female flowers. I found this growing on the top of a rocky cliff at Garner State Park.


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147 We earned this fabulous view of the Frio River and Old Baldy at Garner State Park during our 6-mile hike. Nearly every step of the trail had boulders or rocks! We were very surprised at how small the trees were in the Hill Country. In many areas, the o...

We earned this fabulous view of the Frio River and Old Baldy at Garner State Park during our 6-mile hike. Nearly every step of the trail had boulders or rocks! We were very surprised at how small the trees were in the Hill Country. In many areas, the o...

We earned this fabulous view of the Frio River and Old Baldy at Garner State Park during our 6-mile hike. Nearly every step of the trail had boulders or rocks! We were very surprised at how small the trees were in the Hill Country. In many areas, the only large trees we saw were the Cottonwoods, Sycamores, and Cypress that grew along the riverbanks. There were some large oaks in towns too. The cedars (Junipers) and mesquite trees were more like large shrubs. 887
148 What goes up must eventually go back down! After enjoying a fabulous view from the top, we had to work our way back down more steep, rocky trails! Kenny snapped this photo of me hiking down. Note the yellow trail blaze on the rock in the foreground.

What goes up must eventually go back down! After enjoying a fabulous view from the top, we had to work our way back down more steep, rocky trails! Kenny snapped this photo of me hiking down. Note the yellow trail blaze on the rock in the foreground.

What goes up must eventually go back down! After enjoying a fabulous view from the top, we had to work our way back down more steep, rocky trails! Kenny snapped this photo of me hiking down. Note the yellow trail blaze on the rock in the foreground. 957
149 <strong>Shaggy Portulaca</strong>
<em>Portulaca mundula</em> / Purslane Family
Concan, TX (Garner SP)
March 31, 2009

Had it not been for the hot-pink flower, I would have never noticed this tiny plant, it was only about 1 inch tall! It is easy to...

Shaggy Portulaca Portulaca mundula / Purslane Family Concan, TX (Garner SP) March 31, 2009 Had it not been for the hot-pink flower, I would have never noticed this tiny plant, it was only about 1 inch tall! It is easy to...

Shaggy Portulaca Portulaca mundula / Purslane Family Concan, TX (Garner SP) March 31, 2009 Had it not been for the hot-pink flower, I would have never noticed this tiny plant, it was only about 1 inch tall! It is easy to see how it got its common name, look at the shaggy hairs on the plant on the left. This was taken on the Overlook trail above the picnic area at Garner State Park.


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150 We were quite surprised to see this flock of feral goats while we were eating lunch at Garner State Park. The big billy in the middle seemed to be the leader, he was quite a "bully billy" at times! :) There were about 20 goats in the entire herd. I dou...

We were quite surprised to see this flock of feral goats while we were eating lunch at Garner State Park. The big billy in the middle seemed to be the leader, he was quite a "bully billy" at times! :) There were about 20 goats in the entire herd. I dou...

We were quite surprised to see this flock of feral goats while we were eating lunch at Garner State Park. The big billy in the middle seemed to be the leader, he was quite a "bully billy" at times! :) There were about 20 goats in the entire herd. I doubt we would have seen them on a busy day, they were quite nervous when cars drove by. 1024
151 <strong>Spotted Sandpiper</strong>
<em>Actitis macularia</em>
Concan, TX (Garner SP)
March 30, 2009

This bird caught my attention because it was bobbing up and down on the rock in the middle of the Frio River in Garner State Park. I asked the par...

Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia Concan, TX (Garner SP) March 30, 2009 This bird caught my attention because it was bobbing up and down on the rock in the middle of the Frio River in Garner State Park. I asked the par...

Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia Concan, TX (Garner SP) March 30, 2009 This bird caught my attention because it was bobbing up and down on the rock in the middle of the Frio River in Garner State Park. I asked the park volunteer, who was also a birder for help on identifying this bird. 756
152 <strong>Yellow-rumped Warbler</strong> - female (first winter coloration)
<em>Dendroica coronata</em>
Concan, TX (Garner SP)
March 30, 2009

Warblers can be notoriously difficult to identify, but even I could tell which one this one was thanks to ...

Yellow-rumped Warbler - female (first winter coloration) Dendroica coronata Concan, TX (Garner SP) March 30, 2009 Warblers can be notoriously difficult to identify, but even I could tell which one this one was thanks to ...

Yellow-rumped Warbler - female (first winter coloration) Dendroica coronata Concan, TX (Garner SP) March 30, 2009 Warblers can be notoriously difficult to identify, but even I could tell which one this one was thanks to the yellow spot on her back! Garner SP is a wonderful place to spot birds. Luckily, we were there on a very quiet day, so the birds were out in force. 725
153 <strong>Yellow-throated Warbler</strong>
<em>Dendroica dominica</em>
Concan, TX
March 31, 2009

This was another unmistakable warbler. I had first seen him on a concrete picnic table hunting insects. Finally, he flew to the tree where I could get ...

Yellow-throated Warbler Dendroica dominica Concan, TX March 31, 2009 This was another unmistakable warbler. I had first seen him on a concrete picnic table hunting insects. Finally, he flew to the tree where I could get ...

Yellow-throated Warbler Dendroica dominica Concan, TX March 31, 2009 This was another unmistakable warbler. I had first seen him on a concrete picnic table hunting insects. Finally, he flew to the tree where I could get a better picture. 696
154 <strong>Hooded Oriole</strong>
<em>Icterus cucullatus</em>
Concan, TX (Garner SP)
March 31, 2009

I never dreamed I would see so many different birds on the hummingbird feeders other than hummingbirds! This guy was so bright and handsome.

Hooded Oriole Icterus cucullatus Concan, TX (Garner SP) March 31, 2009 I never dreamed I would see so many different birds on the hummingbird feeders other than hummingbirds! This guy was so bright and handsome.

Hooded Oriole Icterus cucullatus Concan, TX (Garner SP) March 31, 2009 I never dreamed I would see so many different birds on the hummingbird feeders other than hummingbirds! This guy was so bright and handsome. 798
155 <strong>Honey Mesquite</strong>
<em>Prosopis glandulosa glandulosa</em>
Batesville, TX
April 1, 2009

Mesquite grows all over the Hill Country, but this was one of the few trees I saw in bloom. The fresh new leaves are a pretty lime green. Mesquit...

Honey Mesquite Prosopis glandulosa glandulosa Batesville, TX April 1, 2009 Mesquite grows all over the Hill Country, but this was one of the few trees I saw in bloom. The fresh new leaves are a pretty lime green. Mesquit...

Honey Mesquite Prosopis glandulosa glandulosa Batesville, TX April 1, 2009 Mesquite grows all over the Hill Country, but this was one of the few trees I saw in bloom. The fresh new leaves are a pretty lime green. Mesquite wood is used to flavor barbeque.


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156 <strong>White Prickly Poppy</strong>
<em>Argemone albiflora</em> / Poppy Family
Bigfoot, TX
April 1, 2009

On our last day, we drove on the county and farm roads as much as possible in hopes of getting one last chance to see birds and wildflowers ...

White Prickly Poppy Argemone albiflora / Poppy Family Bigfoot, TX April 1, 2009 On our last day, we drove on the county and farm roads as much as possible in hopes of getting one last chance to see birds and wildflowers ...

White Prickly Poppy Argemone albiflora / Poppy Family Bigfoot, TX April 1, 2009 On our last day, we drove on the county and farm roads as much as possible in hopes of getting one last chance to see birds and wildflowers before going back to San Antonio. I looked in our Delorme map book and saw a little community called "Bigfoot", it seemed like an interesting place to head to. It turned out to be a good choice, I found lots of different wildflowers along the roads. These pretty flowers are covered with prickles that deter grazing animals and people who pick wildflowers! They were quite common around San Antonio.


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157 <strong>Pink Sensitive Briar</strong>
<em>Schrankia uncinata</em> / Pea Family
Bigfoot, TX
April 1, 2009

This is a fun plant to find! If you touch the leaves and watch them as they close immediately. They really are "sensitive".

Pink Sensitive Briar Schrankia uncinata / Pea Family Bigfoot, TX April 1, 2009 This is a fun plant to find! If you touch the leaves and watch them as they close immediately. They really are "sensitive".

Pink Sensitive Briar Schrankia uncinata / Pea Family Bigfoot, TX April 1, 2009 This is a fun plant to find! If you touch the leaves and watch them as they close immediately. They really are "sensitive".


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158 <strong>Indian Blanket</strong>
<em>Gaillardia pulchella</em>
Bigfoot, TX
April 1, 2009

I saw this wildflower along a back road on our last day of the trip. This is a very common roadside flower in Texas.

Indian Blanket Gaillardia pulchella Bigfoot, TX April 1, 2009 I saw this wildflower along a back road on our last day of the trip. This is a very common roadside flower in Texas.

Indian Blanket Gaillardia pulchella Bigfoot, TX April 1, 2009 I saw this wildflower along a back road on our last day of the trip. This is a very common roadside flower in Texas.


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159 <strong>Tube-Tongue</strong>
<em>Siphonoglossa pilosella</em> / Acanthus Family
Batesville, TX
April 1, 2009

The empty lot next to the Batesville truck stop turned out to be a good place to find wildflowers! This little plant was not easy to find...

Tube-Tongue Siphonoglossa pilosella / Acanthus Family Batesville, TX April 1, 2009 The empty lot next to the Batesville truck stop turned out to be a good place to find wildflowers! This little plant was not easy to find...

Tube-Tongue Siphonoglossa pilosella / Acanthus Family Batesville, TX April 1, 2009 The empty lot next to the Batesville truck stop turned out to be a good place to find wildflowers! This little plant was not easy to find, it was only about 3" tall.


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160 <strong>Pine Deer Vetch</strong>
<em>Lotus oroboides</em> / Pea Family
Bigfoot,TX
April 1, 2009

These flowers may be yellow when they first bloom, but they were orange when I saw them in the afternoon. I wish the leaves hadn't been so dirty!

Pine Deer Vetch Lotus oroboides / Pea Family Bigfoot,TX April 1, 2009 These flowers may be yellow when they first bloom, but they were orange when I saw them in the afternoon. I wish the leaves hadn't been so dirty!

Pine Deer Vetch Lotus oroboides / Pea Family Bigfoot,TX April 1, 2009 These flowers may be yellow when they first bloom, but they were orange when I saw them in the afternoon. I wish the leaves hadn't been so dirty!


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161 <strong>Texas Prickly Pear</strong>
<em>Opuntia compressa macrorhiza</em> / Cactus Family
Bigfoot, TX
April 1, 2009

This is a very large Prickly Pear. I found it blooming next to a fence at an intersection of the highway when I stopped to photogr...

Texas Prickly Pear Opuntia compressa macrorhiza / Cactus Family Bigfoot, TX April 1, 2009 This is a very large Prickly Pear. I found it blooming next to a fence at an intersection of the highway when I stopped to photogr...

Texas Prickly Pear Opuntia compressa macrorhiza / Cactus Family Bigfoot, TX April 1, 2009 This is a very large Prickly Pear. I found it blooming next to a fence at an intersection of the highway when I stopped to photograph the Shrike. I took this picture with my telephoto lens because I couldn't get too close to the plant!


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162 <strong>Rouge Plant</strong>
<em>Rivina humilis</em> / Pokeweed Family
Batesville, TX
April 1, 2009

This was a pretty pitiful specimen of this plant, it must have been mowed at some point, because it should have been much taller and have had a lo...

Rouge Plant Rivina humilis / Pokeweed Family Batesville, TX April 1, 2009 This was a pretty pitiful specimen of this plant, it must have been mowed at some point, because it should have been much taller and have had a lo...

Rouge Plant Rivina humilis / Pokeweed Family Batesville, TX April 1, 2009 This was a pretty pitiful specimen of this plant, it must have been mowed at some point, because it should have been much taller and have had a lot more flowers. I found it in a lot next to a truck stop along the highway.


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163 <strong>Fringed Puccoon</strong>
<em>Lithospermum incisum</em> / Forget-Me-Not Family
Bigfoot, TX
April 1, 2009

The genus name, <em>Lithospermum</em>, means "stone seed" due to the hard seed produced by the flowers.

Fringed Puccoon Lithospermum incisum / Forget-Me-Not Family Bigfoot, TX April 1, 2009 The genus name, Lithospermum, means "stone seed" due to the hard seed produced by the flowers.

Fringed Puccoon Lithospermum incisum / Forget-Me-Not Family Bigfoot, TX April 1, 2009 The genus name, Lithospermum, means "stone seed" due to the hard seed produced by the flowers.


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164 <strong>Palo Verde</strong>
<em>Parkinsonia aculeata</em> / Pea Family
Uvalde, TX 
April 1, 2009

The common name of this shrub, <em>palo verde</em>, means "green stick" in Spanish.

Palo Verde Parkinsonia aculeata / Pea Family Uvalde, TX April 1, 2009 The common name of this shrub, palo verde, means "green stick" in Spanish.

Palo Verde Parkinsonia aculeata / Pea Family Uvalde, TX April 1, 2009 The common name of this shrub, palo verde, means "green stick" in Spanish.


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165 <strong>Silver Bladderpod</strong> close-up
<em>Lesquerella argyraea</em> / Mustard Family
Bigfoot, TX
April 1, 2009

Silver Bladderpod close-up Lesquerella argyraea / Mustard Family Bigfoot, TX April 1, 2009

Silver Bladderpod close-up Lesquerella argyraea / Mustard Family Bigfoot, TX April 1, 2009


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166 Drummond Phlox and Bladderpod

Drummond Phlox and Bladderpod

Drummond Phlox and Bladderpod 775
167 This is the view from the roadside on the highway to Bigfoot. This is the type of scene I had hoped to see the entire trip! It was nice while it lasted!

This is the view from the roadside on the highway to Bigfoot. This is the type of scene I had hoped to see the entire trip! It was nice while it lasted!

This is the view from the roadside on the highway to Bigfoot. This is the type of scene I had hoped to see the entire trip! It was nice while it lasted! 846
168 <strong>Redbud</strong>
<em>Menodora heterophylla</em> / Olive Family
Batesville, TX
April 1, 2009

Like the Texas Mountain Laurel, which is purple-flowered and in the Pea Family, is nothing like the Mountain Laurel in Tennessee, this yellow-flowe...

Redbud Menodora heterophylla / Olive Family Batesville, TX April 1, 2009 Like the Texas Mountain Laurel, which is purple-flowered and in the Pea Family, is nothing like the Mountain Laurel in Tennessee, this yellow-flowe...

Redbud Menodora heterophylla / Olive Family Batesville, TX April 1, 2009 Like the Texas Mountain Laurel, which is purple-flowered and in the Pea Family, is nothing like the Mountain Laurel in Tennessee, this yellow-flowered Redbud also is nothing like our pink-flowered redbud tree. That is the problem with common names, they can be really confusing! This plant gets its name from the small bud that is red before blooming as a yellow flower! I found this plant barely eking out an existence in an empty lot next to a truck stop!


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169 <strong>Loggerhead Shrike</strong>
<em>Lanius ludovicianus</em>
Bigfoot, TX
April 1, 2009

As we were driving down the backroads of south-central Texas I watched the powerlines and fence rows for this gray and white bird with black markings. It wa...

Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus Bigfoot, TX April 1, 2009 As we were driving down the backroads of south-central Texas I watched the powerlines and fence rows for this gray and white bird with black markings. It wa...

Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus Bigfoot, TX April 1, 2009 As we were driving down the backroads of south-central Texas I watched the powerlines and fence rows for this gray and white bird with black markings. It was a bit hard while the car is moving at 50+ mph to tell the difference between a Mockingbird and this Shrike until we were right next to it. I tried to sneak up on this bird, but obviously, I didn't get close enough before it flew away. Shrikes are interesting birds because of the way they store their food, they impale grasshoppers and even mice on long thorns or barbed wire fences! 810
170 <strong>Copper Mallow</strong>
<em>Sphaeralcea angustifolia</em> / Mallow Family
Bigfoot, TX
April 1, 2009

Copper Mallow Sphaeralcea angustifolia / Mallow Family Bigfoot, TX April 1, 2009

Copper Mallow Sphaeralcea angustifolia / Mallow Family Bigfoot, TX April 1, 2009


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171 <strong>Swainson's Hawk</strong>
<em>Buteo swainsoni</em>
Bigfoot, TX
April 1, 2009 

I spotted this beautiful hawk in flight when we stopped so I could try and photograph a Loggerhead Shrike. I managed to catch this hawk between the powerlines!

Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni Bigfoot, TX April 1, 2009 I spotted this beautiful hawk in flight when we stopped so I could try and photograph a Loggerhead Shrike. I managed to catch this hawk between the powerlines!

Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni Bigfoot, TX April 1, 2009 I spotted this beautiful hawk in flight when we stopped so I could try and photograph a Loggerhead Shrike. I managed to catch this hawk between the powerlines! 834
172 <strong>Wild Quinine</strong>
<em>Parthenium integrifolium</em>
Boerne, TX
March 28, 2009

This is another plant I found growing along Cibolo Creek in Boerne. Wild Quinine has odd little flowers.

Wild Quinine Parthenium integrifolium Boerne, TX March 28, 2009 This is another plant I found growing along Cibolo Creek in Boerne. Wild Quinine has odd little flowers.

Wild Quinine Parthenium integrifolium Boerne, TX March 28, 2009 This is another plant I found growing along Cibolo Creek in Boerne. Wild Quinine has odd little flowers.


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173 <strong>Lazy Daisy</strong>
<em>Aphanostephus skirrhobasis</em>
Bigfoot, TX
April 1, 2009

Lazy Daisy Aphanostephus skirrhobasis Bigfoot, TX April 1, 2009

Lazy Daisy Aphanostephus skirrhobasis Bigfoot, TX April 1, 2009


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174 <strong>Storksbill</strong>
<em>Erodium texanum</em>
Kyle, TX
March 28, 2009

I tried to get both the flowers and the long seedpods in this photo to show how this plant gets its common name. A similar plant in Germany is called "Storchschnabel", t...

Storksbill Erodium texanum Kyle, TX March 28, 2009 I tried to get both the flowers and the long seedpods in this photo to show how this plant gets its common name. A similar plant in Germany is called "Storchschnabel", t...

Storksbill Erodium texanum Kyle, TX March 28, 2009 I tried to get both the flowers and the long seedpods in this photo to show how this plant gets its common name. A similar plant in Germany is called "Storchschnabel", that is fun to say!


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175 <strong>Rose Prickly Poppy </strong>
<em>Argemone sanguinea</em> / Poppy Family
Bigfoot, TX
April 1, 2009

I spotted this flower growing along a county road on the way to Bigfoot! It looked like one of those crepe paper flowers made for fiestas. I...

Rose Prickly Poppy Argemone sanguinea / Poppy Family Bigfoot, TX April 1, 2009 I spotted this flower growing along a county road on the way to Bigfoot! It looked like one of those crepe paper flowers made for fiestas. I...

Rose Prickly Poppy Argemone sanguinea / Poppy Family Bigfoot, TX April 1, 2009 I spotted this flower growing along a county road on the way to Bigfoot! It looked like one of those crepe paper flowers made for fiestas. I just love getting off the beaten path so we can pull over and stop wherever I see a new wildflower!


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