First Flowers of Spring


purple Windflower – photo by Heather Valey © 2018

This year being no exception, the Windflower is one of the first plants to bloom in the spring, usually late february.  You’ll find it blooming in purple, white, blue and violet.  The blooms are about 1 and a half inches in diameter.  They aren’t big flowers at all.  Probably the main thing that keeps them from being stepped on is that they are one of the few plants not brown at the moment!

As you can see, the center of the flower forms a cone protruding from the base. Once the flower has finished blooming, the seeds fly away on the wind, which gives the plant its name.  After its brief blooms it will go dormant in the summer.

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Favorite Nature Experiences of 2017


Hiking through the hail in RMNP – photo by H. Valey © 2018

I wanted to get this done in January, but well the month steamrolled over me before I knew what happened.< Anyhow,! I’ve been wanting to do an overview of my favorite nature experiences of 2017.- -more- It’s healthy I think,- to look back on the past year and celebrate the moments that made that year special.> It’s so easy to forget the little things that brought a smile to your face or changed the way you look at the world. One of the reasons I like photography is it allows me to go back to a specific moment in time and relive it briefly.

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Virgina Creeper turns a brilliant red in the fall winding through Live Oak trees – photo by H. Valey © 2017


My name is Heather.  I’m a member of the Texas Master Naturalists and an avid nature photographer. Everything starts with a beginning, so here we go.  I am kicking up this blog as a place to share my nature discoveries and photos with friends and acquaintances.  I will be focusing mostly on Texas, but there will be occasional posts about other wild places in different parts of the country and the world.  Actual content will be seasonal, because well that’s how mother nature works! So expect winter birds in the winter, butterflies in the spring and the fall, frogs in the summer, etc.