Blair Woods is this cool little wooded preserve in Austin proper. It’s about 10 acres and was left to the Travis Audubon Society in the 80s by Dr. Frank Blair, who was a UT professor and a zoologist. It has a pond and a trail that winds through different habitat types including a woodland and savanah. The pond is pretty interesting in that it was made by damming up a creek with homework papers that Dr. Blair had collected from his students. He reportedly called it the “Dam of Words”. Continue reading
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.
Fulton is just outside of Rockport TX, the place that got hardest hit during Hurricane Harvey last summer. You could still see the signs of the storm. Tarped roofs and piles of gathered debris were evident pretty much on every street we traveled in Rockport & Fulton.
When we got to the marina, still more signs of storm recovery. Bait sho
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.
Today, even though it was barely 30 degrees, which is cold for Austin (yes I’m a whiner!), I got up early and got out to check out a spot I haven’t birded yet. Lake Creek Trail is located in Williamson County in Austin. – It’s basically an easement between a park and a neighborhood with a creek that runs through it.-more- – However the >county put a trail in through there and it is quite good bird habitat.
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.