Prickly Pear

If you are a fan of The State Plant of Texas, the Prickly Pear, this is a good time to visit the LBJ Grasslands. Many of the plants show damage from the cold winter that seamed to last forever, however a small yet perfect amount of rain has created an explosion of color from the pads of these cactus that dot our countryside.

While yellow is a common color for a Prickly Pear bloom, they also can range to orange and in some cases have a pink or red hue.

Variation on a color theme in the Prickly Pear bloom.

Another abundant wildflower this year is the Butterfly Weed. This one living up to its name sporting an assortment of butterflies.

The Sensitive Briar wins the award for the most festive wildflower in my opinion. The name comes from the leaf which when touched, will seem to disappear, leaving only a mouth full of prickles for a prospective forager.

Big Birds in the LBJ Grasslands

The Great Blue Heron is indeed a big bird, standing four feet tall. With a wing span of six feet, it can have a prehistoric look as it flies from one body of water to the next in the LBJ Grasslands.

Signs of a Heron’s visit can be seen on almost every lake and pond in the Grasslands.

The heron watches as a family of Canada Geese, who are staying in Texas this year to raise their goslings, go out for a swim.

Busy Day in the LBJ Grasslands

Big Group Ride

The perfect Spring day drew many people out to the LBJ Grasslands with their horses. Every time we asked people if they were having a good time, we were greeted with a big smile. Almost as big as this group of riders with some cool looking horses who must have looked like a parade coming down the trail. Click on photo to enlarge.

Nancy was leading her own parade riding Starr down the Red/White trail taking in the day.

Our neighbor Janet on Moose with her friend Traci on Keanu came through TADRA as we were brushing and snacking our horses.

 

LBJ Grasslands Photos

Sorry for the delay in new material, Spring brings more work to be piled of other work leaving little time to post. Below is an assortment of pics that have been piling up on my desktop.

By this time, two of my nest box occupants have launched their young out into the world. These Bluebirds were just days away from flying at this point.

This box has only had sparrows up to this year, but a pair of Carolina Chickadees’ nest quickly became too small for their family. The first time I looked into the box, all I could see were beaks coming out of the small hole in the nest.

Killdeer are often seen running around pastures deflecting attention from their ground nest. Orange cones marked and protected a nest in the middle of a riding arena at a barn we used to ride. I was lucky to get their pic as they came in for a quick drink.

At the same pond, a pair of Blue-winged Teal Ducks cruised by. These ducks have been having great sport with me on several occasions, flying away before I got this shot.

On the same occasion, a Sandpiper hunting in the shallows made for a hat trick. Three different types of birds at one time is pretty cool.

Sitting on the patio in Corinth with friends, we enjoyed the diversity of wildlife, including bluebirds, hawks and a squirrel reaching in for a drink from the pool. In the evening, they watch bats skim water from the surface.

Quinn (the puppy) and Boo (the old man) played hard, then plotzed on the cool concrete for some rest.

Back in the Grasslands, Daisy Fleabane shot out of the dry ground.

A Mexican Fritillary on Wild Black Berry blooms.

Bumble Bee on an Indian Paintbrush

Most people are not crazy about Texas Dandelions in their yard, but beside the trail they can be attractive.

A Buckeye on Wild Black Berry blooms.