Mary and Toby working hard.
The cats seem to think Boo wants company.
Downy Woodpecker in the Piney Woods.
The day started out with a light drizzle and a chill, but soon became the perfect Fall day for this year’s Greenwood Fall Festival sponsored by the Greenwood EE Club. The activities, parade, games, silent auction and vendors displaying their crafts, were enjoyed by children and adults alike. The money the club raised will go a long way to help support many local organizations in the Greenwood area.
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As with most of Texas, the LBJ Grasslands area has its share of feral hogs wreaking havoc on pastures, crops and lawns. Even with year round hunting allowed, the pig population appears to be growing. This shot, made by a game camera on our neighbors property adjacent to the Grasslands, demonstrates the scale of the problem. The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has information about feral hogs on their web page.
One of the cool things about living next to the LBJ Grasslands is running into neighbors on our evening walks. We were happy to meet up with Diane, Chile and Bear who were enjoying a most excellent time on the white trail. Chile, a Peruvian Paso, is another great example of the diversity of horse breeds you can find in the park. Check out the NAPHA web site for more info on these horses. Not to be left out of the fun, Bear a Border Collie-Shepherd mix rescue dog, showed of his stuff for this action shot.
Greenwood, Texas was the place to be in Wise County Saturday morning for the annual Fall Festival. Sponsored by the Greenwood Extension Education Club, the fun included food, crafts, games, door prizes and a parade down Main Street. After their turn in the bounce house, the kids were entertained by Jim shaping balloons, enjoyed a train ride through town and scrambled for candy thrown by the parade participants. For adults, the warm day was filled with visiting with old friends and meeting new ones. Later the Greenwood-Slidell Volunteer Fire Department’s annual fish fry fundraiser topped off the day serving fried catfish with all the trimmings as a Bluegrass band played. Click on a photo to enlarge.
Thanks to the help of our neighbors Debbie and Marilyn, I am beginning a series of posts about the many different breeds of horses on the trails in the Grasslands. They were kind enough to take a break from their ride to pose for some action shots on their Rocky Mountain Horses Blue Gene and Blondie with the dogs Chance and Sadie in hot pursuit. Standing out with a smooth ride and flashy looks, these gaited horses are a popular choice for trail riding and the show arena. Debbie has information at Canyon Creek Farm about Rocky Mountain Horses in our area. Visit the Rocky Mountain Horse Association for the history of a horse they call the “One Horse For All Occasions.”
A walk in the park for us generally covers a good bit of territory stopping occasionally to enjoy the nature in the Grasslands. We took a walk today with a group of friends and neighbors dedicated to the study of every aspect of nature including birds, insects, amphibians, reptiles and all kinds of plant life. Needles to say, it takes a lot of stops to inspect an area for that many categories making the going a bit slow, but the observations were numerous and most interesting. I don’t remember ever observing so many things on a walk in the Grasslands. We saw dove, cardinals, a woodpecker, frogs, bees, dragonflies, native grasses, butterflies, wild flowers, water bugs and many other plants and animals. Below are some pics I made on the walk. I am working to identify all the photos; if you can help please let me know. Click on the first image to enlarge.