I saw numerous roadkilled mammals on my 1-1/2 day journey but this was the only one on a rural highway I had a chance to stop and document. Other species included innumerable raccoons, striped skunk, fox squirrel, and one possible badger (on a narrow busy state highway).
As sometimes happens, this armadillo came foraging right up to me (within about 10 ft) before realizing I was there. This was in the understory of the big bottomland hardwoods along the Brazos River.
Another tame waterbird at Elm Lake at Brazos Bend SP.
Another not-so-elusive bird documentation with my point-and-shoot.
The numbers and tameness of White Ibis in Brazos Bend SP is remarkable. I saw several hundred coming to roost around 40 Acre Lake on the eve of 11/23. I returned at predawn and photographed the first bird pictured here with little sunlight (and just my point-and-shoot camera). Three ibis had flown up and landed in a bare tree nearly over my head. I later walked up to another two along a levee adjacent to Elm Lake.
Very poor berry crop in most stands that I hiked through.
Abundant along the Brazos River frontage in the park (e.g. here along the Red Buckeye Trail).
This oak is very closely related to our own Buckley oak of Central Texas but the leaves differ slightly and the acorns are substantially larger. Unfortunately, a herd of feral hogs had recently foraged under this oak and there was not an intact, full-grown acorn on the ground anywhere (despite an abundant crop). Shumard gets as far west as the east edge of Austin but Buckley Oak is not native off of its limestone terrain in CenTex.
Common on a number of trees but not overly widespread. This colony was on a live oak.
You can tell that the wind had begun to pick up. (I forgot to take a close-up pic of the leaves!)
Common along levees and roadsides.
One of the few flowers still blooming out in the tallgrass prairie within the park.
Abundant in the park. To me, this species has a very distinctive growth form and leaf structure that is recognizable even during "high-speed [road cruising] botanical inventories".
This was the biggest oak I saw in the park, along the "Hoots Hollow Trail" west of 40 Acre Lake. In the second image, note the size of my binocs and cap on the base of the tree.
Very common in the understory of wetter woodlands along the Brazos River.
In restrooms at Brazos Bend SP. ID is based on a review of images on BG, particularly the two general in the Paramormiini tribe, here:
I can only find one species mentioned for North America.