As I was walking down the walking path at River Legacy park I turned to look behind me to see if there were walkers or cyclist and noticed this Coyote trotting about 25-30 ft. behind me. As I stopped she/he stopped and I snapped a cpl photo's. I watched her for a cpl minutes just watching me before a group of walkers came around the corner with a cyclist. The walkers stopped as they saw me taking photo's as the cyclist just zoomed right on by scaring off the Coyote. I walked into the woods that she/he had ran into to see if I could get a few more photo's with no success. I returned back to the path and continued on the opposite direction of which the Coyote was last seen. I walked another 2 1/2 to 3 miles and decided to jump trail and breach a small opening thru the tress as I had heard a Hawk and wanted to see if I could get a cpl photo's. As I breached the the trees and stepped out into the opening I looked to my left and there about 15 ft away was this beautiful Coyote that was what seemed to be following me before. I snapped a few photo's as I talked sweet to her/him and she just laid down in the tall grass and posed for me a while. After about 45 minutes she/he got up and started towards me in a slow and unconcerned way as I continued to snap photo's and talk to her/him. She came within about 4 ft of me and smelled me and and looked out over the open field as if to see if there was something to eat and sat down right in front of me. The eye contact we were having was absolutely surreal and I just couldn't grasp why or how this moment was happening. For a little over 2 hours I sat talking and taking pictures of this absolutely beautiful creature and there was never at any moment any fear or aggression in the time of our encounter before I ran out of time and had to leave. I said my farewells to her/him and thanked her/him for being such an astonishing model and departed with a glow about me that is still with me today. What an incredible experience I had just had!!!!!!!!
Local common name: Chinese privet. Family = Oleaceae. Found just one near south entrance. Told from L. quihoui by leaves that are cuneate at base. TX Invader.
Local common names: Hercules’-club, Prickly ash, Toothache tree. Rutaceae. Several in meadow. Host plant of swallowtail butterflies.
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Two full grown bobcats walking together at 9am on Jan 16, 2015. I scared them out of the tall grass north of the paved trail. They ran southwest, over the paved trail and into the forested area. Multiple bobcat and coyote tracks seen in the sandy field to the north. (Lake Viridian area).
Video of beaver had been posted in this same area few weeks ago. Saw multiple trees clearly felled by beaver. This one was right on bank by trail.
Showing just why they are called red bellied. Not greatest photo. Was very windy and he was doing all kinds of acrobatics to get whatever food he was after.
At first I thought it was a caterpillar or an asp. Then maybe a gall. But I really just can't figure it out. Is it just a bud for the tree?
I think... Not sure if there are various species of decollate snails in Texas...
Saw about 10 armadillos today! If you come to TX and want to see armadillos, go to River Legacy Park! :)