Local name = False boneset.
Local name = Texas gayfeather.
Local name = Long-leaf buckwheat. One of a few dicots with six-petaled flowers.
Local name = Broomweed. Abundant along pathways.
Natural occurrence of an eryngo stand in the Middle Meadow area.
I have five or six living in the dying limbs of a weeping willow in my backyard.
When I lifted a rotting stump I found this toady sitting happily in soggy darkness.
Local name = Mealy blue sage,
Local name = Western ragweed (in bloom).
Local names = Osage orange, Horse apple.
Nerodia rhombifer. No pics of this guy, he got away quickly. roughly 3.5 feet long.
These turtles are very common, and often end up on roads. I rescued this one from Archgate Drive, relocated it to a nearby creek.
Spiny Softshell Turtle. Apalone spinifera. Large specimen.
Opheodrys aestivus. Many of this species at this park around the creeks
Blotched, now Plainbelly watersnake. Dozens of these snakes in this creek. Nerodia erythrogaster.
Western Ribbon Snake. Thamnophis proximus.
Brief description of what you observed
Small black birds. Thousands in a flock.
Mother bobcat and 3 cubs in a front yard in the Country Place subdivision near Big Lake Park. One cub was in an elm tree. Two others in shrubs in front of the house. When detected, the mother and two cubs went down the storm drain that drains into Big Lake. The third cub came out of the tree and stayed by the tree trunk until the humans retreated into their homes, then followed its family.
Large, spotted, pointy ears cat seen along Russell Creek under the bridge at S. Custer Rd.