Lots of little fish (and a few not so little--upt to 6-8") in the creek (were absent a week ago). Warming weather must have "brought them out". Where have they all been hiding?
Several widely-scattered (naturalized?) specimens in southwest corner of prairie area.
In 3' deep pool, part of Indian Creek. He didn't want to be photographed. Couldn't spot a red "ear mark". Est. 12" shell, possibly a bit larger. Neck seems long for a Slider.
Small guy --about 4 inches long (juvenile?) enjoying our warm sunny early spring day.
Wild Onions growing in the Laser Tag area next to softball fields of B.B. Owen Elementary in The Colony, TX.
Local name Wedge-leaf draba. Family = Brassicaceae. Common early bloomer in area parks and preserves.
Local name Ten-petal anemone even though the rays are sepals and there may be 9-14 of them. Family = Ranunculaceae. Common early bloomer in area meadows.
Trout lily. Family = Liliaceae. Several plants scattered within AHNP riparian forest.
Many days of cool, wet, cloudy weather seems to have resulted in a profuse "bloom" of tree lichen on the bark of immature cedar elm that crowd many hilly sections of Arbor Hills. Brighter green fringes around the grey-blue centers, adding color and texture to the still-dormant woods.
Local name Wild hyacinth. Family depends on source: Liliaceae or Asparagaceae. Uncommon but where found, there are huge colonies.
ocal name Big bluestem, one of the original "big 4' grasses when settlers arrived in north Texas in 1800's.
Local name Stiff-stem (yellow) flax. Common in area meadows.
Local name Side-oats gramma. The State Grass of Texas
Local name Philadelphia fleabane. Family = Asteraceae. Uncommon at AHNP in meadows. Told from more common E. strigosus by more numerous rays.
Nuttall's death camus. Photo shows one of about 5 specimens on this date.
Insects who appear to be possibly mating.
Rescued clumps of eastern gamagrass planted in plots all over Connemara Meadow Preserve.
Small plot of rattlesnake master planted in a prairie rescue plot on Connemara Meadow Preserve
Pots of prairie cordgrass planted around created wetland area. Plant material was sourced from John Snowden at Bluestem Nursery, but was originally collected in North Texas by Ken Steigman for propagation in other natural areas in the metroplex.
Approximately 12 individual plants in understory near Rowlett Creek in Allen, Texas
Bobcat in garden, pile of scat in yard. Often seen in the neighborhood for a few months, with an injured front left paw or leg.
Local name Maximilian sunflower in Asteraceae. Uncommon in meadows at AHNP.
Local name Bois'd'arc. Family = Moraceae. Many trees scattered about the preserve. Selected this one for it large size and nice appearance.
Local name Buffalo bur. Family = Solanaceae. Photo show burs from 2014.
Local name Chinese Privet. Family = Oleaceae. Uncommon. Distinguished from more common L. quihoui by cuneate leaves. Texas Invader.
Local name is Trout lily. Family = Liliaceae. Several plants scattered within AHNP riparian forest. Only reported location in Denton Co.