Four fer

 It was a driving tour day! The goal was to see more Trout Lilies. And see them we did! We went to four locations that I know of in Cooke County.

We saw the Elbow Bush (Forestiera pubescens) or as Shirley liked to refer to it as Spring Herald.

It was located in Denton County. Ours at home is not blooming yet.

The first place on the list today was the campus of NCTC in Gainesville. The Cymopterus (Vesper macrorhizus) was going like gangbusters!

Another Cymopterus. I thought the inflorescence was interestingly shaped on this one.

This one had two colors on it. Never seen that before.

This is a Polyphemus Moth cocoon.

And the star of show, the Trout Lily (Erythronium mesochoreum)!

This is a good year for them. Most I had seen at this location ever. The short ones did not nod over. And why would they; their face would be in the dirt. LOL

This one was unusual in that it seem to have two flowers on it or maybe they were just close together. 
Next location on the driving tour was the Bullard Prairie which follows.
There were only few Trout Lilies found on this prairie. It looked like the prairie must have been cut earlier than usual because the Big Bluestem and Indiangrass was higher and thicker. This, I’m sure made it harder to find the Trout Lilies. 

The Ten-petal Anemones were blooming. First of the season for me. There were plenty of them there of all colors.

A nest in the tree near the edge of prairie.

A closer look at it revealed that it was square in shape. Weird huh. So you can fit a round bird in a square hole.

Indian Plantain (Arnoglossum plantagineum) rosette has already been nibbled on by insects. 

This Horse apple was strange how the inside was eaten out. Multiple of them were that way. 
So on the way to next location, we found this wonderful house. I love it!  We backed up to get the photo and all the dogs came out barking. The owner came out and told us all about the artist, Katy who painted it for her. And now her house is not drab and you can’t miss it! Make sure you read the inscription on the house on the right.  So cool! Thanks Terri!

So tomorrow’s post will be of the other two locations.

Keep looking!


  1. Judy, It read "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." Terri said she is hippie now. Ha Ha!

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