Abilene State Park

This is the last part of trip. And it was quite nice too! The park has about four or so miles of trails which are mostly in the shade. A great trip!

Entrance sign.

First a root by the side of the park road.

The park has a nice small fish pond called Buffalo Wallow.

Indeed, the American Dagger Moth (Acronicta americana) was trying to blend in!

Southern Plains Bumble Bee (Bombus fraternus) on Gayfeather (Liatris)!

Fungus on a Post Oak leaf.

Same leaf as above with UV light!

By the light of day, Neon Green Chrysothrix lichen (Chrysothrix candelaris) is a stand out!

Near the pond, there was a lot of the Eastern Gamagrass (Tripsacum dactyloides).

Red anthers of the Eastern Gamagrass (Tripsacum dactyloides)!

In these beetle burrows I see shapes of creatures.

A small, but pretty Bull Snake at the edge of the park road!

A beautiful Dayflower (Commelina)! )! And this concludes, our trip to the west.

These Butterflies Full of Wasps Full of Microwasps Are a Science Nightmare

Keep looking!

The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know.


  1. We stopped at Abilene State Park on our way to Big Bend a few years ago. I was impressed by the CCC structures there. Intrigued by the yurts too – did you see those? I may have to check them out on an overnight trip.

    1. We did walk pass the yurts but no one was occupying any. I agree the CCC structures were impressive, however we never walked close to them. The American Dagger Moth happened to be on an old entrance post that seemed to be made of the same masonry materials.

    1. We have the neon lichen here too and it is always a delight to see. Usually found on dead wood that is not rotten yet.

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