Only Four

Today I have better signal. Yeah! So here are some more photos from the Cooke County prairies.

White Milkwort (Polygala alba) were white flags on the prairie!

The sharp eyes of young Su found a Variegated Fritillary caterpillar on the Yellow Flax (Linum rigidum)!

Many of the Antelope Horns (Asclepias asperula ssp capricornu) are opening for business. A weevil was exploring too.

A spider snuck in my photo of the Foxglove (Penstemon cobaea)!
A fly (Diptera) was dead or stuck or cold. I was not sure which on the Foxglove (Penstemon cobaea).

So now we were heading to our next prairie. Along the road in a wet ditch was the False Indigo (Amorpha fruticosa)! You can find this plant along creeks.
From a distance the flower spikes look brownish! However up close you can see that they are this beautiful purple with orangy stamens!

Wild Blue-hyacinth (Camassia scilloides) and bottle fly!

Coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia) showcased the Fibonacci pattern.
Watch for these tiny black moths, the Leaf Skeletonizer Moths (Harrisina). They will visit many different flowers.
Only four (which includes me) came for the Trinity Forks chapter pop-up field trip on Friday. It was cool and cloudy, but you could not have asked for a better time to be with nature nerds!

Indeed open your eyes to the beauty right in our back yards!

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Saturday, April 27th is the Trinity Forks chapter plant sale: Spring 2024 Plant Sales

Keep looking!

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


  1. Milkwort has always been one of my favorites. So has False Indigo Bush. I have one of these in a pot ready to plant in one of my rain catchment basins once we are deer proof.
    I managed to bring down Wild Hyacinth and Herbertia from north TX and keep them alive in our more arid climate by giving them a little water when we are super dry. Both bloomed for me this year!
    Love that prairie of shooting stars in your last shot.

  2. Hello Mary,

    I have been enjoying reading your informative blog posts! Do you ever travel east of I-35, east of Valley View to the Mountain Springs area? How does one contact you for a visit? Blessings!

  3. Hi Deri,
    Glad you are enjoying the blog! Thank you! Yes on occasion I drive that area. You can contact me if you look under the “About” tab.

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