Breathtaking Flora & Fauna

Breathtaking Flora & Fauna

That is how I would describe this spring at the LBJ NG! And on the First Wednesday we headed to the open prairie to see for ourselves! And furthermore I asked Kate to share her story on the sleuthing of this creature. So what follows is straight from Kate’s keyboard! 🙂 “April 27 I was…

Scouting and more

Scouting and more

A Trinity Forks chapter NPSOT pop-up field trip was scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 10th. And since the rain had occurred earlier in the week I needed to make sure we could cross the creek. So on Thursday, Feb. 8th, Jeanne and I went to check it out. The day was perfect, cool but sunny. What…

Cats and dog

Cats and dog

Fingers and toes crossing last night helped! We got 1.6″ in our bucket! YIPPEE! That was like raining cats and dogs. Certainly the rain god should be thanked. 🙂 Now back to yesterday’s outing. Indeed a beautiful First Wednesday outing which included cats (larvae), 3 birds (Pileated Woodpecker, Carolina Wren, and crows calling), snake, skink,…

Shook its fist

Shook its fist

So we always have a wonderful time. And sometimes the heart rate might race a bit. Of course, we had to see! Now this guy really made Jeanne’s heart race. She said it curled up in a tangled ball and shook it fist (ie tail) at her before they both parted ways. However, I had…

Over in Fannin County

Over in Fannin County

For the next few days my posts will be from Bonham SP and the Caddo NG. I really love coming here to see new plants and critters. We are going to have a wonderful adventure here this week! Keep looking! The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more…

Top down

Top down

This was the chronicle of the Eastern Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes). At least a portion of its life, from larva to chrysalis. movie osmeterium Of course I had to pet it to watch the horns (osmeterium) pop out. The osmeterium is inflated with air as a defense mechanism. Who would want to bother a snake…

It was a whirlwind tour!

It was a whirlwind tour!

It is always a delight to travel the dusty roads of our North Texas counties. Captivating treasures are just waiting for us each time! Like this dust devil, we had a whirlwind day! Keep looking! The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know.

Texas Cooter

Texas Cooter

So July 8th was an awesome day. There is always so much to find and enjoy on the grasslands! On this pond, we saw a Banded Pennant dragonfly. It was too far out for a photo. However it was pretty with the all black abdomen and three black spots on each wing with a brown…

Small stuff

Small stuff

Do you stop to smell the roses? That is for your olfactory sense. My olfactory sense is not very good as some of you know. So I explore the small parts of things with my vision sense instead (use what you got LOL). Stuff that needs you to get right close to it. Here are…