Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

Prickly Pear Bloom –

prickly pear bloom - yellow rose of TX

Prickly Pear Bloom – In Texas, prickly pear is well known for its beautiful yellow blooms in the springtime. The lush flower has developed into a Texas trademark, The Yellow Rose of Texas. Most prickly pear blooms are yellow, but can sometimes be red or orange. Prickly […]

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Blue Catfish –

blue catfish - Texas

Blue Catfish – It’s always good to be out fishing for catfish, especially after a big rain.  During a rain the water gets stirred up and food comes along with the flooding.  The bite is “on”, we say.  Catfish use their cat-like whiskers to search the bottom […]

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Coachwhip –

coachwhip snake

Coachwhip – Speed and quickness are everything for some animals.  Coachwhips have to be quick.  Their main predators are hawks and owls striking from above.  To survive these attacks, coachwhips bolt at the first hint of a threat from either land or sky.  They can disappear in […]

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Winterkill –

winter kill

Winterkill – You can find bones anytime, but it seems like I see more after winter, when things begin to thaw.  These are deer bones; a pelvis and ribcage and leg.  I don’t know what killed the deer, but I know coyotes have worked it over and […]

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Evergreens –

evergreen

Evergreens – Evergreen trees are pretty self-explanatory.  They stay green year-round and most have needles for leaves.  Ponderosa pines are one example, and they grow in the high mountains.  Deciduous broadleaf trees can grow in cold climates too, like aspens and cottonwoods and fruit trees, but they […]

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Osage Orange Trees –

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Osage Orange Tree – Osage orange trees have an interesting history and name.  But most people in Texas just call them bodarks. Bois d’arc (bodark) is French and means “wood of the bow”.  Early explorers named the tree when they witnessed American Indians using it for their bows.  […]

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