We had one beautiful sunny day and, since it was our first day here AND a Saturday we just did a quick look around the area, planning to do more after the hordes of people went back home.
Best laid plans. The weather closed in with SEVERE THUNDERSTORM and FLASH FLOOD warnings running across the television screen constantly. We didn't want to leave Beluga and our precious Lewis alone if the dire warnings came to pass, nor did we want to be out and about if they did.
So, we hung around the campground most of the time, darting out between the raindrops to sustain ourselves with hearty German food. And Texas bbq.
|Smoked turkey and brisket with a couple Texas wines|
|One night we just got take out but Dave couldn't wait til dinner time|
to try his sausage plate.....
Today, our last day here, we abandoned hope of having a beautiful day and set out to see what was left of the fabled spring wildflowers. We weren't hoping for much, we were sure that the heavy wind and rain had battered and ruined them.
I don't know what they may have looked like last week, but they were certainly stunning today! And....the weekend hordes were all working or going to school or whatever they do so we were able to drive the iconic Texas Hill Country drive, the Willow City Loop, virtually alone.
The 13 mile slow drive along a rural Ranch road took us from gently rolling, oak studded pastures and meadows, across meandering streams filled with resting butterflies, through rugged canyons, past large gated ranches and to the heights offering panoramic views.
|a Red Admiral sunning himself by the stream|
|a tiny Pied-billed Grebe|
|a single snow goose|
We saw an enormous flock of white pelicans flying high overhead and a few snow geese near one of the streams.
We rode along with the windows down, listening to the birdsong. It was frustrating to hear and not see them but the foliage was so very lush their calls and songs were all we had. This roadrunner showed himself when we stopped along the road. He clacked his beak at me as I took his picture.
At another spot two Scissor-tailed Flycatchers took turns looking down at us from the roadside wire.
|the blossom is larger than the cactus!|
One rancher had a sense of humor, putting upside down cowboy boots on his fence posts!
The pasture held some interesting animals. At first I thought they were all Pronghorn until I saw this guy beginning to run away....I wonder what he is?
Water seeped down through boulders in some of the rocky areas, making a perfect spot for ferns, tiny succulents and lichen to take hold.
I suppose you're quite tired of flower pictures by now. Here is a cutie we noticed quietly watching me take posy pictures.