After two weeks or so of cold, gray, drizzly weather, followed by a nice rain, the sun has emerged!
|One of my favorite parts of winter: the little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) turns rust! I did not realize this grass grows nationwide, and throughout much of Canada.|
I bet it's lovely against a white backdrop . . .
Sickness engulfed my household over the holiday break. Day after day of that Oregonian weather did not help matters. I would go off the deep end if I had to put up with such weather for months on end. Apparently I live in the right geographical state for maintaining a healthy mental state.
|Some thistle - this is likely its prettiest phase.|
|Spider web adorned with moisture.|
But a bountiful rain (a relative term) over the last two days has led to a beautiful day, with everything looking fresh and clean and sparkly. My sense of well-being is directly related to the amount of sunshine I’m exposed to, so I’m feeling pretty good right now!
|I have always just called this nolina |
(Nolina lindheimeriana), but it has a really fun
common name: Devil's shoestring!
This morning I ventured out with the camera to see the sights and enjoy the sun and cool breeze. I was astonished to find a single wildflower in bloom, took pictures of drops of water beading on leaves, checked on the bluebonnet seedlings (yes, they have germinated!), listened to a few ecstatic birds, and thoroughly enjoyed communing with nature.
Winter is not over, of course. More rain is forecast for this weekend along with a “polar” cold front, as a weatherman termed it. Of course “polar” in Central Texas does not mean the same thing as it does in Alaska. Perhaps we will get a freeze out of it, perhaps not. My daughter might feel moved to wear her boots rather than her preferred footwear: flip-flops. Or not.
|The Texas redbud (Cercis canadensis var. texensis) is so confused.|
It normally blooms in March, but it misunderstood the recent warm weather!
|Plains or prairie fleabane |
(Erigeron modestus) -
the first wildflower
of the year!
|Prairie verbena (Glandularia bipinnatifida - left) and|
bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis).