Female Black Chinned Hummingbird
Male Lucifer Hummingbird
The roundup took place in and around the Davis Mountain Resort, on 3 private properties including the above Christmas Mountains and our final destination was a hike to the bottom of the Chisos Basin at Big Bend.
Tuna, the fruit of the Prickly Pear was abundant.
All over the Chiuahuan Desert cacti were in bloom, like this Century Plant on the hike down the basin. This is another favorite of hummingbirds and bats.
The beautiful Texas Madrone tree, in all our hiking we only saw 3 in the mountains, but we saw a few at Sul Ross that had been planted in honor of Deans.
The trail behind Indian Lodge in the Davis Mountains State Park, it's a relatively easy hike.
The clearing after a brief storm outside Alpine, Texas.
Well, I went through the pink flowers in the "Wildflowers of Texas" book and didn't find this beauty, I'd love an ID.
Indian Lodge trail.
I love the rock piles created by hikers over the years...this one was huge and had wildflowers growing through the cracks and around the base.
The clarity of the puddle and the single butterfly wing in it was poetic.
Though I've heard about the dung beetle, I'd never seen them in action. We stopped and watched these two roll this perfectly round ball of dung a few feet...they were amazingly quick.
This jackrabbit didn't seem to mind us watching him snack on tuna.
It was really wonderful to see wild Esperanza! This is taken from the top of the hiking trail off Skyline Drive, overlooking the town of Fort Davis.
Our favorite resting spot on the hike, we went back later that evening to just sit and take in the beauty and silence.
These barn swallow nests were everywhere we went! I totally admire the building style.
Watching Mama Barn Swallow go in and out feeding her kiddos!
Well, this was the last hike we took and we were the first ones on it that morning...made me feel guilty walking through all those spider webs. This hike is rather hard to find as it's tucked behind a picnic rest area about 10 miles from the McDonald Observatory off the road completely. Well worth the time it took to find it.
I wish I knew what this Dr. Seussian thing was! Not knowing her name didn't stop us from admiring her blowing in the wind! Thanks to Lee and Christine, who live way out west...for the ID...it's an Apache Plum!
My favorite rock pile on the Madera Canyon trail.
Not the largest grass hopper we saw, but he was very balanced and strong, the wind was blowing and he just went about his business swaying with the DYF.