Windy Day

Here it is right before sunset and I can just barely make out the mountains. Wind has been howling most of the day with gusts around 50mph. Got the dust stirred up good. Not complaining, looking at the radar for the rest of Texas looks to be a stormy evening  for a lot of folks tonight.

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Trip to Fort Davis and Gardens

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Great place to spend a while looking at all the plants, and hiking the trails.
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Beautiful gardens with a lot of the native plants of the area.
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These were named “cow tongue prickly pear”. Appropriately named I thought.
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This one was called “Queen Victoria”.
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We saw this big boulder on the trails. Ft. Davis is very rocky and this one had a hole in the side of it with grass growing.
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We thought this one looked like a praying mantis standing guard of the shade tree.

They had a huge greenhouse where we saw about every imaginable cactus and then some. Everything was labeled and quite the operation.

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Very different!

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We never saw what this tree was called but the bark or lack of made for an interesting picture.

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After all that walking around we headed into town for a late lunch.
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Fort Davis Main Street.
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Hotel Limpia built in 1912

We had a great time. Nice and cool all day. It was about 5 degrees cooler in Ft Davis.       It’s the same elevation as Denver Colorado. Yes, a mile high!!

Post Park in Marathon

Got some rain this morning and was overcast and cool until about 2:30, sun finally came out but only about 58-60 degrees with a North wind. After spending the morning indoors I had to go somewhere so Post Park was it. Post park is what is known in town, but the given name is Fort Pena Park.

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Clouds hanging on top of the mountains

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A desert oasis
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Belted Kingfisher
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A lot of varied birds today. Here is a blue winged teal
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Yellow Rumped Warbler

Another look at a Yellow Rumped WarblerIMG_3199e

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Female Golden-Fronted Woodpecker
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Summer Tanager-(Male)
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Female Summer Tanager
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Red Tailed Hawk (I Think)
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Saw several Wild Turkeys on the way home

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What a great day. Rain in the morning made for a very nice day!!