Hiking the Madera Canyon Trail

We were off today and the weather was great so we headed out to¬† Fort Davis to do a short hike. Madera Canyon Trail is part of the Nature Conservancy’s Davis Mountain Preserve. When we arrived it was clear skies and 68 degrees.

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Trail Head…about 2.4 miles round trip.
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Very green and scenic.
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Madera creek had lots of water in it.
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Wildflowers were still blooming
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Butterflies were numerous
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Grass covered parts of the trail and plenty of color too!!
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We arrived at Chico tank which was covered in deep pink flowers with bees buzzing everywhere.
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Closeup of the flowers with a bonus butterfly
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Nice reflection in the water
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More flowers below the spillway of the tank with water flowing beneath them
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Some skippers taking a sun bath in the mud.
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A huge grasshopper with a very colorful coat.
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Butterflies were posing for photos in every direction
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Another one…
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There are called Apache Plumes

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Great weather, and lots of photo subjects made for a wonderful day.

Big Bend Visit part 3

We really had a great day with the rain and cool temps. Enjoy some more photos of our day in the Big Bend National Park.

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Great views to the South on our hike.

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Heading to the Basin
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Winding road
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Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive
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High Desert Country
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Rain makes it green
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Another Black-Throated Sparrow

I’m looking forward to going back asap. The summer rains has made everything green.

Big Bend National Park Visit

We planned on a few hikes down at the park today despite the threat of rain.

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Low clouds were still over the tops of the mountains when we arrived this morning.
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Beautiful scenery
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We hiked around to a dry wash and down to the spring

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Interesting rock walls
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Santa Elena Canyon seen in the distance
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Small pour-off from the dry wash
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This area will hold water when it rains and fall down to the spring
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A small cave on one side
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Mule deer

As we were coming back I noticed some clouds towards the basin area.

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Looked like it was raining just east of us

We finally got back to the trail head and wanted to check out the rain clouds

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Stopped by Sotol Vista overlook and it was booming thunder and lightning at the basin
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The Basin was getting hammered with rain
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This is part of the old Homer Wilson Blue Creek Ranch. It was here long before the National Park was established.

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Saw this swallowtail as we were leaving to go to the basin
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A few miles down the road and lots of water was flowing across
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This dry wash is no longer dry
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Black-Throated Sparrow
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We later found out the basin had received 1 inch rain in less than an hour. Water was flowing down the side of the mountains.
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Texas Madrone Tree. These are odd looking trees
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Another waterfall
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And one more…

Not a lot of hiking but a great day, cool rain made it enjoyable. We headed back and run into more rain on the way to Marathon. Once we arrived back it had rained there as well.