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.

img_5124
Trail Head…about 2.4 miles round trip.
img_5133e
Very green and scenic.
img_5136
Madera creek had lots of water in it.
img_5154e
Wildflowers were still blooming
img_5155e
Butterflies were numerous
img_5158e
Grass covered parts of the trail and plenty of color too!!
img_5161e
We arrived at Chico tank which was covered in deep pink flowers with bees buzzing everywhere.
img_5164e
Closeup of the flowers with a bonus butterfly
img_5175e
Nice reflection in the water
img_5181
More flowers below the spillway of the tank with water flowing beneath them
img_5182e
Some skippers taking a sun bath in the mud.
img_5193e
A huge grasshopper with a very colorful coat.
img_5217e
Butterflies were posing for photos in every direction
img_5221e
Another one…
img_5224
There are called Apache Plumes

img_5229

img_5239e
Great weather, and lots of photo subjects made for a wonderful day.
Advertisements

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.

IMG_4791e
Great views to the South on our hike.

IMG_4866e

IMG_4950e
Heading to the Basin
IMG_4933e
Winding road
IMG_4931e
Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive
IMG_4934e
High Desert Country
IMG_4955e
Rain makes it green
IMG_4953
Another Black-Throated Sparrow

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

Big Bend Visit part 2

I took about 300+ photos on our visit yesterday so it’s taken a while to go through them. Here is a few more I wanted to share.

IMG_4750e
A view from our hike
IMG_4765e
It’s amazing where and how plants grow out here.
IMG_4772e
See what I mean…This looks to be solid rock, I suppose there is some soil in there somewhere.
IMG_4790e
Great views from our hike. This is Santa Elena Canyon
IMG_4810e
Same place, just zoomed in
IMG_4834e
Storm approaching
IMG_4844e
View from Sotol Vista overlook
IMG_4857e
View of the storm in the Basin from Sotol Vista Overlook
IMG_4911ec
Empty Flower cups

More to come….

Big Bend National Park Visit

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

IMG_4738e
Low clouds were still over the tops of the mountains when we arrived this morning.
IMG_4747e
Beautiful scenery
IMG_4757e
We hiked around to a dry wash and down to the spring

IMG_4770

IMG_4787
Interesting rock walls
IMG_4803
Santa Elena Canyon seen in the distance
IMG_4820
Small pour-off from the dry wash
IMG_4821
This area will hold water when it rains and fall down to the spring
IMG_4826
A small cave on one side
IMG_4753e
Mule deer

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

IMG_4833
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

IMG_4842
Stopped by Sotol Vista overlook and it was booming thunder and lightning at the basin
IMG_4864
The Basin was getting hammered with rain
IMG_4897
This is part of the old Homer Wilson Blue Creek Ranch. It was here long before the National Park was established.

IMG_4901

IMG_4926
Saw this swallowtail as we were leaving to go to the basin
IMG_4936e
A few miles down the road and lots of water was flowing across
IMG_4939e
This dry wash is no longer dry
IMG_4951e
Black-Throated Sparrow
IMG_4961e
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.
IMG_4959
Texas Madrone Tree. These are odd looking trees
IMG_4966e
Another waterfall
IMG_4968e
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.

Hiking in the Big Bend

I have been itching to go hiking for several weeks now. Went to bed last night with rain and woke up with more this morning. It started to move out around noon, so I grabbed my gear and was out the door at 12:50pm. Nice and cool…Temp-68

IMG_4463
Arrived at Dog Canyon at 1:40…Temp-77
IMG_4464
I’m headed to the canyon between the two peaks above
IMG_4466
Trail is muddy from all the rain

IMG_4484

IMG_4472
I read where these rocks fell off sometime in the 1980’s
IMG_4502e
The trail leads you down a dry wash to the canyon, but because of all the rain I had to go up out of the canyon.
IMG_4495
Going left
IMG_4589e
I think this is a Scott’s Oriole
IMG_4557e
Looking back to the trail head where I started.
IMG_4522e
The canyon walls are beautiful
IMG_4546e
Getting close
IMG_4602e
The closer I get, the better the view!!

IMG_4604e

IMG_4605e

IMG_4572e
There it is…I could have stayed up here for hours. The wind was howling through the canyon. So peaceful…just me, the wind and this view.

IMG_4564e

IMG_4598e
This is one side of the canyon wall
IMG_4543e
Another little hole in the wall

IMG_4617e

IMG_4630e

I’m hooked on the Big Bend. I can’t wait to go on another hike. Such a beautiful unspoiled wide open area.