Archive for May, 2012

McKinney Roughs

May 15, 2012  |  Outdoors  |  1 Comment

Jen and I took the dogs to McKinney roughs for a great hike! Many different ecosystems on the hike and we saw a whole new crop of wild flowers as the spring moved on..

Monarch Catepillar

Long grass

Barb wire on the fence post


about to seed

Edge of the property

Random shots from the Barn

May 14, 2012  |  Ranger  |  4 Comments

Hi Everyone, Just a few Random shots from the Barn.. the Pond is full again which is great and the chickens are out in force..Ramshorn is blooming and more than a bunch of butterflies are enjoying them!

Ramshorn with visitors

Chickens hanging at the barn

a little ant gets in on the action

a Snack by the pond

Little blue finned fish

On Down the road

May 11, 2012  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on On Down the road
We had a great trip… and now it was time to move on! Happy Mothers day! 

On down the Road




The edge of the Valley





Fire Wheels

May 10, 2012  |  Outdoors  |  2 Comments

The Willow City loop came to a close.. the shadows got long and we were ready for a bite to eat. I called ahead and got a reservation at the Creekside in Dripping springs another 45 minutes down the road.. and it was great! But we still saw some amazing sites before leaving the valley..


Blue and Yellow


50 Miles of Wildflowers

May 9, 2012  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on 50 Miles of Wildflowers

We are actually getting a little more rain. Maybe about 1 inch so far in May, and that is 1 inch more than we got in all of April!

Here we see a few more shots from the Willow City loop.. we are about 3/4 of the way through the amazing trip..

Love this endless field

Jen Snaps a shot

Some Kind of Poppy?



Fire Wheel

May 8, 2012  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on

Hi Everyone..

A late update here as we had a big storm last night that knocked us offline for a bit! 

Fishing the Colorado



May 7, 2012  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Paintbrush

As we moved up closer to the Fredericksburg side of the drive it seemed like the Paint brush became more prevalent..



Granite starts to show up

Sea Of Bluebonnets

May 4, 2012  |  Outdoors  |  1 Comment

As we drove the loop we looked down on what looked like water..but its really just a sea of Bluebonnets…94 degrees yesterday…and almost no rain in April.. our short lived but wonderful spring may be coming to a close..we still have photos!

is that a lake?


400 mm

Just a patch


love the yucca

Roads lined with Wildflowers

May 3, 2012  |  Family, Outdoors  |  2 Comments

The Roads were lined with Wild flowers…our only question? Where should we stop?

Jen and Martha

Ranch boundry

Bluebonnets line the road

just about to bloom

Small Barrel cactus in full bloom

Willow City Loop

May 2, 2012  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Willow City Loop

After the big hike to Gorman falls, Jen and I and her Grandmother went for a Wildflower drive. The Willow City loop is a collection of back roads in the Texas hill country that passes classic terrain to support wild flowers.. mostly ranches and range land. Its stunning and we had a great time, traveling for the better part of 6 hours looping all the way to Fredericksburg and back to Austin..

A little paintbrush


red and blue

ranch land

mixing with the beaver tail