Archive for June, 2012

Warbler Vista

June 14, 2012  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Warbler Vista

The Balconies national wildlife refuge has only 2 trails, but both are very nice. Warbler Vista was known as the short trail, but they have built some extensions on in 4 directions.. the trail now makes about a 4 mile X. Seen here.. Popping out on the cactus rocks trail.

This outcropping was right where I saw the birds

Trail gets out for some views

The trail never climbs this peak but it does walk around the bottom

Popping out on the Road above the Cactus rocks trail

Cicada, These get together and make a wonderful buzzing that can get pretty loud

The Endangered Golden cheek Warbler

June 13, 2012  |  Outdoors  |  2 Comments

I got pretty lucky here, and even after a bit of a late start Hiking the Balconies canyon lands National wildlife preserve, I spotted the famously endangered Golden cheek warbler for which all of the 30,000 + acres are set aside for. I was on the Warbler Vista trail right outside Jonestown on this hike. I came across a momma and her baby..and snapped a shot of mom bringing back a little food. I wish the shots were crisper but I had the adrenaline pumping and it was tough to stay still. Awesome day to see this magnificent bird and be able to photograph it.

Baby Golden Cheek Warbler

Mom Feeds her young

Mom and baby

The Little one..facial coloring just beginning to show

Summer Tanager

Summer Tanager

Pedernales River

June 12, 2012  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Pedernales River

A group of shots here to wind up the Hamilton creek hike. Here we see the Pedernales River in pretty good shape. We saw a little friend on the way out… and visited the time portal from Star trek hehe…

Pedernales river

Shores for swimming

cute little guy

Just posing

Time Portal on star trek...hehe

field of thistle

Down to the Confluence

June 11, 2012  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Down to the Confluence

Our Hike on Hamilton creek brought us down to the Confluence of Hamilton creek and the Pedernales River. Which was flowing rather nicely considering in some spots it looks very low… Along the way? Some Little friends and some great wildflowers…

Red eared slider

swimmer

Lush Riparian areas

Thistle

Hillside of Wildflowers

The Pedernales river

Hamilton Creek

June 8, 2012  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Hamilton Creek

 

After hanging around the swimming hole for a bit, Jen and I hiked down Hamilton creek to the Pedernales river. The creek is stunning, Lined with Ferns, Rocky out crops, in some cases forming a tunnel to walk through.. and Giant Cypress trees grew all along the banks as we walked.

Rocky tunnel

Hamilton creek

A glimpse of the creek

Giant Cypress

A better look at the tunnel?

Lots of ferns and growth all along the creek

Springs

June 7, 2012  |  Outdoors  |  1 Comment

There are small springs all around the swimming hole. Hamilton Creek is the main feed and it is also spring fed. All of the water flows from the huge underground river known as the edwards aquifer.. and the limestone filters it all!

several areas drip water into the pool

Ferns

Spring

cut out

Hamilton creek

Looking around at the swimming hole

June 6, 2012  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Looking around at the swimming hole

The falls

overhang

You can walk all the way around

Nice spot to swim

Wild formation in the Grotto

Hamilton Pool.. a Texas classic

So Much Temptation!

June 5, 2012  |  Food  |  1 Comment

There is so much temptation out there.. mmmm…. Muscovy duck! I think the only defense is lots and lots of exercise! Enjoy!

Muscovy duck

Scallops

Halibut

Chicken Pot pie

Petite Filet...this one was sensible!

Seared Ahi Tuna

Hamilton Pool

June 4, 2012  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Hamilton Pool

Campfire held an event at Hamilton Pool and I tagged along for a few Photos of the Famous swimming hole and the short hike it offers out to the Pedernales river..

The Venerable Hamilton Pool

Catfish roaming

Great waterfall to play in

Many cool formations in the grotto

Creek Crossing

June 1, 2012  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Creek Crossing

The Doe Skin Ranch winds up with a decent back to the creek.. cross it and your home! Saw a nice Morning cloak on the way out.

Back to the Front Country

The Creek Crossing

Morning cloak

Looking very clear