Friday, June 27, 2014

Hiking in Texas

 This is inside the grotto at  Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center, where the Fredericksburg Native Plant Society recently took a tour.  If you are a fan of forests, caves, and grottos, you will appreciate this one in this sort of Garden of Eden in Travis County.
 This is the view from the outside at a distance.  Notice the pool at the base.  Doesn't that water look inviting?  However......
 I recently mentioned that hiking in Texas requires being on the alert for our little slithery this cottonmouth near the water.
 From inside the Cave at the Discovery Center looking out at the forest.  There are pictures of the stalactites and stalagmites (I had to check on the spellings!) inside the cave, but I thought these were much more interesting.
 A look at the Cave from the outside.  Note there is a walkway with a hand chain to help you through the rocks.  The trees are so lacy looking surrounding the mouth of the cave.
You might have to expand this picture of a white-eyed vireo, or click on the link to find out more about it.  It's kind of a rare bird, and builds an unusual hanging nest on a tree limb, sort of like a sock.  The bird is peeking out of the nest.  The ranger at the center gave us the name, and we googled him.

Here's the Wikipedia version of The Millipede.  Let's keep him in the woods!

Such fun to be close to nature and enjoy the wild and hidden parts of our world!

Have a great day!
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