Yesterday morning, I took a little photo hike through the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, again. More and more flowers begin to blossom all over the park. The Indian Blanket is truly like a blanket covering the prairie. And in between are some dabs of purple, white, blue, and pink.
The bees are busy collecting nectar. And the butterflies laying eggs to keep up with their population. A cardinal sings his beautiful song of Spring to his mate, while a squirrel is looking for some stashed away acorns from last Autumn.
In May is the best time to watch all of Nature’s beauty. Because once we will hit Summer, the sun will “torch” most of it away to make room for other beautiful flora and fauna.
Indian Blankets cover the Texas Prairie.
Indian Blanket/Firewheel (Gaillardia pulchella)
Engelmann Daisy (Engelmannia pinnatifida)
American Basket Flower (Centaurea americana)
Sulphur rests on Pincushion
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)
Mexican Fritillary (Euptoieta hegesia)
Oakstreak Butterfly on Milkweed
Red-eared Slider Turtle (Trachemys scripta elegans)
Some beautiful fungus grew on that fallen tree branch.
This tree has seen better day. But somehow its bare look fascinates me.
This Northern Cardinal sang his heart out to his mate.
Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica)
“Where did I bury that acorn?”
Honey bee on Pincushion
Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota)
Silverleaf Nightshade (Solanum elaeagnifolium)
Texas Prairie Flowers
Mock Verbena (Glandularia)
Musk Thistle (Carduus nutans)
Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera)
Wandering Glider Dragonfly
Blue Woodland Sage (Salvia nemorosa)