Monday, April 30, 2012

Welcome Back

The bluebonnets have gone to seed and our roadsides have grown gold-and-flame blanket flower. We've had no rain, four weeks now and counting, but roots transmit damp held deep in clay.

I've been away from Hill Country Mysteries with other commitments and writing, Texas travel and catching up with distant loved ones.  All good but I'm past due catching up with my blog-friends...so I'm starting here with a few visual stories.
Wilson and McDermott took us to Mammoth Cave (largest in the US) in Kentucky years back, we took them to Cave Without A Name in Boerne (who needs big when you have amazing?) 

Scimitar-horned oryx grazing among prairie verbena in a Hill Country pasture.  This endangered species is extinct in its native African range from over-hunting. Texas now holds about 11,000, the largest population in the world, most on private game ranches where owners have bred and managed herds to attract big-money hunters. I don't like the idea of animals bred for shooting sport.  But the idea of gone forever is worse.




White prickly poppies dance in the wind. The foliage scratches like thistles and all parts of the plant are poisonous, but the diaphanous petals flutter like a ballerina's skirts and bees find a banquet in the nectar.






While we banquet at the Dodging Duck.
Wilson & McDermott, Denny and me.  Our roots go deep.


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7 comments :

Jayne said...

That cave looks amazing. We went to Natural Bridge Caverns last year, and loved it. I've been seeing tall white flowers out in the pastures and wondered what they were - now I know :-) Glad you got to have a nice visit with your friends.

Elizabeth said...

Oh, wonderful! I'm so glad that you're back, and it looks like it's been a constructive, enjoyable time away. I am going to unearth Denny's book from where I downloaded it on my Kindle and get back to you on it!

Cheers!

R. Sherman said...

I'm not (much) of a hunter, but hunters and fisherman in Missouri have done quite a bit to preserve habitat and protect wildlife, especially wetlands. The progress over the last 25-30 years has been amazing.

Love the cave photo, BTW.

Cheers.

Denny Coates said...

Caves are cool, and so are friends...

Linda/patchwork said...

Good to have you back. Looks like you had a good time, while away.

Steph@RamblingWren said...

The cave visit looks really interesting. I've never been to this particular cave, but it looks beautiful. Thank you for the info on Milkweed. I'm trying to be patient. I know it takes a while to get it established.

PS Glad to have you back:)

Pit said...

Hi Kathleen,
It's good to have you posting here again. :) Enjoyed reading it and am glad you had a great time. Had been missing your posts.
As to the Oryx: Have you read that article in the San Antonio Express-News [http://tinyurl.com/7vnkol8] lately, that the proposed hunting ban really threatens their survival? Paradoxical as it seems to be, it is the hunting ranches here in Texas that keep the breed alive. The fact that the ranchers make money by allowing the Oryx to be hunted makes them preserve and even enlarge the herds. Without that income, they'd loose interest in keeping the herds. Thus a hunting ban would probably be the death bell for that wonderful animal, as it's already extinct in the wild.
As to the beautiful Hill Country; maybe we'll become neighbours of sorts some time soon as we're seriously thinking of relocating to the Hill Country, very likely the Fredericksburg area. Btw, we've been to a wonderful place a few days ago, Deer Ridge Cottage [http://tinyurl.com/85lp263] in Cain City.
Looking forward to reading morfe from you here soon.
Bestregards,
Pit