Buescher State Park – 9-24-2017


There are ten individual pictures to make up this Pano

I decided at the last minute that I would drive to Buescher State Park in Smithville to see how the Park was recovering after the devastating fires from a few years ago, 2011 to be exact. The plan was to go in the Park entrance and then take Park Road 1C back through to Bastrop State Park as I hadn’t planned to hike any of the trails. I turned off HWY 71 where the sign pointed to the Park and arrived at the Park gate only to see that it was barricaded off with another sign indicating that I should follow the Detour instead.

I turned around and then followed the Detour which I figured would bring me back into the park from the back end, so to speak. There are several roads that lead into the park that have private residences so not all accesses are controlled. I drove around for a bit just checking things out. The Park was pretty quiet as far as visitors go with a few cars parked at the cabins. I drove to the lake and looked around but it too was very quiet and I couldn’t see any bird life at all.

I decide to take Park Road 1C and head towards Bastrop State Park and then stopped at the two overlooks located along the way.  The picture at the top of the page is a pano of 10 separate pictures joined together. It truly is a wonderful view. The picture below is a single picture taken from the first overlook.


Continuing along Park Road 1C, I noticed that the flowers were out in abundance and then as I turned another corner, came across a road washout which completely prevented me from continuing towards Bastrop State Park. I am not sure when this washout occurred but it must have been very recently as no attempt had been made to make any repairs. I turned the car around and then walked back to take a few pictures mostly of the wild flowers.








I had no choice other than to backtrack and head out of the Park off one of the other roads which was no problem. It looks like the Park is coming back to life and there is a lot of new vegetation and young trees growing. Even the Loblolly Pines that were planted just after the burn are beginning to grow back. Nature is a pretty wonderful thing and has remarkable powers of recovery and even takes the opportunity to wield her magic brush and paint a different picture than was there before.

Written 9/26/2017


Winter Freeze in Texas.

988240__frosty-winter-lane_pMother Nature has done it to us again by giving us our second freeze in the past 3 weeks.
I think she is trying to make up for not having any freezes last winter.
Luckily, I am one step ahead as I have already chopped down all of the remnants of her previous freeze at least in the garden.
I still have to get in the ponds and cut down all of the frozen plants that she has left in her wake.
In between the freezes, she has starting to let the new growth from those same plants begin to show.
How much of this new growth will survive this second round of frosts remains to be seen.
It is as though she has competing interests within herself.
The destructive side whereby things are frozen.
The new growth cycle where plants start a new round of growth.
I wonder if one consults with the other or if they are in competition.
The good versus the bad.
Definitely, not the ugly.

Winter in Texas



The first frost has come and gone
and the temperatures are still cool on the skin
it leaves behind dead foliage both in and out of the ponds
where their was a mass of greenery taller than a man
is now a beaten down unrecognizable mess.

Everything will need to be cut back
and discarded on the pile set up for all dead stuff
where it will slowly rot away
turning into a rich humus to be added to the plants
to help the new growth that will occur in the Spring.

Such is the beauty of Nature where everything has its use
new growth reborn through the rotting remains of the old
to fill and replace the empty spaces created by Mother Nature
while she goes through her endless cycles
as she has done throughout time immemorial.

Spring. The most wonderful time of the year.

SpringTime, which never really stops, has marched forward for another year and it is Spring.

Spring, a time of new growth and new beginnings as Mother Nature awakes in a constant cycle of seasons.

Trees, which just a week ago were bare are now proudly sprouting new growth and a new cover of fresh green leaves.

Plants are pushing their way through the soil and green leaves and flowers are everywhere.

Things and distances that I could see just a week ago are now no longer visible, hidden by a beautiful canopy of green.

The birds are singing and looking for a mate, if they have not already found one.

The fish in the ponds are chasing each other around as the males swim against the females to stimulate the reproduction process.

Babies, the ever wonderful way of Nature to re-produce herself.

Spring, a time of re-growth and new growth.

Everything is painted a fresh new green.
and the cycles go on and on….


Spring Time



I love the spring
when everything is green
and looks so new.

The animals and birds know its spring
as they chase each other around
following their natural tendencies
to breed.

Even humans seem more cheerful
as they go about their tasks
with everyone happy.

I love the spring
as Mother Nature shines out
in all of her glory.