The other Trinity
East Fork of the Trinity River,
(Clear Fork joins West Fork in Fort Worth, which joins Elm Fork in Dallas and becomes The Trinity. East Fork joins the main Trinity , downstream from Lake Ray Hubbard.) The barriers shown here serve to spread out the flow and prevent erosion. Architecturally, it's a rather nice effect.
This little fellow's coloring is so effective in summer, but just doesn't work in autumn. He didn't know that, remaining perfectly still so no one would spot him. (Texas Green Snake at John Bunker Sands Wetland Center)
Classic stave silo on working ranch at John Bunker Sands Wetland Center. The 'staves' are the concrete blocks interlocking with ridged edges and encircled with metal hoops -- like a barrel. Notice the hoops closer together near the bottom where the outward pressure is greater. The openings would be covered as the silo is filled, and uncovered one by one to remove silage as needed.
Froggie went a-courtin'
I haven't seen his sweetheart. Hope she appreciates the roses. He keeps returning to this spot. (Southern Leopard Frog)
Philodendron dances gracefully.
Rocky Raccoon was here
Raccoon paws are so like human hands. No wonder they can get into so much trouble.
Really lives up to his name. Background is Snow-on-the-Prairie. Suitably named also.
Cottontail has his eye on the flower. I guess even rabbits get tired of greens. He ate the flower.
Leaf-cutter bees have been at work here. The translucent leaves of the bauhinia in a patch of sun reveal new shapes.
Unfazed by the cold snap, Bordered Patch butterflies are the last breed remaining in my garden. They divide their foraging between the mist flowers and the zexmenia..
I'm a naturalist first and a photographer second, but I find one enriches the other. Hence, most of my gallery is flora and fauna, particularly the "small world."
This is where I'd like to pay tribute to my 8th grade science teacher Clark Prather for turning me on to photography. He commandeered a broom closet in the school and set up a darkroom for students to use freely, and he encouraged artistic experimentation.