Caracara Prairie Preserve

Hooray for the Boy Scouts!

Hooray for the Boy Scouts!, originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*. A young man named nick McNamara created the kissing gates as his Eagle Scout project. Well done, Nick! Well. We finished the five miles well within the prescribed three hours.…

Wild orchid

Wild orchid, originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*. Someone said this was last tresses but when I google that, I get a completely different flower. Quest for a positive ID continues!

Barred owl

Barred owl, originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*. Someone with very good eyes spotted this fellow, who was very good about the paparazzi surrounding him.

Cow trail

Cow trail, originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*. Cows follow each other in a long train, single file, while the forage. Surprisingly narrow, considering the width of a cow!

Old pulley in the woods

Old pulley in the woods, originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*. 9:47 AM – We speculated that maybe this was used in connection with hunting. You can see that it has been kissed by the prescribed burn that occurred back in…

The bone yard

The bone yard, originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*. Cattle ranging here can die of disease, or they can die if thirst during the dry season. Ranchers have taken to placing large kiddie pools here and there, pumped full of water…

Cow dung – a growth medium!

Cow dung – a growth medium!, originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*. 9:24 AM – I am told by some of my hiking companions that these are "magic" mushrooms! The two people who recognized them exchanged fond memories of their college…