Zilker Botanical Garden – Austin Texas

Despite temperatures topping 100 degrees,  gardens in Austin Texas flourish under a canopy of green

Lotus blossom Zilker Botanical Garden

Creatures co-exist with visitors

Lizard Zilker Bontanical Garden

observing us as we observe them

Carolina Anole Zilker Botanical Garden

Dragon flies rest atop Lotus blossoms

Dragonfly and Lotus Blossom

And under-foot every step is a portrait or still life

Pomagranite and random seed

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Sago palm Zilker Botanical Garden

Texas Holiday – Out of the Ashes, Bastrop State Park

A BIT OF HISTORY:

The Bastrop County Complex fire was the most destructive wildfire in Texas history, striking areas of Bastrop County in September and October 2011.[8][9][10] Three separate fires started on September 4, 2011, as a result of strong winds caused by nearby Tropical Storm Lee, and merged into one large blaze that burned east of the city of Bastrop.[11] Two people were killed by the fire, which destroyed 1,673 homes and inflicted an estimated $325 million of insured property damage.[4][12][13][14] After being largely contained in late September, the fire was declared controlled on October 10, the fire had moved underground in October and finally extinguished on January 28, 2012. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Loss

Bastrop State Park Texas

There is no escape from the overwhelming feeling of life lost in a forest burned

Forest burned Bastrop State Park Texas

But even on a day when the searing heat of an August sun radiates down on lifeless trees – life springs forth

Beautyberry bush Bastrop State Park Texas

Shades of hot colors mimic flames that are locked in Gaia’s memory

Hiking trails in Bastrop State Park Texas

Creatures blend with new growth as not to stand out amongst a recharging undergrowth

Green spider on green leaf Bastrop State Park

Reaching skyward flowers  become next season’s life

Bastrop State Park Texas
Bastrop State Park Texas single tree

Who DO I See?

Maddie the dog

 

QUIET

 

Maddie the dog 2

 

 

SOMETHING IS IN THERE

 

Maddie the dog 3

 

CAN I GET CLOSER, I THINK I SEE IT

 

Maddie the dog, reflections

 

OH NEVER MIND IT’S JUST ME

 

 

A Quiet Sunday Afternoon

WHAT TO DO WITH DISCARDED ROOFING SLATE?

CREATE!!!

 Slate Sculpture

Slate Sculpture 2

Slate Sculpture 3

Beyond the Veil of Night

It flew past me

Sweetheart Underwing moth

I sensed it was large

Larger than the moths I’ve seen congregating around the flame

Sweetheart Underwing moth

Upon illuminating the area that was once shielded by the veil of night

Pale Tussock moth

Pale Tussock moth

Creatures protected by the darkness were now naked and vulnerable

Stonefly

 

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