Saturday, May 05, 2007

ENV: Some more pictures from Big Springs Ranch

I am doing biological surveys (since April 2006) at the Big Springs Ranch in Real County, Texas. It is home to the largest single spring at the headwaters of the Frio River. It is also home to several special critters and plants including Golden-cheeked Warblers, some of the westernmost breeding Louisiana Waterthrushes, an undescribed neotenic Salamander, Giant Helleborine Orchids, Black Sedge, Spreading Least-Daisy, Stream Loosestrife, and one of the world's rarest plants -- one of 16 known populations of Texas Mock-Orange. Here's a few pictures from surveys on 22 April and 29 April 2007.


Giant Helleborine or Chatterbox Orchid, Epipactis gigantea
29 April 2007
TX: Real Co., Big Springs Ranch N of Leakey



Indigobush sp., Amorpha sp.
29 April 2007
TX: Real Co., Big Springs Ranch N of Leakey



Texas Mock-Orange, Philadelphus texensis
29 April 2007
TX: Real Co., Big Springs Ranch N of Leakey




Maidenhair Fern, Adiantum capillus-veneris
22 April 2007
TX: Real Co., Big Springs Ranch N of Leakey


Beetle on Slender-bristle Thistle, Cirsium tenuiflorus
22 April 2007
TX: Real Co., Big Springs Ranch N of Leakey



Red Satyr, Megisto rubricata
22 April 2007
TX: Real Co., Big Springs Ranch N of Leakey



Mexican Prickly-Poppy, Argemone mexicana
22 April 2007
TX: Real Co., Big Springs Ranch N of Leakey



29 April 2007
TX: Real Co., Big Springs Ranch N of Leakey

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