We went to Paris this weekend — Paris, TX — that is!
We got up at 3:00 Saturday morning and drove about 5 hours to get to Clymer Meadow, a Nature Conservancy Preserve. That’s where this picture was taken — Purple Coneflowers, Indian Plantain, Big Bluestem, Prairie Bishop, Rough Leaved Silphium, the list goes on and on! There were about 50 people at the start of the field trip, great turnout. Then the trip continued at Parkhill Prairie, a county park that has a prairie remnant and a restoration that TNC is managing. Then those “who were left standing” went on to Cow Leech Prairie, an awesome bottomlands Gamma Grass/sedge prairie — I’d never seen anything like it before in my life!
After TNC field trip was over we drove about an hour to see Smiley-Woodfin Prairie, the largest remaining bit of Tallgrass Prairie left in Texas (2100 acres) and Tridens Prairie, which is right across the road — what a great day!
We crashed in Paris, TX for the night and then Sunday morning it was off to meet Johnny Johnson, a super great guy who’s been emailing Jason about getting some plants ID’d on his land that he’s restoring to prairie. We checked out his place — can’t believe how much the prairie has come back after only two years! Then he drove us around to some private properties that he suspected might be prairie — boy was he right! Then we had to stop and checkout one last place before heading back to Austin — Gambill’s Goose Preserve. Great place where you could still see mima mounds!
What a weekend!!!