Wow, what a great weekend!  J and I left Austin around 5:00 pm on Friday and headed out to Brazos Bend Campground. Got there around 9:00 pm, checked in and setup our tent.  Then we hung out for a while.  It was a beautiful evening — one that I’ll remember forever. There was an almost full moon, the frogs + crickets were singing and we heard owls hooting and coyotes having a party.  So romantic + peaceful.  It got cool too, great weather for sleeping under the stars.

Got up at 5:30 am to grab a shower and breakfast, and then my friend Carolyn came and picked me up around 6:30 — so that J could catch a few more winks — and we were off to Nash Prairie. Once there we met up with Peter and Steve to go on a photography adventure.

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I felt like a kid in a candy store taking pictures of Rattlesnake Master — a super cool plant that I hadn’t been able to photo well in Texas before.  It’s one of my favorite plants, so architectural.  Feast your eyes:

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Carolyn joked that I took 450 pictures of Rattlesnake Master — and I don’t think she was too far off the mark!  But, I did take a few pictures of other cool plants and critters too — like this little spider that Steve spotted

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Multi-flowered hoary pea and brownseed paspalum

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Halloween Pennant dragonflies

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Milkweed seeds with their silky parachutes

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Cute little snails climbing slooooowly up the grasses

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A walking stick nearby — can you see him?

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Meadowlarks singing

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And sensative briars shimmering in the morning light

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Whenever I’m out on the prairie a happy, happy feeling washes over me.  Hope you can feel it too!

I’ll finish up our weekend getaway with more photos tomorrow.

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13 thoughts on “Weekend Getaway: Part 1”

  1. Wow what stunning photos! Such a contrast to our tundra but  the closeness of nature fills one’s senses. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Love them love them love them!!!
    We used to have Meadowlarks at our last ranch where my husband grew up… I love their songs and how they flit along a gravel road, and fake a broken wing to get you away from their eggs…

  3. You have such an amazing talent!

    Your descriptions remind me so much of my childhood in what used to be “rural” Bryan-College Station/Wellborn…. :-) So many critters in our backyard – you would’ve had a FIELD day! lol…

    But I have to say… spiders still make my belly flutter! :( Pretty though!

  4. Amazing photos!  I’m happy to see that I’m not the only person who enjoys taking pics of spiders and spider webs!

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