Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Friday, March 3, 2017

Baby Doves


Sadly the next day I went to check on these baby doves and in their place was a large snake with two lumps in his belly.   These birds were about 16 feet off the ground so I was amazed that a snake was able to reach them there.

Echinocereus pentalophus


Echinocereus pentalophus



Friday, February 24, 2017

Caespitosus = spines growing in clusters or tufts

Texas Lace Cactus
Echinocereus reichenbachii subsp. caespitosus - Texas Lace Cactus can come in many spine colors and have quite a lot of variation in flower colors and sizes.  I would say the cactus above is subspecies 'caespitosus' from Central Texas given the extra large flower and the relatively increased projection of spines in contrast to the more typical reichenbachii (below) where the spines are tightly held and can easily be touched without the fear of retribution.




Orange Flame Flower
Orange Flame Flower (Talinum auranticum)





Texas vervain
Texas vervain - Verbena halei


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Two-tailed Swallowtail

Two-tailed Swallowtail
Papilio multicaudata - Two-tailed Swallowtail - Many of the older maps have this species occurring in a range starting about 150 miles West of Austin.  However, newer maps have shifted this direction either by correction or expansion of its native range.  I find them frequently in Austin in close proximity to Escarpment black cherry trees.


Papilio multicaudata
Papilio multicaudata - Two-tailed Swallowtail


Echinocereus armatus
Echinocereus reichenbachii ssp. armatus

Echinocereus dasyacanthus
Echinocereus dasyacanthus


Thelocactus bicolor
Thelocactus bicolor

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Echinocereus poselgeri aka Wilcoxia poselgeri

echinocereus dasyacanthus
Echinocereus dasyacanthus

echinocereus dasyacanthus
Echinocereus dasyacanthus



Wilcoxia poselgeri
Echinocereus poselgeri


echinocereus poselgeri
echinocereus poselgeri


echinocereus poselgeri
echinocereus poselgeri

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Echinocereus papillosus

Echinocereus papillosus
Echinocereus papillosus, tough but extremely slow growing South Texas native.  Well it doesn't help when you accidentally step on it like I did (whoops).


Echinocereus papillosus
Echinocereus papillosus





Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Curse of the Black (Rock) Squirrel!!!

I was having trouble with rock squirrels (Spermophilus variegatus) coming into the cactus bed and taking bites of each cactus.  So I put a fake orange cobra (bottom left) into the garden to try and ward them off.  I think it may have worked for the first day or two until they figured it out.  Also it may have back fired since rock squirrels are famous for being aggressive towards snakes.  


Astrophytum ornatum


Astrophytum ornatum


Astrophytum ornatum