Ten Year Anniversary of Land Ownership

Ten Year Anniversary: Part 1 2019 marks the tenth year we have owned our property in SW Llano County. In some sense, it seems that we have always had this place, in other ways it seems we are just getting started. In recent months I have looked over the notes and haphazard records of these years, and I recognize a steady progression from typical new owner zeal and ignorance, to a more measured and realistic approach to land management. It’s no overstatement that owning this little slice of the Texas Hill Country has changed my life. Despite the disappointments of erratic weather and chr...   read full post »

posted on 2/9/2019


It's Shaping Up to Be A Good Year for Wildflowers

By early November, they began to appear. Since then, it seems like blooming ahead of schedule! Although I would prefer to see more grass on our place instead of ephemeral flowers, we haven't had a good wildflower season in the last 2-3 years. Late winter rains promoted cool season introduced grass...   read full post »

posted on 1/14/2019


Another Cycle Begins: 2018 October Floods

Jack’s Paw-Paw used to say, “After a drought in Texas, there always comes a flood”. That is sure true for this October. In my last report late in September we had received over seven inches of much needed rain. Then on October 18, we had over 12 inches, which left us stranded at ...   read full post »

posted on 12/7/2018


Hotter Than Ever: Summer of 2018 in Central Texas

By mid-July, the woodlands were completely still and silent, except for the occasional harsh call of a crow in flight. It was even too hot for the familiar summer background chorus of cicadas to feel like making noise. I have been silent, too, on these pages. For what is there to say about anothe...   read full post »

posted on 9/25/2018


Every Year is Different

An hour before dawn on January 31st, I waited, bundled in a lawn chair, on the front porch for the eclipse of the “ super blue blood moon” to begin. Some had called this special celestial event “the perfect trifecta” of the moon, for it happened to be both the second full mo...   read full post »

posted on 3/29/2018


Yellow is the Color of Western Soapberry

We started seeing forming golden bowers for us to walk beneath. Soapberries are among the more drought tolerant of our trees. As our climate continues to warm up and dry out, will they become as prominent here as they are in places farther west? We won’t remove them for now, as oak wilt is st...   read full post »

posted on 11/7/2017


What Does It Take to Become a Post Oak Tree?

The mighty post oak (Quercus stellata) is my favorite tree. I never tire of admiring its sturdy trunk and rugged, muscular branching, especially in winter. The deep, furrowed bark, irregular arching crown, and dense foliage give this long-lived tree a distinct and dignified character. Post oaks belo...   read full post »

posted on 8/11/2017

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