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So much has happened over the last few weeks, I’m pretty far
behind on sharing photos. On the way
back from the North American Prairie Conference, Kim and I stopped at a couple
different sites. One of those was the
Clymer Meadow Preserve northeast of Dallas, where site manager Brandon Belcher
and his interns gave us a tour. Clymer
is a beautiful example of blackland prairie, and was resplendent in color,
especially where they had done a summer prescribed fire in 2018. Brandon is a really thoughtful land steward
and it was fun to learn from him and see a prairie type that is very different
from our Nebraska sites.
Among all the blooming wildflowers, I recognized the genera of many of them, but not the species. A lot of the flowers were clearly different, but some – like the Silphium growing at Clymer – looked just like a our rosinweed at home, but wasn’t. It’s always an eerie, but fun, feeling to almost recognize a bunch of plants…
Dark clouds dissipated as we walked, providing some nice photographic light, so I was that annoying person who slows the tour by repeatedly stopping to take pictures. Since I did that, I feel like I should at least share some of the nicer ones I got. Here they are:
Amazing, beautiful, fun to look at photos ! Keep on posting. !
American basket-flower is one of my favorites, and I’ve been bemoaning its absence in several areas where I’ve consistently found it in the past. Just this morning, I found two good-sized patches in bloom — in an area where I’ve never seen them. Silly nature! On a return trip to Sandyland, I found an equally handsome stick insect. They’re such fun creatures.
It has been a fabulous year for flowers across Texas this year. Next year, I’m going to try to plan a little better and follow the bloom north.
I must wonder if you are coveting thy colleagues prairie. I wouldn’t blame you. As you said, “The wildflowers were just stunning …”
Delighted to have you come visit here in north Texas. Although I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting the Clymer Meadow Preserve of blackland prairie, my little church here in Arlington has a very small meadow filled with Eastern Crosstimbers flowers and grasses (sandy soil over clay) that was especially beautiful this spring thanks to the plentiful rains. Would have loved if you could have visited here and photographed some of the details in it!
Great to hear you got to spend time with our prairie peep Brandon! He also manages NPAT’s Paul Mathews Prairie in the same area! The Gilgai in the Mathews Prairie are crazy! We compare it to walking on a waffle! I assume you witnessed some Gilgai at Clymer too! I enjoyed both your workshop and keynote presentation at the conference. Sure hope I can make the trek up to your neck of the prairie someday!