Hooker Palafoxia, a lovely fall wildflower in the Lost Pines
Purple Pleat-leaf Iris
You've gotta love pleat-leaf season in the Lost Pines!!!
Backlit Ocotillo at Big Bend National Park
Pollinator at work
A bee collecting pollen on a garden flower
Pipevine Swallowtail and Bluebonnets
Pipeline swallowtail nectaring on Bluebonnets at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Gulf Fritillary butterfly on milkweed in Central Texas
Thankfully, the historic Refectory and most other CCC structures in the park were saved from the fire. It took a heroic effort on the part of the fire crews to save most of these structures.
Today Park Rd 1A (the loop) is still closed near the refectory because of on-going timbering of hazard trees in the area. Note the huge pile of chipped wood, which will be used as mulch and erosion control.
And one of the first plants returning is the non-native, invasive Chinaberry. Managing invasive plants will be a real challenge as the park is restored.
View from Piney Hill campground. You can see, much more than before the burn, the steep ravines beside the camp site.
Virginia Creeper sprouts. This will be good to prevent erosion.
A view through part of the Piney Hill RV campground. A few trees survived in the background.
This is the re-opened Piney Hill Spur ("yellow") trail. Note the many totally burned pines and oaks, but also new growth sprouting from the base of the oaks.
Everything east of the loop road remains closed. How did the Toad sign survive?
The Overlook shelter burned, but is restorable.
From near the Overlook, one can see some nice clusters of live trees among the burned.
Here the Parks Department has chipped some of the burned trees and spread the mulch as a habitat amendment.
Built of stone and concrete, these CCC picnic tables easily survived the fire.
Numerous oaks have sprouted from their roots.
This chert nodule was fractured by the heat of the fire--much like Sue's arrowhead collection.
Yet another bridge burned here.
This ravine was badly charred, but some pines on the horizon survive. After the fire, the Park's topography is much more obvious.
Eastern Red Cedar logs, stockpiled to replace water breaks on the white trail.