Saturday, March 18, 2006

And on a lighter note...

...some signs of spring.

A Mexican buckeye, Ungnadia speciosa. Not a true buckeye, though a member of the same family

A bluebonnet, Lupinus texensis. The Texas state flower. Actually, if I remember correctly, four bluebonnet species are officially the Texas state flower. A west Texas lupine, taller and bluer than this one, is my favorite. Apparently legislators from areas of the state not favored by L. texensis lobbied hard to overcome the meaning of "the" and make whatever blue lupine species grew in their part of the state also the official state flower. And they were accommodated.

This is a new leaf of a redbud, Cercis canadensis

Here's a spiderwort, a Tradescantia, I don't know which species, deep in some hackberry woods

And this is a Texas spiny lizard, Sceloporus olivaceus, basking on my front porch.

(click to enlarge)

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