Saturday, October 07, 2006

Cloudy morning on Onion Creek

Onion Creek is dry in places because of the prolonged drought. There has been no real rain in the watershed of the creek for several months, and the daytime temperatures are still in the 90s. On the plus side, there is not much ragweed this year, and the poison ivy is stunted and burnt-looking.
The developing El NiƱo event should lead to rain here this fall and winter, but no sign of it yet.
This is how it looks now--well, strictly speaking, how it looked a couple of days ago.

The Lower Falls

Ammonite fossil in Cretaceous limestone. The leaf is about 3 inches long, for scale.

Mystery picnic table, long abandoned

Texas persimmon, Diospyros texana, more commonly called Mexican persimmon hereabouts. Very pretty trees. The small edible fruits are black when ripe.

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