Rocks and phlox
Luling has long had its Watermelon Thump and Flatonia its Czhilispiel, but last week for only the second time Llano held its Rock Stacking World Championship on the rock-rich shore of the Llano River. I missed hearing about that last event till it had already happened, but on March 21st I drove northwest 75 miles or so from where I live in Austin to see the event’s legacy. The first photograph gives you an idea.
For the second photograph I walked out on the prominent bridge and looked back down with a telephoto lens at another part of the scene.
But this is a blog about nature in general and wildflowers in particular, so let me hit my stride with a picture of some flowering phlox plants (Phlox spp.) asserting themselves amid concentric circles of rocks.
Oh, and did the stackers of the rocks in this last photograph know that the prominent plant in front of the stack and others behind it are poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)?
© 2016 Steven Schwartzman