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St. Edward’s Park

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On June 11th I spent some time at St. Edward’s Park in our northwest part of Austin. While it’s not quite true that a river runs through it, Bull Creek does, and has flowed there for so long that over eons it carved out the cliff you see above, and even higher ones. The large tree across the upper part of the first photograph is a black willow (Salix nigra), common along watercourses in this part of the world. The band of darker green at and close to the creek’s surface is southern maidenhair ferns, Adiantum capillus-veneris (the Latin species name translates as Venus-hair), likewise familiar here in wet places. Enough rain had fallen a week earlier that water was trickling over the edge of the cliff; for some of my pictures I zoomed in on the splashing water.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 25, 2019 at 4:46 PM

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  1. What a pretty place.

    Bernadette

    June 25, 2019 at 4:55 PM

    • It’s one of Austin’s treasures. Even so, I have the impression not as many people here know about it as you’d expect. Still, the not-so-very parking lot is usually jammed on weekends—which is why I go on a weekday morning.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 25, 2019 at 5:03 PM

  2. I always enjoy finding water carved rock and this is a nice example, Steve. It’s always interesting to see the different minerals that are exposed and how certain ones resist erosion better.

    Steve Gingold

    June 25, 2019 at 5:01 PM

  3. Such a serene scene, Steve. It looks like a nice hang-out on a hot day!

    tanjabrittonwriter

    June 25, 2019 at 7:13 PM

    • We can take your suggestion of hanging out literally: in at least a couple of places in St. Edward’s Park people have hung ropes from trees to make swinging out over the creek and dropping into the water possible.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 25, 2019 at 9:03 PM

  4. Water, stone, and green plants – what could be more perfect? Evocative photos, Steve.

    composerinthegarden

    June 25, 2019 at 9:37 PM

    • Austin’s rainier-than-usual spring of 2019 gave us the verdure you see here. I was back in the area this morning after yesterday’s latest showers and found some of the paths almost grown over with vegetation. That’s not a complaint, because I got good pictures of some raindrop-covered subjects. They’ll scatter their way into these pages over the next month.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 25, 2019 at 9:49 PM

  5. Very refreshing scenes.

    Gallivanta

    June 26, 2019 at 5:46 AM

    • And yet the pictures may belie the reality of a Texas summer, with its heat and high humidity, evaded only in the water itself.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 26, 2019 at 5:50 AM

      • I wondered if that might be the case.

        Gallivanta

        June 29, 2019 at 5:10 AM

        • At this time of year I notice that when I get back from an outing in nature and take off my shirt, it weighs noticeably more than when I put it on.

          Steve Schwartzman

          June 29, 2019 at 5:32 AM

  6. I enjoyed your take on the ageless flow of water. Is the park named after Edward the Confessor?

    MichaelStephenWills

    June 26, 2019 at 5:51 AM

    • I don’t know how the park came to be named. Some 17 miles away, in south Austin, is St. Edward’s University, which was named after Edward the Confessor.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 26, 2019 at 6:00 AM

  7. The willow and fern combination in the first photo is especially pleasing. Variations on a theme of green are common in early spring, but with the consistent rains this year, they seem to have continued longer than usual. The small fall in that first photo is so delicate: a fine complement to the willow leaves and ferns.

    shoreacres

    June 26, 2019 at 6:35 AM

    • The small waterfall usually isn’t. That’s an unconventional way of saying that normally no waterfall, not even a small one, comes over the cliff in that spot. The consistent and above average rains this spring temporarily created the flow. The story continues next time with an unobstructed view of the little waterfall and of a visitor to it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 26, 2019 at 6:57 AM

  8. […] along Bull Creek in St. Edward’s Park. Today’s first picture is a vertical version of the previous post’s first picture. Perhaps you’re wondering how the large black willow mysteriously vanished; the answer is […]


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