The Llano Estacado stirs with promises of bountiful vegetation thanks to two days of early evening thunder showers. Prairie birds, insects, mammals and reptiles enjoy the relief the moisture brings to their arid habitat. Once limp yucca leaves point their bayonets defiantly into the morning breezes, while Prickly Pear Cacti tighten their wrinkled surfaces.
Cooper and I head out for our daily romp in 65°F temperatures, lively southwesterly winds and partly cloudy skies. The mood of the prairie entices a slow jog. Cooper leads the way. Near the end of the run he comes to an abrupt stop. Twenty feet down the trail a skunk, tail raised advises caution. After a brief standoff everyone heads their own way...phew!!
While I walk off the effects of the run and adrenaline rush of the skunk encounter, a Bullsnake appears among Plains Bahia and pauses briefly to assess our presence. I stop to admire the stealthy nature of the serpent.
© Ilija Lukić 2011
|Plains Yucca In Tumblegrass|
|Brother Of Another Mother|
|First Nodding Thistle|
|Musk Thistle Flower Bud Rosette|
|Red Spike Mexican Hat|
|Pretty In Pink|
|Plains Bahia Snake Trail|