Wichita Mountains in Bloom

May 5, 2016 at 6:00 am (Butterflies, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Nature photography, Oklahoma, Wichita Mountains NWR, Wildflowers) (, , )

Post Oak trailhead, Wichita Mts. Wildlife Refuge, Okla.

Post Oak trailhead, Wichita Mts. Wildlife Refuge, Okla.

I was on the prowl for flowers. And critters. And birds. It was the first day of May and things were a bustin’ out all over!


I’ll start with the flowers. The Treasure Lake portion of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge had the best masses of color, with Indian paintbrush predominating.


When I was in the San Antonio area a month ago, the roadsides were filled with paintbrush and bluebonnets.


Other flowers are popping out here and there. I’ve yet to consult the guidebook on some of them.


The yellow flowers appear to be a gaillardia species, in the same family as the Oklahoma state flower, the Indian Blanket.

Buckeye butterfly

Buckeye butterfly

The buckeye is one of the most beautiful butterflies.


I had intended to hike to Post Oak Falls, as with all the rains recently they should be quite picturesque.


But a storm was brewing and I didn’t want to take a chance.


So I didn’t go more than 100 yards from the parking lot for these photographs.


Last light before the raindrops

Last light before the raindrops

Stay tuned for the critters and birds!


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  1. Sally said,

    Cindy, that spotted butterfly is so unusual. I’ve not seen one like it. Lovely. (Do you know the name by any chance?)

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