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!

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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Last light before the raindrops

Last light before the raindrops

Stay tuned for the critters and birds!

 

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3 Comments

  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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