We took a drive out through the Hill Country this week; out Highway 290 towards Fredericksburg. It was a beautiful day. We left early to beat the morning rush hour and stopped at Pedernales Falls State Park to visit their bird blinds. We stayed for less than an hour, but saw canyon wrens, ladderback woodpeckers, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, lincoln and field sparrows, ruby-crowned kinglets, black-crested titmice, cardinals, spotted towhees, and more.
Along the way we stopped at the Pedernales River several times and saw wild turkeys, buffalo and longhorn cattle.
Then we stopped at Wildseed Farms to buy fresh flower seed to plant after the last freeze.
We packed a picnic basket and visited Becker Vineyard’s annual lavender festival. The lavender fields bloomed early this year so there wasn’t much purple to photograph today. But a good time was had by all.
We’ve been busy! This past weekend, we made a roadtrip out to west, stopping first at William Chris Winery, where we caught up with a friend of ours that we ran into, by chance; then we hopped over to Wildseed Farms to pickup a bunch of seed; then made it over to one of our faves, Becker Vineyards, where we had a tasting, a picnic, and checked out their new field of zinnias. Just beautiful.
On the way home we headed over to the Real Ale Brewery in Blanco. We took the river road south/southeast from Hwy 290 to Blanco, and stopped along the way several times to check out the now lazy river that was uncontrollably raging just 4 months ago, tragically sweeping away homes and families over Memorial Day weekend.
At Real Ale, Monte sampled a flight, and I sipped my favorite – Hans Pils.
Then Sunday rolled around, and we headed out to see the Anderson Mill historical site, near its original location at Cypress Creek on Lake Travis. The Anderson Mill Gardeners do a wonderful job of preserving the site and its history.We made it to the boat in time to cheer the Seahawks on to their first win of the season, enjoying the recently repaired air conditioning on Nirvana (yay!).
About an hour before sunset, Kurt, Barbara, Dakota and little Leila joined us on the boat, and we motored out to the body of the lake to drift and watch the supermoon lunar eclipse.
Have I mentioned taking photos of the moon and stars on a moving boat is hard? I didn’t get any good shots. But I thought this one was kinda cool… you get the idea.
It’s been a little while since I’ve posted something. Things have been very busy lately. So, i’ll take the liberty of a longer post today.
We took today off, starting a much awaited and long overdue week or so of vacation. The day was overcast and a tad chilly. We set out into the Hill Country – destination Enchanted Rock. This gigantic outcropping of granite rock was formed about a billion years ago. It’s a stark contrast to the tree-covered, rough limestone hills that surround it. The summit trail leads up the 425′ vertical climb to the top, which is 1825′ above sea level. If you look at the picture above you can see a person approaching the top, and a few people along the way – which give a sense of the scale of the Rock.
It was quite windy at the top. But what great views! We don’t get a lot of autumn color, so I really enjoyed seeing this patchwork of rust, gold and green from above.
The close up views were worth seeing as well. The shot above is of the rust colored lichens that can be found covering the pink granite rocks.
On the way down I couldn’t resist taking this shot of a wind-beaten, twisted, dead oak tree against the sky.
After we made it back down we came across several deer, right on the edge of the parking lot. This guy turned to say bye.
On the way to the park we drove through Fredericksburg and stopped to walk through some of the shops. We ate lunch at Der LindenBaum – home of awesome traditional German cooking. On the way home, we couldn’t drive by Becker Vineyards without stopping in for a flight of wine tasting.