March 23, 2011

Spring Break Hiking Trips

The past couple of weeks have been spring break for all of my friends so I've been out hiking and helping one of my friends collect a bunch of native Texas plants. The following pictures come from the local park, another park in Austin and the Barton Creek Greenbelt.
Little water snake pretending to be dead.

Painted Lady having a snack.

This little spider just wants a hug.

European house sparrows stealing the purple martin houses.

Buckeye chilling on the sidewalk.

This squirrel was staring at me.

Mating Damselflies.

Another Painted lady on snow drop flowers.

Damselfly on a stick.

Sarcophagidae fly (also known as Carrion Flies).

Butterfly trying it's best to be a dead leaf.

Baby spiders that just hatched.

Ant having a tasty snack of dead spiders.

Mating tiger swallowtail butterflies.

Yellow-rumped warbler.

Tiger Beetle at Walnut Creek.

Once upon a time this was a living thing, now it's just an impression.

Daddy Longlegs hiding in the limestone.

One of the pair I scared out of hiding.

Another daddy longleg trying to get away.

Sparrow of some sort? I'm not sure.

Painted lady again, these butterflies are everywhere and very good at staying still.

Black and White skipper on a redbud tree.

Red-shouldered Hawk flying over the Barton Creek Greenbelt.

This picture was taken about 2 seconds before this hawk dived for a snack.

Cardinals were easily the most populous bird on the trail.

Very fuzzy caterpillar.

This snake is blowing you a raspberry.

Butterfly on a mountain laurel.

White-eyed Vireo, this is the only picture I managed to catch before he flew off.

There were a lot of Carolina Wrens hanging around the limestone cliffs.

Lots of Carolina Wrens.

Cool Lizard about to enter breeding season, soon his whole belly will be blue.

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