Instead of zooming through Llano (with the habitual donut stop at Chrissy's Homestyle Bakery), we paused at Robinson City Park a mile or so west of the town square, located along the Llano river. It was a great place for the kids to get out and romp, and seems like a fun location to put in kayaks and swim on a hot summer day (note to self..).
They even have bluebonnets amid rolling boulders
Requisite close-up :)
Imagine this spot in summer when the tree is full of leaves.. I would laze on the bank and watch my kids frolic (avoiding the turtle sunning itself on rocks of course)..
Perfect hopping rocks for a 5 year old..
Spiderwort plants have popped up in between the boulders.
At my parent's place, the flowers were still subdued and waiting. Mason is apparently 1000 ft higher than Austin, so it will be a couple of weeks before the hills are bursting. There are many early starters that caught my eye though..
These are Blue Gilia (Gilastrum rigidulum), which I found along shady draws in caliche soils.
This early Huisache daisy has a plump bee as a fan.
All along the hills I could see the soft white mounds of Spanish dagger flowers peeking out.
This white prickly poppy (Argemone albiflora) is a wonderful combination of toughness (cows and deer won't eat them) and delicateness (look at those paperysoft petals!).
I found a few claret cup or Hedgehog cacti- they epitomize the word tough- growing in limestone cracks where not much else can survive..
Happy spring everyone!