Prickly pear cacti mingle with wildflowers.
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center isn’t just about, well, wildflowers.
I also was intrigued with the plethora (yep, it’s my $1 word) of cacti there.
Blooms in different stages on a prickly pear cactus
I’ve seen fruit on a prickly pear cactus before, but this was the first time that blooms caught my eye.
Love the dash of color!
They made the lowly cacti look downright lovely!
Yellow cactus flowers were sprinkled here and there, brightening the landscape. The color palette made me smile.
A bee and a bug share some space.
As for these guys?
What an unusual-looking bug!
They liked them, too!
These little bells were hiding in the woods.
A week of blog posts without pix of wildflowers?
A lonely spider lily
That will never do!
Love these delicate blue flowers.
Guess it’s time to rectify the situation.
A cluster of pink wild garlic
I snapped these photos this week in Tom Bass Park.
White mixes with pink wild garlic
There were so many more wildflowers blooming than when I last shot there in mid-March. Color was everywhere you looked.
A bee hangs on to this large weed.
These guys, too, unfortunately for me.
The gorgeous fall color extends to the leaves on the ground.
While I was snapping photos of that fabulous fall foliage last weekend, a few other colorful characters managed to make a lasting impression on me. Like the solo leaf above.
And these blue petals.
I wonder what kind of plant this is.
Plus these purply things (sorry to be so technical; I pride myself on my plant knowledge).
But the day wasn’t just ruled by the flora’s sensational shades. Halloween hues also were on display.
Luck be a ladybug!
Who could resist the orange and black of a ladybug?
A bee gets his fill of pollen.
And, naturally, where there are flowers, there are sure to be bees. Especially when I’m behind my Nikon dSLR. That orange and black combined with the yellow of the petals?
Bee-yoo-tiful, of course!
A bunch of sunflowers grow near a neighboring community’s lake.
Few flowers make me smile when I see them as much as sunflowers.
The promise of a future sunflower looks intriguing.
It could be because yellow is one of my favorite colors. But it’s really because they look so friendly.
As I was walking through our neighboring community recently, I was thrilled to see several patches of sunflowers along the bike path. I couldn’t wait to return with my digital SLR to snap photos of them.
The view behind the sunflowers also is fascinating.
Of course, I knew that I wouldn’t just snap pix of sunflowers.
A cattail lives close to the lake.
When I was walking along the lake earlier in the year, I was saddened by the lack of vegetation due to a freeze.
A bee grabs pollen from a purple lake plant.
Fortunately, that was only temporary. Now the reeds and plants have grown back along the lake’s banks. And you know what else has returned to the body of water?
A red dragonfly flies above his blue brethren.
A blue dragonfly tries to blend in.
Always a challenge to photograph, you know I’m looking forward to clicking lots of pix of my favorite flyers.
A fly takes front and center on a flower.
This kind of fly? Not so much.
A skipper rests on a bluebonnet in Gonzales.
A damselfly visits the Mission Concepción in San Antonio.
A bluebonnet draws interest from a bee in Gonzales county.
This magenta wildflower is a fine stopping place for a skipper in Gonzales.
Red is this butterfly’s favorite color; the flowers are in a field in Gonzales county.
A bee is barely visible among purple flowers outside of the Mission Concepción.
A skipper watches disc golf at Imperial Park.
Pretty purple flowers attract more than just me.
The way last Friday’s high school district cross-country meet was set up, it was easiest to take photos at the start and the finish. But that meant there was a boatload of time in between waiting for runners.
At first I was bored at this local park. But then I spied these pretty purple flowers nearby, and I went over to investigate.
Making a beeline towards a flower
I was glad I did! When I zoomed in with my Nikon 70-200mm lens, I could see a bee frolicking among the flowers.
The bee almost cuddles with the flower.
Thankfully, because of the zoom, I could get up close and personal with the insect without fearing a meeting with his stinger. Which I did fear a lot.
Just hanging around
The bee really put on a show for me and made the time fly by.
An unflattering angle
No butts about it!
Is it a double bridge or a reflection?
I don’t just have water on the brain—there was much more than just sprinklers to snap during last Sunday’s photo walk with my Olympus Stylus Tough 6000.
Seeing double . . . and quadruple!
Love these lake reflections!
And more reflections.
An egret rests at the top of a tree.
Ferns frame the lake.
Purple daisies cheer up the landscape.
And more flora (using the Olympus’ macro mode).
A butterfly hangs out.
An occasional butterfly.
A big bee enjoys the purple flowers near the lake.
And, of course, bees.
A bee captures pollen.
The Olympus seemed to be as drawn to the big buzzers as they were to the purple flowers.
A bee carrying pollen hovers over a yellow flower.
The tough point-and-shoot even was up to the task of capturing a bee in the air as it honed in on a flower! That was totally unexpected.
In the future I might do more photo snapping than speed walking in our neighboring community. Fewer calories are expended but getting surprising pix more than makes up for that!