April in Texas

From April 11 - 22, 2011, I took a road trip first down to Big Bend National Park, then via Del Rio to the San Antonio to visit my mother and to check out a few places in the HillCountry, before heading back to Albuquerque with a short, but productive visit to Rattlesnake Springs, just south of Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Saw some great birds and got a few good pictures of dragonflies, butterflies, bugs, flowers, and one porcupine.

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Spider

Tarantula
Hawk
Quite a variety of butterflies flitting around.
(Thanks to Rebeccca Gracey for identifying them.)

Pipevine
Swallowtail

Pipevine
Swallowtail

Black
Swallowtail

Phaon
Crescent

Vesta
Crescent

Banded
Patch

Tawny
Emperor

Banded
Patch

Common
Buckeye

Banded
Patch

Banded
Patch
Big Bend had some fascinating damselflies and a few dragonflies.
The damselfly mating scene was just extraordinary one afternoon.











American
Rubyspot

Rubyspot and
Powdered Dancer

Rubyspot and
Powdered Dancer

Bluet, Rubyspot
and Powdered Dancers

Clubtail
Dragonfly

Cactus
Spines

Primrose and
Bluebonnets

Bluebonnets

Indian
Blanket

Blue-eyed
Grass

Cypress Trees
(Garner State Park)

Passionflower

Winecups

Winecups

Water Lily

Poppies

Poppies

Poppies

Ocotillo

Ocotillo
In New Mexico, you might see as many as 3 Cedar Waxwings at a time,
but whoa, in Texas there are just huge numbers of them.








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