The Easter experience is usually getting together with family, eating too much candy, and going back to work the next day and trying to fend off all of the extra candy that everyone brought to work. 2020 is going to be an odd-ball year for this and so many other things. For Easter, I woke to a thunderstorm at a little before 6:00AM, worked around the house much of the day, and when it got late in the afternoon I went hiking.
I went to my usual nearby place, Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. All of the State Parks are closed. I went out Friday evening with my daughters and saw something that I wanted to come back and shoot. The burn that was done out here at the beginning of the year really changed the place quite a bit and has me seeing a lot that I hadn’t seen before. So, it was down the trail, across the stream, through the thicket to the place I wanted to shoot.
There is an old stone wall that I had never noticed before. I think because it was hidden by the dense brambles and grasses that were burned off. I went to the old stone wall and found a few wildflowers to frame in the foreground. I hope the wall in the background makes the photo more interesting. The first image below is my favorite of the day.
An Ash Juniper tree shows the damage it took from the burn. Don’t worry, these trees reproduce like weeds and their pollen irritates many a nose in these parts. I was mainly interested in the stones and Indian Paintbrushes at its base. A nicer tree would have made this a good picture.
Below are a few shots of the wildflowers among the stones. You might find a big bee in one of them.
At least the wildflowers were celebrating Easter. Bing visual search identifies this as Allium, but I don’t know for certain.
That was my isolated hike for Easter. Have a nice week.