Hiking on Elk Mountain
Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge
|Bush clover, (grows Aug.-Oct.)|
|Slender day flower|
|Deer on the ridge.|
|Perfect niche for a Hackberry Tree.|
|Helen between the rocks.|
|Young Diamond Back Rattlesnake|
Ohhh, we encountered a rattlesnake. It blended in so well and lay so flat that I passed right by it!
Helen yelped and jumped back when she saw it. It never moved and the rattler was curled underneath it.
We could see "Apple & Pear" below us,,, further down is the Valley of Boulders.
|A small nature ampitheatre!|
|I spy a cairn!|
|Other side - I want to get to that cairn!|
I like finding other people's cairns on trails (or off trail). Whoever put this one together was quite
the climber. The boulders were way huge and smooth. Not sure how they got up there,,,,
|Me on the Arch.|
|Violet wood sorrell (blooms twice a year)|
|Curly cup gum weed|
This was a wonderful hike! Several new flowers to add to the watercolor collection too. :)
"Hiking is just walking where it's ok to pee."