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    LLano Estacado Wildflowers

    Hi everyone. I've recently taken to stopping and snapping a picture of any wildflowers as I'm driving about, and this morning the wife and I took a hike around our little state park and took quite a few photos. We've had a pretty wet and mild spring so the flowers are really popping up right now. I thought I'd show you what we have in my neck of the woods seeing that many of you are from much more gentle parts of the country.

    First let me give you some background. I live in a geographical area known as the Llano Estacado. Essentially it's a gigantic mesa/plateau spanning over West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. It's known for having very little elevation change (II think it's somewhere around an average of <10ft change per mile) and it sits higher up than the rest of the great plains; our elevation is 4000ft. We get very little in the way of rainfall and an average of <20%RH, this and constant winds over 20mph have a habit of desiccating most plants. However, there is a lot of beauty if you look for it.


    Abronia fragrans


    Calylophus hartwegii


    Carduus nutans
    These were over 6ft tall




    Convolvulus arvensis
    A highly invasive species believed to be brought in from contaminated seed. It only lives where there's quite a bit of water for the area, primarily drainage ditches and crops.


    Cryptantha flavoculata


    Curcurbita foetidissima
    Just a flower bud, but I'll probably post a pic of the full bloom later on. I think this a a very interesting plant. Known as buffalo melon or buffalo gourd.


    Dimorphocarpa wislizenii


    Erigeron spp.


    Gaillardia pulchella
    Firewheel




    Hedyotis acerosa


    Glandularia bipinnatifida


    Linum lewisii var. lewisii




    Melampodium leucanthum


    Melilotus officinalis


    Oenothere pallida subspecies gypsophila
    Primrose


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    Opuntia phaecantha
    Prairie prickly pear
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    Physaria fendleri


    Psilostrophe tagetina
    Paperflower


    Quincula lobata


    Solanum eleagnifolium
    Silver leaf nightshade


    Solanum rostratum
    Buffalo bur


    Sphaeralcea coccinea




    Sphaeralcea spp.


    Thelesperma megapotamicum


    Tradescantia occidentalis
    Spiderwort


    Tragopogon dubius
    Goat's beard


    Verbesina encelioides


    Xanthisima spinulosum


    Yucca faxoniana
    Just barely catching the bloom. I'll try and get pics of a full one soon. It's quite impressive.


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    BONUS REPTILES!!!!

    six lined race runner, or maybe prairie racerunner... Very difficult to photograph.


    Horned lizard


    Also lots of these guys.






    And this one looks very similar to the others with a different patterning.
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    Difficult to tell if the 1st one is a Six Lined or a juvie of the Prairie subspecies although I wasn't aware the Six Lined made it out that far west. Love those little guys. The horned lizard appears to be P.cornutum. P.solarae has a larger more well defined crown and the other species native to NM can't really be mistaken with the other 2. I think the next 3 are Uta stansburiana but some could also be Sceloporus species . I'm terrible at ID'ing the native "fence lizards" and their kin. The last one is an Earless Lizard, probably Holbrookia maculata or 1 of it's subspecies. Great photos, very jealous of what's lurking in your backyard.

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    He wears the ring of power!


    Also, those are some really cool pictures.
    the lizards blew my socks off

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    @Johnny: There was another race runner type lizard as well. Couldn't get a shot of it. Almost identical shape and size. But without stripes, has a very mottled almost checkered pattern. They're pretty common. I'll try and get a pic if I ever have a camera handy for the three seconds they sit still.

    @nem: and I love this ring. It's actually the ring I talked my wife into letting me get married with. It's. ..precious to me. ..

    And thanks to both of you for the compliments on the photos. I bought a vivitar series 1 lens a few years back, and I'm just getting to using it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monkey View Post
    @Johnny: There was another race runner type lizard as well. Couldn't get a shot of it. Almost identical shape and size. But without stripes, has a very mottled almost checkered pattern. They're pretty common. I'll try and get a pic if I ever have a camera handy for the three seconds they sit still.
    There's about a dozen species of Racerunner/Whiptail out where you are. The checkered species are super cool. So tough to get a decent photo of though.

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    Well, how about it? We caught one in my back yard this afternoon.



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