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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Hiking @ Lost Maples Natural Area - Vanderpool, Texas

We choose the East Trail which was about 5 miles round trip.  What amazed use during this hike was the change of topography.  The elevation change ran around 600 ft of so.

The water level was low but there was some spots with plenty of water to enjoy.

A field of mealycup sage
The rock on the left is called the Monkey Rock. Can you see why?

Effects of water erosion over time.
Most grottos in Texas have these ferns but the yellow flowers growing out of the wall were pretty. Click on any picture to enlarge.

There were a lot of stairs. There was also a tough rock path to climb.
Coming up from the canyon
We brought us a picnic cooler. Time for a break.
There was a bunch of mountain laurel at the top; this would have been in full bloom about a month ago..sorry we missed that.
A view from the ridge,
The east trail is prominent on the left side of he picture coming down the slope. It was rocky and steep. The west and east trails converge near the pond. We'll save the west trail for another day.

Steep going up and going down; the east trail was challenging for about 2 miles.
Watch your step!
More of the yellow flowers coming out of he cliff.
a type of thistle
Texas Pincushion

Beautiful cactus bloom

Nice oasis 
Kobe got so hot and was happy to test the water
Spanish Moss in bloom
The symmetry of nature.
This is the perfect spot.
The water was deep here.

Butterflies and bees love thistle.

Rapparian  topography along the creeks.

A Texas Betony.

Silverleaf Nightshade
Huge Red Hawk nest in cliffside.

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