Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Hill Country Wildflowers

After spending the last two weeks at the Mason TX City RV Park, we are leaving tomorrow. We plan to head to Abilene State Park near Buffalo Gap. This has turned out to be one of the better years for bluebonnets and other wildflowers here in the Mason area. We have spent several nice days driving various highways, farm to markets, and ranch roads taking photos of the beautiful blooms. Below are a few of my favorites.

Bluebonnets on a farm road southwest of Mason.

A field of bluebonnets on the Willow City Loop between Fredericksburg and Llano.

Prickly Poppies and more bluebonnets on a ranch road off the Willow City Loop.

Wildflowers growing along the side of Highway 87 south of Mason.

Mason TX Author

This statue of the characters in the book "Ole Yeller" is in front of the city library. The author of the book, Fred Gipson, was born on a farm near Mason and spent his school years here. He returned to the area in his later years purchasing a ranch. The Disney movie based on the book was first shown at the Mason Odeon Theater in 1947.

An old one room school near Mason where Fred Gipson's sister Stella taught school. Stella Gipson Polk wrote several young adult works of fiction.

Fort Richardson State Park in Jacksboro, TX

Our site at the state park near Jacksboro, TX. The last time we camped here was quite a few years ago when we still lived in Denton. It is a nice park with a walking trail near the creek, a low water crossing and a small stocked lake.

Quarry lake near the entrance to the state park. We always saw a fisherman or two trying their luck here.

Another view of our campsite. We liked the trees that blocked the wind and provided a nice shady place to sit during the day. If it had been a lot cooler I'm sure Donnie would have built a campfire, so maybe next trip.

I'm not sure if this photo is large enough to read this plaque, but it supplies the basic information about Fort Richardson. In 1867 the fort was built to repel Comanche and Kiowa Indian attacks and allow settlement of the area. Around 1878 the fort was abandoned because settlers had moved farther west.

The post hospital is one of seven buildings left of the original fort.

Shelby in the ruins of the old guardhouse.