Bayou Bound and traipsing through Texas Hill Country, 2008 travel blog

wild phlox

Calf nestled in bluebonnets

On guard

Lush vegetation in the Texas Hill Country

The view from the escarpment

Unique rest stop design

One of the many exotic animal ranchs we saw

Flash-flood prone road

Indian Paintbrush and bluebonnets

Now those are some horns!!!

The hill country of central Texas is distinctively different from the flat grassland and forests of the eastern lowlands and from the great prairies of west Texas. It is a land of low-forested hills interspersed with fertile river valleys. The hill country is a very pretty part of the great state. The greening of the landscape started at the eastern edge of the desert where it meets the escarpment. Here we drove past many cattle, deer and exotic animal ranches. The road meandered over the undulating hills with more countless flash flood warning signs. The vegetation got thicker till we were in lush growth of trees deep in the Hill Country. There were not many freeway wildflowers because of the current drought. In spite of the lack of precipitation it is still lush in this part of the state.

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