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Sure Signs of Spring at Laity Lodge

By Mark D. Roberts | Monday, April 12, 2010

Here are some sure signs of spring at Laity Lodge. I took this photos this past weekend.

Laity Lodge along the Frio River

Claret Cup Cactus (sometimes called Hedgehog Cactus)

Swallowtail butterfly on a Praire Verbena (sometimes called Dakota Vervain)

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3 Responses to “Sure Signs of Spring at Laity Lodge”

  1. Thomas Buck Says:
    April 12th, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Very nice!

    We’ve got a few crocuses, the robins are back, and the geese are coming back, but it’ll be another two months before we look like Texas.

    Thanks for the pix, Mark!


  2. Evan Says:
    April 12th, 2010 at 5:36 am

    Mark, in keeping with your prior post of the subject, another sure sign of Spring in Texas is the male Grackles fluffing up their neck feathers, holding up their wings and running wind sprints to impress the ladies. And, as usual, they make a lot of noise in the process.

    At my old house, there was a power line that ran over my back fence. I saw a Mourning Dove land on the line at the far left extreme of my back yard. A second or so later, another dove, obviously an amorous male, alighted just to the left of the first. The first dove, clearly an impressed female, scooted sideways along the line to the right. The male followed. The female scooted away again, followed immediately by her suitor. The couple scooted across the entire length of my back yard in this fashion over the next minute or so, until the female ran out of power line and flew off, followed by the ever-optimistic male. Apparently he thought, a la Pepe LePew, “Ho ho, she is playing hard to get!” instead of correctly realizing he had gotten on her nerves. Ah, L’Amour!

  3. J.Falconer Says:
    April 14th, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Rev. M. Roberts & posters, The ladies especially appreciate Evan’s note that the female doves are acting coy to hope the “right” male suitor pursues & captures or win’s the fair maiden dove’s hand. Here, the yellow butterflies are not too worried about taxes, finances & bills –housing, jobs, projects or portfolios. We enjoy & need the lovely Texas photos & humor of the Roberts family & Readers especially this lands times we’re in. Thanks for all the positive input & always enjoy the sermons, too!! Thanks Again j & family PS Have noticed in a few travels–the Midwest & Arizona do not seem as affected by the economic travails as southern CA Hopefully peace returns==less wars & brighter economic times for a lot of folks


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