Flowers of Flying Hat (10-11): Salt Creek water sounds

The rains about two weeks ago produced sufficient runoff from pastures farther upstream to maintain a water flow in Salt Creek, an intermittent creek that runs through the ranchito.  You can turn up your sound volume and hear the burble of water flowing over and down sedimentary rock.

This is the first sustained water flow — beyond thunderstorm rains — since before the drought.

10. Gyp Indian Blanket, rear view of blossom that is pointed west.

The Gyp Indian Blanket is one of my favorite wildflowers.  They are so free-standing, tall and bunched together like a family.

Gyp Indian Blanket family


11. Vetch with yucca sprouts

The vetch is knee-high near the house and in the far field it is waist-high in some places.  I like this photograph because of the contrast — yucca and delicate vetch blossoms.

My photography of every new-emergent flower continues.  I have several varieties backlogged in pictures.  Today I have taken several photographs of the Stork’s Bill blossom and will post them soon.


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11 responses to “Flowers of Flying Hat (10-11): Salt Creek water sounds

  1. Great sound of the stream! We also have a small intermittent stream that is running at the moment as it does each spring from snow melt higher up the mountains. Wish it would run all year!

    I like the Indian Blanket, a flower we don’t have here. We do have a species of vetch, but it won’t bloom here until late May or early June.

  2. What a glorious sound your little video provides. I am really enjoying seeing your pictures of the wildflowers that dot the ranchito. Looking forward to what the weeks will bring.

  3. I love the water video. The property I frequented between Kerrville and Medina had three springs that ran all year – even in drought – and it sounded much the same. There was a cooking mound close by. Apparently the earliest people there appreciated the water, too.

    We didn’t dig, but after hard rains you could find arrowheads, scrapers, spearheads and chips where the water had washed away a layer of dirt. I always liked to sit there, listening to the stream and imagining what it was like for Indians who sat there making tools or scraping hides.

    • Oh, wow! I wish I could experience spring water like that again. My maternal great-grandfather had a place in San Saba County called Rough Creek and it ran through the drought of the 30s and 50s.

  4. I am surprisingly impressed with the vernal season in Texas. It is much more vibrant than I imagined. Life abounds wherever there is water and hopefully you will have ample rain this coming year. Loved the gyp indian blanket. Beautiful.

  5. Jack, I hope you and your family are okay over there in Texas. They have just told us about many violent tornados in Texas on our TV-news.

    Thank you for showing us this fine video. I love water sounds. They are calming.

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