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About aneyefortexas

Retired writer/teacher/photographer, now photographing the Chihuahuan Desert at the Big Bend Ranch State Park, Texas.

Lichen Revolution

Back in 2009 I wrote a little article about lichen, those symbiotic organisms that have intrigued biologists for so long. At the time I wrote the piece, it was generally believed that lichen were usually a partnership of two species, … Continue reading

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The Amazing Kangaroo Rat

The Kangaroo Rat is one of the most remarkable animals in the desert. Neither a rat, nor a kangaroo, the Kangaroo Rat is in the genus Dipodomys and is closely related to mice and gophers, with whom they share the … Continue reading

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More New Arrivals

Botanizers are a bit like birders. They’ll go to great lengths to see a particular plant. This year, West Texas is a paradise for botanizers. Since we are having such a fine year out here, I’m adding wildflower photos as … Continue reading

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Wildflowers Blooming at the Barton Warnock Center Garden.

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The Slender Evolvulus

The rainy season in the Chihuahuan Desert brings out flowering plants of all descriptions. The sheer numbers of Shrubby Senna, Trumpet Flowers, Skeletonleaf Goldeneyes, Broom weed, and other yellow flowers can be so overwhelming that it is easy to overlook … Continue reading

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Cochineal

Several years ago in an article on prickly pears I mentioned the most famous of prickly pear parasites, the Cochineal bug. A specially-bred strain of this tiny insect produced the brightest, most permanent red dye in the world. In time, … Continue reading

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The Yuccas

One of the most distinctive plant families of the desert are the yuccas. They grow throughout the American Southwest, Mexico, and South America. Yuccas were always considered valuable by native tribes who used them for food, fiber, and soap-making. People … Continue reading

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