Author Archives: aneyefortexas

About aneyefortexas

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

Osage Orange Trees in the Desert

Osage Orange trees are unexpected in the desert, but they are here. Continue reading

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Gypsum, and the Plants that Live On It

The mineral gypsum appears all over the world, but is rarely seen on the surface anywhere except in deserts. Gypsum, is a form of Calcium Sulphate in which each CaSO4 molecule is chemically combined with two water molecules in a … Continue reading

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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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