On a Roll with Daisy 2013 travel blog

Wildflower Cafe - Dianne, Barbara, Nancy, Glenda, Inge and Virginia

McDermott Learning Center

Bats and Congress Avenue Bridge

Cliff Swallows II

Early Spring in the Basin

Gulf Prairies and Matagorda Bay

In the Shadow of Buchanan Dam

Renegade II - Taming the Colorado

Small Plot Research Area

Hill Country Trails Entrance

Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum

Today Nancy and I met Inge, Virginia, Barbara and Dianne at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. First we had lunch at the Wildflower Care and then went to the McDermott Learning Center to see the exhibit, "Never the Same River Twice" by Margie Crisp. (http://www.margiecrisp.com/index.html)

Over a period of five years she traveled the length of the Colorado River from its headwaters in Dawson County, south of Lubbock, to its mouth on the Gulf of Mexico at Matagorda Bay. She went by foot, kayak and motorboat to develop hand-colored linocuts, lithographs and silkscreen prints of the river’s denizens -- animal, plant and human. One of the displays showed how she had made the works. She has a rather unusual, but interesting, style. She lives and works near Elgin (east of Austin).

As usual, I was frustrated in my attempts to get photos without reflections. The McDermott Learning Center has glass doors and windows nearly all the way around and, regardless of the angle, there will be some reflections. I'm including a few of the photos anyway.

Then we walked part of the trail near the Small Plot Research Area where they propagated loblolly pine seedlings to be transplanted in Bastrop State Park, where a wild fire in September 2011 destroyed almost all of the trees in the park. It was a major disaster.

We also walked through part of the Hill Country Trails section. In the Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum we saw the latest plantings of native Texas trees. They are still quite small.

Tonight I went with Val and Nancy to the Walmart parking lot to meet Cindy, Val’s daughter. Cindy drove us to Dripping Springs for a Bible study with some women of the new church being sponsored by Bannockburn Baptist in Austin. First we saw a video presentation by Sheila Walsh, who has a wonderful Scottish accent. Then we broke up into three discussion groups of about eight participants per group.

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