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A Walk in the Park

We walk every day, but we don’t go anywhere. That is to say, we don’t hike much anymore because it’s hard to take the time off. There’s a small hiking area about twenty minutes from where we live (Not counting the woods where we usually walk. We saw a GORGEOUS owl in the woods the other morning.) Anyway, we finally decided we should go to the other hiking area and walk around. It was a beautiful day and I took some nice pictures of the wild flowers. Down by the water, it often smelled of Jasmine to me. I think the perfume was from the white flower, but I’m not sure. If you hike here in the summer, the smell is more swampish, damp, alligator. This time of year the water was clear and low. Because of the drought we were actually able to cross the river in spots that used to be well underwater.

IMG_1740 We crossed this at a low point. Usually we have to go around and walk across the road/bridge. The turtles weren’t out yet.

IMG_1741 In the summer the water smells of mud and humidity with flashes of fresh air. Today it was all fresh and smelled of plumeria or jasmine.

IMG_1745 These bell shaped flowers were waaaay up on the hillside growing on a vine. I have no idea what they are. If anyone knows, tell us!




It was a beautiful day and a nice one for walking. I may have gleaned some book ideas from the walk, but they also might be half baked! It’s starting to be springtime in many areas. Get out. Get some sunshine and fresh air. It’s worth the walk.

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Posted: May 1, 2015
Filed in Walks in Life


  1. What beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing your walk with us.

    Comment by Elisabeth — May 1, 2015 @ 8:47 am

  2. Flowers could be columbines.
    They grow wild sometimes.
    Thanks for the pic.
    Heather at work

    Comment by Heather — May 1, 2015 @ 1:04 pm

  3. I have been thinking….you have written so many books.
    Can’t count right now.
    How wonderful is that?
    Glad to know such a great writer!
    You get better and better with every book you write.
    I am so happy for you Maria.
    Ya done good, Kiddo!

    Comment by Heather — May 1, 2015 @ 1:10 pm

  4. Thank you, Heather. You are so sweet.

    These were vines so not Columbines (see how I rhymed???) It was a very nice way to spend an hour.

    Comment by Maria — May 1, 2015 @ 1:12 pm

  5. I think your red flower may be a variety of Clematis, but I’m not positive. It’s a vine and comes in red and has those oddly shaped flowers when closed. The pictures are beautiful. It looks so peaceful and soul-soothing there, at least as long as there are no mosquitos! Are those yellow flowers black-eyed Susans?

    Comment by Dee/LoveMyBooks — May 1, 2015 @ 1:52 pm

  6. I don’t think Clematis grows here and the flowers in the woods didn’t appear to open more than the one I took straight on. None of them were more open than that. But maybe it will open later in the day or earlier. I don’t the the yellow are black-eyed Susan’s either, but I have to go look them up again. We have several yellow wild flowers here. I look them up and then promptly forget them!

    We were very lucky–no mosquitoes. I usually wear lavender lotion, but didn’t have to. Up on the hill, it’s quite dry so there are no mosquitoes there!

    Comment by Maria — May 1, 2015 @ 2:26 pm

  7. Okay, I googled it — still think it may be Clematis. According to the wild flower guide, it does grow in Texas. However — my 2 semesters of botany were many many years ago, so . . . The first picture is the one I meant — the side view. The second picture looks fully open to me. However, again . . . My mom had some Clematis in the back yard, but I don’t really remember what it looks like that well. The ones in your photo are certainly pretty.

    Reason I asked re Black eye Susan is the one that I can see clearly looks like it has a dark center. We used to see fields of them up here but I haven’t seen one growing wild for a long time.

    Comment by Dee/LoveMyBooks — May 1, 2015 @ 5:19 pm

  8. You could be right. I have my wildflower book and I looked up some after the walk. I’ll have to pull it out this weekend and see if I can find them. There is one yellow that has a dark center and one that has a yellow center. Those are the dark ones so maybe so!

    Comment by Maria — May 1, 2015 @ 5:28 pm

  9. Beautiful pics! Could that flower be a Bleeding Heart?

    Comment by Trina Duncan — May 1, 2015 @ 7:31 pm

  10. Oooh. I think that is it!!! Or a close cousin!

    Comment by Maria — May 1, 2015 @ 7:38 pm

  11. I don’t think Bleeding Heart grows on a vine. It’s mostly found in the Smoky Mountains and is fairly rare. The blossoms are similar, though. I grew up in the foothills of the Smokys, and we used to see it occasionally in fields. Sadly, most of those fields are now strip malls and housing developments.

    Comment by Dee/LoveMyBooks — May 2, 2015 @ 12:54 pm

  12. Found it!! I meant to do this last night, because I got intrigued, but apparently not intrigued enough to stay awake ;>) . It’s a Scarlet Leatherflower, or Clematis Texensis. I found it in a data base . The picture they have of it is almost identical to the first one you posted, Maria.

    Comment by Dee/LoveMyBooks — May 2, 2015 @ 1:06 pm

  13. Awesome! That is it for sure.

    Comment by Maria — May 2, 2015 @ 1:20 pm

  14. Maria,
    Whoever said I was sweet!
    Scrappy is a better word.
    Enjoy your finding wild flowers

    Comment by Heather — May 2, 2015 @ 2:29 pm

  15. Heather, YOU ARE!

    Comment by Maria — May 2, 2015 @ 2:58 pm

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