Our guide was John.
The dead tree is a Banyon tree. They will take over a whole city if given a chance. This one was purposely killed to save the oak.
This photo is made larger so you can see the Chachalacas at the base of the tree. Chachalacas are named by the sound they make. We have some south of Magnolia park and we frequently hear their raucus cha-cha-lac-a.
This is a spiny lizard and it blends in very well with its surroundings.
A live Banyon tree
John is showing us a butterfly vine. Their flower resembles a butterfly.
This is a Texas bluebonnet. Not a native of south Texas it grows abundantly in Hill Country.
Soft shelled turtles
Spanish dagger (Yucca) John said he had one of these go right through his finger. He said he did not feel a thing. They are razor sharp.
This is another nocturnal bird. And it is a ground feeder. I had to be shown where it was located. Kay Stilson is the one who spotted it first. Hint- It is smack dab in the middle of the photo.
Pack rat nest. They make it near a cactus for protection.
The cactus are starting to bloom. This is a native of south Texas.