November 29, 2023

01 Red Bud Isle kayakers

Lovely fall climate enticed me and DH out for an additional stroll round Woman Chook Lake final weekend, however first we stopped at Purple Bud Isle to take a look at the bald cypresses going rusty orange. It’s a great present for Austin!

02 Red Bud Isle kayakers

Kayakers and canoeists had been having fun with it too.

03 Lamar Bridge Austin skyline lake

The autumn shade wasn’t as brilliant at Woman Chook Lake, however the views had been good nonetheless.

04 Lady Bird Lake Voodoo Temple

The lake view from Voodoo Temple, a tucked-away arbor on the Hike-and-Bike Path.

05 Agave deer antlering damage

Again at dwelling, I needed to grumble over recent antler-rubbing injury to my previously untouched whale’s tongue agave. These rattling deer! The males are antlering all the pieces this 12 months, together with sotols, Yucca rostrata, Sabal minor — actually something and all the pieces. I can’t inform you how irritating it’s to seek out shredded yucca and palmetto leaves strewn concerning the backyard, pushed-over sotols, and damaged agaves.

06 Deer lying on lawn

The scene two doorways down. Not the responsible social gathering (no antlers), however he’s round someplace.

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