Water and stone flow along Austin’s Bull Creek

Spring is springing all over Austin this week, with redbuds and Texas mountain laurels in pink and purple bloom. But last weekend things still looked a bit drab and wintry at Bull Creek west of N. Capital of Texas Highway, even though it was comfortably shorts weather.

The water flow was low compared to past cool-season visits, thanks to the winter drought we’ve had. On the plus side, low water shows off these romantically tangled sycamore roots. It rained a couple of days after my visit, and I bet the waterfall is roaring again.

Broad ledges of limestone run along the north side of the creek, making a natural path.

Texas nolina cascades like a green waterfall from its perch amid eroded limestone slabs.

My daughter and her friend scampered up the stony cliff like mountain goats to take in the view.

It’s funny how even the rock resembles a watery flow.

This striated juniper trunk too.

I spotted this little aster in bloom, waiting patiently for rain. I bet it was happy to get a nice soaking a few days later.

And that’s likely the end of any wintry scenes on this blog until next December!

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12 Responses

  1. Austin has such raw stark beautiful creeks flowing through limestone. I love you shots…capturing the textures of nature!

    • Pam/Digging says:

      The hiking/nature walks around here are pretty special. It’s one of the reasons we moved to Austin back in 1994, and we still enjoy the sights. —Pam

  2. Renee says:

    How pretty! I hope you got all the rain you needed for the waterfal, and the cute little aster.

    • Pam/Digging says:

      We did get a nice rain the other day, Renee, but we could use more. Austin’s moved back into a moderate drought again, after the respite of last year’s generous rains. —Pam

  3. Les says:

    The natural areas around Austin are just as lovely as its gardens. I hope to see both one day.

  4. TexasDeb says:

    Gorgeous shots of creek surrounding and “mountain-girl-goats” alike. Personally I’d be fine with a few more weeks of wintry weather but it looks like my preferences are, once again, not related to anything remotely real happening out of doors. I never thought I’d be writing that I miss winter, but after this year’s no-show I find myself not ready in way for the switch over to warm weather again. Fist to sky: Winterrrrr!

    • Pam/Digging says:

      Around here, the ominous phrase is not Game of Thrones-style “Winter is coming,” but “Summer is coming.” I’m enjoying the mild weather while it lasts. —Pam

  5. Looks like you had a nice walk about. Love those stone steps.

  6. rickii says:

    Such a different look than our Pacific Northwest slice of nature, but equally beautiful.

    • Pam/Digging says:

      Ricki, Austin’s rugged Hill Country landscape was so different to my eyes when I first moved here from the Southeast. But, like you, I found it beautiful in a new way. It’s comfortingly familiar to me now, these rocky, scrubby hills and spring-fed creeks.