I have no idea what this is but it is very unusual. When I get home I'll look it up in my flower books. I like the stars within stars.
Later: According to my Wildflowers of Texas book it is Antelope Horn, a member of the Milkweed family.
Blue Bonnets in the background. I forget what the red one is named. Another to look up when we get home.
Later: This one is Texas Paintbrush.
Not a wildflower but a wild creature. In this photo he's trying to scare me because I'm too close for his taste. I wasn't frightened by his display but it made a great photo.
If I'm to be pigeon-holed as anything I'd have to say "I'm a photographer". I didn't make my living that way (retired from a civil service job in the Dept. of Labor) but photography is the thing I have done the longest (56 years and counting) and most passionately. My degree is in fine art ceramics and I continue to have an interest in art and crafts. On a political scale I'm in the same neighborhood with Mahatma Gandhi according to politicalcompass.org but mostly politics annoy me. It seems to be about pushing your views on others. I wish we could find a way to live without politics. I am a student of religion but not a church-goer. I like being out in nature either hiking or in my canoe.
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