How do you spend your winter?

How do you spend your winter? Many species of wildflowers spend their wintertime growing leaves, stems, and roots, but especially their leaves. Leaves are the means for converting the light energy from the sun into the chemical energy of starch, which is then stored in the plant's roots. This process of making food continues throughout the winter and into early spring. Then, when conditions like the temperature, moisture, and the amount of daylight are just right, the plant will produce its pretty blooms using its stored food. I took the image of the leaves yesterday. The images of the flowers were taken earlier this year in May. This is Texas Bindweed (which sometimes has a pink eye in the center). #DoctorBot #LakeKirby




An almost wintertime scene

An almost wintertime scene along the boardwalk at Kirby! We are only 12 days away from the first day of winter and this image gives the impression that at least the plant life at Kirby has gone to sleep until spring. Well, that's not exactly the case! Some of Kirby's resident wildflowers are already hard at work preparing for spring. The plant in the second image is an example I found today and I will tell you all about this wildflower tomorrow. Stay tuned! #DoctorBot #LakeKirby



Happy Thanksgiving

We are all thankful for many things today. Friends of Kirby Lake and West Texas Science Center would like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving! And on this day of "giving thanks" we would also like to express our gratitude to all of you who follow Kirby on Facebook. We now have 1,368 followers! We thank you! #DoctorBot #LakeKirby

Willow Leaf Aster

Willow Leaf Aster in flower this week at Lake Kirby. These showy plants are refusing to give up on attracting insects for pollination as we approach the end of fall. The pretty blooms are on five-foot tall plants and can be found along the cement path connecting the boardwalk and main dam road. There are maybe only one or two other species of plants in flower now at Kirby due to the continued dry conditions but none as showy as this Aster! #DoctorBot #LakeKirby




Bluebonnet Magic again in 2020?

Can Mother Nature work her Texas Bluebonnet magic again in Spring 2020? This first image is what I call the Kirby Bluebonnet Hotspot and is located along the main dam road. The first image was taken on April 6, 2019 and the second taken yesterday. You can think of the flowerless image as a blank slate for this coming year’s Bluebonnet crop. The seeds from some of last year’s plants are there in the soil ready to germinate in the coming weeks of winter if conditions are favorable. I am a little concerned over the lack of substantial rainfall over the last several months. We need some soon to have a repeat of last year’s spectacular wildflower season at Kirby. Keep your fingers crossed! #DoctorBot #LakeKirby


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