Deadly Beauty

Larry Lynch East Texas , Fauna , Outdoors , Texacana Leave a Comment

I enjoy walking in our neighborhood, Country Place, several mornings a week. I see some interesting things, too, including this beautiful juvenile copperhead on Lakeshore Drive. I’ve never been bitten, but it happens. One of my friends told me he was raking leaves, picked up a big arm full, and a copperhead bit him on the arm. Quick trip to …

The Peppervine

Larry Lynch East Texas , Flora , Outdoors Leave a Comment

Although often mistaken for poison ivy, it isn’t; in fact the peppervine ((Ampelopsis arborea) is related to the grape family. You’ll find it growing along fence rows, climbing trees, perhaps even (surreptitiously) in your garden. Birds and deer spread the seeds, so it is transported from the wild into suburbia. While the berries aren’t poisonous, they contain tiny needles of …

Should We Regulate Water Wells?

Larry Lynch East Texas , Outdoors Leave a Comment

A number of our friends and clients have had water wells dug over the years. This can save a lot of money in areas where watering an acre of St Augustine lawn can run $600-800 a month. Wells are getting more expensive to dig, of course, as the water table continues to drop. Texas has an interesting way of apportioning …

We Brake for Pitchers

Larry Lynch East Texas , Outdoors Leave a Comment

The Queen and I were driving home from a shoot at The Rose Garden and were headed east on FM 344 from Flint when we rounded a curve and came upon this panorama: the God-light bathing a 50-acre hayfield of coastal bermuda…pines and hardwoods around a pond, big evening sky backdrop…how could you not stop in the middle of FM …

East TX Fall Foliage | Poison Ivy

Larry Lynch Flora , Outdoors , Texacana Leave a Comment

In the fall, East Texas puts on a show for those of us who love color in our landscapes. I spend a lot of time admiring and photographing the displays, and am always appreciative of the more brilliant arrays. I had an experience with this vine when I was fifteen that left me with a healthy respect, OK, something of …