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  • tandyhills1
    A couple of weekends ago I was in Fort Worth visiting my folks and I really wanted to go for a short hike, get out and stretch my legs. I managed to convince my dad and mom to come along to Tandy Hills for an hour long jaunt to see what was blooming, if anything.

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    I noticed paintbrush coming up but not yet ready to bloom.

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    We found a different pocket of trout lilies than we normally visit, but I couldn’t even find an old flowering spike. They would have bloomed in early to mid February. I wonder if the drier winter prohibited their blooming this year.

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    Lots of yucca seedpods all over the place.

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    This is mostly definitely some kind of planted bulb that likely came from either an old homesite or from a home across the street from the park. Being as it is in an urban/suburban environment this doesn’t seem unlikely.

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    Prickly things on the prairie!

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    Mom wasn’t used to the walking and had to take a few breaks, but I think Dad could have pulled a 20. 😉

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    The park is covered with all sorts of dry drainages that run fast when the rain is falling. There are probably a few low areas that I wouldn’t want to be near in a heavy downpour, a recipe for flash floods.

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    This cleverly framed shot doesn’t allude to the fact that to the left is a street with houses, to the right is a highway (I-30), and beyond that hill is a view of downtown Fort Worth.

    I still can’t believe the first time I ever went there was only three years ago, especially after I spent years driving practically right by it going to my grandparent’s houses!

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    4 Comments

    1. Jolene says:

      Looks like a fun hike! I have been taking advantage of some warm days to get in a few hikes! I love it!

    2. Joan (Hemlock) says:

      Sweet that you got a hike in with your folks. My dad is like that too– can really do the miles effortlessly. Fun to see.

    3. Patrice says:

      Can we camp there when we are there for 5 days in September?????

    4. Moosie says:

      Nope Mom needs lots of breaks! She would like to do better some day. Everyone has been backpacking but me.

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