Dolan Falls & Fort Davis-2011
Mar 17, 2011Public
Photo: Our trip begins with brief visits to several Famous Trees of Texas, this one in Seguin outside the courthouse. The iron ring at eye-level identifies this tree as the "Whipping Oak," where local justice was meted out, one lash at a time.
Photo: Nearby, the "Ranger Oaks" mark a camp of the forerunners of the Texas Rangers, including Capt. Jack Hays.
Photo: South of Seguin, near Cibolo Creek, stands the "Deaf Smith Oak," where the Texian spied on the Mexican army camped across the creek in the fall of 1835.
Photo: Here's how the tree looked in 1969 when we first published the book, Famous Trees of Texas.
Photo: Pete is surprised at how big the trunk is!
Photo: Our first measurement of the day, a big Pecan (Carya illinoinensis) at Helton Nature Park along the San Antonio River.
Photo: Park superintendent, Gary Heimer, next to the tree, which measured 234" in circumference, good enough for a top five score!
Photo: In Jourdanton, our national champion Huisache (Acacia farnesiana) isn't looking so good anymore, after several years of drought.
Photo: Then on to Bandera County and a visit to a beautiful Texas Live Oak (Quercus fusiformis) specimen.
Photo: Though not a champ for its species, it is impressive in size and serves as a setting for local weddings.
Photo: With the sun sinking low, we say our goodbyes so we can make one more stop for the day...
Photo: ...Just down the road to another Famous Tree, the "Hangman's Oak."
Photo: From this tree in July, 1863, eight men were hanged by a posse of Confederate soldiers for attempting to flee conscription.
Photo: The last word.
Photo: One of our two cabins for the evening.
Photo: Tuesday morning brought our group -- now including TFS-San Antonio foresters, Mark Duff and Paul Johnson -- to Elam Creek Ranch and this large Eve's-necklace (Sophora affinis). We'll see if it's a champ before the end of the day.
Photo: Paul tests out my new laser rangefinder for a more accurate height measurement.
Photo: After a fruitless search in Lost Maples State Natural Area for an old (1969!) Texas ash (Fraxinus texensis), we met Scott Kolb to remeasure his national champion Eve's-necklace.
Photo: This tree measured ever so slightly bigger than the Elam Creek tree, keeping it a national champ -- at least a little while longer!
Photo: Scott showed us this odd specimen of Gum Bully (Sideroxylon lanuginosum), which Mark explained was caused by sapsuckers.
Photo: Next stop, the "Rio Frio Landmark Oak," another Famous Tree and a former national champion Texas Live Oak.
Photo: Gretchen seemed impressed!
Photo: Mark finds a comfortable perch.
Photo: Where's Waldo?