Meep meep! Just like in the cartoons, roadrunners love to run and can reach speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. They can fly for short distances but prefer to remain on the ground where they hunt for prey. Cute in a goofy kind of way, roadrunners are very fierce predators. They will eat pretty much anything they can catch, including mice, lizards, scorpions, rattlesnakes and other birds. This one at Big Bend National Park in Texas grabbed this snake snack to present to a potential mate. How romantic! Photo by Lee Jaszlics (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Today Big Bend National Park turns 75 years old! This rugged Texas treasure was established as a park in 1944. From the riverbed of the Rio Grande River to the heights of the Chisos Mountains, Big Bend offers visitors a chance to explore massive canyons, vast desert expanses, forested mountains and an ever-changing river. While Big Bend is famous for its natural beauty and recreational opportunities, the park is also rich in cultural history. It has been home to people for many centuries, long before it became a national park. Pictographs and archeological sites give clues to the history of this amazing place. Photo courtesy of Aaron Bates
It’s the first day of spring! We’re excited about the promise of warmer weather and gorgeous wildflower blooms. Winter is still holding on in many places, but at Big Bend National Park, Texas bluebonnets blanket the hills in impressive numbers. Seeing the official state flower of Texas in full bloom across the landscape is a luxurious sight that you will never forget. March is a favorite time to visit the park, as the desert floor is covered in white, yellow and purple flowers. Just remember, as you explore, please be aware and careful – getting distracted by beauty is a real thing. Photo courtesy of Lee McMullen.