Enchanted Rock Misadventure

Wildflowers and the pink granite domes of Enchanted Rock. Copyright © Shannon D. Blackburn.

Wildflowers and the pink granite domes of Enchanted Rock | Photo credit: Shannon D. Blackburn

Location: Enchanted Rock State Natural Area (Fredericksburg, Texas)
Time of Year: Mid-May
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 40% chance of thunderstorms, mid-80s
Activities: Hiking, birding, photography
Submitted by: Shannon Blackburn

We arrived at Enchanted Rock at 8:30 AM, a half hour after the park opened. When we arrived, all of the granite domes were obscured from view by a dense fog bank. As the fog lifted, we were awed by the transformation the park undergoes in spring: thriving patches of wildflowers (black-eyed Susans, verbena, Mexican hats, morning glory, etc.) and gurgling streams have replaced the parched pink earth we are accustomed to from prior visits in late August. [Read more…]