Lost Mine

The Chisos Mountains of the Big Bend of Texas are some of the most botanically and ecologically diverse areas in America. Where arid desert meets juniper forests, you can imagine the abundance of species diversity and unique biological situations. Succulents, coniferous trees, grasses, and herbs thrive in harmony. 

Lost Mine Trail in Big Bend National Park is a 5 mile round-trip hike that tops out at nearly 7,000 feet in elevation and offers some of the most spectacular views in the park. In the photo below, you can see the paved road through Panther Pass, near the location of the trailhead. 

Read More

New Orleans Botanical Garden

In the sweltering Labor Day heat, I paid the New Orleans Botanical Garden a visit. Established in the 1930s and incorporated in one of the oldest urban parks in the US (City Park, 1854), the botanical garden is definitely a greenspace worth its weight in ferns and orchids, both of which are many. 

Read More