Thursday, September 24, 2009

LBJ National Grasslands

SWF

Todays post is to clear up a popular misconception about the National Grasslands in Texas. The Grasslands are not great expanses of grass as far as the eye can see. At least not today. The early settlers moved in with homesteading, farming and ranching. The establishment of national grasslands has saved old remnants and added to these by purchasing adjacent farms and ranches as they became available.

However, even in early history, the grasslands were/and are cut with rivers, streams, oxbow lakes, and wooded valleys(see photo below). White-tailed deer, small mammals, coyotes, bobcats, red fox, waterfowl, bobwhite quail, turkey, and songbirds thrive in the diverse habitats provided by the Grasslands. Largemouth bass, blue and channel catfish, and various sunfish species are common catches at the many lakes that dot the Grasslands' landscape.

A Wooded Valley Cutting Across the Grasslands
Photo from a small hill on the LBJ National Grasslands
You can see for miles under the clear sky!


Be sure to click on the photo and scroll to its bottom
to see some of the native grass.


As of 30 September 2007, the total area of all 20 National Grasslands(click here) was 3,843,037 acres (15,552 km2).
Click on the link and read the short article. It's really interesting.

Do you live near a native grassland or have you visited one?
Leave a comment.

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Troy
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41 comments:

Dewdrop said...

Beautiful... so tranquil.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Yes, we have a tall grass prairie area in my town - East Gwillimbury, Canada. ;-)

Sylvia K said...

Terrific shot! Does indeed look like the big open skies of Texas that I grew up with!

Happy SWF!

Sylvia

Gaelyn said...

The grasslands are awesome providing much wildlife habitat under those Big clear blue skies of Texas. Nice capture and informative post.

Gunilla said...

Beautiful shot of a blue clear sky.
Gunilla in Sweden

Daryl said...

Ah.. wide open spaces .. lovely

Tranquility said...

I love that blue sky against the green grass - beautiful!

Postcards from Wildwood said...

Beautiful wide open spaces! And a little cooler than of late, I hope...?
Janice.

Pearl Maple said...

That is a lovely photo to appreciate your view of the horizon, just perfect for sky watch friday.

texasnascarcowgirl said...

I do love to be able to look out and see forever. In Alpine Tx there is an area between there and Ft. Davis that is a grassland. I don't remember much about it as it was long ago when I was there but I do remember it being one of the neatest places. As dry as it is here, you don't expect to see "grasslands" but we have hardy native grasses.

Wonderful picture and thanks for the visit.

Woody said...

Very nice. Good Post

Carol said...

A beautiful photo of the grasslands. I have not seen them. Interesting info also.

fourwindsphotojournal said...

No, I don't think we have any grasslands here in Maine. I do want to see some out in the west, though.
Your photo captured the scene very well.

Carver said...

Beautiful shot and a very informative post.

SandyCarlson said...

That looks like a lovely, diverse environment.

John said...

Beautiful shot!

There are a few managed grassland sites within an hour's drive of me. (Here's one of them.) New Jersey has been losing most of its farmland, especially in my area. So the little bit of grassland left tends to be in nature preserves.

Marju said...

Very beautiful landscape photo!

Eaglesbrother said...

You are right..you can see for miles and miles.
Can almost see the curvature of the earth in the distance.

Bob
aka Eaglesbrother

eileeninmd said...

Great shot of the grasslands and the sky. I'm sure there are a lot of birds hanging out there.

Japa - cbanga360 said...

That's a pretty good view of the sky and grassland. And for that info, now we know.

Tabib said...

Nice grassland and nature.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Troy: What a neat shot of big skies. Another first in, you ahve fast fingers.

Tufa Girl said...

I am betting the grass is not as pretty this year. Have not been out that way lately. It is a pretty area, usually.

J Bar said...

Beautiful shot.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Glennis said...

Nice vista, those native grasses are quite tall.

Jim K said...

I guess I have been in the LBJ grasslands and didnt know it. I have been up to Lake Bridgeport before.

Regina said...

Beautiful shot!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful shot !! So lovely !!Unseen Rajasthan

Melusine said...

Miles of miles of wide, open landscape and clear blue sky - beautiful captured!

magiceye said...

wonderful!

greensboro Daily Photo said...

Too cool! You got to be first. You must have enjoyed walking in that prairie grass! Fun!

P-TER said...

What a nicely extended landscape!
Beautiful picture!
Gr.
P-TER

diane said...

Yes, I have lived most of my life around the Salt Grass Trail of Texas, as I lived in Austin county =) Now, just up the road in Harris!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great pictures. We live near the Tallgrass Praire preserve but have never been.

Halcyon said...

That is an amazing sky. Thanks for sharing and happy Friday!!

Danton said...

Clear skies and beautiful panorama.

Mar-Bear said...

Very nice photo!

Lynn said...

Nice. It looks like you can see forever.

Ann said...

In new Zealand, we have native grass and natives trees and shrubs.

TCKK said...

Cool pictures. Looks like you can see forever there.

Doug Taron said...

Aak, I've been away much too long. Grasslands are what have kept me here in the Midwest. Prairie restoration in its various guises has consumed thousands of hours of my time over the years. Some time I need to get down your way and see what Texas has to offer in the grassland department. It looks spectacular.