William Gary, Bandera EC: Gary says he climbed an adjacent hill to get at eye level and used a 400-mm lens to photograph this red-shouldered hawk nestling, which was high in an oak tree on his property.
Web Extra: Jennifer Matula, Victoria EC: “We stopped to take pictures in a patch of [pink] buttercups and found that this one held a tiny green worm,” Matula says. This flower is also called evening primrose.
Web Extra: Kathy Thalman, Guadalupe Valley EC: This solitary beauty grows on Thalman’s farm each year, though she’s unsure what it’s called. “It dances in the southern breeze and makes me smile,” she says.
Web Extra: William Gary, Bandera EC: “This shot was taken shortly after the sun came up at our residence in Mountain Valley Ranch at Medina Lake,” Gary says. Several hummingbirds, including this female black-chinned hummingbird, are frequent visitors to the firebrush and shrimp plants that thrive in the hot Texas sun.
Web Extra: Shannan Brent, Bluebonnet EC: Closeup of a cactus at Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area
We love our transplants, but native Texans are a breed all our own—and proud of it! Whether Texas is your native soil, or you got here as quickly as you could, stick around to see the wildlife, objects and people with deep Lone Star roots.