The Great Trinity Forest

by Dean Singleton April. 03, 2014 1740 views

The Great Trinity Forest encompasses some 6000 acres in the south Dallas area. It extends from the Santa Fe trestle to I-20, some 11 miles. When the project is completed it will be one of the largest parks in the Unites States. Here is a little of the flora and fauna in the park.

At the south end of Bexar Street just over the Trinity River levee this path leads into the Great Trinity Forest from the North. Part of the path is concrete but much more is just a small trail through the woods. We left the paved part just past the bend.

One of the many vines along the path both growing on trees and on the ground.

Most of this land belonged to the Metzgers who owned a dairy and supplied a great deal of milk to the Dallas area. One problem they had were the millions of wild garlic growing in the bottoms. When spring came around and the cows ate the wild garlic, the milk had a not so sweet taste.

Some of the many Waxwings in the forest. These were way in the top of one of the hardwood trees in the bottoms.

Just a few more Waxwings, this time in a hackberry tree.

These were quite a distance away.

A rare sight in the area this Great Horned Owl just would not turn around to let me get a front view. Since she was so far away, (about 200 yards) I could not get to the other side for a face shot. Someone else in our group got a shot of two chicks in the nest.

The reason for our journey was the Buckeye in bloom. Here are a few shots of what we found.

Waxwings weren't the only birds we saw. There were tons of sparrows in the forest as well as cardinals, crows, grackles, jays, and mockingbirds. The hardest to shoot are the cardinals. I think they are really devil birds leading you further and further off the trail. You could get lost if you weren't careful following them.

To quote an old cliché, there's a fungus among us.

Not sure what type of this bird this is but it was a couple of hundred yards away in the top of one of the trees.

Another type of fungus

Holdover from last fall, all dried out.

I just saw a few dandelions on the forest floor. This one was near the edge of the forest.

Moss and lichen on a fallen tree.

No clue.

This was a dead tree trunk about 50 feet off the paved trail. Almost looked like it had been carved.

I think that this is a wild strawberry at the edge of the forest.

Last but not least. This led to the east near the entrance to the trail. Had I time I would have taken a stroll don the path.

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Deianeira (Deia) Zukowski 7 years, 1 month ago

What a lovely adventure. The buckeye is beautiful, and I completely agree with you about cardinals. Little tricksters they most certainly are.

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Yokai - 7 years, 1 month ago

This is a forest filled with rich nature that is home to a variety of animals and plants !!
I like 2, 8, 8, 21, 28 and 29 !

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Honeybee 7 years, 1 month ago

These shots tell of your wonderful story! Sounds like you had a wonderul, fun filled day exploring and taking pictures! Immensely enjoyed your post! Thanks so much for taking your time to do this for us!

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Phyllis 7 years, 1 month ago

spectacular shots!! thank you so much for sharing these with us!!

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