These pictures show the Willow City Loop drive from our trip above and below Llano. I am repeating a link to wildflowers drives for those who might not have seen it.
A small two lane road forms a loop beginning and ending on Hwy. 16. It doesn’t have the large sections of Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes scattered along the main highway but provides a leisurely scenic drive.
The road crosses private property with pastures on both sides. Some of the ranches are not fenced and have cattle guards across the road. A cow trail parallels this section of the road.
Even though traffic was heavy on a Saturday, there were ample places to pull over and enjoy the flowers up close.
These look like native Prairie Phlox (Phlox pilosa).
Just to prove this area is open to roving cattle, note the dried cow patty.
Nice views as the road winds from the valley up to the hills.
Bluebonnets in natural setting.
It’s common to find them among Prickly Pear Cactus.
Wee little flowers form a nice ground cover.
One ranch got everyone’s attention starting with these gimme caps.
Then for half of a mile every fence post was topped with a boot. Parked cars in the distance indicate a prime photo spot.
Wonder where all the boots came from.
Nice property with no underbrush and mowed fields. Lots of work to keep it looking like that.
Bluebonnet patch just across the fence. Another electrified fence at the other edge keeps cows from trampling the flowers.
The loop drive took us about an hour with several stops for pictures. Very pleasant way to spend the day.
“We all know what to do, we just don’t know how to get re-elected after we’ve done it.” Jean-Claude Juncker