Jacob’s Well Spring, March 2018 under low flow conditions (1800 gpm). Note clear view of fracture extending downstream from cave opening.
View of the deep pool next to the rope swing.
Eagle Rock cliffs in background. Note large pool and swimming area within Cypress Creek downstream from low water crossing
Large pool upstream of Cypress Falls low water crossing, near youth camp.
Signs of a Spring
This single mature cypress tree is growing next to the cliff face at the Blue Hole Park. It is removed from the many cypress trees along the creek bank. This tree is an indicator of a spring. I suspect that its roots extend into the subsurface water flow. Very likely the same spring that is responsible for the “Hole”.
HCMNs led the visitors on a hike below the Nature Center to learn about monarchs and to see plants that supply them with nectar on their journey.
Gracy and Mel
“With a little flyer promotion and by word of mouth, 38 guests and their children from Wimberley and beyond attended our morning event; by end of day 58 individuals had walked through our door and participated. Those who arrived too late for the morning hike were offered southern hospitality of a second guided tour set for noon; 18 adults and children joined in that group.
We used a method of storytelling: talking about a 3000-mile Journey and the mystery of the monarch.
We incorporated a hike and trail interpretation: explored and learned how to distinguish and identify Monarchs as they travel through our Texas corridor, where to look for them, and the plants that help them along their journey in the fall.
Nature Center Exhibits and other methods used on this day were a Monarch Power Point Presentation, a touch screen kiosk interactive map of the real-time monarch migration among other monarch information, and a slide show photography collection of other species found at Jacob’s Well Natural Area.
Three craft activities taught how to identify the monarch and where it over-winters.” Mel Seib, Report of WILD Education Day
Many thanks to the HCMNs who supported this event: Mimi Boelter, Irene Bonde, Deb Bradshaw, Betsy Cross, Tom Jones, Dana Martensen, Melinda Seib, and Katherine Senftleber; also to Gracy Belle Broussard and Richard Broussard; and to Quincy Kennedy and the staff at Jacob’s Well.
And in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we could not have been more grateful for the complete cooperation of Mother Nature - the beautiful day, the perfect weather, and most importantly the Monarchs, the Queens, and the other butterflies who arrived and performed magnificently on schedule!
Monarchs and other butterflies were seen congregating on the Shrubby Boneset that flourished along the limestone outcroppings.