“Let’s take a drive,” he said.
He never has to pull teeth to get me to agree.
Not far from Amarillo is Lake Meredith and Alibates Flint Quarry.
We drove up Hwy 136 toward Fritch, then cruised around the quarry, checked out the visitor’s center, then moved along through Fritch, over the Lake Meredith Dam and back South to Amarillo. It took about 4 hours of our day and was totally worth the adventure!
Our friend told us about Dolomite Rd, where he had a fantastic time photographing wildflowers the week before.
At the Visitor’s Center, we were cheerfully greeted by the park ranger who showed us a short film about the area and allowed us to have a very hands-on experience:
The center had a cute little garden with lots of native plants labeled for easy recognition:
Although the yellow flowers on the left were photographed in a field we drove through, I thought they had a striking resemblance to the purple nightshade that always fills our backyard this time of year:
While wandering around, I collected a few specimens I found particularly beautiful. They inspired a quick watercolor session the next afternoon…
Although I prefer to be meandering through the mountains when taking a lazy drive, this little jaunt did the trick. Any afternoon spent with my husband and camera is all right with me.