From the Trail: A Walk at Lake Brownwood State Park

It is easy to miss delightful things when we only accept and cultivate experiences that we expect to be life-changing.

Last summer, my husband and I stayed one night at Lake Brownwood State Park here in Texas on our way to New Mexico. I woke up early that morning and decided that I would take a walk over to the lake. I didn’t expect much, being far more excited about the places to come, but it was not too hot yet and I needed the exercise.

The hike was a pleasant one, notable for the interesting mix of desert and wetland plants and the juxtaposition of habitats. The Western Cross Timbers, Edwards Plateau, Grand Prairie and Rolling Plains regions all come together here. There are also some attractive stone structures and features made by the  Civilian Conservation Corps before and during the World War II era (1933-42). Moths and butterflies were plentiful, and I met up with an itinerant road runner who kept me from missing the trail on the way back. This trail reminded me that some of life’s great moments happen unannounced. If we only take those walks that promise to impress us with spectacular scenery, we miss the subtler beauty that lies all around us. Sometimes that is all we need and all the more precious.

 Woodland Mood

Wetland Mood

Desert Mood

Flora’s Fancies

Winged Beauty


Ranger Residence

Stairs to Boat Dock


Stone Tables and Benches

Storm Structure: Rotating Supercell Near Booker, Texas, Time Lapse by Mike Olbinski

© kelvinsong with CCLicense

© kelvinsong with CCLicense

Mike Olbinski is a wedding photographer based in Phoenix, Arizona. When he isn’t doing weddings, he’s out chasing storms. Below is a glorious time lapse video of a rotating supercell near Booker, Texas, on the border with the Oklahoma panhandle. The structure of this storm is amazing. It spawned no tornados, although the sirens in the small town of Booker were going off and the whole situation was quite “intense”. These storms are unpredictable, which is the reason that the video is in four parts, as Olbinski and his buddy Andy Hoeland had to keep moving. Please take the time to read the description beneath the video on Vimeo; it paints quite an exciting picture.

The camera used was a Canon 5D Mark II with a Rokinon 14mm 2.8 lens. Brilliant work!