Another fall walk and deer destruction at home Leave a comment

November 29, 2023

Beautiful fall weather enticed me and DH out for another walk around Lady Bird Lake last weekend, but first we stopped at Red Bud Isle to check out the bald cypresses going rusty orange. It’s a good show for Austin!

Kayakers and canoeists were enjoying it too.

The fall color wasn’t as bright at Lady Bird Lake, but the views were good nonetheless.

The lake view from Voodoo Temple, a tucked-away arbor on the Hike-and-Bike Trail.

Back at home, I had to grumble over fresh antler-rubbing damage to my formerly untouched whale’s tongue agave. Those damn deer! The males are antlering everything this year, including sotols, Yucca rostrata, Sabal minor — really anything and everything. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to find shredded yucca and palmetto leaves strewn about the garden, pushed-over sotols, and broken agaves.

The scene two doors down. Not the guilty party (no antlers), but he’s around somewhere.

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