As we watched a number of people dive or jump from a small hillside into the river, our 13 year old grandson grew impatient to try this for himself.
After jumping a few times, he launched himself forward into a dive (pic #2). This picture captures his efforts--all that's above water are his feet as he lunges head first into the river.
From that point on, it was all diving.
FYI: A narrow ledge runs at the bottom of this jump, so one has to be very careful to clear it. As a caution, parents should be aware of this before allowing their child to attempt the jump and especially before diving.
Just before the sun set, a marvelous effect occurred on the hillside. The hill covered in a thick, green canopy of trees turned a warm salmon orange for a few minutes. I was able to capture this before the area turned into dark shadows before darkness fell.
We witnessed a similar effect at the Albuquerque Balloon fiesta, when the Sandia Mountains overlooking the festival turned this same shade of orange as the sun went down. I wasn't able to photograph it before it disappeared, though.
I thought it was stunningly beautiful and was so thrilled to have had the opportunity to catch the effect this time.
This animal typically occupies areas that tend to be steep and harder to access by other animals. However, we did manage to spot one by the road. This animal comes from North Africa and it has an appearance somewhat similar to a bighorn sheep. This animal is accustomed to desert conditions, so it has the ability to withstand harsh temperatures and scarcity of water.
One of several types of herd animals in the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, the Addax is a desert species from the Sahara in Africa. There are endangered in the wild, therefore an attempt is being made here to keep a herd in place. This is one of the animals that will approach a car for food, allowing a visitor to get a good look at them.
There is a special area for the Cheetahs which is fenced and monitored with cameras. In the past 50 years, Cheetahs have disappeared in 16 countries due to poaching and loss of habitat in the wild. Fossil Rim is doing its part to try and preserve the continuance of this amazing animal. Cheetahs are the fastest land animal in the world and can achieve speeds of 70mph.
The Wildebeest is commonly known as Gnus, you will see one of the largest wildebeest herds in North American right here at Fossil Rim. They are known for their massive migrations. They derive from Eastern and Southern Africa and known as a symbol of African wilderness.
Fallow deer can come in white, spotted, light or chocolate brown. They originate from the Mediterranean region of southern Europe and Asia. The males have large flat areas on their antlers which look similar to the caribou and moose.
One word I would have for parents. Let your kids enjoy the water but please don’t let them jump in the tracks if there is water covering them. This only stirs up the silt/dirt and makes it difficult for others to view the tracks. One parent was happily allowing her little one to stand in the tracks and spoil it for others while being more concerned that he was getting water in his gumboots.
This footprint of a Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur was found 5 miles from Glen Rose at the Comanchie Peak Nuclear Power Plant during some excavation work. It was one of several and is now exhibited outside the Somervell County Museum.
The usual problem of excess hunting and development is also aiding to lead to the Blackbucks certain extinction in its native lands (India and Pakistan).
You will see a lot of the White Tails scattered around the park. Many of them are descendants from deer which were living in the park before the fences went up.
On the wall of the courthouse gazebo is imbedded a slab of limestone rock. Called the Tracks of Time, this is one of many dinosaur tracks left in the Paluxy River bottom some 120 million years ago.
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