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April 12, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 123

Springtime in the central Texas ranch lands is always full of surprises. Last year, after an unusually cold winter, we were looking forward to a spring full of showers and beautiful flowers. The drought that has been plaguing our central Texas land proved relentless all through last spring and summer. The wildflower season was less than stellar, and to add insult to injury, our already suffering Hamilton county ranch land had to endure one of the hottest, driest summers ever recorded.

Just when we thought it would never rain again the sky opened up and blessed the Top of the Hill Country with abundant rain. The spring of 2012 began early this year. The winter was mild, the temperatures spring-like and the abundant rainfall has covered our central Texas land with the most beautiful wildflowers I believe I've ever seen. The Bluebonnets and Texas Paintbrush are already in full bloom, and soon the Indian Blankets will take over as they are fading away. The red and blue landscape will soon be replaced by yellow and orange flowers in late April. By the end of the wildflower season you will have seen central Texas ranch land ablaze with every color in the rainbow.

As an additional boon the magnificent early spring has spurred all the wildlife into action. Every day as we sit on the porch gazing over our Hamilton county ranch valley, we observe turkeys strutting around. Rio Grande Turkey is the subspecies of Turkey that is most common in the central portion of the state. The antics of the toms to impress the hens provide endless hours of free entertainment. The fanned tail-feathers of the tom are a sight to behold.

One of God's most amazing creatures to decorate central Texas' Top of the Hill Country, the hummingbird, is back. This always heralds the return of spring. These little dynamos never slow down; they can fly at speeds averaging between 20 & 30 miles per hour, and when making his courtship dives the male can reach speeds up to 60 miles per hour. Because they can move their wings in a circular motion, they can fly in any direction. They also provide a source of entertainment as they chase off other birds and insects from their feeders.

Last, but not least, the welcome spring rains have made the fields and pastures of our Hamilton county ranchland fruitful, and the cattle, other livestock and wildlife are enjoying a feast after many months of slim pickins. Just a few nights ago I happened to look out the window around midnight and saw two young gray foxes playing on our back porch. When my husband opened the door they were not too concerned about his presence. They stood there and appeared very interested in what he had to say. Only when he clapped his hands did they dart off into the woods.

Hopefully, the rains will continue to get us through the summer and keep our ponds and creeks full. Whatever happens, the central Texas ranch and farmlands are always spectacular, and there is beauty everywhere you look.

Being in the rural central Texas real estate business, we can't imagine how anyone who is looking for property could resist the beauty of the central Texas land at this very moment. If you're considering putting your Bosque, Hamilton or surrounding county ranch up for sale, now is the time to do it as properties are showing extremely well.

If you'd like to learn more about rural Central Texas living, please visit

Reba McGowan Texas Brand Land Company

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