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Wildflowers of the
Texas Hill Country
Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country, by
Marshall Enquist, Lone Star Botanical,
Austin, Texas, $8.45 paperback.
Opening this book gives me the same
feeling of awe that I had as a neophyte
botanist looking at the herbarium collection
from Clifton Gorge and Glen Helen in
southern Ohio. There was a beautiful array
of flowering plants carefully mounted on
brittle sheets. Some of the specimens went
back 75 years, but still retained a crisp
aesthetic, even though their color was
faded and stems and leaves were fragile.
Where possible, each one had flowers from
all stages of maturity, including seeds. And
each one bore the history of its collector as
well as its own species. This book captures
the same quality on the printed page. The
photographs are superb, the images crisp
and sharp on a dark background, and the
plants that Enquist selected to display represent
the full range of maturity. For that
reason, it is one of the most useful of the
photographic field guides that I have seen
on Central Texas. Unlike most field
guides, however, this one presumes some
prior knowledge. The plants are arranged
phylogenetically, in the order of their supposed
evolutionary development, as are
full-fledged plant manuals. But the beginner
shouldn't despair. Buy this book for its
exquisite photographs and superior precision
of image for those tough field distinctions,
and then buy an Audubon Society
field guide for the color and diagnostic keys
The Birds of North Central Texas
The Birds of North Central Texas, by Warren
M. Pulich, Texas A&M Press, $45.00
cloth; $16.95 paper.
The faint-hearted should not tread
here. This book is an avian encyclopedia
for the ornithologist and serious birder, distinguished
from the "bird watcher," who is
content with the sometimes exotic but
accessible sights of the backyard feeder or
an occasional trip to Aransas National
Wildlife Refuge for a distant peek at the
Whooping Cranes. But for those who are
serious, this book is authoritative and thoroughly
documented. Author Pulich exam
ined all the study skins available from
Texas museums of specimens collected in
the 32 counties of North Central Texas,
from Bosque to the Red River. The region
spans four vegetation zones, from the post
oak savannahs of Northeast Texas through
the Blackland Prairies and Cross Timbers,
to the Rolling Plains of West Central
Texas. So at least as far as habitat is concerned,
the book is useful for anyone who
lives in adjoining areas in the rest of
Central Texas, as an avian sourcebook.
And, much as Dallas is the westernmost
eastern city, and Fort Worth the easternmost
western city, the birds of east and west
mingle in this region between regions.
Texas birders are stuck buying three Peterson
field guides, one for the eastern U.S.,
one for the western U.S., and one for
Texas. Luckily for the publishers of bird
books, bird lovers are also bibliophiles.
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