A roseate skimmer rests on a yucca leaf.
Trundling slowly through the underbrush, a Texas tortoise (Gopherus berlandieri). This is one of only four native tortoise species in North America. It's a gopher tortoise, but it doesn't burrow nearly as much as the more familiar Florida beast. This tortoise loves prickly pear fruit, and I think I saw a smidgen of cactus pear on his beak as he moved by. He was about 10" long, not great big like the Florida gophers. I was, of course, rapt and charmed. It was tough to get a decent shot of him. He was movin' on. Tortoises always leave me humbled. They seem so old, so venerable, so determined, and so compromised at the same time, sort of clunking along wearing their house on their back, moving on a plan only they know. I feel momentary and insignificant around tortoises.
Pretty sure this is a Texas whiptail lizard Cnemidophorus gularis. It was pretty tame. It moved jerkily over the leaf litter, affording me some decent photo ops.
A fabulous shot, if I say so meself, of another roseate skimmer. Sounds like it ought to be a bird, doesn't it? Love the venation in the wings that shows up so nicely against the pale dirt.