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One of my friends came into my office and saw my planted tank a week ago and invited me to his ranch in the Texas hill country to see if there were any plants in his springs/creeks that I wanted. I had been there before but it was mostly for photography purposes and hadn't explored the springs. Well let me just say that this ranch is AWESOME! I counted over 21 caves 3 of which I crawled into looking around (found one fish inside one of the caves). The owner understandably doesn't want the location disclosed but here are a few pictures from there:
First, the biggest spring. It comes out of a large cave at around 69-70F yr. round. In this picture, it is right under my feet forming a pool at the entrance. You'll even notice a smaller spring to the right flowing into the creek that is formed:

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This is a view from down the creek looking back toward the spring. Unfortunately, it was pretty cold out and I couldn't get in the water to get close enough to see a good view of the entrance:

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Finally a few plants found in the creek:
Some type of submerged worts:

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Some other types of worts emergent:

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Finally an unidentified plant:

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There was aquatic life everywhere. I found at least three diff. types of aqautic snails, crayfish, several diff. types of fish (one in a cave), and several diff. aquatic insects.
This aquatic salamander we found exists nowhere else but in a 30-40ft pool on this ranch which I though was pretty cool:

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Lastly, every small aquatic animal's nightmare, a dragonfly/damsel fly nymph:

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I got some good shots of the cave fish but was requested to keep them close to the vest. No plants or fish were taken but I did snatch a couple of snails :biggrin:
Jason
 

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Agreed..

Nice pictures, thanks.

The Texas hill country is great, we usually go float the Rio every year a little north of Uvalde.

Bill
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Agreed. So many things to see in the hill country. I really love living here :proud: Hopefully we get some more rain so you can have anice float this year. It's kinda low on the frio.
Jason
 
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