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Amanda Nicole Chase  ♻️Environmental Interpreter @ The Meadows Center for Water and The Environment 🐠 Headwaters to Ocean 🐾 Texas State University 🌎 San Marcos, TX

You're getting very sleepy. This reminds me of a tool a hypnotist would use, just extra large haha! Another fun pic from my night photography class! #nature #water #river #nightphotography #lightpainting #smtx #igsanmarcos #igtexas #txhillcountry #nikon3400 #somewheremagazine

There is an abundance of Cicadas out right now which is beautiful to hear! While out at the wetlands at work today, I came across this deceased Cicada which made an excellent prop for my tours! If you're ever in San Marcos, you should take a guided wetlands tour at The Meadows Center! Fun facts about the Cicada: they spend most of their life underground, they feed on tree sap, only the male sings, and adults can live 5-6 weeks. @themeadowscenter #wildlife #nature #naturelovers #wetlands #cicada #mc4water #insects #entomology #naturephotography #smtx #igtexas #conservation #naturenerd #onelife #onelove #oneplanet #natgeoyourshot #environment #olympustg4 #macro #txst

On my way to work this morning I spotted this really cool female dobsonfly (left side of picture) on the side of my apartment. I do live less than a mile from the Blanco River so it's not impossible to find one this far out but it was unexpected. This is a female because of the small mandibles. The dobsonfly on the right is a male and this picture was taken about a year ago by the San Marcos River. Don't let the size of the mandibles fool you because the male can't use his to bite because they are too large but the female can! The larvae are called hellgrammites and live in streams and rivers. #nature #naturelovers #biology #smtx #river #water #dobsonfly #insects #igsanmarcos #igtexas #conservation #wildlife #onelove #onelife #oneplanet #amandasapartmentsafari #entomology

As I was leaving class today, I stumbled across these beautiful twin fawn. Their mother was quite a distance away which is perfectly normal. If you see what appears to be an abandoned fawn please leave it alone, it's mother will come back for it. #smtx #igtexas #igsanmarcos #txst #nature #naturelovers #deer #conservation

July 4th fireworks on the rooftop at The Meadows Center. This one reminds me of a dandelion haha! #mc4water #txst #fireworks #olympustg4 #olympus #nature #igtexas #smtx #igsanmarcos #txhillcountry #july4th #natgeoyourshot #somewheremagazine

The wetlands were beautiful this evening! These are the seeds of a Black Willow tree. When a gust of wind would blow through, these little fuzzy seeds would float around like snow! The black willow likes wet environments and is common in wetlands. Native Americans drank willow bark tea to relieve pain. By the 1840’s, chemists had isolated salicylic acid from willow and in 1852 began to make a synthetic form which would end up being marketed as Aspirin. #nature #naturelovers #smtx #igtexas #trees #blackwillow #botany #seeds #wetlands #herbalism #conservation #getoutside #nobluenogreen #onelove #onelife #oneplanet #olympus #olympustg4 #naturephotography #mc4water #natgeoyourshot @themeadowscenter #txst

The San Marcos River, a magical place. I finally went snorkeling for the first time this summer and was disappointed in the water clarity aka too many people stirring up the bottom. I had a hard time getting a good shot but thought this one looked cool. #smtx #river #sanmarcosriver #water #waterislife #conservation #onelove #onelife #oneplanet #nature #naturelovers #nobluenogreen #igtexas #riversnorkeling

I found this dragonfly struggling on it's back right outside my front door. I offered it my finger and it gladly climbed on. As I tried to place it on my patio chair it kept climbing my finger backwards like it didn't want to get off. This dragonfly probably won't live much longer but at least it won't be eaten alive by the ants that were coming for it. No act of kindness is too small. Be kind to others (including animals) because the world needs more of it and you never know the impact you can have on a life. #smtx #nature #naturelovers #wildlife #dragonfly #igtexas #conservation #kindness #onelife #onelove #oneplanet

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