Created and last updated April 30, 2001
Farm Road 473 connects Comfort, Texas to highway 281, about 35 miles north of the center of San Antonio.
The terrain is characterized by
gently rolling hills, pastures, live oak, and scrub oak.
Photos taken April 28, 2001
(click for medium resolution 88k) Along Farm Road 473.
(click for medium resolution 87k) As with most of central Texas, rivers and streams are
dry or have minimal flow nearly all the time, so low water crossings are commonly used. But when heavy rains occur,
the streams can overflow the roadways very quickly.
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A typical low water stream crossing. Substantial trees typically grow along the stream beds. Most other tree growth
in this region is scrub oak or cedar, due to low annual precipitation in the range of 25-30 inches per year.
(click for medium resolution 58k) A typical roadway view with yellow flowers in bloom.
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A pasture along FM 473 with heavy wildflower growth. My first impulse is that these were daffodils, but there is an invasive European species
of yellow flower that is taking over the central Texas landscape.
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A typical roadway view.
(click for medium resolution 64k) A typical roadway view.