The Lower Colorado River Authority reports an unusual find at Lake Travis.
On Tuesday a fisherman found a 3 toÂ 4-foot-long dead alligator near Emerald Point.
An LCRA spokesperson says the alligator appears to have died from a propeller wound.
This is a veryÂ rareÂ animal to find in the area.
TheÂ LCRA believes it was a pet because Lake Travis is notÂ a habitat that alligators can likely survive in.
River Road in Canyon Lake crosses the Guadalupe River four times as it winds 10.6 miles between Loop 337 and Canyon Lake Drive in the picturesque Texas Hill Country. A great way to take in the skyscraper cypress trees and colorful limestone bluffs is by tubing down the river. Outfitters offer shuttles that will bring you back to where you started. The river banks are lined with camping sites, concession stands and restaurants. Traveltex.com
If you didnât read the title of this article, and if you just glanced at these pictures, what would you think that was? Perhaps a beautiful piece of artwork created by a child? Or maybe a tapestry of colorful fabric? Who would ever guess that is a patch of three billion tulips?
Yep, this is where much of the worldâs tulips are grown each year. These particular flowers are in Holland, and they will be sent to supermarkets all over the world to be sold. Altogether, Holland produces about nine billion tulips each year, which equates to more than one for each person on the planet.
As you can see, tourists often gather around the flowers to inhale the aroma and appreciate this once a year phenomenon. I bet this is an incredible sight to see in person. It is only a short time each year when the colors of the flowers are this vibrant and rich.
Thanks to a fluke of orbital mechanics that brings the moon closer to Earth than that it has been in more than 18 years, the biggest full moon of 2011 will occur on Saturday, leading some observers to dub it a "supermoon."
On Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, the moon will arrive at its closest point to the Earth in 2011:Â a distance of 221,565 miles (356,575 kilometers) away. And only 50 minutes earlier, the moon will officially be full. [Photos: Our Changing Moon]
At its peak, the supermoon of March may appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than lesser full moons (when the moon is at its farthest from Earth), weather permitting. Yet to the casual observer, it may be hard to tell the difference.
The supermoon will not cause natural disasters, such as the Japan earthquake, a NASA scientist has stressed.
Spotting the supermoon
The moon has not been in a position to appear this large since March 1993.
In December 2008, there was a near-supermoon when the moon turned full four hours away from its perigee â the point in its orbit that is closest to Earth. But this month, the full moon and perigee are just under one hour apart, promising spectacular views, depending on local conditions. [Infographic: 'Supermoon' Full Moons Explained]
Although a full moon theoretically lasts just a moment, that moment is imperceptible to ordinary observation.
During the day or so before and after, most will speak of seeing the nearly full moon as "full," with the actual shaded area of the lunar surface being so narrow â and changing in apparent width so slowly â that it is hard for the naked eye to tell whether it's present, or which side it is.Â
Supermoon making waves
In addition, the near coincidence of Saturdayâs full moon with perigee will result in a dramatically large range of high and low ocean tides.Â
The highest tides will not, however, coincide with the perigee moon but will actually lag by up to a few days depending on the specific coastal location. For example, in Wilmington, N.C., the highest tide (5.3 feet) will be attained at 11:21 p.m. EDT on March 20.
From the today showBeauty pageants evoke images of flawless women in amazing shape, perfectly made up and coiffed, right?
Yet one beauty queen vying for the Miss America title in Las Vegas this week has barely any hair on her head.
Kayla Martell, Miss Delaware, has been bald for half of her 22 years â she has alopecia areata, a rare condition that results in unexplained hair loss. But thatâs not stopping her from competing for her lifelong dream.
âBy the time I was 13, my hair was out completely,â she explained. âThe thought of getting a wig never crossed my mind at all. My mother first brought up the suggestion and brought home this awful brown wig. I donât know why, because Iâm naturally blonde and everyone in my family is blonde.
âI wore it to school, but took it off in the middle of the day, put it in my backpack and never looked back.â