Red Bud Isle Park

Red Bud Isle Park In Austin, Texas
Whether you arrive to Red Bud Isle Park via canoe, car or your own two feet, everyone’s in for a treat in Austin’s great outdoors.

Red Bud Isle Park is about 13 acres in size and is one of Austin’s 12 great off leash dog parks. As a proud parent of two outdoor-loving Labs, I knew I had to take them for a great day in the sun. I scored major points from my dogs and we are already planning our return adventures.

Dogs Having A Blast In The Water At Red Bud Isle Park In Austin, Texas. Photo by Home Style Austin

The park features:

  • A large off leash play area perfect for fetching toys or the sun’s rays
  • Free park entry. Note: the parking lot can sometimes be a bit tricky to score a parking space
  • Benches perfect for dog watching, people watching or just some “R and R”
  • Wooded trails great for adventuring or picnicking
  • Shorelines sporting great views of the Colorado River
  • Complimentary dog waste bags

The Off Leash Dog Park At Red Bud Isle - Photo By Home Style Austin

The park is located west of downtown Austin and west of Mopac Expressway near the beautiful neighborhoods of West Lake Hills, Tarrytown and Rollingwood. Here’s a handy map:

Red Bud Isle is a great place to adventure in Austin.

Enjoy the great outdoors . . . and more pictures below!

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider



Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

A Great Walking Path At Red Bud Isle Park In Austin, Texas

The Great Walking Path At Red Bud Isle Park

The Dogs Of Red Bud Isle Park In Austin, Texas

The Dogs Of Red Bud Isle Park

A Happy Bernese Mountain Dog At Red Bud Isle Park In Austin, Texas

A Happy Bernese Mountain Dog At Red Bud Isle Park

My Dogs, Boomer and Harley, Going Into Water At Red Bud Isle Park In Austin

My Water Bound Dogs, Boomer and Harley, At Red Bud Isle Park

The Beautiful Peninsula At Red Bud Isle Park In Austin, Texas

The Beautiful Peninsula At Red Bud Isle Park

A Free Guide For Central Texas Gardening

Texas Sage In Full Bloom By Home Style Austin
Our friends at GrowGreen.org recently updated their Native and Adapted Landscape Plants Guide which is a gardener’s staple for smart gardening here in Central Texas. The guide is only updated every few years and you can download your eco-friendly guide below!

The plant guide contains earthwise plant choices for Austin area gardens including:

  • Beautiful native and adapted plants ideal for Central Texas
  • Pictures for easy to find/identify drought-tolerant plants
  • Useful plant info (including height, spread, water needs, wildlife friendliness, maintenance info and more).

Download your free copy of the 2013 Grow Green Central Texas Plant Guide at this link. In addition, you can search the Grow Green online plant database at this link.

Plants make our homes complete which is why landscape gardening is one of the valued principles behind the creation of Home Style Austin. We hope this plant guide will help you with happy, smart gardening … the Austin way!

Enjoy,

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Click Here To Download The New 2013 Native and Adapted Landscape Plants Grow Green Guide

The Nurture Of Nature

The Big Majestic Oak Tree Of Canyon Creek

One of the great things about living in Central Texas is that we’re never too far away from nature’s influence.

My family and I live in Northwest Austin near Lake Travis which means easy access to abundant hills and wildlife. So during the recent holiday break we went for many relaxing walks with friends and family alike – each trip pushing deeper into the nearby woods surrounding our neighborhood near Canyon Creek.

What my adventures taught me is to make the most of Austin’s magnificent views; to experience the wind, water, woods and wildlife as close as possible, not just from afar.

I first encountered the neighborhood trails from Trailhead Park then learned the area was much more than “just a park” – the lands are near the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve which provides a protected habitat for endangered song birds and invertebrates found nowhere else on Earth. So aside from the obvious beauty there’s a magnificent significance to this area.

Below are a few pictures from one of the nearby trails that connects with Trailhead Park. Tip: Click the pics for bigger photos.

While you can discover the trails from the back of Trailhead Park proper, I entered from a less obvious trail during a short walk with my Labs. Off Boulder Lane you’ll see this sign (below). Dart behind it and you’ve just entered one of the trail’s hidden entrances. Hint: veer right.

Dart Behind The Savannah Ridge Sign To Enter The Trail
This old gate can probably tell us a few stories … like answering the question “What were you doing the day your swing swung you into your resting position?” 

The Old Gate Of Canyon CreekThis fallen tree cast a pretty reflection in the water. When it fell was anyone around to hear if it made a sound?

A Fallen Tree In Northwest Austin

I wasn’t sure if this wild mushroom was poisonous or not but it sure was cool to look at. “Keep It Weird,” little shroom!

A Wild Mushroom In Austin Texas

Sometimes a “River Runs Through It.” In this case the trail runs straight through the middle of this tree. 
A Split Tree In Austin TexasCrossing a few of the creeks takes a little balance for both young and young at heart. 

Crossing The Creek Austin Texas

This field of green sure is impressive! I’ve never seen so many wild cacti in one blink of the eye.

Wild Cacti In Austin Texas

Kinda like the Tree of Souls from the movie “Avatar” this giant oak tree must be 150 or more years old. Look closely and you’ll see something I’ve never seen before – a cactus growing in a tree!

A Cactus Growing High Up In The Big Majestic Oak Tree Of Canyon Creek

The Big Majestic Oak Tree Of Canyon Creek, as we called it, is as beautiful as it is big – I could hardly capture the entire tree in one picture so let’s have a look of the tree in this video.

Near the Big Oak Tree was this stream of clear water. The water made a peaceful sound. I’m glad my Labs didn’t jump in the water so I could capture the water in its native state. What’s really interesting is that the water was running over and through a big hole in the rock that you see here.

Back on the trail this canopy of cedar trees seems to stretch for miles. 

A Trail Of Trees In Austin Texas

At the top of a hill near Trailhead Park is this great canyon view.

Spicewood At Bull Creek Canyon View

As the sun begins to set we pop back onto Boulder Lane and back to “civilization.” Funny, I never look at the tree-covered hills the same way these days.

A Sunset In Austin Texas

Whether you experience a hike, bike, run, walk or picnic always make sure to be careful when heading into the wild. Wear appropriate footwear for the rocky terrain, keep pets near (or at home) and your phone nearer, just in case. Have responsible fun, make a day of it, and “leave only footprints” as the saying goes!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Email: JoePaul@KW.com
Mobile: 512.222.3302
Web: JoePaul.KWRealty.com

 

DIY : Bird Seed Ornaments

DIY Birdseed Ornaments by Home Style AustinGive ‘Em A “Home Tweet Home”

Help boost our wild feathered friends’ home life by giving them some tasty food.

As winter quickly approaches days are short and nights are long. Many insects that birds eat are dead or dormant this time of year so the birds of Central Texas could use a little extra lovin’ (this is where you come in):

Backyard birders can have a little fun by making their own bird seed “ornaments” – they make a great family craft project and a thoughtful gift for your nature-loving friends and family.

Tips:

Home Style Austin  When the ornaments are complete you can apply a small amount of nonstick cooking spray to the ornament to give it a shiny coating. We used PAM Organic Olive Oil cooking spray.

Home Style Austin  To hang the ornament, use jute, yarn or string. Try to hang the seed ornament around the center trunk of a small-to-medium sized tree where a tree branch jets off so birds can fine-dine without awkward  s t r e t c h i n g .    :)

Home Style Austin DIY not your thing? Visit the Home Style Austin Etsy store where you can purchase Texas-shaped ornaments without the DIY hassle. They’re great for gifts and you’ll score full credit!

Ingredients: 

½ Cup  |  Water
2 ½ Teaspoons  | Unflavored Gelatin
3 Tablespoons  |  Corn Syrup
¾ Cup  |  Flour
4 Cups  |  Bird Seed
To Form  |  Nonstick Cooking Spray
To Hang  |  Jute, Yarn or String

What To Do:

1. Heat water in the microwave for about 30 seconds using a microwave-safe glass measuring cup. The water should be hot to the touch but it doesn’t need to boil.

2. Whisk unflavored gelatin into the water until dissolved. Then whisk corn syrup into the water until dissolved.

3. In a separate bowl, mix together the bird seed and the flour until thoroughly combined. Gradually pour the gelatin solution into the bird seed and flour mixture. Use a large spoon to combine all ingredients until a thick, sticky mass forms.

4. Spray the inside of a cookie cutter with nonstick spray. You can use any cookie cutter shape you want and larger shapes tend to be easier to work with than smaller ones and they may attract more birds.

5. Place the cookie cutter on a large sheet of parchment paper, wax paper or nonstick cooking foil.

6. Spray your fingers with nonstick cooking spray to reduce the amount of seed mixture that may stick to your fingers.

7. Spoon the bird seed mixture into the prepared cookie cutter. Press the seed mix into the cookie cutter with your hands until it feels firm and compact.

DIY Birdseed Ornaments by Home Style Austin8. Let’s make a hole. While the seed is still packed inside the cookie cutter insert a wooden dowel or the handle of a similar object into the bird seed. Immediately remove the dowel to create a hole which will allow you to tie the ornament onto a tree. You can create the hole anywhere, but the closer it is to the center, the “sturdier” the ornament will be and the longer it will last.

9. Remove the bird seed ornament from the cutter by “wiggling” it free while gently holding the ornament in place with your fingers.

10. Repeat the molding process with the rest of your bird seed mixture. You may need to spray the cookie cutter or your fingers with additional nonstick spray after every few moldings.

11. Dry the bird seed ornaments overnight. Allow them to sit in a cool, dry spot.

A Birdseed Star By Home Style Austin12. After drying string a piece of jute, yarn or thick string through the hole in each ornament. Tie the string, leaving enough empty space to slip the loop over a tree branch. You can also tie the ornament around a smaller tree trunk which I found to be an easy feeding location for the birds.

Yields 8-12 ornaments depending on the size and depth of the cookie cutters

Enjoy!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

A Free Guide To Central Texas Landscape Plants

The Indian Blanket Wildflower

One of the best happy gardener resources we’ve found for Central Texas Gardening is the Native and Adapted Landscape Plants guide.

The guide contains earthwise plant choices for Austin area gardens including:

        • Beautiful native and adapted plants to CTX
        • Easy to find plants that are drought-tolerant
        • Plants that are resistant to pests and diseases
        • Plants that may be deer resistant
        • Useful plant info (including height, spread, light, features, maintenance info and more).

The Native and Adapted Landscape Plants GrowGreen Guide

Download your free copy of the Native-And-Adapted-Landscape-Plants-Grow-Green-Grow-Guide. Plus you can search the Grow Green online plant database at: GrowGreen.org.

Plants make our homes complete. 

Happy gardening!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.