Row 1: Prickly Pear (Opuntia sp.) - We have several different species of prickly pear cacti in Central Texas. As a group they are easily identified by their pads. The fruit is edible (but watch the spines). Locally you will often see cochineal insects on the pads - it looks like a whitish fuzz, but inside are the insects that were long a source of red dye.
Row 2: Tasajillo (Cylindropuntia leptocaulis) - Known by many names (from Turkey Pear to Desert Christmas Cactus), this is a local Cholla with very slender "branches."
Row 3: Lace Cactus (Echinocereus reichenbachii) - Lace Cactus thorns lay nearly flat against the stem, making a white, lace-like pattern giving them their common name. They aren't very tall, so look low, and watch for them also emerging from around the edges of rocks.
Row 4: Twisted Rib Cactus (Theleocactus septisinus) - Another cactus given several common names (miniature barrel cactus, fishook cactus, hedgehog cactus - all three are also names given to many other species), this little cactus has central recurving spines and notable "twisted" ridges along the side.
We are certain to see White-Tailed Deer, and we will likely see (or at least see the tracks of) Raccoons. Other possible encounters include Armadillos, Foxes, Jackrabbits, snakes, lizards, and various spiders and insects.