Archive for July, 2014

Limestone

July 17, 2014  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Limestone

Pedernales had some great views and a bit of vegetation tried to live on the limestone..

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Pedernales Falls

July 16, 2014  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Pedernales Falls

Located about 33 Miles west of Austin is Pedernales falls St. Park.. Nice place with a wonderful carved limestone falls area that gently cascades the Pedernales river… unless we get rain then it can be very dangerous due to flash floods…

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Birds at Warbler woods

July 15, 2014  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on Birds at Warbler woods

North of San Antonio and East of I-35 lies a family estate that they have turned into a bird sanctuary.. its actually quite amazing and the family is so nice to maintain it and let the public in..

Cat bird

Cat bird

 

Female Cardinal

Female Cardinal

 

Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse

 

White Crowned Sparrow

White Crowned Sparrow

 

Female ruby throat

Female ruby throat

Anahuac National Wildlife refuge

July 14, 2014  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on Anahuac National Wildlife refuge

Located East of Houston and along the coast.. this massive area of wetlands serves as a landing zone for all kinds of Migrant birds..We drove in for a quick look for a King rail.. and saw it!

Anahuac

Anahuac

 

King Rail

King Rail

 

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Thrush

Thrush

 

Cardinal ready for his close up

Cardinal ready for his close up

Cottonmouth

July 11, 2014  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Cottonmouth

We cruised over to Smith Oaks at High Island which is really a slightly elevated area due to being on top of a huge underground salt dome along the very flat SE Texas Shore. High Island is a tiny town with the first real trees and brush N. of the Gulf of Mexico.  It has become a mecca for birders, but due to the high winds we did not see many birds, but we did see this CottonMouth, AKA the water moccasin .. a very venomous snake!

Oh My...lets not get to close

Oh My…lets not get to close

 

This Bad Boy right off the trail

This Bad Boy right off the trail

 

Oyster Mushrooms?

Oyster Mushrooms?

 

Trails through Smith Oaks

Trails through Smith Oaks

 

A night hawk sleeping in the day

A night hawk sleeping in the day

Shells

July 10, 2014  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Shells

One of the best parts of hiking way out on to the bolivar is there are still some shells on the beach. Your typical public beach is picked clean most every morning by Beachcombers who go out looking for what the sea left on shore..

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Terns and Tankers

July 9, 2014  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on Terns and Tankers

Once we had hiked out to the tip and we could see the break water Jetty..Tankers Rolled by one after another… There were also Terns and a variety of shorebirds!

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Dawn on the Bolivar Peninsula

July 8, 2014  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Dawn on the Bolivar Peninsula

We arrived at Roads end on the small Peninsula that extends down in the horse shoe of Texas on the Gulf Coast.. it was a misty early morning with eerie views of ships off in the distance and birds waking up all around us..

Low light at the edge of the ocean

Low light at the edge of the ocean

 

 

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Ghost ship

Ghost ship

 

 

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SS Selma

July 7, 2014  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on SS Selma

We got up Early and headed from Galveston Island across the bay on the Ferry to the Bolivar Peninsula. As we crossed the channel we came up on the SS. Selma, an Attempt in I think World war I or II to build a functional ship out of concrete during the steel shortages..

from the looks of things.. not the best idea for a boat…

The SS selma from the Ferry

The SS selma from the Ferry

 

Another view of the Selma

Another view of the Selma

 

Park road sign

Park road sign

 

Early Morning traffic in the Very busy Houston ship channel

Early Morning traffic in the Very busy Houston ship channel

 

Ferry Making the return trip

Ferry Making the return trip

 

Our destination on the Bolivar

Our destination on the Bolivar

Happy Birthday!

July 3, 2014  |  Family  |  3 Comments

You are the best!

I love you!

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