Category Archives: Places To Visit

Queen Butterflies Mating

I saw one of the most unusual Butterfly events today.  In this “Bubba” Desert Willow tree was a swarm of Queen Butterflies.  There must have been around 50 Queen Butterflies flying around this tree.  Personally, I’ve never heard of a “Bubba” Desert Willow and I have no idea if they are good at attracting Butterflies, […]

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Monarch Butterfly In Field Of Wildflowers

I mentioned yesterday that I am on vacation in Fredericksburg, Texas.  Just a few miles away is a place called Wildseed Farms that if you have a chance to visit, you really should. This morning I decided to take a little field trip to Wildseed Farms, but first I had to stop by Walmart as […]

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On Vacation In Texas Hill Country

Leecy kicked me out of the house and told me to go on vacation somewhere, so I’m out in the Texas Hill Country with Sascha (German Shepherd).  I’m actually in Fredericksburg Texas at some small cottage. Before everyone starts writing, Leecy really didn’t kick me out, but it was her idea that I go somewhere […]

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Red Shouldered Hawk At Brazos Bend State Park

As I was walking on one of the trails I heard the unmistakable cry of a Hawk.  I always get confused between a Red Shouldered Hawk and a Red Tailed Hawk. Here’s what I found from reading my Sibley’s Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America.  The Red Shouldered Hawk has orange bars across […]

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White Ibis Eating Crawfish

Here’s some additional pictures from Brazos Bend State Park. This was actually an accidental picture.  I was just trying to take a picture of a White Ibis.  It wasn’t until I got home and started reviewing the pictures that I noticed that this bird had caught a Crawfish. In this first picture, you can just […]

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Brazos Bend: Nothing But Gators

I intended to visit Brazos Bend State Park to take some pictures of the birds and wildlife.  Little did I know the place would be full of American Alligators. I started off seeing some gators swimming through the water. The gator below seemed content to warm up while in the water. Then as I’m walking […]

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Taking A “Staycation”

Finally!  I’m taking a week off from work. Tomorrow morning I plan on heading out to Brazos Bend State Park.  A day or two after that I plan on revisiting Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge. I’ll also probably visit the Houston Arboretum, but after that I am undecided.  I’d like to try a couple of new […]

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On Staycation

Sorry for the lack of updates.  I’ve been taking it easy for the last two weeks.  I still need to post some additional bird pictures from Anahuac, and I have some new Butterfly pictures to post as well. Speaking of Butterflies, during the snow we recently had, Leecy and I went out and collected all […]

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Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge: The Sequel

I decided to go back out to Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge once again.  You may recall the last time I went there I got a flat tire so it was a nightmare. On this visit, I’m happy to report that I didn’t get a flat tire! For the first time I actually filled up my […]

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American Bittern Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

This was the first time I’ve ever seen or been able to get a photograph of this wonderfully camouflaged bird.  We were driving along one of the roads towards the back of the refuge looking for any birds and I happened to spot this guy.  Although this is the first time I’ve ever seen this […]

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White Ibis Feeding And Flying At Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

There were lots of White Ibis flying around at the Refuge.  There were also a bunch of them feeding.  It took a while for us to get in a position to get a shot of these birds feeding because each time they saw us they would take off in flight. It just so happened that […]

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Brown Pelican Diving

Ever see a Brown Pelican standing on its head?  That’s what this picture reminds me of. Brown Pelican’s were very rare, and were on the Endangered Species list until November 2009.  Their reason for decline was because of pesticides which would cause their egg shells to be very thin.  It’s pretty miraculous that these birds […]

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Only In Texas!

Only in Texas could you go to Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge and be asked to get back in your car because they were bringing a herd of Cattle through. For some reason, we were out taking pictures today, quietly minding our our business and eating lunch when these Cowboys come through and ask if we […]

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