Tag Archives: Texas State Parks

~Today’s Feathered Friend-Northern BobWhite

Lake Colorado City State Park, Texas

We were sitting at the dining table in the RV, at Lake Colorado City State Park, drinking hot chocolate. The day was cold, cloudy and very windy keeping up mostly inside. Kloudy alerted us to the fact that something was in the area. Looking out the window we spotted a covey of Northern Bobwhites.

I scrambled to get my camera to take some photos. These are not the best quality shots, but I enjoyed seeing this group.

This is the closest I have ever been to a covey of Northern Bobwhites and the most I have ever seen at one time.

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Northern Bobwhite
Northern Bobwhite
Site 63, Lake Colorado City State Park
Site 63, Lake Colorado City State Park
All alone.
All alone, but not lonely.

We spent two nights at Lake Colorado City State Park, waiting out the snowy weather in Colorado.

Instead of heading to Amarillo and spending our time in a private RV park, we chose to stay another day in this lovely Texas State Park, observing nature without neighbors.

This was our second visit to Lake Colorado City State Park.

 

 

 

~Horns as in Long and Beep, Beeps as in Fast

November, 14, 2015
Copper Breaks State Park
Quanah, TX
2 nights, Site 22
View this Texas State Park here: Copper Breaks

Cloudy skies all day.

You just have to go with what you are given and that is what we did, several walks around Copper Breaks State Park with the doggies for a total of 4.5 miles.

During our walks we saw some interesting sights….

It was early evening when we saw this fellow hunting bugs in the grass.

Roadrunner - Beep, Beep!
Roadrunner – Beep, Beep

A Texas Longhorn from the herd at Copper Breaks.

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Texas Longhorn

Perhaps it is the vintage look of these Windmills that I like so much.

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Windmill Pump

Well past its blooming season, but still lovely with a splash of color.

Dry arid land
Dry arid land

It is always interesting to walk along a river bank. The Pease River, a tributary of the Red River which runs through West Texas, meanders its way through Copper Breaks State Park.

Pease River in Copper Breaks State Park
Pease River in Copper Breaks State Park

Tall reeds, protection for wildlife.

Grasses surrounding a pond
Grasses surrounding a pond

One of the small ponds in the park.

A small pond
A small pond

Now for the fun part ` seeing the Texas Longhorns at Copper Breaks.

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A little Texas Longhorn

If you are interested you may read about these handsome fellows by clicking on this link Longhorns

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“What you looking at sister?”

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The end of our day, enjoyed and treasured.

Looking forward to what tomorrow will bring. We will be on our way to Cooper Lakes State Park.

~”When that sun is high in that Texas Sky” – It is time to leave Amarillo

November, 13, 2015
Copper Breaks State Park
Quanah, TX
2 nights, Site 22
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How many country and western songs would you guess have been written about Amarillo? I don’t know, but there are several. One of the most famous is Amarillo by Morning, which has been recorded by many artists including George Strait.  And, why is it stuck in my head? Read these lyrics and it will be stuck in yours!

Amarillo by Morning

By George Strait

Amarillo by mornin’
Up from San Antone
Everything that I got
Is just what I’ve got on

When that sun is high in that Texas sky
I’ll be buckin’ at the county fair
Amarillo by mornin’
Amarillo, I’ll be there

They took my saddle in Houston
Broke my leg in Santa Fe
I lost my wife and a girlfriend
Somewhere along the way

But I’ll be lookin’ for 8 when they pull that gate
And I hope that judge ain’t blind
Amarillo by mornin’
Amarillo’s on my mind

Amarillo by mornin’
Up from San Antone
Everything that I got
Is just what I’ve got on

I ain’t got a dime but what I got is mine
I ain’t rich but Lord I’m free
Amarillo by mornin’
Amarillo’s where I’ll be

Amarillo by mornin’
Amarillo’s where I’ll be

Thursday evening we receive a phone call from the Ford Dealership in Canyon, TX letting us know our car is ready. Just like that our plans change; we will have to visit the Amarillo Botanical Gardens and see the Christmas lights another time.

Friday morning was hectic, up early, on the road to Canyon with the rental car to pick up our car, back to Amarillo to drop off the rental car, and then back to the RV Park to get the coach ready to pull out before eleven o’clock. We made it!

We decided to travel to Copper Breaks State Park in Quanta, TX and stay Friday and Saturday night. We visited this park once before and enjoyed staying here. We arrived at Copper Breaks early in the afternoon and after getting settled in our site we enjoyed a walk and a sunset.

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Copper Breaks State Park
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Sun starting to set

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The sounds of Amarillo…..trains, planes, helicopters and eighteen wheelers, were becoming unpleasant. All sounds we could hear from our site at Amarillo Ranch RV Park.

Perhaps this is why so many country songs have been written about Amarillo, to simply drown out the noise with music.

Or it could be Amarillo rhymes with a lot of words!

Today was peaceful, quite, un-crowded, with dark (I mean dark) skies.

Wonderful, Beautiful, We are happy!

Hope your day was grand.

~Weekly Photo Challenge: Intricate

The  Daily Post – Photo Challenge – Week of May 2, 2015 – “Intricate.

Hubby and I like to hike and on occasion we come across a Golden Orb Spider. They create a huge and intricate web.

Banana Spider
This photo was taken at Lake Louisa State Park, near Clermont, Florida.
A Side View
These two photos were taken at Ray Roberts State Park near Dallas, Texas

Golden Orb

The following photos are Milkweed Seeds. I took these photos while visiting a local park where I live. I think they have an interesting and intricate form.

Milkweed
Milkweed
Bursting Milkweed Pod
Bursting Milkweed Pod
It looks like the silk from a spiders web.
It looks like the silk from a spider’s web.

The featured image is a photo I took at another local park located off Highway 34 as you would travel west from Loveland to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. It is early morning rain drops on a spider’s web. The header photo are two Lady Bugs doing what they do to create more Lady Bugs! Photo taken in my yard.

I hope you enjoy my Intricate photos.

~My Contribution to Good Fences #9~

 

My contribution to

Good Fences

http://run-a-roundranch.blogspot.ca

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aged wood, creatively used,

constructed into a fence,

surrounds a yard.

 

filled with water falls,

feeding stations and birds,

a place where they, feel safe.

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White-winged Doves sitting on an old fence
White-winged Doves sitting on an old fence

 

This fence is in South Llano River State Park, Junction, Texas