Random Shots Around Houston

Time for a photo “roundup”… it’s so unique to Houston to be able to have a bustling city atmosphere and then 3 minutes later see Longhorns – gotta love Houston! 🙂 

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Cattle Egret Hanging Out At Bear Creek Pioneer’s Park – Houston, Texas

Anyone else do “Car Photography”? This is what I do now in this Summer heat!! I drive around parks or back roads and when I see a fun bird, etc. I pull over and shot from my car.   Works out ok for me as my Sigma lens is rather heavy anyway and this way I can use my car window frame as a tripod and generally speaking either get to stay in my air-conditioned car or hop out for a spilt second, snap and drive on 🙂 . 

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I’ve been trying to incorporate reflections to my shots so this was a great opportunity.

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American White Ibis (Found in Galveston State Park in Texas)

Since I was in Galveston already on Saturday, I HAD to visit Galveston State Park to see if I could find any of my Roseate Spoonbills there but no luck…however, I did see quite a few of the American White Ibis.  I was shocked the first time I saw one of them as their eyes are such a beautiful, startling blue and their legs are so oddly colored too!  Really everything about this bird is rather strange looking!!

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There were about 4 of them up in a tree by some shallow, marsh land.

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Birding In Houston, Texas – A Hodge Podge Of Recent Birds

(Above photo:  English sparrow)

Thanks to my friends at the Amand Bayou Nature Center for helping me determine what kind of birds a lot of these are!!! They are such a lovely group of people!!! Thank you for always being willing to help!!! Birding in Texas has become somewhat of a new hobby for me so I need plenty of assistance trying to identify them all still! 

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Taken at Galveston State Park, Galveston, Texas – this is a Willet (Thanks Armand Bayou Nature Center for the identification help!!) this bird is part of the Sandpiper Family or shorebirds.

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Beach Time at Galveston, Texas with Max

What does a rational person do once she learns Tropical Storm Cindy wasn’t going to hit Houston badly? Yep, drive to the beach on Saturday! It was looking unpredictable if it would rain or not in Galveston, Texas so I figured I’d get storm photo shots or enjoy the beach as either way it was going to rain by my house so why not….

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Stephen F. Austin State Park in San Felipe, Texas (short drive from Houston)

Today we are off to see Stephen F. Austin State Park – less than an 30-45 minute drive from Houston and a great place to camp!

While I didn’t go camping on this outting, I included some photos from when my daughter and I and our pups went camping in 2015. We had a blast camping there and did some geocaching there too.  Let me tell ya…finding a micro-geocache is hard (full credit to my daughter finding that one!)!!! The trails there are well-kept and plenty of birds can be spotted here too…especially my red cardinals 🙂 

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Nice playground area
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Our old tent

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Seabreeze Park in La Porte, Texas

(Above photo:  Black-crowned Night-Heron)

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Is Sylvan Beach Park crowded? Bee bop on over to Seabreeze Park instead (sorry, no beach though but it’s a great little La Porte, Texas park!)
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You get that nice breeze and it’s a tranquil little park.
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Seemed like a good fishing day out there too as I witnessed a few good catches!

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