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At Aransas Wildlife Refuge along the coast of Texas, about 80 miles northeast of Corpus Christi, we had a good outing, bird watching, and other activities in more ways than one. [the first 15 photos have mouseover captions] We crossed Copano Bay near Rockport Texas [which is kinda like crossing to Key West Florida...only MUCH shorter in distance. Water on both sides of the highway! We continued heading in the north easterly direction to the refuge. I was in hopes of being able to view the Whooping Cranes that migrate here to the coast each and every winter, like clock work. This year, there are a reported 240+ cranes that have arrived. The Refuge is their breeding grounds. Once we arrived, we signed in and walked around the visitor's center that has many displays of the birds in the area...[world renowned for bird watchers]...and the four footed wildlife that co-exists with area's waterfowl. After the few minutes registering and viewing the indoor exhibits, it was time to hop in the car and drive the 16 miles of roadway meandering through the swampy marshlands [the whole sanctuary/park/refuge is vast....some 115,000 acres of land area, not including the expanse of water inlets and shoreline and gulf bays --most only accessible by chartered boat] in hopes of realizing our purpose of the day trip.....

"Alligators in the sewer"....she was such a doll back then. Drew Barrymore that is. I adored her as a child, I admire her spunk and fortitude now that she's grown. Not to mention I think she's the best looking Barrymore ever. Oh yes, I remember her grandfather, John, and her uncle, Lionel. Among others of the Barrymore dynasty. With her 'breakthrough' role in E. T. as Gertie, in 1981!!!....her little bod and adorable charm of a youngster, well, she melted my heart. And I still catch myself saying -alligators in the sewer- oftentimes. In fact just the other day!!!

You see, we walked miles. We drove through the entire area where you can park your car at certain observation points. And climbed the tower...but to no avail. We did however see many other birds and some beautiful countryside. Spoonbills, hawks, egrets, herons. Why, even a ROBIN!! Which, in all honesty, I've NOT SEEN since Colorado! I always knew that Spring had arrived when the first robin of the season sang its lullaby. It was a real treat to see one again. And I must say, the one we saw in Texas IS bigger....the saying is true....things in Texas are big! hehehehe All in all it was a very pleasant day. We spent about four hours there once we arrived. As we were driving back to the visitor's center to sign out [you have to register when you enter the reserve]. As we drove the paved road through the park, ummmmmmm.......Watch out!! Alligators' on the loose!!!!!

By the time I got the car pulled off the road he had reached the swamp!!

...and he had his eyes on me too. All the time I was there with the camera!! If he had turned and chased me....he'd still be slipping in my----!!!

POSTED: Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
12:25 A.M.


  1. You got some great pictures! It looks like a beautiful day. I loved Drew too - she sure was a cutie!

  2. Great post! This would put my husband into dreamland....all this bird watching. I could get rid of him for days with a place like that! ha ha ha!

    I never saw an alligator in the wild...he has though, on a golf course. :)

  3. I have not heard about this sanctuary, with other words you brought me into a new and fascinating world.
    Thanks for sharing

  4. Great post Annie! This is such a beautiful place. I can't say that I would have been brave enough to attempt a photo of Mr. Gator - thanks for taking one for the team! Kathy

  5. If you're going to keep getting close to alligators like that - better practice your zig zag running! Slipping in your **** - you crazy lady you! What great shots - it really felt like Spring!

  6. Oh my, what a wonderful outing you have.. I love bird watching.. Look at the alligator, seems like they're looking for their food already.

  7. The wildlife refuge
    teems with critters great and small—
    Lord God made them all.

  8. Great post. I miss the waterfowl and alligators we had in Florida!
    Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Beautiful nature shots. I wouldn't chase the gators though.

  10. Oh My Gosh Annie...
    Sweetie you got out and took a picture of an alligator. No you did NOT just do that. Are you crazy or super fast? Just give me the birds, but no alligators. Oh My Gosh. That is to scary for me, and you my sweetie, were to close for comfort.

    I love the photos of all the birds and I really like the photo of the area that has overgrowth and looks like a tunnel you are looking through. That shot is just gorgeous. I love it. Such a great photo sweetie. Thanks for sharing, and letting me tag along today. I have had such a wonderful time. I love it when you share.

    Country hugs sweetie. Love...Sherry

  11. those are the places that need to be protected... just look at it. looks like a fairground for birds.

  12. Good morning Anni, I have enjoyed taking this tour through the wildlife refuge with you through your eyes and pictures..

    Today on my post I said that the Heron came to fish in low tide behind my house, but he might be a Egret.. what is the difference between them?/ I am going to post a picture of him...

    We have had a few Alligators taken out of the cove water near my house.A ten foot one was removed , plus some smaller ones. They come to feed on crabs which are caught in crab nets..along my neighbor's docks!!!

    Thanks for your visit to my place today...
    Hugs, Baba

  13. Anni, What wonderful wild life pictures. I have been there several times. Roy's sister and family live in Rockport. We don't get down there very much anymore....since we acquired all the animals.
    Glad you live there, but wish I did also.


  14. Hi Anni, the big bird in my post is an Egret for sure..thanks for explaining the two birds different features...I added it's picture in my post..

  15. Great photos, Love the Alligators ones.
    My WW link for you

  16. Anni,

    Absolutely stunning photos...all of them. I would love to visit the area. What beauty. I can see why you've been wanting to explore there.

    Wow! An alligator in the wild. You're a brave soul. LOL I've seen lots of them in Florida in the parks, but never one in the wild. When Michelle was little, I actually took her to Alligator World. Don't know if it even exists today.

    Take care and enjoy your day. I finally did get over last night to catch up on your postings.


  17. Anonymous1/27/2010

    I really like Drew Barrymore too, & you're absolutely right, she's the best looking one BY FAR!!! I don't know how the others got into show business - it wasn't w/ their looks! heheheee

    Thanks for stopping by my blog - Your comment is much appreciated!

  18. Anonymous1/27/2010

    Growing up in an area close to the swamps and bayous in south Louisiana, I can remember close encounters with several wild critters, including gators. Scaryyyyy, but adventurous!

    Your pics are just great! Looks like you had a great time :)

  19. What a wonderful day trip - sorry you didn't see the cranes, but the others are wonderful. And that is a big robin! Waiting for our first one, but it'll be awhile!

    Have a wonderful day!

  20. Just read yesterday's post - you'd fit right in to our town!

  21. Pretty shots Anni...Happy watery Wednesday. Mine is up.

  22. so many wonderful photos!

  23. Oh my.....that is awesome how you stopped and grabbed those photos (you are a bit daring too) :-)

    Beautiful TX pics (although I might be a bit partial too) :-)

  24. Great pictures! looks so nice there. All I am seeing is white!

  25. Anonymous1/27/2010

    Beautiful day in an amazing place... great shots! The alligator is just menacing with that whole lurking bit...

  26. The switchover hasn't happened yet - Kristen and I haven't had a chance to discuss it since she got to feeling a bit better - she's getting cold feet, but I hope she still okays my going public. I really want her to at least write, whether public or private. Too bad that scumbag has ruined so many things for us. But on, those beautiful girlies! The only good thing he ever did.

  27. Anonymous1/27/2010

    Nice post - my husband is from Dallas but I have never been to this part of TX!

  28. aloha anni,

    i loved the story you wrote with the visuals, its a great read, i think some larger pictures might have more impact with your story:)

  29. Hi, thanks for the Comment. Of Course I pay a visit. Your blog is very nice, and so are your watery pictures. Very good.
    I had a little look at your art work, you are very good. I have a relativ who is an artist in Gothenburg. She is also very good. I give you her web-address.
    and another where you can see moore of her art. And also the web-page were she is working:
    Her name is: Lena Rydén.
    Hope you enjoy Lenas arts.
    All the best, Ulla in a cold and snowy Sweden

  30. Wow, this did remind me of Florida with the water everywhere and the alligator, or course! I love Roseate Spoonbills, they are one of my favorite birds to photograph. Thank you for taking us on this outing with you, I enjoyed every word and every picture. I'll have to check this area out the next time I'm in Texas.

    btw, I love Drew too!

  31. I love your photos, they are beautiful. You know Mississippi is home to the rare Sandhill Crane... You should pop over and see it.

    I love Drew Barrymore, she is one of my favourite actresses.... I really love this post!

  32. Wow, what a great trip! And that would be so scary to see an alligator like that!!

  33. I love your new header, so cute.

  34. I always admired her spunk also. But I really don't like alligators. I don't know how folks live anywhere near them. I'll take the blizzards of New England any day.

  35. as always, a lot of interesting stuff. :)

  36. I would LOVE to drive through that conservatory. I can't imagine seeing so many egrets at one time. That is so cool! It looks like a beautiful place to visit!

  37. Great shots. Looks like a place I visit here in Southern Cal in Hermosa Beach. Such a great place to get some shots of birds. Thanks for participating in watery Wednesday! :-)

  38. Hello Anni!! Wow this really looks like a place I'd love to explore with my camera. That alligator would stop me in my tracks for sure!!

  39. Anni I love this post! Thanks. I had to laugh about the robins. Being from the Northwes, it struck me so funny when people in Texas got excited about seeing robins, an exotic species there, but so commen here.

  40. Great photos and what a cool sighting of the gator. lad he left you and your camera alone. Love all teh bird photos and the scenery. Looks like a wonderful place to bird.

  41. Lovely I love the beach and the water too.
    Thanks for sharing.

  42. Nice post and Beautiful photographs.. i spent some time on your blog and you have some nice collection of photo's here... enjoyed the visit

    Thanks for your comments on my blog, stop by when u get a chance


  43. Wonderful pictures. Sounds like such a great trip.


  44. Such a great wildlife refuge! I love the birds and the alligators enjoying their habitat. Your pictures are so scenic. Thanks for sharing them and for taking time to visit my posts:) Have a great day!

  45. I know exactly what you would have slipped in running from those crocs. They are just so prehistoric and scary. Not as scary as snakes are in my opinion. Sheer terror for me.
    May I have one of your cute little Valentines for my blog?

  46. Anonymous1/27/2010

    I love the quote and this is a wonderful post. Thanks for sharing this reserve with us. The photos are wonderful my friend. Walk softly and care a HUGE stick LOL

  47. Hi Anni
    I loved your photos from the Wildlife Center. This is the fauna and flora I see most days. I live across the Gulf from you...near St Petersburg/Clearwater. About 5 miles from my home is Honeymoon Island State Park. There is a wildlife area/trails there, along with a lovely beach for both people and dogs.

    I laughed at your description of the alligator. IF you check back into my older posts, you will find an alligator story... I guarantee you will laugh at me!
    Jane (Artfully Graced)

  48. Ooooh! What great photos, Anni! The refuge looks like an incredible place.

  49. hello anni! really nice to be back here...take care and God Bless always

  50. Hi Anni, What a wonderful place to visit! I'm so happy that you got to see that gator. : ) That must have been very exciting!

    : )

    Julie M.

    ps I love movies too. I saw ET in the theatre when I was a kid. My favorite part was always all of the stuffed animals in the closet...and how they hid in them. Drew Barrymore does seem to be a very kind and thoughtful gal. My mom said recently that she is getting more and more beautiful as she ages.

  51. great shots!! I have robins in my yard every year....along with several other birds. when I was on bedrest we set out a feeder in front of the living room window and I'd sit with a book of Tx birds and keep a diary....I'd love to swap bird stories!

  52. Good Morning Annie...
    Where is my Annie for the day? How can I get myself going without? I need my quotes and Annie (Isms). Are you in there? Open...Open....Open...I will check back later. I pray you are okay today. You never miss.

    Love ya girl...Sherry



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