Inns and Outs...




outside our hotel room window...the reflections of the sky
in the window by the mermaid fountain
and a
landscaped resaca for ambiance

linking to:  Weekly Top Shot - Skywatch Friday - Weekend Reflections


Along the banks of the Rio Grande River, in Cameron County, Texas, there are resacas. Resacas, the term, could be derived from the Spanish rio seco meaning 'dry river' or resacar meaning to 'retake'. Either way, in reality, they are similar; being that the river itself, when flooded, formed many areas that held the flood waters eventually drying in areas, then forming from the silt channels of water that turned marshy; swamps. At Santa Ana, when we walked several of the mile long trails, we came upon a quiet, peaceful, area that is a resaca. The vegetation was 'to die for' pretty. The stillness, except for bird calls, was pure enjoyment. The variegated verdant shades, the richness of silver, dried wood and moss...all beautiful to the eye. The shadows and reflections - the dense woods - the Spanish Moss draping off the branches, swaying in the trickle of the slight morning breeze, the many sections of boardwalks crossing the mossy green water, bright contrasting red and yellow and indigo blue feathered birds flitting from branch to fallen stumps or dancing just ahead of us through knee high grasses....it was just short of paradise. Actually, I was so busy drinking in the surroundings, I never did take any photos of birds. It was all about the resacas that day...






...read more on resacas in Texas

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Walking along some other areas, birding of course, we came upon a new species we've never seen before...a squirrel!! Neither of us knew what it was until we were able to get home and have time to research with our photos at hand. It is a Mexican Ground Squirrel. And cute; ever so cute!!



...tho a rodent from Northern Mexico, a Mexican Ground Squirrel can be found in the southern, and west-central part of Texas. It's habitat is sandy, dry, grassy areas. Sizing it up, they can grow to 15 inches in length, their distinctive marks are NINE rows of white dots along its backside, a white eye ring, and very small, rounded ears. It is omnivorous...meaning it eats fruits, vegetation and also consumes flesh....often seen eating carrion along the a stretch of highway from roadkill.


...read more on Mexican Ground Squirrel

linking to: Camera Critters - Saturday Critters



110 comments :

  1. What a lovely place and beautiful skies and delightful critters!! Now it doesn't get any better than that, Anni!! Love your captures!! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  2. It always surprised me to suddenly a green patch of trees/flowers/birds while traveling through the southwest! Beautiful spot you found! And I thought your squirrel had a close encounter with a barber!

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    1. You're so right about the desert southwest.

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  3. Wonderful shots. I love the fountain.

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  4. A beautiful place, I'm a little jealous with the number of squirrel species you have in North America. We have one, also cute but just one.

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    1. ...this was a new one to me also!!

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  5. the squirrel is soooo adorable.

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  6. Thanks for sharing your trip with us. Beautiful pictures and adorable squirrel ... never seen one of those.
    Thanks for visiting Timeless Treasures and the nice comment.
    Be safe.
    Audrey Z.

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  7. The squirrel is cute and I love the spanish moss. What a beautiful place for birding! Lovely photos, Anni! Have a happy weekend!

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    1. Oh yes...Spanish Moss is so pretty for me too.

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  8. oh my that Mexican ground squirrel is adorable

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  9. Love the Mermaid and blue sky behind her for SWF ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  10. Looks like a beautiful area! I think the little squirrel is so cute!

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  11. A Mexican Ground squirrel? That's a new one. But boy is he cute! Glad you were able to get such good pics of him. :)

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    1. It was a new one to us too.

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  12. Lovely shots, and that is a very unusual squirrel! Looks like you are in a fun place

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    1. ...thanks...we did have a good time.

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  13. I've head only the last few years about the Rescaca's. What an oasis they make.

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  14. That cute little Mexican Ground Squirrel is one of the strangest animals I've seen!

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    1. ...strange but like you say...cute!

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  15. Such a beautiful area to visit! I could stare for hours at all of this! Love the cute little ground squirrel, too. I don't remember ever seeing one of those before.
    Take care and enjoy your Friday!

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    1. ...glad you enjoyed it all Cheryl

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  16. Wow, beautiful pictures.

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  17. I would not have known what that creature was if you hadn't told me! And for YOU to be too busy not to take bird pictures, well... :-)

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    1. Yep...I got home and told Bud...'ya'know? I didn't photograph any birds this time'. lol

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  18. Very interesting post. I had never heard the term, resacas. But--obviously, you were in paradise when walking in that resaca area... WOW---just beautiful.

    Wonder if those Mexican Squirrels are as active at bird feeders as ours here????? ha ha

    Have a great week/weekend... Looked like a fabulous hotel.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. I don't know...your question makes me wonder now.

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  19. Oh my daughter Hannah would love that Mermaid! She is fascinated by them! What sounds like you are having great fun! Good to be here and say hello. Enjoy the weekend!

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    1. ...thanks, hope you had a great weekend yourself.

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  20. Sure do like those scenes out your window. Not sure if that ground squirrel is the same as the ones we see around here sometime. They can scurry fast so I doesn't get a good look.

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    1. I bet they are the very same kind Paula

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  21. I know this landscape well, but you made it even more beautiful with your lovely descriptions. Enjoyed your pics, as always!

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  22. Wow, this squirrel is new to me! He does look a bit like a squirrel but without the bushy tail and with white spots.

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    1. ...it was new to me too Ginny,

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  23. I think I remember seeing those little critters while in CA looks like the ones out there. thank you for sharing

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    1. ...this was the one and only time I've ever seen 'em.

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  24. You bring me home to Texas. I love the raschas though I didn't know that was what they were called. That is the southwest. Darling little squirrel but I haven't seen one of those. xo Jenny

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    1. ...yep, that's what they're called. ;-)

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  25. Dearest Anni;
    Oh, I enjoyed sharing your trip with your BEAUTIFUL pictures very much. Squirrel is really adorable♡♡♡ And I love your new header as well.
    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. ...thanks Miyako, glad you enjoyed the post.

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  26. Hi! Nice captures. The name of Rio Grande reminds me a song named "The Yellow Rose of Texasa".
    Thanks for sharing.

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  27. Beautiful greens and love that mermaid fountain. I had no idea that there was such a thing as a ground squirrel and he is ultra cute.

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    1. ...cute indeed. I too like mermaids.

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  28. I have never heard of a resaca. Very interesting! We do have lots of pesky ground squirrels, though!

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    1. ...glad to inform you. lol

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  29. What a wonderful post, enjoyed every word and awesome photograph!! Always a great time here when I drop in, MIss Anni! Cute little squirrel!

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  30. Lovely pictorial on SWF. You have several shots that outstanding, but that little squirrel is too cute to not mention. You really have a gr8 eye behind the lens. Have a pictastic weekend, Anni!

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    1. ...thanks, hope you had a great weekend Cathy.

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  31. that is one odd and adorable squirrel. I would have sworn all these photos were taken here in Florida.... so similar i really thought you had been on a visit here... beautiful photos

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    1. Yep, this area is similar to parts of Florida.

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  32. The mermaid fountain is awesome. Beutiful scenery, but I can't imagine you forgot to take pictures of birds. :)

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    1. ...me either...I was in shock. lol

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  33. how cute is he! i like the mermaid beauty, too.

    (and who says i get anything done - besides blogging.) :)

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    1. lol....okay then, how do you find time to get pictures if you're blogging? lol

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  34. I just love your picture of the mermaid, it is so "mon beau Danube bleu" !

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  35. Hi Anni Love the reflection of the trees in the water. Hope you have a great weekend.

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    1. Hope you had a good weekend too...thanks, Margaret.

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  36. Your narrative with detailed descriptions of the area brought me there to walk with you. Beautiful pictures and the ground squirrel is delightful to see.

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    1. ...it's good to know you enjoyed the post this past week Ms. G.

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  37. They should hire you to write their publicity pamphlets ... I am sold! Tell me how to get there ... Beautiful pictures all matching your descriptions. What a wonderful trip this had to be ... and for you to not take pictures of the birds ... well, we know you were enamored. The little Mexican Ground Squirrel is a new one to me as well ... how cute and good that he helps with the carrion clean up ... nature needs that to protect other animals from disease. Great post, Hootin' Annie ...

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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    1. Okay...well, I'll tell you how to get here...through the patio and to the left. [kidding!!!] Thanks Andrea.

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  38. Nice shots! I didn't make it down that far South when I lived in Texas.

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  39. captured the place beautifully. The words in this post describe it all.. :-)

    http://www.photosbyjanuary.com/2014/04/touchdown-pudong-international-airport.html

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  40. also REISEN bildet..grins
    von so einem Eichhörnchen habe ich nichts gewusst
    DANKE
    mit einem LG vom katerchen

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  41. A beautiful place! The fountain is gorgeous! And this ground squirrel so cute!

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  42. Mexican Ground Squirrel looks something different!
    It is a very wonderful place.Wonderful pictures!

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    1. ...thank you ever so much.

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  43. Anni, Thanks for sharing your post with the critter party. Have a happy weekend!

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    1. ...thanks goes to you for hosting.

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  44. Start off with the lovely mermaid and end with the too cute Mexican ground squirrel ... fun fun fun! Happy Critter Day!

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    1. ...you made my day fun too when I read your positive feedback.

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  45. what a wonderful post. it's filled with so many wonderful things. that mermaid fountain is beautiful. the view from your hotel window is calming and i can see why you didn't take pics of the birds when the resacas was a place to get lost in. so many great images. and that mexican ground squirrel is plain adorable. makes me smile to see it. hope all is well. have a great day~

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  46. Sweet captures! I always enjoy spending time along the resacas when at my mom's place.

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    1. ...glad you enjoyed this Sally

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  47. What a cute critter! I could just cuddle him (if it wasn't wild of course).

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  48. Wonderful post. The countryside (Rescas) was beautiful.
    What a funny & cute little ground squirrel. I like the dots on its back. A bit like a prairie dog but I'm guessing smaller.

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  49. Adorable little critter! Looks like a very beautiful place to visit.

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  50. Wow! Truly gorgeous captures. I liked the little critter very much. We don't get to see that kind here in Bangalore.

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    1. ...well, then, I'm glad you stopped by.

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  51. Amazing photos! So love the mermaid =) #weeklystopshot

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    1. I liked it too...I'm thinking the hotel wasn't done with the fountain yet...a whole lotta construction going on.

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  52. That little spotted ground squirrel is so cute!

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  53. Oh my goodness, what an adorable little squirrel. That is one I have never seen before not even on our trips to Mexico. Great capture Anni!

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    1. ...thanks! I thought he/she was a cutie too.

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