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Hawk Hunt - Part II

In my previous post I mentioned along the country back roads in our area that there are many small farm houses and several ranch homes. I took a couple photos of this gate, fence, house and stone wall in the background [the 2nd photo has the tail of a horse at the far right]....



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PADRE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE

Back in the city, we kept driving toward the islands with our destination being the National Seashore [a Federal park]. In the trip's entire drive [coming and going to the park] we saw only ONE hawk, perched high on the power lines. Another White Tailed Hawk. As soon as we pulled over to take a photo of it, it swooped down off the line and in a blink of an eye, it was too far away for the lens without the zoom. We stopped at the beach and walked for about an hour along the shore. This part of the park, where we turned around to go back to the car, is located in an adjacent county...Kleberg County [also named for a family associated with King Ranch, son in law of Richard King, founder of King Ranch]

A few beach photos. What I found curious was the yellow nylon rope and the bird prints....notice how the bird walked AROUND the rope? Smart one!!! Keeping itself from getting tangled in the line!!! ---





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LAGUNA MADRE
"Mother Lagoon"

Leaving the area, before exiting the park boundaries, we veered off the main road and drove a short distance to Laguna Madre. This Lagoon feeds into the Intercoastal Waterway, stretching from its beginnings at USA Border in Brownsville, Texas....to....Galveston, Texas, with Corpus Christi in between. At the end of the park road, picnic tables, boat ramps, kayak and boat rental housing, and several miles of shoreline for the sports enthusiasts. This is what we saw once we got out from the car to walk some more...








...the 'totem' images in real time show milage to areas around the world and the direction from the Lagoon. It was kinda 'messy' but still fun to read and use my imagination...for instance:


India 9155 miles - Kalamazoo Michigan 1201 miles - Norway 5165 miles


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Padre Island National Seashore - a History

This area wasn't always a national park!! What, then? If you guessed ranch land, you were correct! In fact, from Laguna Madre back to the main park road and across it on the opposite side of the road is another fenced in area, with locked gates. And in the distance, far from the road, between the road and the dunes and Gulf of Mexico, there are some long standing structures of historical value. In fact, these are the ONLY visible structures from the days of ranching.  It's of the Novillo Line Camp.  “The Novillo Line Camp is the last historic resource within the National Seashore that reflects human use and occupation of Padre Island. Located a few miles within the northern boundary and entrance, the camp was the northernmost line camp used by the Dunn cattle ranch in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It is also largely intact with a collection of small buildings, a pump well, wind mill with concrete water holder, and barbed wire and board corrals.“   What is a line camp you ask?  A line camp is more or less a bunkhouse with out buildings and water.  The following photos are what I took, from quite a distance, then making use of my camera's zoom lens...



Read more HISTORY
The Dunn Patriarch



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Nookworm, aka Ms. G, asked about cotton and its culture from seed to 'factory'. I took the liberty of some research:

  • Texas is the #1 state for cotton crops [some 6 million acres]
  • According to this online site, Texas' #1 crop IS cotton [and ironically #6 crop is marijuana?!!!]
  • The round covered picked cotton  [as seen here] isn't a bale per sé - it's technically a "module"
  • A "bale" of cotton is produced ONLY after picking, cleaning, seeding, and drying and grading....then, a bale weighs 500 pounds
  • Where did cotton originate? No one knows for sure....but this site shows, Mexico, India and Egypt.




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    1. Enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for sharing them.

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      1. Thank YOU...glad you enjoyed this post.

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    2. Love all the photos. En the fences! Thanks for what you wrote about a line camp. That was new for me. ALL is new for me and that makes you blog so special for me as European :-)

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      1. Wow...thanks. Glad you enjoy visiting me when you can Jedidja.

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    3. Hello Anni!:) Your seascapes are wonderful, the first and third are so beautiful, and the 4th made me smile. As for your gate images, well, they are
      both great. I rather like the stone slab with the cross at the entrance. The information about cotton growing made an interesting read. Very informative post!:)

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    4. Amazing images!! LOVE the gates! My husband and I love to vacation on South Padre Island! Beautiful place...one of our favorite things is renting a jeep for driving along the beach. Thanks for sharing and hope all's well with you...

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      1. This area is about 150 miles from SOUTH Padre Island.

        Oh yes, driving the beach is possible for the most part...until you come upon the barriers.

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    5. Hello Anni, love the views of the water and the park. The totem pole is neat! Great post and photos. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

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      1. Thanks Eileen...hope you have a terrific day too.

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    6. beautiful entrance and nice ranch views. loved the bird tracks photo. :)

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    7. Loved those signs, thanks for the smiles. Have a beautiful day.

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      1. Have a beautiful day too Linda. And, thanks.

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    8. Amazing how quiet and beautiful Padre Island is when the college kids aren't there. These are lovely pictures from the fence to the cotton. I was taught in school that Egypt was the originator of cotton, but that was so long ago, I suspect it has been revised many times ... but it is grown here in Texas, so that is all that really matters, right? Along with an impressive marijuana crop :) Enjoyed the posts and the clever bird who avoided the yellow rope ... still looking for hawks?

      Andrea @ From The Sol

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      1. I recall the very same thing....Cotton originated in Egypt. Or so we were told way back then.

        Indeed...the whole city is great without kids and college student invasion now that classes have begun. Thanks Andrea

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    9. Grand entrance to a grand estate. I also like the bird prints in the sand.

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    10. Get post full of info. Did not know Texas for cotton. The signs were very clever. We are in Ky. but our oldest son lives in Leander near Austin.

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      1. Been to Leander!!!
        I love the Hill Country of Texas...and Austin is a favorite city for me.

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    11. This blog is like reading a wonderful descriptive book of your area, including photographs. It is very interesting and informative and I appreciate the opportunity to read all about so many different topics and areas. I love that totem!

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      1. I bow to your comments Ms. G!!! Thanks so much for a sweet review of my posts. Much appreciated.

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    12. The weather looks gorgeous in all the photos! How wonderful it must be to walk around and see all these birds and other sights. Actually, my favorite picture today is the bird footprints!

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      1. If it weren't for the extreme heat, it'd be perfect! Thanks Ginny

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    13. I went back to look for the tail of the horse! lol I love seeing photos and picking out the unusual! What a beautiful area you live in. I lived in East Texas for years...so very different! Hugs, Diane

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      1. Definitely MUCH different in this area of TX!!!

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    14. Wonderful photos. Thanks for taking us a long for the tour.

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      1. Happy to know you enjoyed it all Ann.

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    15. You guys had a beautiful day for a road trip. lots of beauty in your area. perhaps some child is missing their cute little truck.

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      1. I thought the same....some child is unhappy without the forgotten toy!!

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    16. You had another enjoyable day,and got some great photos! Kalamazoo is 65 miles from me, so you were 1266 miles from me!

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      1. I know you're close to Grand Haven too, right?

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    17. Yes, that was a smart bird and I loved the picture you caught. I didn't know all that about cotton, but I still wear plenty of it. Good post, filled with lots of interesting stuff. :-)

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      1. Me too....cotton just makes sense!!
        Thanks D J

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    18. Lovely post with some lovely images. What a great totem pole!
      Have a lovely weekend.

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      1. Thanks...hope you're enjoying YOUR weekend so far.

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    19. Very nice entrance in the first 2 shots. Must be quite a fancy place. I like the cross on the rock. - Padre Island looks like a very nice place to visit. I so miss visiting the ocean. That shot of the yellow rope and bird tracks was interesting. - Enjoyed your post.

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    20. Lovely shots, Anni.

      I can tell you this about cotton: It's about all I want to wear.
      ~

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      1. Thanks....me too on the cotton wearing.

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