Oftentimes; mainly on my bird photography blog, I mention day trips to Port Aransas [pronounced uh RAN sus] on Mustang Island. Again, oftentimes, I make reference to Charlie's Pasture [aka Aransas Nature Preserve] where I walk the 2 mile boardwalk and gravel paths. The other day, I had to stop and admire the Autumn grasses in the sunlight. The slight breeze making the blades/seed glisten! It was a quiet morning, with only birdsong heard. I enjoyed it all. I thought I'd take a few photos to show you the area. The pavilion seen in the background, in March, the swallows return to nest each and every year. Also, to the right from the pavilion, hidden from the photo, is a rather large pond where egrets, herons, ducks, spoonbills, grebes can be found feeding on the catch of the day. Behind the structure, along the path on the backside which takes you along the ship channel to a community park, there are park benches to sit and view the scenery and wildlife. If lucky a beautiful hawk or osprey may make a fly-by appearance. Along the boardwalk side of the pavilion, there are several gazebo/observation towers to stop by and check out the open-air aviary/waterfowl. AND sometimes, other four-legged critters may greet you along the way [see below]. Twelve months out of the year, there is always something new. Autumn, the beautiful change of seasons, Summer, wildflowers such as silverleaf sunflowers dot the landscape, while in Spring, regrowth and Spring migration enhances the area. In winter, ya, it can be drab in color, but there, again, is always something. Perhaps looking along the ship channel as I walk the trail and ships silently drift out to sea with dolphins bidding them a safe journey....
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The same morning I walked and stopped to take pictures of the grass seed, I spied a 4 legged critter [coyote] trying to snooze in the warming sunlight! It was a gorgeous specimen in the wild!!! Also, I think it knew I was taking photos of it...it watched me watch him/her!! The beautiful, golden yellow, eyes, half dozing, remained alert to every move I made.
That's all for now, I am in the middle of decorating the house for Christmas...done with fireplace mantel and the entertainment center. Bud helped hang the sleigh and eight reindeer in the dining room/kitchen woodwork. I'm halfway done with the decorating of the tree. I was a bit delayed in my work today; my sister called and we talked too long. rofl
Besides, I need stop typing and go to prepare the baby carrots and new potatoes for the pot roast in the slow cooker for dinner tonight!! Brownies [Bud's favorite - I bribed him with the offer of making a batch if he'd help hang the sleigh and reindeer for me] for dessert.