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Refugio, Texas Park Along Mission River

After visiting the presidio, the mission, and the town of Goliad, Texas late afternoon, I wanted to stop at a birding park along the Mission River in the small town of Refugio [pronounced Rah FURE ee oh]. I know, don't ask me how they get the ure pronunciation from fug, but that is how it's pronounced!! The park is a very pretty area year 'round! The foliage diversity and wildflowers....it's just awesome in an out of the way area that not too many know about it. Anyway, I was on the search for owls...but saw none. In fact the only bird I saw there for the short time we spent there was a Green Kingfisher. AND Turtles...


How many turtles do you see?  [5, 6 or 7?] - not including the reflections of course!!




48 comments :

  1. I see seven turtles! Oh, everything looks so green there! It is snowing here. I just commented on your last blog. But I must have been late, because it has seemed to change fast! Or else I am really slow! Love the Spanish Moss!

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    1. Well, I did post two blogs almost at the same time...so that explains it.

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    1. Thanks Fi...it IS a very pretty area.

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  3. I think I see 7 because it looks like there is one in the water in the top right of the picture. Love the ones all lined up o the log. I also love the look of the 3rd picture down with the bridge. This looks like such a pretty place.

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    1. It's a very pretty area. And what I like most is....it's quiet.

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  4. this is my kind of woods, and paths and peace and quiet and no people/cars/lawnmowers. no noise. so beautiful. the word you pronounced makes no sense to me, but I always marvel that words from other languages we can tell what it means without saying or pronouncing it. Refuge.. and it is

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  5. Wonderful photos. My kids used to catch turtles and try to feed them pancakes with syrup and butter LOL

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    1. Would the turtles eat any?

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  6. I would love to walk there!
    There is something about wooden bridges over small creeks ...
    Always fun to see turtles sunning themselves
    Have a great week-end!

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    1. Thanks...come with me next time! 😊

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  7. Hello, looks like a beautiful park. I love all the greenery. The turtle lineup is adorable, great photo. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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  8. A very nice park with an odd pronunciation though. I see six turtles but after reading the comments I went up and found the one in the upper right. Pretty place, Anni. :-)

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    1. I am wondering if there is another...well camouflaged by a grass blade behind the log? Not sure.

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  9. Thank you, thank you, for sharing just what I'm dreaming about! It makes winter easier to handle. These turtles are the best!

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    1. This IS our winter for the most part!

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  10. I think I spy 7 turtles - if that is indeed another one behind the long reeds.
    Such lovely photos along the river and of the fences along the walkways! It would be a delightful area to explore!

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    1. Thanks...you & I see the familiar color and shape. 😊

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  11. Oh, I see 7! Funny how they all line up together on the log :) Looks like a real pretty and peaceful place to take a winter stroll. I love the delicate colors of the foliage and the still water. Hope you have a lovely weekend. xo Karen

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    1. Thanks Karen...have a lovely weekend yourself.

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  12. The pictures make me feel as if I were in a jungle or deep swamp. I like dark and damp and warm environments and was very comfortable with the 7 turtles.

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    1. It wasn't all that warm. Chill factor made us all wear jackets.

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  13. When I was growing up our neighbor worked at Refugio so I still remember how to pronounce that town's name. However I don't think I have ever been there.

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    1. Driving hwy 77/69 it's something you could miss if you blinked. LOL

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  14. I see 7 turtles.That park is beautiful.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the beauty in this small park Ruth!

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  15. Turtles sure looks organized. But I been wrong before.
    Coffee is on

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    1. LOL....I always say, there is a right way and wrong way and my way.

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  16. I think there are 7 turtles. You caught a great photo of them, and your scenery shots were very nice as well. So glad you are still blogging. Wishing you peace, good health and much laughter in 201!

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    1. Thanks!! And I too wish you peace, good health and laughter for the year.

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  17. Love the scenic shots, they have a bit of an ephemeral quality about them.
    I think I see 7 turtles but I've been known to be wrong before, haha.

    Diana

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    1. There ARE 7 and perhaps 8!

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  18. Beautiful photos, I forget how much I loved south Texas in the wintertime. When I first moved there I remember everybody telling me how to pronounce Refugio correctly.

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    1. Right now, South Texas is not so 'pretty'....VERY cold!!

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  19. Hi Anni, I see seven turtles! I love this kind of bush walk - all the wooden walkways and bridges. I like how the town's name is pronounced and repeated it to myself here in my office. Have a great day. Jo

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  20. Interesting that people see 7 turtles. I see at least 8.
    There's a little face looking through the grass between first and second of the obvious turtles (from left). There is also one in background near top right of the image.

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    1. Yes!!! I too see this, but not sure it's a turtle. Wish I had paid more attention when I was there.

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  21. We pass through Refugio at least twice a year going to and from the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Tx. But we have never stopped in Refugio. Thanks for the beautiful photos and we will make a point of stopping next time.

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    1. Thing is, it's right off the highway at the Mission River curve...the stop light [from Houston] turn right! Or from Corpus, then turn left of course. It's something surprisingly beautiful.

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  22. seven turtles and so darn cute! this looks like a beautiful area according to your photos. :)
    hugs,
    Marie

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    1. It IS a pretty park, year 'round.

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  23. Beautiful walk -- I kind of remember visiting the town -- must have done, because the proununciation was familiar to me.

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    1. It's close proximity to corpus/port a

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  24. 7 turtles, they are so cute. what a beautiful park. love the spanish moss.

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