Finding myself at Bazemore Park in Calallen Texas, I decided to park the car and walk the entire loop! The road is what I use to walk...it curves and loops along the Nueces River, then the boardwalk goes into the deep woods. Coming back out from the boardwalk, the road continues along two ponds and I climb a short incline where the park trail skims the country club's golf course. Beyond the golf course, off to the left, the Hawk Watch Platform is a stopping place where I climb aboard and scout out the terrain, looking out into the prairie land for birds of course...from the platform the road twists and winds around a covered picnic area to then go out on the entrance road and down hill. I say hill...it's about a 40 to 50 degree incline...the backs of my legs get a real work-out trying to hold myself back without running.
I found a 'new' trail that goes deep into the wooded area on this particular day!! The open area to enter the pathway seemed to be inviting me! It's a quiet area...pretty, and filled with trees that this time of year the new growth is so verdant and lush. BUT!! Back in there, the quiet and what I saw during my exploring the path was also a bit eerie!! There were HUGE pieces of polished [flat and beveled at the same time] granite stone. And long ago used columns of some kind jutting up from the hillsides. It was like I had stepped into the movie set of "Wrong Turn". [If you've never seen this horror flick it's about the back-woods where people are terrorized by disfigured men who are cannibalistic!] I walked a bit further, and then decided to get the heck outta there and turned around getting back out into the open...safer...away from something I could feel that felt 'wrong'.
Maybe it was just my imagination, but I grew weary in there...alone. If a deer came into view I would've voided my bladder with fright!!
Out in the open again, I sighted in on a pair of Great Kiskadees busy with preparing their nest high up on a light pole. Many ducks on the pond and egrets of the snowy, and great species, black necked stilts, one lone belted kingfisher, northern cardinals, a few hawks, two flocks of Black Bellied Whistling Ducks on a fly-over, mockingbirds, a field filled with Killdeer and Meadowlarks, several Greater Yellowlegs, European Starlings, Ladderbacked Woodpeckers and Golden Fronted Woodpeckers, Morning Doves, Northern Shovelers and more. The birding was a busy time!! I will share just a few more photos of the area. In order seen in this grouping: Kiskadee in nest, Hawk Watch Platform seen through the trees, the Larger of the Two Ponds, a snowy egret and Belted Kingfisher in branches, Black Bellied Whistling Ducks fly-over, the two ponds as you view them from the hawk watch platform [looking northwest toward the interstate highway], and lastly, a Northern Cardinal along the Nueces riverbank.....