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Wind in the Willows



There is a little 'birding oasis' along the island highway on the way to Port Aransas, Texas. About half way between Corpus Christi and Port Aransas - from North Padre Island to Mustang Island. To us birding enthusiasts, we call it "The Willows". It's a haven during migration for all kinds of birds from sea birds to land birds taking flight to the northern climes in Spring...or a stop over during the Fall migration. There is a small pond [kept filled with rainfall only] and it's protected by...yep, you guessed right...willow trees!!! All nestled on land surrounded by highway and island hotels.








On this particular day, there was no wind other than what was created by the wings of migrant bird activity.

38 comments :

  1. it has been maybe 40 to 50 years since i last saw a willow tree. they are such beautiful trees. i did not know they got so thick and big like these. a beautiful spot beside the road

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    1. I think you & I were visiting each other at the same time today.

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  2. Nature wears beautiful disguises. We had beautiful willows in our back yard. We planted it in a low spot that tended to collect water and grew into a lovely tree.

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  3. I can see why you enjoy being in this quiet and calm place. We had the most beautiful large willows that my dad planted which hung over the lake's edge until Hurricane Irene split and broke them. It was a VERY sad day. I have many photos before and after to remember their beauty and destruction.

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    1. I bet that broke your heart!

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  4. Wow, you sure captured my attention with the memory of the wind and the willows, and if ever one feels sad or blue or perhaps mad at heart, one just needs to pour over quotes from the wind and the willows, to be revived. As also occurs when we see your lovely nature views! Thanks for sharing such beauty with us all.

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  5. Its a lovely place and I didn't know about it!! (Where were you 12 years ago or so the last time we were in Port A?) LOL!!

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    1. ...you can always return & explore the area.

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  6. Lovely willowy captures, Anni. Happy Mother's Day! :-)

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    1. ...hope you had a super day too D J

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  7. The first house I ever lived in had a great big willow tree in the back yard. I loved that tree.
    Happy Mother's Day

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    1. Funny how we 'attach' to objects & memories like a willow tree.

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  8. Nice to see that the birds have a spot for rest. We have been thinking about planting a willow tree. They are so beautiful.

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  9. Such a pretty place! I like the turtle. :)

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  10. Sounds and looks like a perfect place for the bird enthusiast.

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    1. It is ... especially during migration

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  11. Charming and unique images of the trees!

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  12. I spot trutle. And there bigger then the one in North Idaho

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    1. ...and this turtle is a small one.

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  13. I love willow trees. Such a pretty place for migrations

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  14. Great photos and wonderful to find a beautiful and bird-friendly place like that in the middle of all that other human activity.

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  15. Willows are beautiful graceful trees. I love the way they sway in the breeze.

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  16. What a place and fantastic photos! Love your 'day trippin' ~

    Wishing you a Happy Week ahead,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  17. I agree with another commenter. The Willows are so graceful. Enjoying your pictures as usual.

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  18. ooo - lovely nature shots.

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  19. Delightful, Anni. I can see why you call it "the willows"!!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Kay
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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    1. Just a sweet moniker the birders came up with.

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