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Hilltop [Part II]


In Part One I showed you the hilly trails at this park. Mentioned yesterday about the spoils of bike paths and trails and hard cemented paths scarring the beauty of such places to go for exercise and in my case, bird watching.... I find it even with trails cutting through landscaping and such, I continue to reach my step count goal!!!  And perhaps, if you look at it like I do, even tho I would prefer all natural, I  would be missing out on too much beauty otherwise working out indoors.  Besides, if you look at it through someone's disabilities, I also consider the 'cut trails are assisting those that are handicapped,  giving them a chance to enjoy; making the preserves accessible to them also.


Now, I will take you along to let you experience the natural surroundings...This nature center has a very dense forest of live oak, and several species of trees. So thick in most areas, even if you DO HEAR the birds, they're hidden from the camera and the naked eye. After all, I go walking for the most part to 'go birding'!!   I did, however, see a few. These two; A Couch's Kingbird and Northern Mockingbird:



Other birds that morning were sparrows, [house sparrows and a NEW first time ever sparrow species from the extreme northern parts of Old Mexico and trickling into the southern border of Texas], doves, woodpeckers, cardinals, two hummingbirds, blackbirds. I think I saw a crested titmouse, but by the time I got my binoculars up to view, it had flown the coop! Not to be spotted again. Oh well. As I stated, LOTS OF TREES...



...with lots of Spanish Moss and Ball Moss:



...this time of year, wildflowers, along with some intentionally planted like the yellow Esperanza, are a bit scarce, but I saw a few flowers AND some going to seed, like the hedge bindweed:



Nature and Nature's Observation Gazebo


I couldn't go without stopping to photograph the web. It was such a work of genius. And there are plenty of gazebos nestled in the trees and along the trails. Sometimes there is run-off water, making a babbling brook here and there giving a beautiful ambiance to backdrop of those gazebos. There is another gazebo photo in part one [link above]. This concludes part two, and what photos I took of the Hilltop Community Nature Park..

32 comments :

  1. Hello, I love the Spanish moss. The gazebo is pretty, looks like a nice shady spot. The Kingbird is beautiful. Lovely photos. Have a happy day and a great new week!

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  2. What a beautiful park that is.

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    1. It is pretty, but not many birds for some reason. Guess not enough food supply.

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  3. That is one incredible spider web! And I too love Spanish moss. Wonder where the birds are.

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    1. The few times I've been there so few in bird count. I don't know why.

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  4. This looks like a nice quiet place to hike, very tranquil. Thank you! Have a wonderful day!

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  5. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Anni what a wonderful series of photos...when I saw the WEB
    my mind's eye immediately thought how timely Anni could photo shop a spider in that for
    her favorite Holiday MeowOween
    Hugs Cecilia

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  6. I'm afraid I wouldn't get too many steps in, as I would be stopping to get pictures all the time.

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  7. that kingbird is beautiful, and my favorite color in nature, yellow... I love the web on the bayonet bush.. and it is a beautiful place to walk...

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  8. The web jumped out and entranced me. I love spider webs. Natural growths and sounds are fascinating. Your pictures convey a sense of peace.

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  9. Webs always amaze me...I would have photographed, too. I have one on my front porch I keep watching for the right lighting. you can barely see it most of the time. But it is a beauty.

    I would love this place...

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    1. I hope someday you can time it right to get a good picture.

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  10. Haven't seen Spanish moss in a long time. Thanks. I love spider webs unless I have unintentionally dismembered one with my face.

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  11. You captured that spider's web beautifully.

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  12. Great place to take a walk and take shots of nature.

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  13. Gorgeous photos of your adventure ~ favorite is the moss ~ ^_^

    Happy Day to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  14. That web is cool, but I wouldn't want to run into it!
    I love Spanish moss!

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    1. Oh, me either! If I did get into it, I'd surely have nightmares.

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  15. The gazebos would be such a restful relief to come upon. The one plant gone to seed looks like a spider! Webs mean a spider is nearby, time for me to scream and RUN!

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    1. It depends...if the spider was BIG, I'd run too.

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  16. I'd love to explore that beautiful park. Gorgeous photos!

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