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Laguna Madre

I hadn't planned on posting a blog today...the weather predictions called for heavy rain on Monday. I figured I would just sleep in later than my norm. Today is Monday, and the storms came through like clockwork! The loud clapping of thunder and the bright lightning flashes woke me up shortly after midnight and I have been awake since shortly after midnight. It's going on 4:30 now...maybe I can hit the hay again and sleep a bit more. But, first I thought I'd make an unplanned blog. Well, it's a bit unplanned. I had in mind to continue my morning on Padre Island, but not this soon. Needless to say, this is the rest of the morning after walking the beach. I then, drove and walked Bird Basin [still within the park grounds] at Laguna Madre. In search of any of the endangered plovers while walking the mudflats. I found a couple, both the same species, but I will save those photos for my bird photography blog someday soon.

Here are a few of my photos:


The dunes, the grasslands, the mudflats, and some of the shoreline on the Laguna [the bird landing on the muddy shore is a Willet]


Across the waterway, I think these are park ranger headquarters [not sure]. Maybe shore patrol being that they do patrol the waters for the safety of boaters.  And the birds are Long Billed Curlew [in the grass] and a white morph Reddish Egret [flying over the the Laguna]


A rain-filled pond [normally a mudflat] and yucca surrounding the driveway to parking lot. The weather that day couldn't make up its mind to be warm and sunny or warm and cloudy!


The pink flower looks like railroad vine you see on the beach dunes, but the leaves were grass like, so I don't know what they are. I'm sure related to the vine or maybe related to a morning glory which is related to the railroad vine...related is the key word today [rofl  -blame my odd behavior on lack of sleep]. And the white "blossom" that isn't a blossom at all, I took notice of this 'cause the lack of  green pigmentation it melded with and part OF the grass blade!!! Dunno what this plant is, either!!



Now, maybe back to bed.  But first, this is the question for the day....

“What idiot called it insomnia  instead of resisting a rest?”

49 comments :

  1. Hello, looks like another beautiful place for birding and a walk. I love the flowers and the Curlew is on my list of birds to see. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

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    1. You can definitely find them...each time I've been here. And other places. Come on down.

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      If you ever come to coastal Texas, we'll bird together!

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  2. The dunes, the grasslands and the mudflats are so nice!
    And the birds too!
    I also have a plant in my house that is related to yucca, but it does not do very well in winter.
    The pink flower perhaps is an Ipomoea leptophylla, which is also called bush morning glory, bush moonflower or manroot. Try to search with Google for these names.
    I wish you a very good week!

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    1. I will do a Google search. Thanks Ella, for the input.

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    2. This it it! The blade-like leaves threw me off on I'D. Again, thanks.

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  3. I at first thought the pink flowers are petunias. But I guess they're not, if they are wild. :-)

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  4. We call the pink flowers bindweed. The curlew is very interesting to me. Sorry for your loss of sleep. The sounds of thunder and the flashes of lightning that brighten my room are very exciting. Lightning turns the night into day for a bit, doesn't it?

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    1. No, definitely not bine weed. I know that when see it. This wasn't even vining...it was on grass blades. Sorry typo correction in this reply.

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    2. Ps...Ella named it...Bush morning glory. here.

      Ps...it IS in the same family as bone weed tho!

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    3. The smart phone keeps changing bine to bone with auto correct.

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  5. sorry about the resisting a rest moments. i do so hate that when it happens.. mine usually hits me at bedtime with eyes wide open and will not close, or sometimes at 2 am same thing, except i can't go back to sleep until nightfall.
    i thought the flower was the beach dune flower until you mentioned the leaves. i do love seeing the white sand dunes covered in the vines..

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    1. I do too. Yellow white & pink. Pretty in the morning when blossoms are ooen.

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    2. Ps ...I thought of you as I typed resisting a rest. Thought you'd like it.

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  6. I love wild flowers such as pink color.....beautiful.
    have a wonderful day

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    1. I do too. Actually all wildflowers.

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  7. *haha* Resisting a rest... indeed!!!!! I'm so sorry your rest was interrupted by the storm, Anni. We've had storms, complete with a "seek shelter immediately" warning on hubby's phone a few evenings ago... but nothing serious resulted. Just a whole lot of rain, which has made everything outside green & growing like crazy. Hopefully you got to go back to bed this morning and didn't resist a rest. Happy Memorial Day! Love, Andrea xoxo

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  8. HaHa...I like your question at the end of the post.
    I do hope you were able to get back to sleep but your staying up produced a great Blog post for today.
    I love your new border too.
    sleep well, my friend...
    Sue

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  9. Looks like a beautiful morning. I like the pink flower. It reminds me of a petunia

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  10. Laughed out loud at resisting a rest. That will stick in my mind now. Loved the shot of the bird with its landing gear down.

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  11. You changed your blog, It is GORGEOUS!!!! Your blog always is, this is because you are an artist. Wow, that Curlew's beak must be longer than it's body! I was not going to do a post today either, but did one at the last minute. No the tombstone name is no relation to me, our last name is Hartzler. But family on my mom's side were Reed, don't know how you knew that!!

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    1. I didn't know. Just a name on my sil's family.

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  12. Looks like several different types of habitat for a good variety of birds to see and record. - Margy

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  13. Hoping you'll be rested by the time you read this. I think you photos are beautiful as always! Wishing you well, my friend!

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    1. Cathy, thanks so much. Your kind words warm my heart.

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  14. Your posts make me miss south Texas!!

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    1. It's pretty darn hot 'bout now. Best miss it around October. Lol

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  15. Wow that bird as a super long beak!!
    Beautiful photos.
    Hope you're rested and ready for your next walk!!

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    1. Sometimes when it hunts in the mudflats, the bill is nearly stuck entirely in the ground!

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  16. I hope you managed to get some more rest. Lovely photos of this interesting place.

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    1. Ya, I finally went back and laid down when the storm passed.

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  17. It must be in the air...the not sleeping. I did not sleep a wink the other night. Then after I gave Roger his meds I slept 2 -2½ hours. I used to have about one night a year like that, and I have done had a couple. I was about to go to sleep about 4:00 and had to get up and go to the bathroom!

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    1. It's something I don't care to have. I need sleep. Lol

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  18. Re your comment about pheasants being on the endangered species list...I did not know that!

    For several years, any time I was out there late in the evening, I could count on seeing 6-10 male pheasants in this one field.

    And in the winter when snow was on the ground if it was bitter cold, they would be gathered under all these young willow trees...at least 25-30 and most of those male. Then starting about the year of Roger's stroke, we hardly saw any. Would probably be an exaggeration to say we saw a dozen a year.

    But this was I think the third time I have been through there and seen one or two, or as in the other night there were 3 and I heard more.

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