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Duck, Duck Goose...as in Goose Island

Yep, for real...Goose Island State Park. The park is for RV'ing, Birding, Camping, Hiking, Biking, Fishing, and beautiful all around. There are homes that will dazzle the eyeballs, there are scenic views that will take your breath away, there are historical cemeteries/churches, and remarkable LIVE OAK trees so majestic you'll be speechless coming upon their size, stature, and stories told about surviving devastating hurricane force winds!! Oh, and one more thing...this area is also the winter home [and areas much farther north along the coast] for the nation's tallest bird in America!! The Whooping Crane, which I'll share photos Saturday at I'd Rather B Birdin', migrates from their summer habitat to grace our lives with their residence here on the coast. From mid Autumn they arrive and remain here until March when they once again make their trek north to their breeding grounds in Canada and Alaska. Bud and I made sure we went to the island before they leave us until next year. We thought we'd best go since the weather was perfect. Warm, sunny, and NO RAIN...

We drive from Corpus Christi through Rockport, Texas. About an hour's time if lucky to travel without road work delays. After leaving the small picturesque fishing village of Rockport, we cross the vast bridge over Copano Bay. For several years now, the old bridge is being replaced with a new, state of the art, bridge as you can see here. The photo was taken from the fishing pier in the state park, looking toward the unfinished bridge; under construction. And look closely, the dark boat in the center- I zoomed in on it as seen in the photos below...


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Once you leave the highway and turn off to enter the park road, you could easily be enthralled by the gravity of the wooded forest you drive UNDER...by that I mean the oak trees that are canopied across the blacktopped route with the overhanging branches; dappling the lane in shade and sunlight. White Tailed Deer can be seen crossing the road in front of your car. The rich, vivid red of the Northern Cardinals can be seen as they fly from one tree to the other. I lack in descriptive words of the beauty and silence within this area. The historical value of this island is a town that once was. Reputed as a ghost town, but so many homes here, I can't fathom a 'ghost town'...it's Lamar, Texas. Here, on the island you can find an historical cemetery and a small antiquated chapel. Often, along the roadway, signs direct you to "The Big Tree" [reportedly one of the most famous trees in the world].  I posted photos of the tree and its historical markers HERE.   Arriving at the tree and the educational signage, take a short walk to the shore. On the right, there is a rather small ranchland with a pond filled with cattail.  Cattle graze the pasture. This is the area that the winter whooping cranes reside!! On one side, the grasses for livestock. On the other side the glistening bay's inlet. Perhaps you could be lucky enough to hear the common loons call from near the islands in the far distance, or the whooping cranes as they announce their upcoming arrival.   Their size can't be ignored. Adults reaching 5 feet - 1.524 meters in height! And the cinnamon tones of the juvenile cranes cannot be mistaken.


After photographing the cranes and other shore birds seen in the area, Bud and I drove to the park's entrance and got out of the car and walked the long, winding fishing pier to the end.  We watched the angler's trying their luck [or expertise] from the wooded walkway. We marveled at the diamondesque sparkle on the water, watched the birds in flight and along the oysterbeds. From far off, the shrimp boats and private small craft filled with more fishermen having a leisurely morning. Eventually, we left this area and drove to Lantana Loop Trail and walked among the oak trees in the wooded forest. I'll keep the photos small in size to help the page load faster, but they can be enlarged by clicking on them for the lightbox slideshow...


Views from the Whooping Crane area and Park's Fishing pier---



In the park: Lantana Loop hiking trail---



...and to round off my post a bit of fencery and more 'wild' life found on Mustang Island [15 minutes from home]

Yellow Rumped Warbler [Myrtle Warbler]
Orange Honeysuckle on Adobe Wall

73 comments :

  1. Hi Anni, looks like a great place for a walk and birding.. Nice view of the bridge. And cute shot of the YRW! I would love to have some of the orange honeysuckle growing in my yard.. Have a happy day!

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    1. ...in places that honeysuckle grows wild!! Have a happy day Eileen, and thanks.

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  2. Interesting area! Great photos!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Lea

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    1. ...thanks Lea. Have a great day yourself!!

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  3. This soulds like my kind of place, Anni!

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    1. ...it can be a very calming visit.

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  4. Anni, so enjoyed your photos. I love those foggy pictures and the oak trees are so special.

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    1. ...indeed they are special.

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  5. Neat place, and that man in the orange floater boat is set up great for fishing! I don't now if I would want to tackle a fish in that shallow boat I would probably topple it. Love the water views and the cute little one on the fence. Have a great hump day!

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    1. ...ya, but the water here in that particular inlet isn't all that deep if staying close to shore.

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  6. Neat place, and that man in the orange floater boat is set up great for fishing! I don't now if I would want to tackle a fish in that shallow boat I would probably topple it. Love the water views and the cute little one on the fence. Have a great hump day!

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  7. You could be writing for a travel brochure here. This place sounds so beautiful - I want to visit!

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    1. ...come on down Mari. I'll take you there!

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  8. I would love to take a hike on Lantana Loop...are there lantanas along the way?
    Yellow rumped warblers are darling. I see them at my feeders up until it gets really really hot. Smart biridies head to the hills
    Hugs Cecilia

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    1. yes, lots of wildflowers and huge oak trees.

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  9. It looks like such a beautiful and peaceful place to spend some time birding.

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    1. Birding...yes, but you don't need to be a birder to enjoy this area. There is so much to offer.

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  10. What a wonderful place for pictures!

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  11. Wonderful place to take a walk.
    Beautiful pictures.
    Best regards, Irma

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  12. A lovely place to walk indeed and what terrific captures, Anni -- as always! Hope your week is going well!! Enjoy!!

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    1. Thank you...you're sweet Sylvia.

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  13. A fine visit today. I really appreciate learning about your area and its features. The magnificent oaks are inspiring symbols of strength and endurance.

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    1. ...strength and endurance indeed!

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  14. That is a wonderful place for photography, hiking, or just enjoying the beauty all around! Even the fog is wonderful!

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    1. Fog is a favorite weather phenomenon for me. Thanks Terri.

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  15. Dear Anni, What a nice day and beautiful place to see. It certainly is a beautiful day.
    It sounds so nice. xoxo Catherine

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  16. I always enjoy hearing about your area, and the little quirks and interesting things you share. Then all your great photos are perfect to view as well, thanks, I like checking in with you.

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    1. Karen...for some reason today Google + has no link to your blog in the "About" section. Bummer.

      Thanks tho...for the visit.

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  17. You have outdone yourself to find this crane, I can hardly wait! So this picture is the very famous tree? Why is it so famous, it it very old? Love your sweet Warbler picture, even his little feet wrapped round the wire. I wish we had a place like this. I cannot WAIT to see the crane!! Are these the ones that are sacred in China?

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    1. I have no idea about sacred birds in China Ginny...try Googling.

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  18. I love the yellow rumped warblers. I've never seen that species before.

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    1. ...they're everywhere here this time of year.

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  19. That is some bridge in that first picture. Looks like a beautiful place.

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    1. The bridge will be great when finished...but for now, with the construction, it's not an easy drive. It is a beautiful spot.

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  20. I really enjoyed your photos...love that tree. Just a wonderful 'visit.'

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    1. ...glad you enjoyed this today Rose.

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  21. What a fun place to explore!

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  22. Always nice pictures and info. here.

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  23. Even before looking at any pictures,your descriptions make this place sound wonderful and a birders/photographers paradise.

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    1. ...it IS a great area near the coast Ruth.

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  24. Wonderful, Anni. Looks like I have found another road trip for my husband and I.

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    1. ...you'll enjoy it, I'm sure

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  25. Great photos. This time of year I really miss south Texas.

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    1. ...definitely a perfect time of year in this area, I agree.

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  26. Sounds cool. Super description, great photos too.

    Have a nice day.

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  27. Hi Hootin Anni, Nice set of photos ... good work. John

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  28. Hi Anni Looks like a lovely place for a walk and you have taken many great shots. that is a wonderful bridge.

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    1. ...thanks Margaret...glad you enjoyed the post.

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  29. Thank you Anni for introducing this wonderful place
    in words and great pictures :)
    Have a beautiful day
    【ツ】Knipsa

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    1. Thank YOU Knipsa, for such a positive comment. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  30. Very cute little bird in the fence. I had one like that on my blog this week. Good shooting.

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  31. Very nice photos. Interesting to see that huge bridge being built over the water and I love that big old oak tree.

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  32. just love those mighty oaks! and sweet warbler on the fence. can't wait to see more blooms up here. :)

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  33. That looks like a great place. Love the little warbler in the fence.

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  34. Such great photos you captured. Love the sweet little warbler sitting in the cyclone fence. Love the mighty oaks!
    Have a great day!
    CM

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  35. Great takes of fences and such a sweet bird you named..

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  36. Hi Anni ... The fence provided a perfect perch for the YRW.

    Love the old Oak trees .. my local patch has hundreds of veteran Oaks,

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  37. Very enjoyable post. The bridge looks great, those oaks were amazing and what a sweet bird on the fence. I love how they managed to fit in the slats of a chain link fence like that.

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  38. the yellow rumped warbler is a pretty little bird!

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  39. I like the idea of fishing like the older gent.

    love that tree with all the gnarly limgs and the warbler is so pretty.

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  40. What an amazing location... looks great for photography and birding, or just hiking around!

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  41. What pretty shots.

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  42. What an amazing place! I would love to go there some time. That "Big Tree" reminded me of something...my husband's first cousin, Byron Carmean travels all over the country documenting the oldest and biggest trees of every species. He is often mentioned in news articles concerning the trees. You may have come across his name. Loved this post and your photos!

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  43. Lovely shot of the warbler!

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  44. What a beautiful park! Lovely places to explore , nice shot of the warbler, Phyllis

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