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Looking through the window

Posted in Architecture, Texas on May 3rd, 2016 by judy

Mission of Nuestra Señora del Espíritu Santo de Zuñiga

Looking through the window at Mission of Nuestra Señora del Espíritu Santo de Zuñiga, Goliad State Park, Goliad, TX. Playing with dynamic range…

Antelope Horns Milkweed

Posted in Flowers and Plants, Hill Country, Nature, Texas on April 30th, 2016 by judy

Antelope Horns Milkweed

This is Antelope Horns Milkweed, a favorite food for monarch butterflies.

Presidio La Bahia

Posted in Architecture, B&W, Infrared, Texas on April 28th, 2016 by judy

Presidio La Bahia

This is an infrared photograph of Presidio La Bahia in Goliad, Texas.  According to Wikipedia:  The Presidio Nuestra Señora de Loreto de la Bahía, known more commonly as Presidio La Bahia, or simply La Bahia is a fort constructed by the Spanish Army that became the nucleus of the modern-day city of Goliad, Texas.  Goliad also is home to the wonderful Goliad State Park with its wonderful mission restored by the CCC in the 1930s.   There is a small fee to enter, but the interior is well worth a visit.

Oaks beside a pond

Posted in B&W, Flowers and Plants, Infrared, Landscapes, Texas, Texas Coastal Bend on April 27th, 2016 by judy

Oaks beside a pond

The graceful lines of these oak trees attracted me to try to photograph them with the pond in the foreground. This is the rookery area near Goose Island State Park, now inside a gated community development. This photo was taken with my infrared camera. An infrared photograph taken in sunlight turns most green leaves white, which in this case emphasizes the lines of the tree trunks and branches in a way a normal photograph would not.

Three Crosses

Posted in Architecture, Texas on April 26th, 2016 by judy

Three Crosses

Goliad State Park’s Mission Nuestra Señora del Espíritu Santo de Zuñiga, reconstructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s.

Cypress Creek at Blue Hole in Spring

Posted in Hill Country, Landscapes, Nature, Texas, Water on April 24th, 2016 by judy

Cypress Creek at Blue Hole

Yesterday was a perfect day for Arts Fest and Blue Hole was at its very best.

Mission of Nuestra Señora del Espíritu Santo de Zuñiga

Posted in Architecture, B&W, Infrared, Landscapes, Texas on April 20th, 2016 by judy

Mission of Nuestra Señora del Espíritu Santo de Zuñiga,

This is an infraared photo of Mission of Nuestra Señora del Espíritu Santo de Zuñiga, in Goliad State Park in Goliad, TX.   This mission was reconstructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. (Texans should know that most of the Texas state parks are works of the CCC to this day…)  This is an infrared photograph, converted to B&W and then manipulated with various tools…

Two Great Blue Heron families

Posted in Animals, Birds, Texas, Texas Coastal Bend on April 20th, 2016 by judy

Two sets of chicks!

Went back to the rookery near Goose Island State Park again today and got two sets of chicks in one photo! Two little yellow beaks in the left nest and one big chick visible on the right side. The adults sit upwind to protect the chicks from the wind, and sometimes spread their wings a bit.

Great Blue Heron with Chicks

Posted in Animals, Birds, Texas on April 19th, 2016 by judy

Great Blue Heron with Chicks

Great Blue Heron with two chicks at the rookery near Goose Island State Park. This rookery may be doomed because it is now on the grounds of a gated community and will soon be surrounded by houses — assuming they do not plan to destroy the pond and trees themselves… It was purchased just as Goose Island State Park got money to purchase the precious property.

Great Blue Herons Nesting

Posted in Birds, Texas on April 17th, 2016 by judy

Great Blue Herons at the Rookery

This rookery is outside Goose Island State Park near Rockport, TX.  It used to be easily available, but now is inside a gated community.  My understanding is it was sold to the developer the day the state park got the funding to purchase the property.  At this time the gate is open, but the second time we visited we parked outside the gate and walked in.