Category Archives: Parks

Estes Park and Texans

There is a special relationship between Texas and Colorado that you can see in the bars of Estes Park and on the trails of Rocky Mountain National Park. This relationship is based originally on the summer heat of Houston and … Continue reading

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The power of religion seen in San Antonio’s fortress missions along the river

Other fights for territories can be seen with this string of fortress missions, extending south along the San Antonio river beginning with San Antonio de Valero right in town, built in 1718, according to the National Parks website. … Maybe it is best to just enjoy the smidgeon of nature preserved in generally private Texas by these mission parks, and watch the mockingbirds. IMG_2661.JPGIMG_2688.JPG  IMG_2677.JPGIMG_2659.JPG IMG_2670.JPG Continue reading

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A lot closer than the Big Thicket, what East Texas used to be like

On the good side he started a charity he called the Houston Endowment with his wife, Mary Gibbs Jones , and these names are scattered all around Houston on all kinds of buildings and parks they gave funding for.

…Number of species: 28 Cattle Egret 10 Black Vulture 1 Turkey Vulture 1 Cooper’s Hawk 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Mourning Dove 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 5 Downy Woodpecker 2 Pileated Woodpecker 2 Eastern Phoebe 1 White-eyed Vireo 2 Blue Jay 10 American Crow 10 Carolina Chickadee 15 Tufted Titmouse 15 Carolina Wren 15 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 10 Hermit Thrush 1 Northern Mockingbird 6 European Starling 20 Northern Parula 10 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 20 Chipping Sparrow 20 Great-tailed Grackle 2 American Goldfinch 15 House Sparrow 5 This report was generated automatically by eBird v2( http://ebird.org ) Continue reading

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We love the woodpeckers north of the Woodlands

For Houston the arching live oaks that surround Rice University come first to mind, but how much richer are the forests and fields where I’ve had expert guides take me to individual plants, telling their history, and their own experience with the plants, tying them back through time.

…Number of species: 34 Double-crested Cormorant 2 Great Blue Heron 5 Black Vulture 1 American Kestrel 2 Killdeer 1 Eurasian Collared-Dove 1 Mourning Dove 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker 5 Downy Woodpecker 3 Red-cockaded Woodpecker 5 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Blue Jay 5 American Crow 10 Carolina Chickadee 20 Tufted Titmouse 10 Brown-headed Nuthatch 5 Carolina Wren 10 House Wren 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 Eastern Bluebird 20 Northern Mockingbird 20 European Starling 10 Cedar Waxwing 10 Northern Parula 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler 10 Yellow-throated Warbler 1 Pine Warbler 20 Chipping Sparrow 40 Northern Cardinal 20 Brown-headed Cowbird 15 Pine Siskin 4 American Goldfinch 2 House Sparrow 10 This report was generated automatically by eBird v2( http://ebird.org )

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Searching for the new moon from Tom Bass Park

The new moon is nearly impossible to see, and I’ve been searching for it periodically ever since I saw a 3 day old moon setting over Sangui in Dogon country in Mali, Africa. I thought it was the new moon, … Continue reading

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