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Friday, November 28, 2008

The Far Yon Tip of Texas

Greetings Y'all. We're back from our trip to Pharr, Texas to attend my niece's wedding. All went well with that. (Uh huh, the mints were much appreciated. ;) Then we went shopping in Mexico and had a good time sightseeing for a few days. After our second (How can a body shop good going just once?) shopping excursion in Mexico we headed to South Padre Island for a short visit to the beach. This ship lit up the harbor with brilliant color. Looks like a pirate ship to me, Matey.
The Gulf of Mexico waters at South Padre Island.My granddaughters loved collecting seashells to bring back home with them.We were not the only ones strolling along the beach.
As we were leaving the island the sun was setting just beyond the bridge to the mainland. If you click on the picture you can see the bridge stretching across the water. It was about a mile long.
On Monday, our last full day in Texas we went on a birding tour at the Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park. We saw a lot of different birds that are not common here in Tennessee. I really enjoyed the tour. Here's a small sampling of the many birds we saw:
Green Jays at a feeding station. We observed and took pictures of them from behind a blind.
From a distance the Great Kiskadee.I had been hoping to see this bird, the Chachalaca.
Birds and javelinas were feeding in the same area. The tour guide reminded us that javelinas are not a wild pigs. Sorry, but it looks like a very hairy, little ol' wild pig to me. ;)I'll leave you with this shot of some butterflies enjoying their corner of the park.My my, but it's good to be home again. Have a great week, Y'all.

16 comments:

  1. Wow!

    And that's supposed to be one of the great birding areas of the whole United States. I'm glad you got to go!

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  2. Wow. I love bird watching. That must've been an awesome trip. Thank you so much for sharing the photos. They're beautiful.

    I hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving!

    Lesley Ann

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  3. P.S. I have to agree, it looks like a hairy, wild pig.

    Lesley Ann

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  4. Oh what beautiful pictures. I am so looking forward to the day when I am healthy enough to walk along a beach again and go bird watching. And shop.

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  5. Beautiful pictures and how lovely your trip must have been! Thanks for sharing with us.

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  6. I love the water. Looks like you had a great trip.

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  7. what amazing green jay birds!
    could you not bring some back
    and turn them loose here? I have never seen green jays!

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  8. Your pictures are stunning! I love the picture of the sunset on the beach. You captured the most beautiful sunset picture I have ever seen.
    It sounds like you all had a wonderful time. Weddings are always so grand. I'm sure your mints were the hit of the reception.
    Wlcome back home.

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  9. Great pictures. How fun to see a pirate ship. I've never seen or heard of green jays before; they look so pretty!

    Glad you had a good time on your trip. :)

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  10. Your pictures are breathtaking!

    My son loves to vacation in Padre Island, though he usually goes in the summer. The last time he was there, a hurricane hit land about 50 miles away, which put a bit of a damper on his vacation! ;-)

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  11. Well, well, I must agree that the pics are quite nice...tee hee.. There's nothin' in the world like bein' there, though.

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  12. That sunset is so pretty, I like the bird pictures, I have never seen a Green Jay. The butterflies are my favorite (Monarchs), you are right the ship looks like a pirate ship.

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  13. Wow! Beautiful photos! What a nice place to visit. I'm glad the wedding went well and of course the mints were appreciated. I'm sure they were so yummy.
    Hugs!

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  14. My Grandparents go to South Padre Island every winter. You got some really great pictures. Hope you had a great time.

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  15. I'm so glad you had a wonderful trip!! The pictures are awesome--especially that hairy pig!!

    No, I really love the birds and the butterflies. We don't see as many butterflies around here as we used to--I wonder why?

    My daughter lives in Texas--almost 5 years now--and I've never been there. Hopefully, in the spring.

    Beth

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