Friday, October 30, 2015

Brazos Bend Nature Walk | The End of the Trail

The abundance of wildlife at Brazos Bend State Park attracts nature lovers and photographers...

Lens Envy-Brazos Bend State Park, Needville, Texas

with serious lenses! I can only imagine the detail that you can get with such a high power zoom...imagine and dream.

I stepped over when this photographer was finished to see what she was shooting. 

Heron in Dead Tree-Brazos Bend State Park, Needville, Texas

It was a heron perched in a dead tree. This was the best I could do--lens zoomed all the way out--no crop--more of a scenic shot, than a bird photo.

A very brief drizzle of rain convinced John and I that it was time to head back. We had gone as far as the observation tower, just on the edge of 40 Acre Lake.

Swamp Sunflower and Cattails-Brazos Bend State Park, Needville, Texas

Retracing our steps down the Spillway Trail, I once again admired the swamp sunflowers against a backdrop of cattails.

We rejoined Elm Lake Trail where we left off and finished the loop around the lake...

Whistling Ducks at Elm Lake-Brazos Bend State Park, Needville, Texas

stopping to watch a flock of whistling ducks...

Turtle at Elm Lake-Brazos Bend State Park, Needville, Texas

and to photograph the only turtle we saw all day.

A Grove of Mature Trees Draped in Spanish Moss-Brazos Bend State Park, Needville, Texas

The trail ends back at the recreation area in a grove of mature trees thickly draped in Spanish moss.

Spooky Halloween Tree (filter applied)-Brazos Bend State Park, Needville, Texas

A dead tree nearby in silhouette against a drab sky gave off a spooky vibe that is entirely appropriate for this Halloween weekend.

Brazos Bend State Park is a great place to get up close and personal with nature. We had a lot of fun and plan to go back soon.

I hope you are able to get out and enjoy a nature walk in your area. I'd love to see your pictures!

Bonus Snap:

Armadillo on the Run-Brazos Bend State Park, Needville, Texas

An armadillo we saw in the campground on our way out...a strange and weird looking creature...perfectly creepy for Halloween.


  1. How could that photographer manage to get good photos without some support on that big lense?

    I enjoyed all your photos. Thanks for sharing them.

    1. That lens does look very heavy, but the photographer made it look light as a feather. The heron was sitting very still so that probably helped, too. I doubt I could manage a lens that size without a tripod.

  2. What a wonderful and fascinating place for a hike - and I love that Spanish Moss! Thanks for sharing your photos.


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