Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Brazos Bend Nature Walk | Scenery on Elm Lake Trail

Despite the cloudy, overcast skies on Friday, John and I decided to go for a nature walk at Brazos Bend State Park. We haven't been here in a long time.

Brazos Bend State Park Sign-Needville, Texas

I noticed there's a new sign at the entrance featuring one of the park's main attractions. If you've never seen an American alligator in the wild, this is the place to come. They are abundant here.

Elm Lake Trail-Brazos Bend State Park-Needville, Texas

We began our nature walk at Elm Lake. We didn't have very far to go before we came across our first gator sighting. John pointed him out to me.

American Alligator-Brazos Bend State Park-Needville, Texas

The alligator was in the water at the edge of the trail, partially covered with plant debris. He was huge! He never moved the whole time we were there. We kept a safe distance while taking our pictures. I was glad to move along. Alligators fascinate me and scare me at the same time.

There were so many things to see and photograph. I tried to snap a few pictures of birds, but soon gave up on that. I may have said out loud more than once, that the shot was well beyond the range of my lens. I wasn't hinting around or anything like that. Truly.

Bald Cypress Trees Along Elm Lake-Brazos Bend State Park-Needville, Texas

Instead I focused on scenery shots that evoked the feeling of Elm Lake Trail. The bald cypress trees were showing just a tinge of fall color.

Covered Fishing Deck on Elm Lake-Brazos Bend State Park-Needville, Texas

This is a pretty spot where the trail bends along the lake. There are several of these decks along the trail. They extend over the water for better views and for fishing. The white tube mounted on the side is for discarding used fishing line. 

Spanish Moss Covered Trees on Elm Lake Loop Trail-Brazos Bend State Park-Needville, Texas

For the most part, we had the trail all to ourselves, but it wasn't quiet. The music of nature--constant calls of birds and bullfrogs--played in the background as we continued down the tree-lined path under a drape of Spanish moss.

To be continued...


  1. I will enjoy that park through YOUR pictures...don't think I would like to have a loose alligator that close to me.

    1. I'm learning to be less nervous around alligators. The ones in the park are so used to people being near that I think they just ignore us for the most part. I have seen alligators sunning themselves on the trail before, though. That's when I turn around and just hope not to be blocked in by another alligator on the trail behind me.

  2. What a fascinating park. I love seeing animals in their natural habitat - at a safe distance, of course.

    1. It really is a great park to visit--especially is you want to see an alligator..or two...or fifty. I read that in the 1000 acres of water in the park that are 250 or so alligators over 6 feet long!

  3. What a cool place for a hike... I love the moss hanging on those trees! I hope you are having a great Tuesday :)

    1. You can always count on seeing something interesting at Brazos Bend.


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