Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Morning in Texas

This was taken by Bubba's cell phone at 6:50am CST yesterday morning.  The view is from the middle of our front yard, facing the iron pen, with the sun beginning to rise behind the trees of the Jack Gore Baygall Unit of the Big Thicket National Preserve.

     

The difference in the height of the trees in the foreground to those in the background is not due to their stature, but because of the fairly steep slope of the land.  Goes on that way for a fair piece, then more or less levels out as you really get into the baygall. 

I do hope you'll check out the link above.  It explains why this place is of value and beauty to us all.  It is unusually diverse in animal and plant life.  And a treasure to those who enjoy birding.

To us in particular, it's where the cows roamed.  Complete with dipping vat.  It's where children played and roamed.  It is where Easter cookouts and egg hunts were held in a clearing.  It contains locations my father-in-law "watched" for the oil companies.  Places my husband worked, fixed and maintained.  It is where my husband had his first hunting experiences.  It's a personal heritage to him, his family and his children.   

15 comments:

  1. I checked out the website.  What a beautiful place, and right in your front yard, practically!
    Lori

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  2. How Beautiful and close. You are blessed - I love watching the birds.
    Michele

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  3. Very interesting. There was a dipping vat on a place John use to lease. Never see anyone use those anymore. Thanks for sharing. I can imagine how much you enjoy living there. Paula

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  4. Keep the pics coming!

    LORI  :o)

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  5. really pretty Barbara!
    have agreat weekend!
    love,nat

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  6. Very nice, Big Thicket looks like a naturalists dream!  Linda

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  7. Wonderful entry. I enjoyed reading it. I've been through Texas several times while trucking. Loved it, so can understand why you do. The picture is great. I'll be back to check out the link later.
    Hugs
    Barb- http://journals.aol.com/barbpinion/HEYLETSTALK

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  8. Sounds like a great place- especially to bring up kids!  Except for a few different tree types, sounds a lot like what we've still got a little of left here.  Have a great weekend Barbara!  Love Carolyn :)

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  9. Wow that is beautiful.  What a lovely heritage.  My husband is a hunter also.  He is so happy to be here in KY where he can do some "real" hunting.  There wasn't much opportunity that appealed to him in FL.  He likes to hunt deer and elk but I told him we will have to hang the elk in the garage.  LOL.  Hugs,
    Lisa

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  10. It looks beautiful, I'll go check out the link as soon as I'm done meandering through your journal :o)
    I hope you are well~
    Rebecca

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  11. This is beautiful ! I love to travel bu thave never been to Texas.. I'm thinking of checking out Dallas this summer. God bless you and Much love. Vee

    My whole blog got wiped out, I dont even know when. I went there to add on this week and found out there is no THERE. It broke my heart because I hadnt saved my writings there.  

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  12. Dear Barbara,
    please would you mind visiting Stephanie's new blog (unicornsteph) that I wrote an entryabout and Marti. Marti is in the aftermath of a hurricane
    love,nat

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  13. It reminds me of the little ditty "The stars at night are big and bright... deep in the heart of texas".  What a lovely picture and view!!

    Kara

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  14. You get to see this in your own yard?!?  Ah envy, I adore trees and forests, and I used to go birding alot until I moved to the city and got lax in favor of other interests.  This sounds like a real place of memories for you, I truly hope it always remains as dear. xoxo CATHY
    http://journals.aol.com/luddie343/DARETOTHINK/    

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  15. How wonderful to have something so special.  I love special things like that full of memories and family heritage.  Thank you for sharing.  I sure miss the country.

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