I took a break from hitting new places to go back to an old favorite: Brazos Bend State Park. The park is pretty impressive as Texas state parks go. ( I have to qualify that statement, being from NY, where the Adirondacks sets the bar for state parks pretty damn high.)
Brazos Bend is a series of constructed and natural marshes and coastal prairie south southwest of Houston near the Brazos River. It's renowned for its healthy American Alligator population, but also boasts a fairly wide ranging number of other species.
I make a point to go down every so often. I work halfway between the Park and my home so I have started visiting on weekday evenings, when the light is fantastic, and I have the run of the park. These are some shots from my last visit. The photography was so-so that day, but still worth the trip.
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Algae-gator. (you see what I did there...)
Marsh Sunset/Fade to Black
Purple Haze Dragonfly
Heron Silhouette, or (with apologies to the Bhagavad Gita) " I am become Death, the Devourer of...Worms"
(I liked the Shiva-kinda thing going on...like the heron is some sort of multi-limber harbinger of doom)
Anhinga at Sunset (or maybe cormorant, too far away, though beak looks like Anhinga)
Couple more takes on the Marsh Sunset