Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Martin Dies Jr. State Park

On Saturday Breck and I visited 2 more state parks.  One was Village Creek State Park and the other was Martin Dies Jr. State Park in Jasper, Texas.


We opted to start with the island hike.


One side of the island was bordered by a Cypress marsh/swamp.



I can only imagine the beauty of this spot in the fall.



Look at all those Cypress knees!  I would hate to fall on those.

Martin Dies Jr. State Park

The other side of the island was marsh water.


There were plenty of water fowl to view.  These are American Coots fishing in the failing light.

American Coot Martin Dies Jr. State Park

Lots of Coots, but also a pair of Wood Ducks in the flock.

Martin Dies Jr. State Park

The cloud cover really made it look like sunset was coming.


And have you ever seen hosta growing in the wild?  They were all over the forest floor.


The bamboo was a surprise.  Not sure if it was natural or an invasive species.

Martin Dies Jr. State Park

The Magnolia trees were massive!  The ones on the island were covered in carved names and dates going back decades, but others were covered in woodpecker holes.

Woodpecker holes in Magnolia Tree

These holes were out of control!  They were huge.

Martin Dies Jr. State Park

Loved this park.  It would be great to go back and do some kayaking in the spring, or better yet, in the fall.

And the Fourteen Days of Valentines keeps going!  The 9th was at the hotel so it's propped with the bath accouterments.



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