Sunday, February 9, 2014

Goliad State Park

The weather wasn't perfect, but we had been planning a trip to Goliad State Park for weeks.  A little drizzle, a lot of fog, and less than ideal temperatures were not going to deter us.


This park is home to the Mission Espiritu Santo de Zuniga, and was perfect for Breck who loves history.


Park Ranger Tammy gave a wonderful historic tour that added to our our usual hiking experience.


And can we talk about the beauty of the place?




All that hand carved limestone before you even walk through the doors.  And about those doors . . .



I do have a thing for architectural elements.  Now let's go inside.






So much thought went into every detail from the corded moldings to the location of the stained glass.  We also viewed  several items of interest to me in the museum.


Right up my alley as was the educational talk Park Ranger Tammy gave about some of the local plant life.

The dry tips of the Century plant could be used as a needle and thread (or to make tequila)
The Anaqua Tree has very rough leaves that were used as sandpaper and has a very textured bark.
Mesquite Tree sap can be used as a dye and the pods can be used to make flour and jelly.
Dagger Yucca could be used to make cord and can be home to spiders, birds, and snakes.
Thank you, Park Ranger Tammy.  We don't usually take the tours, but we are so glad we did this day.


So much before we even hit the trails.  There is so much more I could share, but maybe, just maybe, you will make the trip yourself some day.  But now for the beauty we found on our hike.


Grassy Weeds
Spider Web
As you can see, I really enjoyed getting back to my macro lens.

Lichen


We looked for the Green Jays that we heard could be found, but didn't see any.  There were of course others.



 
Breck took this shot, his first with a macro, of cactus growing out of the branches of a tree by the park office.  One of my favorite shots of the day.


Great park.  Great history.