Lake Explorations at Brazos Bend State Park


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As I mentioned in last week’s post about Brazos Bend State Park, there are plenty of alligators at this park to oogle at. Elm Lake and 40-acre Lake would be the primary places to see alligators but the smaller lakes host alligators, too.

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Alligator gar Chris spotted this quickly on one of the little docks on Elm Lake.

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Thalia dealbata

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Of course there was some fishing time put in on 40-acre Lake!

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Yellow-crowned night heron

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Yellow bladderwort

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Yellow and purple bladderwort

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Dragonflies were very active in the wetlands. I really need to get a dragonfly identification book.

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I am awful at telling the difference between anhingas and cormorants, especially from a distance. Every time I see one I’ll say “Oooh, there’s an anhinga!” and Chris will reply back, “That’s a cormorant!” And the next time I’ll say, “Oooh, there’s a cormorant!” and he will reply back “That’s an anhinga!” But, I really think this is an anhinga this time! A helpful guide. ““A”nhinga – “A” is a pointed letter and the
anhinga has a pointed beak”
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Little baby catching a ride on Momma!

I still have the butterfly post to share with y’all and hope to write it up this weekend. We’ve been out of town the last three weekends and fairly busy for weeks before that so I’m ready for a breather around here to catch up on writing, creating, gardening, and of course, cleaning! My house is a little dirty right now! More soon!

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