Hugh Ramsey Nature Park

Located near Harlingen International Airport Hugh Ramsey Nature Park is a hidden gem.  It’s amazing that so many animals unique to the Rio Grande Valley can be seen in one location adjacent to a major road.  Several bird blinds and feeders are located along the trails providing ample opportunities for viewing and taking pictures.  No admission fees or charges for parking, so it makes for an inexpensive afternoon of entertainment, learning and exercise.

It was the first time I ever saw a Javelina (similiar to a wild pig, but originating from North America), and a Green Jay.  I was also able to get pictures of the Chachalacas (only found in the Rio Grande Valley.)

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Daily Quote: January 16, 2020

Often the test of courage is not to die but to live.
~ Vittorio Alfieri (January 16, 1749 – October 8, 1803)


Appreciate a Dragon Day


Knights on horses
swords raised
dragon hunting
Running courses
most crazed
saving the king
Seeking sources
flames blazed
smoke arising
Fighting forces
arm grazed
reaching the ring

~ Deborah Porte

Daily Quote: January 15, 2020

Writing is like prostitution.
First you do it for love,
and then for a few close friends,
and then for money.
~ Moliere (January 15, 1622 – February 17, 1673)


Bagel Day

Humanitarian Day


The same could be said for photography or any work that starts with passion:

Photography is like prostitution.
First you do it for love,
and then for a few close friends,
and then for money.
– Deborah Porte

Daily Quote: January 6, 2020

If you love somebody, let them go,
for if they return, they were always yours.
And if they don’t, they never were.
~ Khalil Gibran (January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931)


Three Kings Day


Today my stepson and niece celebrate their birthdays.  They were born in the same hospital only moments apart, leading to a lifelong friendship.