Monday, May 3, 2010

Hugh Ramsey Nature Park

After spending our first couple of days in Texas down in the South Padre/ Brownsville area we headed north on Monday, March 1st. We were spending the night in Kingsville, we had reservations at the King Ranch the following day, and decided to stop at the Hugh Ramsey Nature Park in Harlingen on our way.
Once part of a landfill, this 55 acre park was reclaimed and replanted with native foliage by local environmental groups. Trails now run through the Texas ebony woodlands and around the arroyo waterways. Part of the park, the Ebony Trail has been developed as a series of themed botanical gardens, this includes medicinal plants, hummingbird and butterfly gardens just to name a few.
The Hugh Ramsey Nature Park along with the 40 acre Harlingen Thicket combine as the Harlingen Arroyo Colorado, a satellite of the World Birding Center. At the time that we visited we did not see a lot of birds however we did see some interesting ones, including a black-crested titmouse, two different types of thrashers, a great kiskadee and the inca dove pictured above.
Even though we did not see that many birds we did see more butterflies at this location then we did at any other that we visited in Texas. Most of the butterflies that we saw and photographed are not found in Minnesota so it was exciting. I have photographed the pipevine swallowtail at the butterfly exhibit at the Como Zoo but this was the first time that I have seen one in the wild.
We had a total of 5 lifer butterflies that we photographed in Hugh Ramsey. One was the gulf fritillary that is in the photo above.
One kind of strange thing that we found in the park was this sculpture. I am not sure who did it or what its meaning is. There were 7 egg shaped rocks in the sand and then a skeleton of what appears to be a bird on the wall behind. It was certainly different.

14 comments:

2sweetnsaxy said...

Nice shots as always. :-) This makes me want to get out and go take some photos. That last butterfly is beautiful

kjpweb said...

Good post. Now what's really weird is that I haven't seen even one Gulf Frittillary this year - despite it being the most common one down here in FL.

Carver said...

What a beautiful preserve and your photographs are great. The sculpture is unusual. Perhaps eggs for enormous prehistoric animals. That's one way I'd interpret it.

Riet said...

What beautiful photo's ofthe outdoors

Sylvia K said...

Your photos are terrific as always and that is wonderful preserve. Intriguing sculpture! Hope you have a great week!

Sylvia

SandyCarlson said...

Such a lively, beautiful place.

KaHolly said...

Sounds as though you are having a wonderful time. When my daughter lived in Kingsville, I used to love to visit her, giving me access to so many wonderful places, incl. King Ranch! Enjoy the remainder of your trip. ~karen

Carolyn Ford said...

I love the butterflies! And, those eggs just might belong to that pre-historic bird! Very intriguing sculptures...

Rinkly Rimes said...

Your butterflies are lovely and your information fascinating.

eileeninmd said...

Looks like a nice place to bird and watch the wildlife. Great photos!

J Bar said...

Beautiful nature shots.

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Beautiful shots! -and you're right it is an odd sculpture, but interesting. Thanks for sharing.
Darryl and Ruth : )

Marites said...

love the butterfly pics..they are so colorful. I've tried taking photos of butterflies yesterday and they are just so flighty for me to get some good pictures or perhaps, i just need a better camera :D

Levinson-Axelrod said...

Great close ups of the butterflies and bird. Enjoyed your post today -- seems like a nice park to visit.