White Ibis: A white ibis wades through the shallow waters in the marsh lands at Brazos Bend State Park near Houston, Texas. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
Great Blue Heron: A great blue heron holds a worm with its beak which was captured in the marsh lands at Brazos Bend. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
American Alligator: An American alligator snoozes in the sunshine on the shore of a lake at Brazos Bend State Park. There is a large population of alligators that call the park home. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
By GARY WARREN
Formerly of Los Alamos
Brazos Bend State Park is a Texas park just outside of the Houston metro area. The 5,000-acre park was established in 1984 and is a haven for the nature lover.
The state park boasts more than 300 species of birds both resident and migratory birds as this part of the Texas coast is within a major migratory fly route for birds. Deer, bobcats and racoons are among the many animals that call Brazos Bend State Park home. However, perhaps the creature that gets the most attention is the American Alligator. Numerous alligators make the lakes and marsh lands at the park home.
The park has six lakes, ample wetlands including marsh lands and swamp lands which attract the many varieties of animals and birds. The park also features woodlands, which include hundreds of huge oak trees as well as meadows of grassy fields.
Also within the park is George Observatory, which is a part of the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Unfortunately, the observatory was closed due to COVID when we visited the park in January.
A large campground as well as group campsites for larger gatherings make Brazos Bend a great place to camp for a night or a week. Cabins and screened shelters also are available for rent. A large picnic area is located lakeside as well as other areas of the park. Miles of hiking and biking trails are available throughout the state park and fishing is available for visitors in the park’s lakes as well.
The large Brazos River flows through the parks, hence the name Brazos Bend State Park.
Editor’s note: Longtime Los Alamos photographer Gary Warren and his wife Marilyn are traveling around the country and he shares his photographs, which appear in the ‘Posts from the Road’ series published in the Sunday edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post.
Great White Egret: The sun backlights a great white egret as it wades in the marsh lands at Brazos Bend State Park. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
Whistling Duck: Several whistling ducks gather along the shore of one of the lakes at Brazos Bend State Park. The duck’s bodies are camouflaged in the winter grasses, but their orange beaks make the birds easier to spot. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
Turtles: A family of turtles soak up the winter sun on a fallen branch in a lake at Brazos Bend State Park near Houston, Texas. The park offers visitors abundant opportunities to view wildlife and birds as well as enjoying other popular outdoor sports. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com