Coopers Bayou Park

 "Great Blue Heron"

There is a park within walking distance from my home,  in a quaint little town.  "The Coopers Bayou Park" is so beautiful and very well maintained by the town.

 The wildlife is very aware of  humans all around the park and are weary, but not afraid to let you get close

I crept very slowly to get closer and closer to a gator, but just as I took the shot his eyes went under.  I stayed for a few moments hoping he would come back up but no luck.  He was however under there watching me.

 This bird makes me laugh.  He is what most of us call a "snake bird".  He swims under water and can stay down for several minutes while he fishes on the bottom.  If you think your following him, he will reappear quite a distance from where your eyes last saw him.
The snake bird name comes from the very long neck that appears  while he gets a new gulp of air and go's back under.
Here he is in the photo drying his wet wings in the sun.

I have been coming to this park several times a week to walk.  It's so beautiful.  I feel safe here as there are literally dozens of people at any given time running, walking, riding their bikes  or using the exercise equipment put around every corner.  There are even  misting machines. You just have to push the button and cool water is sprayed on you.
This past week our weather was just beautiful.  
The temp was in the 90's, humid,  with big puffy clouds in the sky.

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Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Looks like our pond only larger. We have a great blue heron visit here almost daily and Bailey has a fit.

Karen said...

Sandy, the park looks like a wonderful haven for everyone, human and animal alike. I like the idea of the misting to cool down. (I wonder if parks here in Wisconsin could install heaters?) Hope the storms pass everyone by without harm.

Honey at 2805 said...

Your park is beautiful and the image of the heron is great!

Kate said...

Love the heron! They are so beautiful. How nice to have a park nearby!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

What a lovely place to take a walk!

STEF said...

I'm now wanting to visit a park here...awesome pics! It's my first time to join. Here is my entry. See you!

Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

Beautiful pictures. Love the crane but the gator you can keep lol. Have a blessed week. Debbie

Light and Voices said...

Your blue heron visitor seemed to like to pose for you. All I have to do is point the camera in their direction and off they fly someplace else. Oh well. Lovely pictures.
Joyce M

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Calling by to enjoy your entry for Outdoor Wednesday, beautiful scenery and the heron looked like a model, although I know it is a real one!

Linda Makiej said...

Really beautiful photos of this pretty park!
So glad to have found/followed your wonderful blog!