Fall, 2012 Florida and Texas trip

A rather short trip to Miami and Houston (3 days in Miami and 6 days in Houston), and some of the time was spent on Thanksgiving dinner and eating-outs. But we did squeeze out some time to go to a few places.

Sunset in the ‘Glades:

Everglades Sunset

Miami skyline from Matheson Hammock State Park:

Matheson Hammock

Cape Florida Lighthouse:

Cape Florida Lighthouse

Biscayne Bay from the hotel balcony:

Biscayne Bay

A few birds from Florida — a Purple Gallinule in Everglades National Park:

Purple Gallinule

A Tricolored Heron in Everglades National Park:

Tricolored Heron

White ibis at Matheson Hammock State Park:

White Ibis

A manatee swimming in the Biscayne Bay:

Manatee

Then on to Houston …

St. Bernard National Wildlife Refuge:

St. Bernard National Wildlife Refuge

The Gulf of Mexico — America’s “Third Coast”, from Quintana Beach in Freeport:

Quintana Beach

Surfside Beach in Freeport:

Surfside Beach

The Freeport Jetty — where Kenn Kaufman famously lost a telescope at the end of his “big year” (incidentally, I finished reading his book just the day before I went to the jetty, a fitting homage for this trip):

Freeport Jetty

Least Sandpiper (at St. Bernard National Wildlife Refuge):

Least Sandpiper

Dunlin (at Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge):

Dunlin

Willet (at Quintana Beach):

Willet

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks (at Brazos Bend State Park):

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

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