Wednesday, September 9, 2009

LBJ National Grasslands

SWF

I'm posting a bit early as Martha and I have been busy lately working on our certification for 'Texas Master Naturalists'.

I have also been spending a fair bit of time working on our new nature blog "I C U Nature"(click here). It's a 'nature photography only blog' with lots of information included. Visit and leave a comment. Tell us what you think.

Now, for today's memories "lost under the sky"!
This old house is located on the National Grasslands of North Central Texas. It's a favorite spot for a day trip and only about an hour away. It's a great place for birding and seeing everything from Painted Buntings to Road Runners, not to mention Hawks soaring lazily overhead and Quail calling in the distance. Just the idea makes me want to go this weekend.


Lost under the Sky
With only Memories

(Click on the photo for a closer look)

Idea by Martha
Photo by Troy: Nikon D70

The Caddo and Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) National Grasslands are located in two areas northeast and northwest of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. They not only provide grazing land for cattle and habitat for wildlife, but offer a variety of recreation. The most popular activities are hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, and photography.

White-tailed deer, small mammals, coyotes, bobcats, red fox, waterfowl, bobwhite quail, turkey, and songbirds thrive in the diverse habitats provided by the Grasslands. Largemouth bass, blue and channel catfish, and various sunfish species are common catches at the many lakes that dot the Grasslands' landscape.

The LBJ is comprised of more than 20,250 acres with one developed recreation area located at Black Creek Lake. The recreation area consists of seven picnic units, seven walk-in camp units, one improved boat ramp and an accessible fishing bridge. No drinking water is available. The lake is approximately 30 acres in size. The discharge of firearms and hunting is prohibited on and around the lake.

Cottonwood Lake, located 5 miles north of Black Creek Lake, is approximately 40 acres in size and has one improved boat ramp. No recreation facilities are provided. The discharge of firearms is prohibited in the vicinity of Cottonwood Lake. However, from November 1 through February 28, the use of shotguns, excluding slugs and buckshot, for legally hunting game birds and game animals during state designated seasons is permitted.

The Cottonwood-Black Creek Hiking Trail is 4 miles long and connects the two lakes. It is rated moderately difficult. There are nearly 75 miles of multipurpose trails which run in the Cottonwood Lake vicinity.

TADRA Point is a designated trailhead camping facility that is a primary access point for the 75 mile LBJ Multi-use Trail system. Only a few restrooms and parking facilities are provided.


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Troy
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34 comments:

fourwindsphotojournal said...

I was early this week, too.
Looks like my kind of place. Love the shot of the old building, but hope you all didn't venture inside. I'll be back later to check out your other blog. Gotta go do some work before I get to sit down and enjoy looking at all the new photos.

Dewdrop said...

Amazing blue in the shot. Love it. Great!

Daryl said...

Wonderful shot .. so did you get to look around inside too?

Pearl Maple said...

Great photo, it is fun when bloggers take us on tour with them for all kinds of amazing adventures.

bobbie said...

A most charming photograph!

Susan at Stony River said...

What a lovely place. There's something intriguing and poignant about abandoned buildings. Have a good weekend!

Carver said...

What a beautiful shot and a very interesting post.

JoAnn's-D-Eyes said...

Hi Troy, Happy skywatch

great image! I am worldless so terrific your photo's are Thanks!!!

JoAnn/Holland

Your EG Tour Guide said...

The LBJ Grasslands sounds sounds like a magnificent place to study nature. I'm impressed that the two of you will soon be certified Texas Master Naturalists! Good for you!

Dan said...

This house has had its best days... A beautiful shot!

Eaglesbrother said...

Very good shot of the old abandoned house.

Great SWF shot.

Bob

Photo Cache said...

Interesting post. Yes, did you get to take a look inside the house?

nonizamboni said...

This grassland habitat looks like a bit of heaven on earth! And, wow, the memories in that old place...thanks for sharing.

Babooshka said...

This looks like a great place to explore and such a beautiful sky.

Amanda said...

I love it! What a great adventure, thanks for taking us with you! =) Happy SkyWatch

Martha Z said...

I love shots of old buildings. I always wonder who built it and why it was abandoned.
Sounds like a good place to spend time birding and hiking as well.

Light and Voices said...

My curiosity is stirred. I would love to know who lived there, why they left, and when was it built? Lovely photo.
Joyce M

J Bar said...

Great shot.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

LV said...

I love old house photos. Thee is a lot of history and interesting things in Hill Country.

Arija said...

It always reminds me of Rosemary Cloony singing 'This ol' house', it is just so sad that something built with so much love and care just fades away....

Dimple said...

Nice post. I think old abandoned buildings are neat subjects for photos, although the reason that they were abandoned may not be so neat.

Larry D said...

Looks like an interesting place to visit, great photos

Gaelyn said...

Love the photo. I'm ready to move in. Great post.

Naturegirl said...

Love this image! Worthy of a postcard!

Ackworth born said...

Dilapidated shacks make great textured photographs.

Mar-Bear said...

My kind of place!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Troy: Congrats on being first in again. That is a neat capture and a cool name for your photos.

Happily Retired Gal said...

Interesting post ... lovely blue sky over this deserted cabin. Great capture of the hawk in the previous post too.
Hugs and blessings,

Danton said...

Blue skies and green grass. But what about the abandoned structure?

Scotty Graham said...

Troy....that is great you are getting that certification...good luck with that!

Rocky Mountain Retreat said...

A wonderful post... great photo and interesting read!

Kathiesbirds said...

Sorry I haven't been around. I have had a lot going on. What a sad looking building that is! I have seen simialr ones in Maine! Sounds like a great place to go birding though!

Gary Heller said...

I like this very much. There is a such beauty and an almost magical charm about these old shacks and houses that erode away from time and the elements, and neglect.
I would also love a venture about inside to see how the natural light finds its way in about the crevices and cracks.
wonderful photo and background info of the area.

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