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The American alligator covered with lime-green moss is sunning itself on a log floating in Elm Lake. The lake is located within BRAZOS BEND STATE PARK (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/brazos/brazos.htm) about one hour south of Houston, Texas. The park includes Brazos River bottomlands, beautiful live-oaks draped by wild grape vines and Spanish moss, oxbow lakes and marsh.

The photograph was taken by Bill Atkins in the spring of 1990. [a.10]



mission esperitu The Mission Espiritu Santo de Zuniga is shown from its location within GOLIAD STATE PARK (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/goliad/goliad.htm) in Goliad, Texas. The mission and park are located about 3 hours south of Houston on Route 59.

The photograph was taken by Bill Atkins in the winter of 1988. [a.1]



east boundry 1 east boundry 2 horseshoe lake along hiking trail
old ranch north of park southeast elm lake elm lake stream into elm lake
elm lake 93 hiking elm lake 93 Along the Brazos River on the eastern boundry of BRAZOS BEND STATE PARK, my favorite and often-traveled Texas state park, http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/brazos/ near Needville, Texas.

The photographs were taken by Bill Atkins in the spring of 1988 and 1993. [a.2 and a.16]


finches Finches are shown playing and eating from a bird feeder in west-central Illinois. For information about the NATIONAL FINCH AND SOFT-BILL SOCIETY, go to: http://www.nfss.org/.

The photograph was taken by Bill Atkins in the spring of 1988. [a.2]


prairie chicken Sunset at the ATTWATER PRAIRIE CHICKEN NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE (http://southwest.fws.gov/refuges/texas/apc.html), located just west of Houston, Texas and seven miles northeast of Eagle Lake (off of RM 3013).

The photograph was taken by Bill Atkins in May 1988. [a.3]


guadalupe river The Guadalupe River near KERRVILLE-SCHREINER STATE PARK (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/kerrvill/), located northwest of San Antonio, Texas, is shown.

The photograph was taken by Bill Atkins in September 1988. [a.3]


rio grande The Rio Grande River is shown as it runs along the southern border of BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK (http://www.nps.gov/bibe/riversb.htm) in southwest Texas and along the northern border of the country of Mexico.

The photograph was taken by Bill Atkins in November 1988. [a.4]


daggers Giant daggars (Yucca carnerosana, of the lily family are shown. While eating Thanksgiving dinner (of peanut peanut sandwiches), I took this photograph at Dagger Flat in BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK (http://www.big.bend.national-park.com/) in southwest Texas.

The photograph was taken by Bill Atkins in November 1988. [a.5]


homer wilson The Homer Wilson ranch, as seen from inside one of the building, is shown in Blue Creek Canyon within BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK (http://www.desertusa.com/big/) in southwest Texas.

The photograph was taken by Bill Atkins in November 1988. [a.5]



chimney-rock formations A series of 'chimney-like' rock formations is seen on the Lost Mine Trail within BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK (http://bigbend.areaparks.com/) in southwest Texas. Beginning at Panther Pass on the Basin Road, this trail starts at 5,600 feet elevation and leads upward along the northern slope of Casa Grande to a promontory high on the ridge separating Pine and Juniper Canyons.

The photograph was taken by Bill Atkins on November 21, 1988. [a.6]


palo duro canyon A (two-picture) landscape is shown from PALO DURO CANYON STATE PARK (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/paloduro/), which is located in the panhandle of Texas, just southeast of Amarillo, Texas.

The photograph was taken by Bill Atkins in spring of 1989. [a.7]



day lily An orange funnel-shaped day lily (Hemerocallis fulva) growing is shown growing in a garden. Each flower lasts only one day. Every part of the plant is mild and edible, with the flower buds tasting like green beans when cooked and served with butter.

The photograph was taken by Bill Atkins during the 4th of July weekend, 1989. [a.7]


butterfly Three butterflies are shown flying among the flowers at COLORADO BEND STATE PARK (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/colorado/colorado.htm) outside of Bend, Texas, located about halfway between Fort Worth and San Antonio and west of Interstate 35.

The photograph was taken by Bill Atkins sometime between August and September of 1989. [a.7]


sunset mustang islandsunrise mustang island Sunrise and sunset are shown at MUSTANG ISLAND STATE PARK (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/mustang/mustang.htm) located off the coast of Texas, just west of Corpus Christi, Texas and just north of Padre Island National Seashore.

The photograph was taken by Bill Atkins in October of 1989. [a.8]


texas renaissance festival A character acting in the Texas Renaissance Festival (http://www.texrenfest.com/) is shown as the event recreates a 16th century English village.

The photograph was taken by Bill Atkins in October of 1989. [a.8]


hippo A hippopotamus, a large, thick-skinned semiaquatic African manmmal from the Family Hippopotamidae, and Genus species Hippopotamus amphibius, is shown at the SAN ANTONIO ZOO (http://www.sazoo-aq.org/00openpages/00index.html) in west-central Texas.

The photograph was taken by Bill Atkins in February 1990. [a.9]


old barn An old, rusty-roofed barn within FORT RICHARDSON STATE PARK (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/fortrich/) is shown; where the park is located northwest of the city of Fort Worth in Jack County.

The photograph was taken by Bill Atkins in 1990. [a.10]



horse & bluebonnets A horse is shown standing in a field of tall, dense Texas bluebonnets south of Brenham, Texas. The bluebonnet is the official state flower of Texas. The rugged, scenic countryside is called THE HILL COUNTRY (http://www.texashillcountry.com/), located in the central part of Texas. During each spring the landscape is a blanket of bluebonnets, orange-pink Indian paintbrushes, red-edged Indian blankets, purple verbenas, blue horsemints, yellow buttercups, lavender winecups, yellow daisies.

The photograph was taken by Bill Atkins in the spring of 1990. [a.10]


longhorn A longhorn, part of the official Texas longhorn herd, is shown at the FORT GRIFFIN STATE PARK AND HISTORIC SITE (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/fortgrif/) in Texas. The park is located north of Abilene, Texas near U.S. Highway 283.

The photograph was taken by Bill Atkins in the spring of 1990. [a.11]


seal A seal is shown at the SAN ANTONIO ZOO (http://www.sazoo-aq.org/00openpages/00index.html) in Texas. It is a sanctuary for various endangered species like the whooping crane, snow leopard, and white rhino. The zoo is a natural habitat of rocky cliffs and moats while being shaded by towering oak, pecan, and cypress trees.

The photograph was taken by Bill Atkins in May 1990. [a.11]


bridge A suspension bridge is shown spanning across Sugar Creek within TURKEY RUN STATE PARK (http://www.turkeyrunstatepark.com/). Indiana's historic Parke County is home to the Covered Bridge Festival where people enjoy thirty-three covered bridges surrounding the town of Rockville.

The photograph was taken by Bill Atkins in October of 1990. [a.12]


space shuttle/747 The NASA SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR is shown piggybacked on top a specially-fitted Boeing 747 at the Ellington Air Field in Clear Lake City, Texas, just outside of the JOHNSON SPACE CENTER (http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/) in Houston. After completing its mission with a landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California, the shuttle is laying over on its way to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The photograph was taken in 1991 at Ellington Field south of Houston, Texas, and nearby Clear Lake City, Texas. [a.13]


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