Robert (gurdonark) wrote,

A small way to share Spring

Today my wife and I drove up US 75 to the Goode Unit of the Hagerman National Wildlife Preserve. The preserve is a few miles south of the Oklahoma border, in Grayson County's charming rolling hills. On the way, we stopped to see my wife's former co-worker D. and his wife C. They have ancestral family land up in that neck of the woods, from which D. commuted all the way down to the DFW metroplex. They showed us their 9th grade daughter's two baby chicks, which are going to be part of an egg-laying project, and we discussed the problems she had in raising competitive pigs without using steroids. They were tired, so that they could not join us for the hike. But we headed on to the reserve, where we had the trails to ourselves.

The wildlife preserve is on massive Lake Texoma, which spans two states. They grow grains and millet there for thousands upon thousands of migratory birds--ducks, geese, cormorants, and herons. We hiked on little used trails for an hour and a half, seeing three great blue herons, one white heron fighting nobly to fish in a strong wind, numerous crows, scissortail flycatchers, and worlds of butterflies. I saw sunfish in shallows, and a snapping turtle duck underwater. We saw many wildflowers, and tons of small, leafy trees. I had to pause for a moment, when mating bumblebees appropriated the nearby airspace.

I took pictures of all sorts of things, with a 39 picture throwaway camera. I could post them here, but lately I think about how nice snail mail can be. I like to staple actual snaps to little corruplast postcards or to card stock. None of the snaps are particularly revelatory--they are little little slices of our hike and drive--a snippet of tree here, a dash of water there (I am assuming, of course, that Walgreen's will develop them capably). Rather than post them in my journal, I thought it might be fun to make this into a kind of mail art project; a "reverse call", if you will, in which photos, like mathoms, are mailed by the celebrant. I may have to replenish my corruplast card stock, but I'll figure out a way to make do with something else if I run out of plastic. I may even resort to the old-fashioned envelope.

If you'd like a dash of remote rural north Texas, please give me your address in the following space. I think it's nice sometimes to get mail, even if the mail is but a curious photo on a cheap camera, taken in the wilds of Texas. I know that I have some of your addresses already, but it's a bit more convenient if you write them here, in this space which only I see, so that I can print out the addressees with one magic command.

Poll #128794 I think that the best way to share my day with you is to provide you with a small portion of what I saw.

If you would like me to mail you a card to which I've attached a picture taken at the Hagerman Wildlife Reserve, please set your address here. Feel free to use work addresses or the like, as I'm not concerned with where you live, but instead with showing your eyes what ours have seen.


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