One of my resolutions this year was to discover where I live more than I had ever done. I grew up going to National Parks for the summer and camping with my family. During the rest of the year, we would go hiking and geocaching on trails. I loved it. I loved exploring nature. I loved being out in the open. I loved feeling that unique holiness of nature–that’s why I was super excited to go to Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge.
We had been doing pretty good exploring and discovering the North DFW area: restaurants, activities, little shops, playgrounds. But, for our anniversary, Justin gave me a wonderful gift. He sent me a list of State and National Parks and said every three months we would go and either spend all day or camp overnight. It seriously was the best gift.
On Saturday, we went to Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in North Texas on the south end of Lake Texoma. This is a pit stop for migrating birds and butterflies, and we came on the perfect day: official Butterfly Day.Beautiful animal photography from Hagerman's National Wildlife Refuge Click To Tweet
I have a DSLR, but I only have the two lenses it came with. I’m not a professional by any means. But, I am very proud of these pictures I took. I especially loved the pictures of the butterfly garden–I couldn’t believe that I took these pictures! I didn’t let anyone else touch my camera, so there aren’t any pictures of me.
Check out these butterflies at Hagerman's National Wildlife Refuge Click To TweetAfter we explored the Butterfly Garden, we got back in the car and took the Auto Tour. This circled their marshland refuge part of the lake. We went slowly and kept our eyes peeled. We pulled out at every stop and pull-off. But, if we saw an animal, Justin would immediately slow down and I would basically jump out of the moving car to get a shot. We saw a few big birds that were gorgeous. I wish I had a longer, stronger lens to be able to capture better shots of these birds–they were just too far away.
We decided to stop for lunch at one of the pull-overs. Rhys and Evelyn loved being able to get out and stretch their legs. Can I just say how absolutely adorable my children are? I’m not biased at all!
The last thing we decided to do was take a walk around a forested trail. It was super short–about a mile. The kids sat peacefully in the stroller, looking all around. We still saw quite a bunch of butterflies. There was even a hideout for nature photographers. So, we decided to hide out for a few minutes looking out at a pond. We thought we saw a head of an otter, but we couldn’t tell. Rhys loved looking through all the different peep holes. I love seeing my husband with my kids–they love him so much.
Going to Hagerman’s National Wildlife Refuge was such a fun activity. I know my grandma would absolutely love going–she loves nature and especially birds. There wasn’t really a ton to do for children–it’s geared more towards animal/wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. But, it was really nice to get out of town for the day, discover somewhere new, and be out in nature.