Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

Hagerman's National Wildlife Refuge Butterfly Day in Texas near Lake Texacoma

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.

Hagerman's National Wildlife Refuge Butterfly Day in Texas near Lake Texacoma

Hagerman's National Wildlife Refuge Butterfly Day in Texas near Lake Texacoma

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

  • Anna Smart

    Wow what beautiful pictures. Looks like an amazing day with your family!

  • I love going to places like these. There are several here in Florida I go to take pictures. Beautiful pictures

    • I do too! I can’t wait to find more naturalistic places near our area in DFW.

  • Your photos are absolutely stunning. I would love to go to a place like this. What pretty butterflies.

  • Claudia Krusch

    These are all fantastic photos. I would love to go to Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. Butterflies have always been my favorite.

    • Thank you, Claudia! Do you live in North Texas? You definitely should go!

  • Emmanuel Damian

    The photos are lovely! Butterflies are so pretty! Can’t wait to see this place soon.

    • Thank you so much, Emmanuel! Do you live in North Texas?

  • Shannon Graham

    Now that is a really nice family day! The kids looked so enthralled!

  • Claire Lee

    I LOVE wildlife. Main reason is because I live in the city so I love finding my inner peace in those areas. Loving all of your photos, your kids and the squirrel is so cute. <3

  • Patricia-Ann Que

    what wonderful photos u got there and this is a great fun place to spend over the weekend!

  • Your photography is absolutely amazing! The place looks wonderful! Would be amazing to visit!

  • Akamatra

    I am so jealous right now. First of the awesome gift your hubby thought to give you. Second of your photography skills and last of how much fun you seem to had there.

    • He was super sweet to take me there! It definitely helped my wonderlust.

  • I love wildlife refuges that help preserve nature. And those butterflies are just gorgeous. I’m certain you had a memorable experience here as I would have as well if I get the opportunity to visit.

  • Ophelia Tang

    I love nature and these pictures look so beautiful. I would love to spend more of my time visiting national parks too. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you so much, Ophelia! I can’t wait to go to the next place on our list!

  • Chuck Vargas

    Love nature also. It’s good to hear more and more people preserve our mother earth

  • It looks like you had a lovely day out. Butterflies scare the living day lights out of me!! Not sure I could go, but it looks like a beautiful place.

    • Haaha! Why do they scare you? I can understand moths…

  • David Elliott

    Looks like it was a pretty great trip. And I do think you did pretty amazingly with the pictures, even if you don’t consider yourself a professional I think they look as good as some professionals that I have seen.

    • It was so fun. And I love the photographs I did! Thank you, David!

  • OMG look at the beautiful butterflies. You got some great close up shots of them!

  • Megan

    I would love the butterfly garden, however I always get scared I’d step on one! This looks like a truly wonderful place and an amazing trip!

    • I was a little afraid of my 3 year old doing that, or swatting at them! But he was well behaved

  • What a beautiful place! So gorgeous! Makes me want to get my garden thriving more so we can have more butterflies too.

    • I’d love to have a garden myself for butterflies to visit!