Monday, April 23, 2012

Working barns

Here's three not-so-charming barns, but definitely nice sized, nicely utilized, and in good condition, too.


These are all on one property - across from this...
And what is that, you ask?
Notice the "Whistling Duck Club" - my favorite birds. :)
This nature center is part of the East Fork Wetland, a huge water treatment/reuse center. They spent months and months dredging the acreage, creating marsh pits and wetlands from the east fork of the Trinity River (which runs through Dallas and is known for its pollution), then planting water crops which naturally filter the water. A big pumping station transports water via pipelines to another lake further north of this site, which, in turn, supplies water to several towns. I watched the slow progress of this creation from the highway as I commuted to my job near Downtown Dallas. I was really pleased to see how it turned out - retaining a very natural look/feel (except for the pumping station, at least) which attracts a lot of waterfowl to the marshes. After they completed the wetlands, they added the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center that folks can visit, walk along the boardwalks, and bird and creature watch. I have not actually gone to the center. I've been fortunate to get a lot of my bird and creature fixes right here at Run*A*Round. But it looks like a really well-managed site.

And those barns shown above? They're part of Rosewood Ranches wetlands and beef cattle operations. They run cattle adjacent to the visitors center (that's their tractor in the photo above, too.)
 Who wouldn't enjoy that view?
These photos were taken in mid-March before the trees burst forth, but the grass there was already that green.

Linking to Barn Charm

107 comments:

Ron said...

Gotta love those wide open spaces!

Fjällripan said...

It looks wonderful, so green and lovely!

Bob Bushell said...

Wow, you've got a wetland on your doorstep. You are lucky.

Wanda plain~N~simple said...

Wow, my little pink eraser duckies have their own club... they really are special! I think like you, there are more than enough birds right in my own back yard, no need to go searchin' for them.

DJan said...

You are very fortunate to have a wetlands so close by, giving you a chance to see a lot of wildlife you wouldn't see otherwise. It's a lot greener and wetter than I've been thinking it is! I should have realized when you showed all those bluebonnets! :-)

Jill said...

How wonderful that they created a wetland. Bravo! Still lovin' that green.

Judy @ daily yarns said...

How neat is that, and yes I would love that view!

parker said...

Enjoyed reading about the wetland project! Beneficial for all concerned. Thanks!

Jan n Jer said...

I love that they made a place for waterfowl. Such an important thing, since us humans are encroaching on their habitat! Nice shots!

Donna said...

I agree that the wetlands view sure is pretty!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Thanks for sharing this story, it's really good. It sounds like they have (and continue to) do a great job with the wetlands and I like the idea of the boardwalk. Definitely my kind of place.

bailey-road.com said...

Lots of wildlife photo ops there!

Sandra said...

each time i scrolled i thought OOOOh this is my favorite. i love that tractor shot, a beautiful photo and this is a wonderful idea. i love the tree hanging over the barn, and those trees and brilliant green grass, ok so they are all my favorites today

The Nature Jotter said...

wow!!

dr momi said...

Neat to see!

Karen said...

That's a great man made wetland area!

Susan said...

Girlfriend, I absolutely love these pictures! So beautiful and green and the wetland is awesome!

Melodie said...

That's a good, practicable barn! Love the wet lands!

Patty Woodland said...

I always call that moo with a view

Sylvia K said...

Now that is indeed a practical barn! Love the idea of a moo with a view that Patty wrote! The green is terrific!

Rose said...

I would love that view...I would love to visit it and see what I could see.

Inger said...

The wetlands are really great. Do some of your pond birds drop by from there?

Linda said...

What a wonderful use of land! I love that view!

Farm Girl said...

I love looking at things like that. It does look so pretty.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I really love that they turned a treatment plant into a beautiful wetlands and opened it for visitors. (One of our fav ever birding places is a similar wetlands in Arcata CA)
I'd visit this in a heartbeat -- and wouldn't that be a lovely place to farm and live. WOW!

Jeevan said...

wow! its completely awesome and barns are simple and neat. Love the green landscape with cattle.

Joop Zand said...

Great view, nice green landscape .

Greetings, Joop

Charade said...

It's great that the foresight and funding were in the same place at the same time on this one. And I bet that bucolic beef tastes better than feedlot beef.

Deb said...

I always wondered what that was. I was commuting from the lake to Las Colinas when they were working on that. Now I know.

Sall's Country Life said...

Glad to see wetlands after the long drought!! Love those wide open spaces and green pastures. Isn't it remarkable what they can do to protect and preserve!!

edenhills said...

Beautiful! I'm glad to see that they are working to help the pollution issue with a more natural and beautiful solution.

Eyeliquor said...

The views are great!

Debbie said...

i love when they create/perserve these wetland and open spaces.

this looks like a great place to go, with the nikon. you never know...do you want some company??

this place probably has a lot of herons and egrets, don't you think. i spotted my first egret here in jersey, at debbie's creek on saturday. my pictures are not great....but it was still a thrill!!

RoeH said...

I'd like to tell you which photo I liked best but I can't. All of them are incredible. Those cows must be happy cows with that area they are in.

Robin said...

T, looks like a great place to explore! Also nice to see everything so green!

magda said...

It is very important, you have a dual nature of a so nice!
Great pictures!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Not only did I notice the whistling duck club, but I was immediately thinking you should join...

Lasse said...

Interesting to read and to see your surroundings! Have a great week !

Angela Häring-Christen said...

Oh, there are two large lakes near you or near Wetland.
Do the lake Ray Hubbard and the lake Lavon have a dam wall?
Wetland is important for water birds. I've seen the Wildlife Photo Gallery on your link.
I've thought your land is very dry but there is a lot of water.
Your post is interesting.
Greetings
Angela

barbara l. hale said...

That's a beautiful space! Does my heart good to see what they accomplished there. That's just terrific!

Furry Bottoms said...

Yeah, that grass is so green! Those cows will be well fed. We have a wetland like this but with no animals, except whats natural, like dragonflies)
It has boardwalks and little areas you can stop and take pictures and it has a huge playground at one end. Sometimes we take our dogs there for nice long walks!

ShySongbird said...

It looks like they've done a great job with the wetlands Theresa, I'm sure it will attract lots of birds.

Your cheeky, acrobatic Squirrel made me laugh on the previous post, they are so funny to watch. I also enjoyed the Bluebonnets with your gorgeous dogs and the post with the Belted Kingfisher...I hope I remembered the name correctly!

Wonderful photos as always!

holdingmoments said...

That looks like a great place to visit; complete with Whistling Ducks.

Jenn Jilks said...

Well done. Love our wetlands!
Respect wildlife!

Tracy said...

ahhh, definitely God's country...I love the open areas and just the beauty of the green and lovely trees...no wonder the birds love it there, so would !

Rita said...

That is wonderful that they've been returning the wetlands!!! Whoohoo!!

Maybe you should join that whistling duck club? ;)

Κωστής Τζαγκαράκης said...

Beautiful!
Costas

Genie said...

What a heavenly place to graze and smell the daisies. The barns may not be anything spectacular architecturally, but they are certainly doing the job for which they are built. Your ranch must be surrounded by beautiful landscapes and wetlands. You are such a lucky gal. genie

Dianne said...

they created something rather than destroy, I love when that happens

the skies above the barn are beautiful and I love all these trees

Montanagirl said...

What kinds of birds frequent the wetlands? I'll bet you see quite a variety.

pattisjarrett said...

Forget the barns! What a beautiful view across the road. I'd definitely have to show up there with my camera. :) Really nice. I like stories like this, doing good for the environment.

SweetMarie said...

simply paradise!

Lois Evensen said...

Very nice. We visit a wetland near Port Canaveral in Florida, too. It was also constructed using water from a water treatment plant. It seems to be the popular thing to do these days.

FOREST SNAPPER said...

Thats alot of space in the one photo, good news for the wildlife

Peter

Andrew said...

It's lovely to hear you have a wetland centre (proper spelling) close by. I like Bob picked up on that. xx

Deb said...

oh wow what a cool place...great photos...

islandwonder said...

What a great project!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Sounds and looks like a great place to visit with a camera.

Carole M. said...

a delightful photographic post; love the wetlands centre, I'd want to check it out. The scenery and the barns is picturesque

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi TexWisGirl, Natural wetlands are increasingly being tried out as water treatment facilities for domestic water and limited industrial water discharge. I once lived in a Northern California town on the coast that had a small version of this type of treatment wetland. It was successfully used for that small town. I like your pictures and description. Have a great day!

Lindsjö taxar said...

Great post over the weekend. Love your dogs with the blue flowers. THe squirrel is totaly adorable..is it the same as before on your pictures?
We been away this weekend on the finnish island 2 hours boattrip from Stockholm, very nice there.

Elaine said...

Wonderful that they've created natural looking wetlands. Those barns may not be the most charming, but good to see that they're so well used.

Bernadine said...

What a great way to filter water. Isn't that better than a big smelly facility? Thanks for the pictures and information.

Nancy said...

Beautiful green grass in those wide open spaces.....You certainly are blessed to have these wetlands so close....

Chris Rohrer said...

Looks lovely...and it's nice to know some barns still have purpose:)

EG CameraGirl said...

Fascinating! I never think of Texas as having wetlands. How silly of me!

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

I love the photos of the grazing cattle.

Such lush, green landscapes . . .

Michaele said...

Glad you explained the trees. Glad to see the cattle doing so well this year.

A Quiet Corner said...

While the pix of the barn did nothing for me, the remainder of the pix most certainly made me forget the cold plain barn!...:)JP

rkbsnana said...

Barn was a little plain except for the great rusty tin roof!! Hope that grass stays greener this year than it did last year, don't you?

Candy C. said...

While the barns in the "southwest" may not be as charming as the ones further east, I like them all the same! :)
I love, love, love the picture they used of the Whistling ducks on the sign!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Ok, scroll back up to the sign, does that duck-flying totally whampus-match their personality or what! Love that:@)

Beth said...

great shots. love the views. (:

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

It's wonderful that they have created the wetlands. Thanks for sharing pictures and information about it.
I love the picture of wetlands with the John Deere tractor.

latebloomerbuds said...

Definitely a departure from the little ol' decrepit ones you are drawn to, LOL! No wonder you get a lot of waterfowl and birdies at your place with that wetlands area nearby. Awesome! Margie

Carletta said...

It appears these barns are well kept and I do like all that fencery. The wetlands look like a lovely place to visit. Maybe you should just once. :)
The barns are super finds but my favorite shot is the tractor shot!

Thanks for your visit earlier today. :)

Linda R said...

Love seeing your photo. Those are some pretty big barns.. And lots of land!!

Ruta said...

What a great project! Cleaning and filtering the water for wildlife and the public drinking supply! Big and functional barns too!

Michelle said...

Great views in those wide open shots!

Randy said...

Nice wetlands.

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Right there on your doorstep- cool beans! Go forth and take lots of photos!!

Kathy said...

At least the wetlands are actually wet this year!

Gone Country said...

What a great view!

I like that they created a wetland and it seems to be working well.

Oh, to have a barn as big as those full of animals. Wait, that means a lot of work, lol!

Tammy said...

Very cool. Water treatment/wetlands, just the kind of place I like to spend my time!!!

Paula said...

Very interesting, thanks for filling us in.

Chatty Crone said...

I think that was a great idea. sandie

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

What a neat place and project too--I wonder if they do anything like that here in Virginia...

Saun said...

The first shot with the two trucks in it cracks me up the white one looks like a toy by the other one. Great set!How neat is that...

Jane said...

Am I a Lurker?
I just took the time to read this above!
A bit nuts maybe.

Hey, I could use a barn like the top one with plenty of room for an office. Is it for rent?

Krishna said...

beautiful barn and beautiful landscape

and nice info

thanks

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

The wetlands view is gorgeous!! Nice photos, Theresa!

de engineur said...

beautiful green grass in contrast with leafless trees!

Marie said...

What an amazing view! I bet the wetlands holds a lot of wonderful wildlife, especially birds, to see! It is so lush and green!

SquirrelQueen said...

I would love to have a view like that out my window. The nature center looks like fun but then you have your own wildlife at home.

heyBJK said...

Any barn with rust on it gets my approval! Love the old ones. The wetlands view is fantastic! I wouldn't have guessed it was in Texas, either. What gorgeous scenery!

Betty Manousos said...

what a beautiful landscape!
so beautiful grass and view..

xx

CameraCruise said...

Great shots from a beautiful landscape, love the view.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

It looks like it would be a great place to do some photography for sure.
I have a miniature wetlands, all of about 50 x 70 foot, where the creek always floods...I planted wetlands grasses there;)

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

I definitely wouldn't complain about that view and the whistling duck on the sign is comical to me and cute but I find whistling ducks pretty funny, they just have a funny thing about them. Part of their charm. Interesting about the wetland center. The barns are in use and that gives them special charm :) Hey that is the wrong color tractor! (ducking and running)

Nancy said...

Great to see nature areas re-established. Very pretty scenery!

Ellie said...

Wonderful view and I bet it's a great place to visit. I was thinking your grass was looking lovely and green.

georgettesullins said...

Now that is green!

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

They ARE charming & that grass IS beautifully green! I wouldn't mind walking the boardwalks to see what I can see!

Thank you, TWG! =)

laurak@forestwalkart said...

do the wetlands stay a little damp during the drought?

nice shots...i sure wouldn't mind a view like that!! BUT as far as barns...i like the old run down ones better than the newer ones!!

Pat Tillett said...

I like all barns! Some are old and some are new!
My eye sure caught the Whistling duck club... LOVE those things...

Linda said...

That wetland area would be a fun place to spend some time with a camera in hand. The scenes with the cattle look so serene. Wonder how they feel when a water bird lands among them. :)

Carole said...

What a great property. In that first picture, is that overhang as big as it looks? I've never seen one extend quite that far out from the barn roof, but it certainly would offer the cattle and other animals plenty of protection from the elements.

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