Garner State Park

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Garner State Park, Frio River. Garner State Park is named for John Nance Garner, a lawyer from Texas who served as 32nd Vice President of the United States (1933 - 1941). As a young man (1901), John Nance unsuccessfully advocated for the prickly pear cactus as Texas state flower, earning him the life-long nickname "Cactus Jack".

The park offers camping, hiking, nature study, picnicking, canoeing, fishing, swimming in the Frio River, seasonal miniature golf, paddle boat and kayak rentals (mid-March through Labor Day weekend), and bike riding.

About 145 million years ago, during the Cretaceous era, this part of Texas was covered by shallows seas, which lay down the shale and limestone formations in the area. Throughout the park, the river is lined with Bald Cypress trees, the only deciduous conifer in North America. In the autumn, the cypresses turn a rusty orange, forming a brilliant contrast to the famously turquoise waters of the Rio Frio.

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Comments (7)

Bobsky. on March 14, 2012

Hi Ria You have some impressive photographs in your gallery, but not many tree images, are you sure you would like to join a dedicated tree group like Trees 20 only trees?You may be better joining our Sister group Trees and Deadwood. Regards Bob

Ria Nicholas on March 14, 2012

Actually, I would like a compromise: I'll wait until I have more to contribute and then check back with you to see if you are still welcoming members. The thing that appealed to me about your group was that you seem sincere about quality. By limiting the number of submissions your members can make, you should receive only their best. This will hopefully make for a really wonderful gallery. I look forward to visiting it often.

Bobsky. on March 14, 2012

Hi Ria Glad that you appreciate the aims of the Trees 20 only group, there are a lot of tree groups with lots of members.I will leave your application open until you have a few more tree images in your gallery. Regards Bob

EdwardTurJ on April 1, 2012

Magnificent image!
Greetings from Czernowitz in Ukraine, Edward

Manup on April 3, 2012

Wow, happy ducks. LIKED.

Anton Trötscher on May 28, 2012

Hi, Ria! What a beautiful autumn picture!! I love the golden color in the trees and in the reflections! This shot is really a classic image, documenting the beauty of our parks. Warm greetings and best wishes! Pa

Henry Scoggin on February 1, 2013

I like this one a lot also.

Best wishes, henry

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    by Ria Nicholas