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Life at White Rock Lake in Dallas, TX with Deb, 2014

Updated on February 5, 2014
White Rock Lake at Sunset
White Rock Lake at Sunset | Source

Due to a water shortage in 1910, White Rock Lake in East Dallas, TX was constructed from farmland previously owned by the Cox and Daniel families. It was built by the CCC(Civilian Conservation Corps) in the 1930’s, and by 1992, was a recreational center with many amenities, including picnic areas, bicycle paths, and jogging trails. Presently, all that remains of the Cox and Daniel farms are family cemeteries.

This two square mile lake with a nine-mile walkpath, is home to Southern Methodist University’s Sailing Club, their home practice area. The White Rock Marathon is held here, and it is a qualifier for the prestigious Boston Marathon.

Lady of White Rock Lake
Lady of White Rock Lake | Source
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A Dallas Urban Legend

According to legend, a story unfolds where a young girl drowned in this lake, and on certain nights, she can be seen soaking wet in 1920’s formalwear. A passing car picks her up, and she tells the driver that she has been in an accident. While her former home was still standing, the driver of said car would return her home, and it was learned that she was the former daughter of the homeowner. However, upon arrival at this residence, there is only a wet spot remaining where she was seated. The house no longer stands, but has been replaced by an apartment complex. I hear that she still returns there.

American White Pelican
American White Pelican | Source

So now in place of this history, I wish to give you a few beautiful memories of my own. This wonderful recreation area has touched my heart for what it has to offer, and will shine on as a wildlife area for many years to come. In addition, I wish to thank you, Anna, for showing me the kindness of sharing with an out-of-towner, one of many wonders of nature.

Featured Birds

The Greater Scaup is a common diving duck seen in bays, rivers and lakes. They breed mainly in Alaska and northwest and north central Canada.

The breeding male American White Pelican has a centerboard on the ridge of the bill. They will fly in a flock, and the head is hunched back on the shoulders while in flight, the long bill resting on the breast.

The Chinese Cresteds are interesting birds and are not wild, but domestics. They either flew off or were abandoned in the wild, but as one can see, they managed to survive very well.

Males and females in the Great-tailed Grackle species appear to be two different birds, due to their coloring. While the male is dark, the female is smaller and much lighter, so it makes sense to pay attention to flocks. Chances are very good that if there is a stranger in the flock, it will be very apparent due to greater differences.


Chinese Crested Goose(Domestic) bathing
Chinese Crested Goose(Domestic) bathing | Source
Male Greater Scaup
Male Greater Scaup | Source
Great-tailed Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle | Source
American White Pelican
American White Pelican | Source
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Keep the "Wild" in Wildlife

As a reminder, carefully protect nature to the fullest degree. Please dispose of trash properly, and never allow it to find its way in water or on land where animals frequent. If you enjoy fishing, take your tangled line with you, as it can easily cause death by strangulation, as well as the amputation of legs.

If you’re at an outdoor wedding, remember that rice is not digestible by birds, and can cause a great deal of harm with their delicate systems. If you want to throw something at the bride and groom to wish them good health and luck in their love, throw birdseed. It will serve a good purpose in a safe manner.

Balloons are popular at many outdoor celebrations, like birthday parties, anniversaries, bar mitzvahs, and so many other wonderful remembrances. Sometimes balloons will escape, but they can cause undue injury as well as death. An animal can ingest them, and they can prohibit food from entering the gullet or stomach. Starvation is a very slow death, as well as excruciatingly painful. Please do your best to continue wildlife as we known it. Be proud of yourself for doing so, and I will be proud of you, and continue to share your stories with my public.

Without further adieu, welcome to my world. Keep your eyes to the ground, and your head in the clouds. Happy birding, and may your Life List grow at a rate that keeps you well attuned to your Inner Child.

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© 2014 Deb Hirt

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, Prrasenjit. Thanks for your help.

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      Prasenjit 2 years ago

      that Saint's Row 2 is the Anti-GTA IV because Saint's Row is what hpnaeps when you get a bunch of programmers together who like to laugh until they cry and spend their nights dreaming of absurdly stupid and insanely fun ideas to make their game soar to the stratosphere with raw unadulterated fun. While GTA IV is what hpnaeps when you decide to condescend to your fans and deign to inform them, through your game, that realism is the new fun. It isn't, not even close. Again, the reason for the constant references to GTA IV is because SR and GTA IV are the first true sandbox games of this generation, and truly they are the antithesis of one another. Where GTA IV puts you behind the wheel of cars that are absurdly tedious and laborious to steal, ridiculously slow to accelerate, and that slip all over the road as if the entire landscape had a sheet of ice covering it, Saint's Row 2 vehicles are easy to steal, handle like they are on rails, turn beautifully, and can be completely customized. One of the marvels of the Saint's Row universe is that because the customizing is so incredibly diverse, you can see the same exact car ten times and it will look so different that until you really get to know the game they will look like en different cars! While the main character from GTA IV is a slow moving, horrifically heavy, plodding guy who walks and runs (if you can even call it running) like his clothing is made of led, your Saint's Row 2 character's movements are fluid, smooth, organic, and again, fun. Speaking of the main character, in SR2 you can now COMPLETELY customize your character right from the beginning of the game and change him or her at will. That's right all you feminists out there who wanted to get in on the fun. You can play as a girl. Let me just state something categorically: I have never, and I mean NEVER, been a fan of customizing. I used the first default character and profile in every game I played, spending MAYBE the obligatory two minutes with a few superfluous tweaks, and off I went into the game. Well, the first time I played SR2 I spent no less than an hour customizing my character before starting the first mission. You would not believe the variety you are presented with. It is almost overwhelming. I chose a girl and quite a little hottie I might add. Hell, she's a lot easier on the eyes than Niko's big, hairy, slavic butt Help other customers find the most helpful reviewsa0Was this review helpful to you?a0 | a0

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It is well worth seeing. This is something that I would give an Academy Award to, hands down.

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Amazing that you were staying so near my home!

      No, I haven’t seen “Osage County” yet, but I see it’s still showing in local theaters. I'm a long-time fan of Meryl Streep, as well as Julia Roberts. In fact the cast looks outstanding. I usually wait for the DVDs, but I’m curious why you thought to mention it? I have read the plot and that makes me all the ‘curiouser’. ;-)

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Peg, with all the great things out there, you might just want to go out there again. I miss it already.

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      It's nice to see you in our neck of the woods, Deb. Another amazing photo shoot. I loved reading the history of the White Rock Lake. I used to go there on Sundays and wax my old Dodge back in the eighties.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Alicia! Yes, that is another nice lake, too, much bigger than Boomer, with lots of other amenities.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the introduction to a new lake, Deb. I loved looking at the photos, as I always do. Thank you for sharing the safety tips for birds and other wildlife, too.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I was staying quite close to the arboretum in a gated community. I had heard about the submarine races, and I went over the Mockingbird Lane bridge, too. Have you seen Osage County yet? Streep was remarkable in her role.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Eddy! The world is our oyster in these matters.

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, my, Deb. White Rock Lake is only a very short distance (as the bird flies, especially) from my home here in Dallas. Many memories of it go all the way back to my college days at SMU in the early 1950s. It was where students went to "watch the submarine races", i.e.: smooch. Also back then, motorboats were allowed on it & kit was there I tried to learn to waterski. (Didn't get up on the skis for many more years on another area lake.)

      I had many happy sailing days on it in the 70s. Now I cross over it on the Mockingbird Lane bridge frequently, en route to various places. It's visible from the Dallas Arboretum, a place I love visiting, also near my home.

      Oh, yes, Faith, the sprawling area of Dallas, Arlington, Ft. Worth and all our suburbs is still called the Metroplex, though when I first came into it for college, that term wasn't heard. It really came into play when the Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport was built in the middle of the area.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Thank you again Deb for another great visit to your part of the world and a beautiful haven it is too.

      Keep them coming and enjoy your day.

      eddy.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Faith Reaper! It still is the Metroplex, and what a place it is. There is something for everyone in that area, except, of course, for the high crime.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you for sharing that interesting story! Your photos are always amazing too. We live out in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for about two years when my husband was in the Air Force and my daughter was born there. Huge area, the MetroPlex, I believe they called it way back when?

      Sounds like you had a wonderful trip!

      Up and more and sharing.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Squirrels will take whatever they can get. Maybe he needs some acorns…any oaks in the neighborhood that you can pilfer?

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      teaches, that is much better than rice, and kinder to our environment, to be honest. Thanks for reading!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Love the pictures, so smooth looking, well maybe clear is a better word, lol. I got a couple of good shots of my male cardinal but the squirrel is winning this game. I used wire around their food tied to a big wire basket and he even disappeared with that! Now all day long the little birds come looking and there's just a little corn bread. Guess I will have to think about this awhile. I am going broke feeding that piggy squirrel!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Beautiful photos, Deb. I am surprised that people still use rice at weddings to celebrate the marriage. A friend of mine gave out bubbles for people to blow instead -- it was much more fun too!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Leslie! There's always something interesting on any given lake at any given time.

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      This must have been so wonderful for you my friend! I don't know why i thought you were headed to colorado...hmmm...

      in any case - great story and great pics!

      hugsxx

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for the share, Kevin, as it is always important to keep our wildlife thriving as much as we can. The pelican is an interesting bird, with a lot of personality.

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      That was an awesome story Deb - though I think it reminds me of a fiction story which I watched or read (maybe a mystery). I loved the photos, especially the one of the American White Pelican on the water flapping its wings and the gulls just sit there. I also agree with saving the wildlife.

      I marked the Hub beautiful and shared it.

      Kevin

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Billy…I even sent it to one of the local papers in Dallas. Let's see if they have any encouraging words.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Expanding the series I see. I love it, Deb! Your platform is growing and as it does so will your recognition. Bravo to you I say.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Johan. It was interesting to see something a little different.

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      Johan Smulders 3 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Great Hub and will look forward to more. Great Photos as usual!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Jeannie. Maybe those newspapers will be interested.

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      jeannie dibble 3 years ago

      So you've been spreading bird love in Dallas...way to go. Love the photos as usual...