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busy as a bee - day trip













































It's a cactus blossom...a prickly pear cactus!!









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Over the weekend, Bud and I drove over to Rockport, Texas. It's one of my 'local' scenes that is truly a favorite. A fishing village, a boater's paradise, and a small, quaint, beautiful area. Nearing the center of the cultural area, the skyline is so spectacularly pleasant to the eye, I'm drawn to the area when we arrive....sparkling, mirrored Gulf waters, large yacht masts jutting up into the blue sky...peaceful and quiet except for a call of a gull or the flight overhead of a pelican....tranquility!!! Here, there are two small towns that are connected. By that I mean...Rockport and Fulton intersect only by an imaginary borderline. Two towns in one. In Rockport, there are museums, art galleries, more or less the 'cultural' side. In Fulton plenty of history and historical landmarks including the Fulton Mansion which we toured a few years back. This time around we had in mind to go through the Art Center on the bayfront and then drive over the Copano Causeway [also known as LBJ causeway] and head toward a 'ghost town' ---it's considered a ghost town because it's all part of the Rockport/Fulton area, separated only by the bay waters, and really not listed on many maps---in other words, it's there and exists, but no post office nor any 'city' amenities such as council, government, etc., but there ARE homes and points of interest all along--- on Goose Island; called Lamar, Texas. [The white arrow in above photo shows you "Lamar" and area of Goose Island]. Once on the old road that enters into the lush, green state park area of Goose Island, many 'town' roads go this way, and that way. Throughout, there are homes nestled among the vast amount of live oak trees. I had in mind to stop and photograph a small Catholic Chapel that is filled with history of the area....it's over 150 years old, still has the original altar from the early to mid 1850s. Tho, the chapel was not located where it is today, the State Historical Society raised $70K to have it moved inward somewhat, and near one of the oldest cemeteries in the area....Lamar Cemetery. The Chapel is called Stella Maris [meaning the star of the sea]. It was closed by the time we arrived since mass is only held on Sunday, but I did take a photo of the exterior, and the state historical marker....

    The Stella Maris Chapel is currently located next to the old Lamar Cemetery, is the first recorded church in Aransas County, and is reported to be the oldest building still in existence in the diocese. The chapel was originally located on the Schoenstatt property in Lamar. Irish immigrant James W. Byrne, one of the original founders of Lamar, first owned the property. He served in the Texas Revolution and was spared from the Goliad Massacre. It is noted he paid for the land with script earned by his service. Byrne's wife, Harriet, was a niece of Bishop Jean Marie Odin, the first Bishop of Texas. Byrne deeded two Lamar outlots to the Catholic Church for the purpose of building a place of worship. Through the recommendation of the Bishop, the French architect D'Alsure was put in charge of supervising the construction of the chapel. Seth Ballou, recognized as the earliest settler of Lamar, spearheaded the construction with the help of his slave, Moses Ballou. Many Lamar settlers contributed to the building effort. The exterior of the chapel was made of shellcrete (a cement of burned shell ashes, sand, crushed shell and water). Although some believe the church was completed in 1858, there is some evidence it was finished as early as 1854. Wilhelmina and Peter Johnson, early colonists of St. Joseph Island, reportedly had their marriage blessed at the chapel in 1856. Bishop Odin was noted as a frequent visitor and conducted Mass there. Twice during the Civil War, the Union Navy, from Aransas Bay, shelled Stella Maris. The chapel received little damage. Union forces had an encampment on St. Charles Bay in the location of the Byrne's residence. [history online source]
The link I just provided will show you the 1800's original location AND an old photo of what it looked like one and a half centuries ago!!! It will open in a new window. Tomorrow, I will have a short post on the cemetery. Bud and I walked around it some, and I took a few photos. Hopefully, after that being published, I will continue with our little day trip with photos of the area of the Art Center in Rockport.









38 comments :

  1. Sssssssummm....so wunderschöne Blüten und ein sehr schönes Insekt.

    Liebe Grüße

    Mathilda ♥

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  2. Love the yellow photos - and very interesting history lesson today! Since I will probably never get to Texas, I always enjoy reading and viewing your part of the world.

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    1. It WOULD be fun to get together with you here in Texas...and then I come up to your area of the country!!! We'd have fun, I know.

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  3. What a beautiful yellow flower!
    Your day away sounds like fun - I would love to visit that place, but get to enjoy it through your eyes.

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    1. ...as I enjoy YOUR area photos too, but mostly a recipe or two that I always try after you share, and not to leave out your granddaughter's accomplishments!!!

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  4. Very interesting! Those first two pictures are breathtaking; the flower looks translucent. I am looking forward to learning more about your part of the country, Anni! Thanks for the history lesson.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed this post DJan. Of course, you're always very positive in commenting, and I greatly appreciate it.

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  5. Beautiful flower. Have a fabulous week.

    My MYM:
    Liz @ MLC
    Liz @ YACB

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    1. Thanks Liz...and thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Love your yellow macros. sandie

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    1. I'm definitely gonna try the cookies. Real soon.

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    1. you're too sweet dear Denise.

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  8. Mom loves day trips and so do..it means she does leave me alone!!
    Mom says she has never seen coastal TX but she has come to realize it needs to be added to her bucket list
    Hugs Madi and MOM

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  9. There's a Stella Maris Catholic church not five minutes away from us on Sullivan's Island. I think it's been there since the 1830s. Your area of Texas is just gorgeous. I think Birdie would have liked Texas had she been on the coast. Sadly, she has not liked Tyler one bit and is coming home at the end of the month (this part is not sad) to finish her master's at the Citadel.

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    1. Oh yes...the coastal part of Texas is quite pretty, as is the hill country.

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  10. Very pretty. Love the cactus flower. :)

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    1. They're not seen around here too often, in the subtropics...but once in a while a cactus'll show it's pretty face.

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  11. I love cactus flowers, they look so delicate and dainty!

    Tulips, have a wonderful week ahead!

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    1. Thanks for the visit Rose.

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  12. That yellow flower is just gorgeous. And a terrific history lesson. I enjoyed that. So much more fun to hear about history from someone that is visiting the spots. Good post. Take care.

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  13. Beautiful Pics! Thanks for sharing the History. I love to visit cities and towns and learn local history , too.

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    1. Thanks for visiting Myrna.

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  14. Awesome shots!
    Happy MellowYellowMonday!

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  15. LOVED the history and the photos... What a great little place ~ I can see why you love it there.
    {{{HUGS}}}
    Donna

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    1. It's a mighty pretty area.

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  16. such pretty yellow flowers. thanks for the little tour and history from your day trip

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  17. Beautiful flowers. I especially like the shot with the bee!
    I bet the view going into Rockport is truly amazing, your photo is awesome and I am sure it is even more beautiful actually viewing it.
    The pathway to the little church is so pretty and inviting. Sounds like you enjoyed the trip very much.

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    1. It was a nice little jaunt....except for when we got to the cemetery...it was feat or famine for the mosquitoes. LOL

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  18. The path going to the church is so quaint and inviting. Lovely yellow cactus flow!

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  19. Delightful shots of the cactus flowers!

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