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...a pond, the sky, some sand...our world

Along Packery Channel, that separates Mustang Island from North Padre Island, we walked along the sand dunes on the barrier reef one day to check out the waterfowl. Seeing very few birds this time because of high winds, behind a hilly dune, I spied this.  It was protected from the full force of the wind.  Silently hidden,  moving gently as a soft breeze topped over the dune,  But long forgotten...
...temporary fencing used during construction or sometimes protecting property or a barrier of a hole dug during utility work. A couple years ago, along the channel, the county built a paved area with picnic tables. This, I'm sure, is part of the left-overs long since blown over the dunes.
linking to Good Fences

...looking toward the island and in the far distance, part of what is Ingleside, Texas, our bay's horizon is becoming congested with colossal oil/natural gas riggings. Spoiling a good view. But the exhaust flowing from the towering contrivances makes their own clouds.


linking to:  Skywatch Friday


...farther north from Packery Channel, on Mustang Island, a pond often used by feathered migrants and resident ducks, I spotted this Pied Billed Grebe. The lighting was perfect for a good reflection shot!!
linking to:  Weekly Top Shot - Weekend Reflections - Camera Critters - Saturday Critters


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  1. The detritus of we humans is a shame, but the beauty of the world goes on...the last shot is definitely the best.

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    1. yep, sad we humans are with such disrespect in so many ways.

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  2. I agree with you, the light was really great for the third shot. Really nice reflections.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. ...thanks I'm glad you liked the pied billed grebe image/reflection.

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  3. That bird shot is awesome. So pretty

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  4. I LOVE that pied billed grebe!

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    1. ...that's good to know...glad you loved it.

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  5. Good find, that storm fence. I hope they collect it, so it doesn't become a trap or hazard to critters, though. Part of my childhood was spent in SE Texas. I love seeing the coastal area; it brings backs good memories.

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    1. Yep, one of my thoughts too.

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  6. the orange construction fencing i've used here at the pond to keep the horses back in the worst of droughts. still gives me shivers to see it. :) LOVE your pied-billed! such a great shot of a cute little thing!

    thanks for linking in!

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  7. It's a shame to mess up that nice view with more towers!
    Love the grebe shot - just perfect!

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    1. I know...that's the cost we pay living here, I guess.

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  8. No matter where I am, if I see that orange fencing, I always think of Tex and her pond. Love the grebe and its reflection!

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    1. I don't recall that...is that when the tires were placed to help out?

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  9. That pied billed Grebe is gorgeous! And even the orange fence lying on the sand, in an odd way, is pretty - but only in a photo. :-)

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  10. Amazing what one can see when we start looking!
    Love the grebe!

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  11. Such a nice capture of the grebe, Anni. I could do without the orange fencing, thinking of the animals that could get trapped in it. :-)

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  12. Even though we don't like the discarded fence...it did make for an 'artsy' photo. We have those little Grebe's visit the pond here...looks like a small toy on the water.

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  13. Love the reflection shot!

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  14. I'm enjoying your view of Southern TX. My husband did consulting work at the maquilas across the border so we visited more often then. Your reflection photos are beautiful.

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  15. Hate that debris like that orange fencing was left to be a hazard. Your little Grebe is adorable.

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    1. it is a cute booger, I agree.

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  16. A collection of your photographs of South Texas would sell well in book form. You are one of the best advertisements for this area I've seen.

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    1. Oh my....flattery!!! Thanks.

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  17. oh those darn orange fences, we love to hate them but it looks pretty cool here!!

    and what an adorable duck, i don't think i have ever seen one of those!!

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    1. ...yep, love to hate is accurate!! Thanks Debbie

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  18. There is a sadness in the fence picture ... why we can't clean up after ourselves, I'll never understand and I agree with McGuffy ... a dangerous trap especially for water foul. Now, speaking of water foul ... The Pied Billed Grebe has to be my favorite ... they look like they aught to have a little turn key sticking out of their backs as they scoot along in the water ... and what a awesome shot. They are generally very shy and impossible to get close to so you really did well here. Have a great Week Hootin' Annie ...

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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    1. ...as always, thanks Andrea

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  19. Wonderful shots! I just hope the birds don't get caught in that fencing. (I know...I worry too much.)

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    1. Not only birds...but all small wildlife that makes the beaches home.

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  20. The grebe shot is just wonderful!!!! He is so cute. But with no prominent marks, I would never have been able to identify him, you did really good!

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    1. ...we have tons of grebes in our area Ginny...easy to ID

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  21. Just perfect shot of the Pied billed Grebe Anni. And boy, it certainly posed well for you.

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    1. ...it was a good day for grebes!!

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    1. ...glad you enjoyed it Gerald

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  23. That is a super good reflection! Such a cute little bird.

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  24. Lovely photos Annie. The litte grebe is so cute.

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  25. What a sweet little bird!

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  26. My first thought was maybe the fencing was used to hold back the dunes. pretty unsightly the litter you see on the beach. Love the bird shot!...Janey

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    1. ...that fence rubbish, isn't even the half of it as you realize. Thanks Janey

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  27. great bit of plastic netting, great for keeping a small dog off a reseeded lawn.

    peter

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    1. ...if only it was put in the trash when finished with it.

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  28. That was a wonderful reflection shot and so close.

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    1. ...zoom lens is the secret. LOL

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  29. Your photos are awesome. You live in such a beautiful place. I especially love the photo of the bird reflecting in the water. These are outstanding photos. It's a joy to visit you blog and view your lovely photos.

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  30. Enjoyed your photos Anni, especially of the Pied-billed Grebe. He is a new one to me. We have a lot of that orange fencing here. There is always some kind of construction going on along our freeways.

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    1. Oh ya....we see this fencing everywhere here also.

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  31. I'm sure the storm fence was for a good purpose but I do think when it becomes tangled and torn as this it should be removed to help prevent harm to animals/birds. Speaking of birds...your Pied-billed Grebe shot is wonderful.

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    1. ...thanks...glad you enjoyed the grebe photo too

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  32. The grebes are so special! I don't know what it is about them that I find irresistible. This is a great photo. Kudos, Anni!

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    1. ...thanks. But, Gail, I must say I like your Mardi Gras Fence better!!

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  33. Love your shot of the Grebe, Anni!! They are special indeed!! Hope you have a lovely weekend!!

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  34. Found this link to the Rockin Ridge Farms sign that Weedy Acres posted for her fence.
    http://www.rockinridge.com/

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    1. Oh....how kind of you Ida!! I'll check it out.

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  35. Mustang Island...hey I camped there in April! Fog was heavy and I had to walk on out to see the gulf waters, picked up a few shells and came back to camp for a cup of tea. Next morning was fine. I have some photos for a future post on Mustang Island. Thanks for visiting my First Fence and the high praise for the post.

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    1. I hope I don't miss your post on your camping adventure.

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  36. Great capture, the plastic litter is the horror of the planet.

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    1. 'horror of the planet'....you're so right Christian.

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  37. That grebe sure is pretty...he looks quite proud of himself, too! Beautiful photos! Hugs, Diane

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  38. Nice seeing part of this area again. I have not been there in years. A lot of people from here go for vacations.

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    1. ...ya, we have what the locals call "Winter Texans"...and then again in the summer when school is out for vacation.

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  39. Loving the photo of the Grebe.. It is so sad to see all the trash swept up on the beach.

    Hope you are enjoying your week.

    Hugs~

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    1. ...thanks Linda. It's in the high 80s here today, so seeing your Estes Park snowfall cooled me down a bit. ;-)

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  40. I love your reflection shot, how beautiful! I also like your fence - a nice twist on it. A good find.

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  41. I always love your photos!

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    1. ...this comment makes me happy! Thanks Terri

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  42. Oh, that Pied Billed Grebe is a pretty one - and nice reflection, too!
    Hope the temporary fencing gets picked up. Would hate to think of an animal getting tangled up in it.

    Thanks for your visit and kind comment on my fences.

    ~Lindy

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  43. I suppose the orange fence has its purpose. Love the grebe and its reflection.

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  44. Your story and photos are always so delightful, Anni. I've never seen a grebe before. Thanks for sharing this.

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  45. In answer to your question about the wording on the sign...It's Rocky Mountain Horses...they are so beautiful to see and to ride...do a search and get the info on how this Kentucky horse started with a Rocky Mountain stallion.

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    1. ...thank you very much Marilyn!!

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  46. A nice sky, but I especially like your "critter" pic. My sky

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  47. tres jolies photos,bravo !

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    1. Thank you Audrey!! I enjoyed your swan reflections today also.

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  48. The duck is obviously the cutest ! Well done !

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  49. so cute bird... Awesome shot and reflection...

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  50. Love the Pied-billed Grebe. Appears very similar to our Little Grebe and usually difficult to get close to. Well done.

    Can only agree with all the previous comments about the rubbish we humans leave lying around ... disgraceful.

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    1. ...thanks Frank....the 'close up' is actually using the zoom lens.

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    1. ...you've met on some enchanted moonlit lake before have you?

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  52. A brilliant shot of the grebe Anni, such a lovely reflection!

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    1. ...thank you very much Karen.

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  53. Awesome shot of the grebe. The reflection is perfect.

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    1. ...thanks Gunilla. I think they're one cute bird!!!

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  54. That little Grebe is all puffed out isn't he!
    I have to say I think the shot of the fencing is rather artsy. :)

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  55. I will add my comment to the kazillion here :) So glad you bring up the environmental issues along with your delightful grebe. What a beauty!

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    1. ...thank YOU for visiting!!

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  56. The Grebes are so cute, great photos! Thanks for linking up, have a happy Sunday!

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    1. ...thanks Eileen...hope your vacation was a good one.

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  57. Lovely shot off the Pied-billed Grebe.

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