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...flying there-under, under the sea! FLIPPER

After about a week's hiatus from blogging here, I'm trying to get some muster going. I'm feeling a lot better. Those meds the doctor prescribed for the bronchitis worked wonders. Still coughing, but I'm breathing a whole lot better. And my Oximeter tells me I'm getting more oxygen in my lungs as my heart rate improves. The mole that was surgically removed on the 8th was benign as I thought....but you can't be too careful. Anyway, the good news...benign...the bad news, it got infected, so had to have the cut re-opened, cleaned and now I'm on antibiotics for THAT!! Not stitches this time...the doctor glued it shut. And I go back on Friday to have it cleaned and re-taped if necessary. Ugh!!!


So, that put behind me, I begin my post:

There is a circular drive in the parking lot at Charlie's Pasture Birding Reserve Trailhead. Within the interior boundaries of the drive is a small lily pond dotted with wildflower, agave and rock garden landscaping...


...surrounding the area are pilings and rope fencing [and Farley Boats which are seen everywhere around the fishing village] to give this a nautical sense of scenery since it's just on the side of the Aransas/Corpus Christi Ship Channel.
linking to Good Fences




One of the best parts of the short drive from the village to the birding trails is the road from 'downtown' meandering through the wild grass fields following the large ship channel. No matter what time, there is always a lot of activities. Fishermen along the jetty, boaters for pleasure, sea life, and large cargo ships!! The water is always in motion...as a large ship passes through the passage out to the Gulf, the waves hit the jetty shores and the sound of the water crashing against the huge boulders/cement can be deafening or it can be a soft gentle lapping. The sky above reflects on the water giving it its color. A deep Caribbean blue on a clear day or on stormy, overcast days, the channel waters can be a smoky gray. Oh, and there have been a couple of times when it's so foggy early in the day before the fog burns off that you can barely SEE anything! Mysterious and sinister perhaps, but still so very beautiful.

The other day, Bud and I just had to get out of the house. Mind you, there were flashing warnings on our phone weather apps to stay indoors because of the heat index reaching 109+. And at 6 a.m. the outdoor temperature is in the mid 80 degree range. It's hot and humid. And dangerous if you're outdoors. It was early in the morning around 7:30 a.m. when we arrived at the channel. As we rounded the bend, in the distance, we spotted a large cargo carrying ship [or very large barge] that was headed our way to exit the channel and make its way to the open water of the Gulf of Mexico. We parked the car [at the circular area as shown above with the nautical fencing] and I walked to the jetty's edge to await the cargo ship in hopes of catching some dolphins swimming in the ship's bow wave [the front of the ship]. With my binoculars I viewed one dolphin jumping high out of the water. So, I turned on my camera and shot several times just keeping the viewfinder on the bow...



If you can, make use of the Lightbox feature and click on the images to enlarge. Some of the photos, only the dolphin fin is visible...look closely.

110 comments :

  1. Glad to hear you are on the mend. The Dolphins are quite spectacular.Hope that infection clears up and you will be back to enjoying each day in good health.

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    1. ...thank you Ruth...the several doctors and nurses that have been working with me diligently are a god send.

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  2. Oh beautiful!
    Sending gentle hugs and my sincere hopes that you keep improving, and that the incision is healing cleanly... with no more infection. Been there and I know it's no fun.

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    1. ...no fun at all!!! I can agree on that. Thanks Jacqueline

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  3. Good to hear from you, take care.

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  4. Welcome back! Glad you are recovering from everything. What a time you've had. Love the photos and I am always entranced by dolphins. They are so intelligent.

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    1. ...the dolphins and their personalities can be so exhilarating. Thanks Terri.

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  5. Love piling and lines shot ~ beautiful and others are great too ~ thanks, ^_^

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  6. Great news on the health front! And I love your pictures, all of them. You did get some really cool dolphin shots, Anni! :-)

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  7. Dear Anni, I will keep you in my prayers that you stay on the road to recovery!!
    I am glad that you are feeling better and back to blogging.
    The dolphins are wonderful and such gentle and beautiful animals.
    These are wonderful photo's.
    Blessings dear. Catherine

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    1. ...thank you dear Catherine.

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  8. Sorry for all the health problems. Glad you're feeling better!
    You got some great dolphin shots.

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  9. Wow, I have never seen any dolphins on a blog before. I am so sorry for what you are going through. But more important than anything is that it was not cancer!

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    1. exactly...when it began to 'grow' I was concerned. Thanks.

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  10. Benign! Great news! Sorry about the infection..best to stay on top of that. I hope you feel better soonest. VERY cool shots of the dolphins. Lucky you to get to see them!!

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    1. ...they are a treat to watch in the wild like that...thanks Terri.

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  11. Glad your on the road to recovery. I to never seen dolphins either.
    Coffee is on

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  12. Beautiful photos. I am glad you are out of the Woods and on the mend. Sending prayers and good thoughts your way. xo Jenny

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  13. Lovely to see the Dolphins. We sometimes see them off our coast,.. always a pleasure! Get well soon Annie.

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  14. Glad to hear you are on the mend. What a treat to spot the dolphins while you were out

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    1. ...always a treat...a happy feeling to watch them and their antics.

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  15. I love dolphins! Always a cool sight to see! I am glad you are feeling better! Have a great day!

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    1. ...thank you Eileen...have a great day yourself.

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  16. Hi Anni great to hear you are getting better. Love the rope on those fences and it must have been a treat to see the Dolphins even it was very warm.

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    1. ...it was warm that morning to be sure...but not as warm as this day...thankfully we went out the day we did. It was a treat!! Thanks Margaret.

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  17. Welcome back Anni!! So glad that you are feeling better. I want to swim with the dolphins someday. I reckon I better learn how to swim first :)

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    1. knowing how to swim would be good!!!

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  18. Love the old posts with the rope....but the dolphins leading in the ship..priceless! I use to watch the dolphins there while riding the ferry. Happy that you are better ...109?!!

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    1. Yes...109. And it's warmer today 'cause of the front that moved in...gave us some much needed rain tho. Can't complain.

      Thanks Janey.

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  19. Great photos! Now I'll be singing the flipper song in my head all morning. lol Glad to hear you are feeling better. Who would think that a mole could cause so much trouble. Sorry it had to get worse before it got better. But so glad that it was benign.

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    1. ...me too. But having an infection wasn't what I expected. Oh well...thanks Judy.

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  20. YAYAYAYAY ANNI IS ON THE MEND AND SHARING GORGEOUS PICTURES!
    WOW you had a rough week. hugs madi and mom

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    1. Thanks M&M...ya, it's been a trying time, but others have it worse, so I really shouldn't complain.

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  21. glad you're feeling better! love the rope / seaside fencing. and huge ship!

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  22. the dolphins are amazing. love the last shot.. a beautiful rope and post fence. glad you are better if not completely better.. yikes on the reopen and clean..

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    1. ...that last photo I liked best too. Thanks Sandra.

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  23. Hi, Anne...I adore the rope fence...I love how fences vary from area to area of the country. You living on the coast makes you able to share this amazing fence with us.
    Hope you feel totally normal soon. :)
    xo

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    1. ...thanks for your sincerity bj.

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  24. Hi There, So glad you are doing okay and feeling better... Seems like being sick during the summer is harder --but I don't know if that is true or not... Just seems so!!!! Glad the mole was benign.

    You all are really having some horribly hot weather down there... All of my friends from both Texas and FL are complaining about it. We are in the midst of a cool front here... Amazing --since it's July... BUT--I'm sure we'll eventually get our share of HEAT here too.

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    Betsy

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    1. Summer colds are the worst!! Thanks Betsy. Yep, it's hot and miserable...but at lease we don't get snow in the winter. I'll take heat any time.

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  25. Oh what wonderful opening photos, the sight of them always give me the urge for the water! Hope you are back to 100% quickly, take good care of you!

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  26. These are great nautical looking fences! Beautiful photos!

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  27. Glad you are feeling some better Anni and hope you continue to improve daily.

    Great fence photo's, love the rope.

    Those dolphins are really neat. Why do they do this anyway, sure hope they don't get hurt.

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    1. I read this the other day...they do it 'cause it's fun....who knows if there is any better scientific explanation.

      Thanks Felicia.

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  28. Lovely fence line with a beautiful sense of harmony. I especially loved the dolphins. Wow!

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  29. So happy to hear you are on the mend. I adore the shots of the dolphins! How cool is that. Also the pilings and rope shots are wonderful. We got a break in the heat yesterday and today so you can bet your bippy I've been out with my camera taking advantage of that! Hope it breaks for you too, soon.

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    1. ...thanks Gail....I hope you're right about a 'cool down'...it did rain here this morning, for that I'm thankful.

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  30. Glad the bronchitis is better and that the mole removal is behind you.
    These are such pretty, crisp and clear photos.
    Wishing you a nice evening.

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  31. Glad you're finally feeling better, Anni!
    I like the post and rope fencing - very nautical. Those are cool shots of the dolphins.

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  32. Regarding my t-shirt yarn and what I'll make with it. It could be a coaster or a hot pad or if I get enough tshirts to cut up I could even make a rug

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    1. Oh ya...a rug sounds like a winning idea. Truly.

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  33. Beautiful photos! The rope fencing is very nice, and the ship is fantastic. I like watching them floating by too!

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    1. ...they are definitely entertaining!!

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  34. Yay on the benign and that you are feeling better. Love those dolphins!

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  35. Glad you got that mole removed and found benign...one of the most beautiful words in the English language. Love your photos! You've captured some great sights.

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    1. I agree...a beautiful word to hear!! Thanks Karen.

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  36. Good to hear you are feeling better Anni! I love the rope and post fence.

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  37. great shots...glad you are feeling better!

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  38. Incredible shots, especially the last one. Big smile!!

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    1. ...thanks!!! I tried saving the best photo for last. :-)

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  39. Hooray for oxygen! Be careful in the heat.

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  40. A lovely series of shots! Glad you're feeling better.

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  41. I love nautical fences. As a kid, we lived on the Gulf. I have very fond memories of that time. Around the Great Lakes there are similar fences, too. As always, beautiful photography. Hug.

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    1. Oh yes....I too have seen many nautical fences in Michigan. thanks Ann

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  42. Glad your mole was benign...I recently had one removed plus another spot and they were both basal cell cancer. Most times easy to get rid of...but you wouldn't believe what my father-in-law went through with. Anyway, wish mine had been benign...

    Glad you are recovering from the bronchitis...

    I love your shots of the dolphins...how I would love to be where I saw them regularly.

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    1. ...it's been a hectic, frustrating couple of weeks...thanks for the positive wishes Rose.

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  43. Glad you are feeling better. I love dolphins. They are so adorable. Wish for a chance to see some real ones. Happy weekend!

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    1. ...and have a happy weekend yourself...thanks!

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  44. Good to hear that you are recovering! Your photos are gorgeous! Absolutely amazing!
    All my best wishes for your health! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  45. You told a nicely paced story there Anni. It felt like I was right there with Bud and you. Keep up the recovery and take care in those high temperatures.

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    1. ...thanks Phil. Too hot, but Bud and I were going stir crazy in the house. LOL

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  46. Hello Anni, love the dolphins. Thank you for linking up to my critter party. Have a happy weekend!

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    1. ...thanks for hosting Eileen

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  47. I love the dolphins. I've only seen them in captivity. I'm glad to hear you're feeling better.

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    1. ....thanks very much Gunilla

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  48. Great shots Anni! I am amazed at how close they swim to the barge. I have seen them occasionally swimming off shore and love the sight.

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    1. I too....I enjoy every time I spot one or a group of them. Thanks Denise

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  49. Life is so good at the end of the day.

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  50. I'm glad to hear you're over the bronchitis...not nice, especially in summer! Thank goodness the mole was benign, even if it did become infected...the lesser of two evils.

    Your dolphin photos are great. We see them surfing in the breakers here. A beautiful sight!

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    1. ...the lesser of two evils...you're so right. Thanks Robyn.

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  51. Hope you are now feeling much better, Anni!

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    1. ...improving by the day....thanks!

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  52. Glad you're on the road to recovery, but ouch to it getting infected! We have a nautical theme in our back yard, going down to the pond. It's hard to maintain, though. Those ropes get kind of worn after a while, even if they're not being used.

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    1. Yes, they do tend to wear very quickly...even the nylon line ....the heat/cold/weather changes play havoc. Thanks Stephanie.

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  53. Anni, I am so sorry you haven't been well! Hope you are improving daily, and the mole removal is finally ok. Glad you were able to get out one day and take these awesome photos! Your description of the area is so wonderful. Your nautical themed edging is great too. Loved the post!

    We have been gone for thirteen days and I have a lot of posts ahead of me! :-) It was an amazing trip. Didn't get many bird pictures, but lots of other things. I did get maybe three posts worth of birds, plus I had one bird post I tried to post by scheduling, but that didn't happen. So, that will appear at some point also, and some other shots I made in the yard before we left. Glad to be back! I have a lot to share. Have a healthy, good week!

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    1. ...thanks Marie....
      I'm really looking forward to your trip posts.

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  54. Did you say 109??? Great capture of the dolphins. Now hope you don't have repercussions from the antibiotic. Start taking probiotics!

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    1. ...the heat index, yes. Actually, I don't take anything if I can help it...anti or pro. ;-)

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