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The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard...
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By the shores of....

...Gitche Gumee? Nah....here in the Coastal Bend acutally!
Many times, I've mentioned here and on my bird photo blog about an area just outside the 'skirts' of the city, along the intercoastal waters of the Gulf ...the area is Oso Bay. For the most part, the bay is salt water, mixed with canal water from several outlets from around the city. Mostly canals and drainage from irrigation creeks. During the summer months it's quite dry. The landscape changes dramatically and the mudflats created by the high use of irrigation arise in the 'bay'. Hence, you're able to walk along the banks [traipse through mud quite often] and peruse the shores with your binoculars at all the bird life. Surrounding the bay inlet, there are two trails. On one side, an adjacent park with a short boardwalk and observation decks and a trail that winds along the Ennis Joslin Rd along the North side of the bay. On the other side, along Ocean Drive, there is a longer, paved trail that begins from the Gulf, to and around the back side of the TAMU-CC campus. [That's Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi]. But there is some history connected to this 'island'. Prior to, and during WWII, this peninsula [called an island, Ward Island to be specific] was where the original [and still very active] NAS Flight Training Center is. That's Naval Air Station. President George Bush [the older] trained here to be a Naval Aviator in the 1940s.

To cut to the background of my post, during the last couple of weeks Bud and I have frequented the area because of a special, rare, bird spotted in the area. And since the bird spotted is always too far for our binoculars to really get a good view [nearly 1/2 mile into the bay's center], we just began walking along the grassy area that borders the shore. We found a bit of history left behind!!!

The two of us figured by the location and the area's history, these are probably remnants of a foundation of perhaps barracks or a Gymnasium. Altho the site I found tells me it could be a number of facilities; perhaps hangars. The reinforced "I Beams" [the rusted metal with the "I" shape in the block is an I Beam] are encased in cement...clearly marked U S N



...as we walked along checking out all the different deterioration of some, I spotted more foundation work remnants of the air station...

Linking to: Rubbish Tuesday - Our World Tuesday



Several yards out in the bay, a Yellow Crowned Night Heron had just flown in and watched me watching it on some more naval base 'ruins'  Sorry it's a bit blurry, I was in a hurry to capture the image before it flew off at my presence.   Which it did almost instantaneously.
Normally, the water level covers this area and the remnants aren't visible....
linking to: Wild Bird Wednesday - Nature Notes


photos of aerial views of the NAS Corpus Christi are courtesy of Wikipedia via Google Image Search
...Read more history here and here

104 comments :

  1. My comment is gone! Is his the Yellow Crowned Night Heron? The ruins are sad, but may make homes or hiding places for birds and other critters.

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    1. Yes, that photo is of the Y C Night Heron. I don't mind the birds...it's the 'other critters' I'm not to fond of in the wild.

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  2. Wow, you just know everything! Thanks for that awesome suggestion on the tomato cage scarecrow!!!

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    1. I made one for my daughter...and I made a Grim Reaper for our home decorations many years back.

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  3. You remind me so much of my sister and her husband, birds lovers, and history. And discovering these little tidbits...

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    1. ...well dear, I take that as a compliment.

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  4. what an interesting place to explore. A bit of a shame that's all that remains though

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    1. ...that's progress...now the land is all part of the TAMU -the university.

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  5. How sad but still an interesting place.. A nice home for the critters and birds.. Love the heron.. Have a happy day, Anni!

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  6. What an interesting place to visit - and a great bird shot to end with!

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  7. These kind of modern ruin are always a good source of pictures.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  8. Wow what an interesting place to stumble upon. Remnants of days gone by. I wonder how long ago it was there?

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    1. 1940s....seventy years now.

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  9. Anni Gitche Gumme is a phrase I have not thought about my literature class...however, the last two weeks I've heard or read it 3 times. I nearly fell out of my chair the other day when I read the first line of an obituary, "By the shores of Gitche Gumme'. Very ironic how things like that happen.
    Hugs Cecilia

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    1. ...now that is a bit scary! lol

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  10. I enjoyed these photos very much. The photos I snap of the deer that dart out in front of me are always blurry because they move so fast! Hope you have a nice Monday.

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  11. Your stories and pictures are very interesting and I look forward to them. How wonderful that you live in an area where such sites and sights are!

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    1. ...your area is the same...we all love what you write!! Thanks Ms. G

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  12. Whatever the blocks were for, they are awesome. What a great find! And the night heron is a fine looking fella. I like the fragrance of both cow and horse barns. Pigs, not so much. So, nope, you are not odd. Or maybe you are and I am too. :)

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    1. ...thanks. Yep, the two of us are the 'odd couple'....kidding!!!

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  13. I love that heron shot, the blurriness adds to it rather than detracts. And yes, that was great find, those "ruins." :-)

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  14. i like the old foundation pieces you saw! nice night heron, too!

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  15. I always feel that if you purposely go out looking for a certain bird it will remain elusive. And then when I don't think I'll see anything and don't have my camera of course the mother load appears.

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  16. Love that night heron!

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  17. Serendipity! I love going out to find something, and finding something totally different! Good hunting!
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

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  18. It's always nice to find an interesting find adding to the bird spotting.

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    1. ...as long as it's not a slithering reptile, I'm okay with it. rofl

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  19. Great, interesting post as always, Anni!! Beautiful night heron! Hope you have a wonderful week!

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    1. ...thanks Sylvia and have a wonderful day dear lady.

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  20. How wonderful to find those remnants from the past.

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    1. ...thanks! Hope you enjoyed it.

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  21. Wonderful photos and so much interesting history.

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  22. Great post and photos :)

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  23. Heron is beautiful and wonderful historic post and photos for OWT ~

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  24. Those are great finds! I was in Naval ROTC, so found this very interesting! Of course, you always have amazing posts!

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  25. Very interesting post and pictures. I enjoy coming by.

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  26. Oh I did not know you were an artist .I had a look. Wow. My goodness your work is good. Where have you been hiding that sketching. In your folder I see.

    So you look at birds take photos but you also draw them. Very talent lady. I see you have a lion also. So good.

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    1. I spend a lot of my waking hours out walking and searching for birds to photograph. It's fun, rewarding!!!

      Thanks again!!!

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  27. I am not into bird watching, so your birds (though I enjoy the photos) don't really interest me. HOWEVER, I love finding ruins and old buildings and remnants of things from the past. How exciting to come upon those foundations and left overs! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I know...you've mentioned you're not into birding a few times already. That's about what my blogs are tho...so, glad you enjoy my posts none-the-less.

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  28. that's pretty neat you found old navy remnants.

    the heron is a handsome fellow.

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  29. You always find the neatest place to explore. Beautiful night heron. I'm sure he and his compadres have discovered this to be a suitable area for food and shelter.

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    1. ...actually, this is the first YC Night Heron I've seen a long time!! I was thrilled.

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  30. I bet there was a lot of living went on there at one time!

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  31. What fun to explore this island! The history is interesting, and I love that you did find a bird to shoot as well!

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    1. ...oh I saw LOTS of birds, just not the one I've been chasing.

      It is a 'fun' place to walk.

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  32. What a cool find! You never know what you're going to run into. I love your pics, as always. We just returned from hiking West Texas and the Grand Canyon and saw some unfamiliar birds. I wished you had been there to help us identify!

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    1. Hi Shelly!!! I would love to go back and do some serious birding in the Canyon. I bet it was pretty this time of year. Did you go down to the river?

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  33. My husband went to school for aviation so he's fascinated by this stuff. We're going to Pensacola for vacation next month and we're definitely doing all the Blue Angels stuff!

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    1. ...some of the Blue Angels trained here long ago before moving to another base.

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  34. The Husband will be interested in reading your Rubbish post today too! He is a pilot and will be interested in the flight stuff. Love the heron! I think that would have been a great place to walk around with a camera!

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    1. ...thanks. Hope your hubby gets a chance to view the photos.

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  35. You always find the coolest place to explore. Love the interesting history, Anni.

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  36. The remnants of the past are usually interesting places. Beautiful capture.

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  37. By the way, Anni--I meant to tell you that the piece you wrote on depression was beautifully done! Are you writing a book?

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    1. No....I could never come up with much more than I did the other day. But thanks anyway for the encouragement. I wish I WERE that talented.

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  38. Interesting place to explore. You were lucky to get a shot at all before the bird flew off.

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  39. What an interesting place - I'm sure the birds love the ruins.

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    1. You may be right with that thought.

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  40. Loved your post Annie. I keep my camera on auto-pilot and multi-shot when I wander about else I miss those opportunity shots. nice capture even if not as sharp as you would have liked.

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    1. ...thanks. This bird is seldom seen lately, I was excited.

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  41. Makes a neat rest spot for the birds!

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  42. How wonderful that you were there at the right water level time to see those remnants. I'm fascinated by stuff like that. And that's a great bird photo!

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  43. I was a tad disappointed that the location wasn't "by the deep sea shining waters.". :-)

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  44. You stumbled upon something rare while looking for that rare bird. I like when that happens.

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  45. How very interesting to have uncovered a piece of WWII history, and put together an idea of what you'd found. It must be exciting to walk where the sea normally covers everything. All the best, Bonny

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  46. It's always interesting to find things from the past. In the 1940's it would have been a hive of activity out there. Thanks for the enlightening information, and photos.
    Another great find was the Night Heron, how exciting, it's a striking looking bird, and I can imagine how pleased you were to see it.
    Best Regards
    Sonjia.:)

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    1. ...thanks. Yes, it was special since we haven't seen that many night herons in our area this year for some reason

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  47. OH MY Goodness, I have been viewing this blog, and evidently ever realized, never noticed your bird blog...and it is a meme to share on to. I feel silly. Have to get that added into my blog list. Hugs to you!

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    1. ...thanks Mary, I will be looking forward to having you add your links when you can.

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  48. A fine series of the things found on your walk. Very interesting background too. I like the bird shot very much.

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  49. Anni..I do hope you use Blurb or one of the other programs that gather blog posts to make into a book because they are wonderful and I sure would be a great keepsake.. Michelle

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    1. ...you flatter me Michelle, thanks!

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  50. What a great blog post! Of course, I am partial to the birds - love the YCNH!

    Iowa Voice

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    1. ...thanks Mike. I too am partial to the birds. :-)

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  51. Fascinating pics and stories as always, Anni. What an interesting place to explore!

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    1. ...glad you enjoyed this post Veronica

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