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As the song lyrics go...

"First the Tide, rushes in....."

In our area, high tide was an exceptional dilemma the night of Thanksgiving and morning after.  Friday, to avoid the congested streets in town with holiday shoppers out and about searching for that special money saving deal, we decided to drive to the islands for a morning outing and as we turned to head to Mustang Island from NORTH Padre Island we could see down the highway that Port A and Mustang Island was getting heavy rains. We then turned off onto the beach access road and headed to the channel to do our walking instead. The day was overcast, warm and balmy with a slight sea breeze. As we got out from the car the roar of the channel about 1/2 mile from where we parked was slightly deafening....like a waterfall cascading from high above!!! Rarely is this heard along the channel. Most days/nights it's calm and very few ripples, if not glass like.

The high tide was higher than normal, and yet receding. There was a lot of muddied surf at the water drenched beaches and ankle-deep, washed up sand on the walkway everywhere when we finally arrived at the jetty. And the wave action along the channel and out to sea was higher than normal also...there must have been a storm out in the Gulf somewhere. Bud and I were mesmerized by the force, the danger, the beauty, the sounds, the colors, the curls, the spray!!

Be careful!! The jetty is wet and very slick. Keep your feet firmly planted and hang on to the fence railing!!

I'm keeping the images small [all but the first and last one] for loading time; you can click on them to enlarge---








Across the channel, another jetty and some of the hotels can be seen. The fog was drifting ashore. Joggers and local residents/hotel guests were taking advantage of a quiet morning with exercising and watching the turmoil and rolling surf! One foolish gal was testing fate! I don't know if she should've been deemed 'brave' or 'stupid'...but she defied the force and let the waves bash up against her body; thankfully, I didn't have to witness her being washed out in the Gulf!! One family outing was cut short; in a boat [shortly after I mentioned to Bud "I'm surprised there aren't any boaters trying their luck at fishing out here in this mess!"]. Their boat surely would have been capsized if they continued, but they turned around and left the sea only to try another day....I hope!




...and of course the bird life. Along the calmer length of channel, we found egrets, herons, willets, turnstones, pelicans, terns, one osprey, a caracara [Mexican Eagle], sandpipers of many kinds along with sea gulls of course. And as we were leaving, along the access road, one lone meadowlark.




Caracara aka Mexican Eagle

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  1. Wow, the surf is rough. It is always awesome to see! Beautiful variety of birds, the Caracara is one of my favorites. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

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    1. ...thanks for hosting Eileen. Happy weekend to you too.

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  2. these are awe inspiring for sure.. it is rare to see the Gulf like this so must be a storm. the Atlantic is like this almost all the time. beautiful pics

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    1. I know....and the Pacific's waves can be MUCH higher than the Gulf. What I get a kick out of is the 'surfers' here in South Texas....they don't know what surfing is until the get to Hawaii.

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  3. We live near the coast too Anni. And we often get the raging weather - like this weekend for instance. It's at times like that you realise how incredibly stupid some folk can be in not understanding the force of tides and high water.

    Your photos look a little like Knott End jetty on a stormy day! Take care, the birding can wait. Love the Caracara picture.

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    1. It's dreary and damp outside today, so no birding....wishing I could tho. Thanks Phil

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  4. Those pictures are fantastic! Although I've heard about that high tide and the rain and the wind, with your blog I can visit there, too, in a much more sedate way. I can sure feel the immense power you describe. :-)

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    1. It was deafening as we neared the 'rapids'. lol

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  5. Beautiful photos and a rough weather, no pleasure for birds.

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    1. truly....you hit that 'no pleasure' right on the money Christian.

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  6. OH my word those are some serious splashing waves. I could almost feel the mist.
    That Mexican eagle made Madi head for cover
    Hugs
    Madi and mom

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  7. That was an invigorating post! I could feel the spray and smell the salty air while the crashing splash noise was overwhelming along with the wind sound.

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    1. It was more just the aftermath of a storm I think...hardly any wind that day. It WAS invigorating to be sure.

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  8. Water has such great forces, I've enjoyed watching your photos!

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  9. Wow! Crashing surf!
    Great photo of the eagle!

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  10. Wow, mother nature was showing off her powers that day. I don't think I would have been standing out there like that girl was.

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  11. The Mexican Eagle certainly knows how to strike a pose. Would like to feel the ocean spray in July and August

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    1. Me too...but trouble is, in July and August, it's too hot to be outside. LOL You know just what I mean.

      How are you, it's been a while since you've posted. Hope all's well.

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  12. I love seeing the water action photos.Great shots.

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    1. ...glad you enjoyed this post then, Ruth!! Thanks.

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  13. Our weather been calm here in North Idaho a few slick spots on the back roads.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Winter isn't here yet....I'm sure you'll get some snowy days up there. Soon.

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  14. Wow, that looks and sounds like something. I hate to see people take risks in fast moving water. There is lots of force there. My brother is visiting for Corpus Christi this weekend. He says his friends tell him that it is raining as much down there as it is up here.

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    1. It's still rainy here too!! I'm sure your brother is enjoying his visit and OKC!!

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  15. such rough waters.

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  16. Thanks for keeping the image small...it's hard to load at my side here if image are big. Bad internet line .

    That is a dangerous place to be with such big wave. Hmm....but some would love the thrill of it

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    1. I know....and the jetty is VERY slippery when wet like that....dangerous indeed.

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  17. Anni, that Mexican Eagle is a marvel! Sure looks like rough water out there. Here in CO no choppy channel waters but lots of cold!

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    1. ...and snow for skiing of course. :-)

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  18. That surf is severe! A great shot of the Caracara!

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  19. Can't believe the stupidity of some people. She was so lucky not to have been caught in those waves and washed out to sea.

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    1. I know....I was happy when she finally left....I was sure she'd be washed out in the rough water and disappear before help could get to her.

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  20. Fantastic ocean shots and love the Mexican Eagle ~ Glad you have the seasonal spirit!

    Wishing you a magical week,
    artmusedog and carol

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    1. Thanks Carol...of course you understand the love of the sea. You and I share its beauty often.

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  21. Wow - I could almost feel the sea spray on my face and in my hair! Thanks for the atmospheric sharing Anni.

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    1. Thank YOU Valerie!!! I too enjoyed your "Our World" post with the walking trails and flowers/cute Koala.

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    1. ...as I loved ALL your whistlers today!! Thanks Ms. T

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  23. I love your header photo. I love the caracara, too.

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  24. Wow, great wave and surf pictures. After viewing them I have to go wash the salt out of my hair.

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    1. ...your shampoo of choice for sea salt? ;-)

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  25. Storm watching is fun as long as you are at a safe distance. We have a condo overlooking the ocean. Even those we are fairly protected between Vancouver Island and the mainland, we can get some pretty dramatic storm seas. - Margy

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    1. Mother Nature has her ways!!! And secrets.

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  26. Great breaks! Love the eagle too, almost looks vulture-like.

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    1. Yes, I agree a bit vulture-like indeed.

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  27. It's good to know that I'm not alone in my love for water/wave shots! Yours are great! And that eagle is very majestic.

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  28. the seascapes are fantastic. Lovely bird images

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  29. Wow! Such dramatic scenes! Frightening I am sure. too. Great pictures of nature at work! Love the Caracara too! Awesome!

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  30. Sweet day out!!!! How awesome is that!! I love your Ruddy Turnstones and Semipalmated Sandpiper? I love crazy wave days. They are some of the best. I'd be like that girl if I didn't have my camera. As long as my feet are firmly planted against a rail, it's all good. It's magical and very freeing! However, if it was cold, forget it:)

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    1. You're much braver than I would ever be. I only go out so far on those slick jetties on days of high waves crashing in....by the way, it WAS a bit cold.

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    1. I'm hoping that means you enjoyed the images? LOL

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  32. Oh that's right Texas has Caracaras too, what do you not have,...I need to come visit that place one more time!

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  33. Oh wow.. the weather has been so dramatic in parts of the country... Love the photos Anni... Michelle

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