As I type this...
There's a fine mist falling from the clouds and the temperature is a blistering 90 degrees with a heat factor of 97!! I did go out for a short time early in the morning, but the heat index kept me from walking much. Besides, my outing had a specific purpose...Monk Parakeets are nesting. And ironically they've been reported found busy building their communal nests in palm trees....ON CATHOLIC PROPERTY!! Imagine that. Do they know something that we can only wonder about? I had to see for myself if I could also locate them.
- Fr. James Kelleher, SOLT, founding president of Our Lady of Corpus Christi, was given the inspiration to build a world class perpetual adoration chapel. The chapel would be built in the shape of a cross, with a 75 foot blue dome adorned with gold stars
Anyway, as I said, it was a short time out and about. The heat and humidity at the time of day was way too intense. The particular place is within the property boundaries of a beautiful blue domed church. Our Lady of Corpus Christi. Not only a wonderful church, but also a retreat for people [men and woman who have religious issues/health issues/ in need of strengthening their devotions, etc.], and a campus for degrees in theology I assume. As I walked the grounds and drove through the winding narrow roads throughout, searching for the nesting birds, I stopped and walked around the church, taking pictures...
...the main entrance
- and on the wooden doors there are four bronze plates depicting Christ's life -birth to resurection
...around the sacred grounds, from stain glass, another view of the blue dome from afar, the darkened candle room for silent prayer, and to the illumination of the alcove I thought was inspiring
...side entry, one bell tower, Our Lady in Stain Glass, and the candle room
...statue of Jesus Christ and the statue above the vast fountain
...as I walked back to the car so I could drive around more in search of the parakeets, I walked up to the bookstore/gift shop and snapped this photo near the entrance
The chapel you just visited can be seen as you come from the bayfront, or from Padre Island Drive, OR from either direction on Interstate 37. It's an awe inspiring sight to behold. And, oftentimes I find myself very thankful, knowing I'll be home safe soon since it's only about ten minutes from our house. I got back in the car and cranked up the air conditioner while the car was idling to cool the interior. Then, as I backed out, I left through the shaded narrow road that meanders through the grounds, putting my windows down and listening for the tell-tale uproar and commotion parakeets are known for. I ended up hitting the way out, and as I slowed for a speed bump near the exit gate, the ruckus was heard! I slowed down, found a shady area to pull over and got out of my vehicle and walked a bit, following the furor of the winged beauties. I found 'em. A LOT of THEM. As the mosquitoes gnawed at my ankles, I took pictures. The Monk Parakeet, introduced to the USA in 1960 from South America, is a new species photographed by me. I tried to find them about three or four years ago from a tip of a friend...but by the time I got there, they were gone. On this sweltering morning in June...I was elated!!
PS...I have a post already pre-scheduled that IS NOT the parakeets for Saturday's I'd Rather B Birdin' so, NEXT week, I will share the photos of the birds I got on that blog!!