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~9/11/2018 * Patriots' Day




Sunrise Stroll...

I had plans to begin decorating for Christmas, but I wanted to get out and do my walking before the day began with my 'work' at home. I left shortly before sunrise and got to the causeway just as the sun began to break from the clouds on the horizon. I pulled over before climbing the bridge that drops down on Padre Island, and took some photos...




Once I got through the first traffic light on the park highway, I veered off to my first stop: Packery Channel Park. As I entered the first section of the park and boardwalk along the Live Oak Motte, the eastern sky was becoming white hot...



As I walked on the northern boardwalk the birds musta all been still asleep, roosting wherever they go at night. A few, a mockingbird, a myrtle warbler, and a pair of american kestrels soaring above me were seen. On the distant horizon I spotted an egret and a couple of brown pelicans along the bay's shore.






Returning the way I had come to the end of the viewing deck, I turned to walk past the oak motte [seen in photo #6] to traipse up the incline to the southeast to reach the Audubon Sanctuary about a city block away from the park. Here, there are two covered observation platforms; the one seen in my photo looks out to the open field where migrant birds usually congregate during the Spring and Fall migration. A stop-over for seeds and wild berries. The 2nd platform looks out onto a small pond where ducks and egrets gather. Also, walking the incline to the first overlook, there is another oak motte to the right. As I walked...in the trees, I heard a loud rustling and startling noise. With a bit of fear overtaking me, I stopped dead in my tracks!!! What was making that noise? Bobcat?   Bobcats have been seen here before.  What?  Whatever it was, it was gone now.  So, I continued up the boardwalk.  At the covered gazebo, the mystery critter was on the other side, looking straight at me...




...to be continued


21 comments :

  1. What a beautiful start to the day. I thought about pulling out decorations yesterday but just never got around to it. Other things were calling me

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    1. I read in your blog that you bought a new tree, a smaller tree? Now, to decorate it. That's becoming a chore for me. lol

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  2. I think I might just die of JOY if I saw a deer like this one. I have NEVER seen a deer in the wild, only in zoos or places like that. I had to stop and look up the definition of motte and now I know. I love the word and love your oak motte photos. I much rather see what you saw than decorate trees... in fact I would like to hire my decorations done. I love the finished product but not the doing of it.... that one photo that you said was burning hot, looks like a fire sending smoke signals. love it

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  3. Your description of the sky as becoming white hot is perfect! I'm so happy to know you had the experience of a face to face encounter with a deer. I can feel your excitement through the great pictures!

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    1. After the fear of the unknown subside I was okay with it. 😁

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  4. Your walks are inspirational! I seldom see a sunrise and the sun sets are blocked by trees and houses.
    Meeting the deer was such a joy! Beautiful! We camped at Mineral Wells State Park some years ago and, as I was walking up to the bathrooms, I came upon a group of deer! I stopped in my tracks and stood still just watch g them. Nothing like the flora and fauna to sooth our souls!

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    1. I most always watch the sun rise! And as with you, the sunsets here are blocked.

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  5. That was a wild looking sunrise! Enjoyed your walk as usual.. :)

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  6. What a beautiful morning walk! Love your photos. What a peaceful, beautiful place.

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    1. Glad knowing you enjoyed the time of day.

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  7. Hi Anni OMCs if mom had lovely places to walk like you do she'd never be in the house doing anything. The sunrise was glorious with the clouds but my word to be in the company of that lovely critter added a cherry to the top of your day.
    Hugs Madi and mom

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    1. Hello M&M! Always nice having you both visit.

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  8. Pretty deer, glad it was not a dangerous critter! I love your beautiful sky pictures with the birds flying high!

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  9. What a beautiful start to your day. We pulled out a few decorations over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. All is not finished!

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    1. With your home getting all gussied up for the holidays...''I do declare''

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  10. Those skies are beyond amazing.

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    1. It was beautiful that morning to be sure!!

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  11. I love the sky, and would love to walk there. Great photos of the deer!

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