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~9/11/2018 * Patriots' Day



Padre Island

The last couple of days I've been on the beaches....BEFORE the Spring Breakers arrive for the week/weekend! It's always a mess, traffic-wise 'cause they make the access roads to the beaches one-way and driving the sands can be a bit treacherous since the numbers of college students, drinking and partying, can lose their senses. Not to mention the hour long traffic jams!! lol So, I stay away for the week. One day I drove to Padre Island National Seashore for some quiet time. The sun was out, the breeze was mild, but still a bit of winter chill in the air. It was a very pleasant walk. A couple of senior citizens were lounging by the shore on their lawn chairs...the 'wife' was all a'snooze.






The sea was moderately choppy and active.  Many, many jellyfish were washing ashore [both the cauliflower -pictured- and the man o' war].  Along Bird Basin [half way between the federal park's entrance gate and the visitor center]...across the water, it looks like smoke!  A fire?  Probably a controlled burn.  This Spring, along the basin flats, it's so GREEN!  Usually, it's dry and parched...but not this year.








34 comments :

  1. I can hear the water!! Lovely.... We turn the clocks ahead tonight. It always seems like Spring is just around the corner when we do... Love the evening stroll after Dinner.... almost here!!

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    1. By Springtime, most evenings are aleady too warm for strolling. Good ol' Texas.

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  2. Hello Anni, being on the beach without the crowds is wonderful. Your photos are beautiful. Have a great day and weekend!

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    1. It's good to see you're okay from the NE storms!

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  3. Just lovely, Anni. I've never seen that kind of jellyfish before. The ons around here look like a puddle of jello. :-)

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    1. They're very numerous along our beaches.

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  4. the price we pay for living near beautiful beaches, here is 5 months of snowbirds and the winter breakers have been here for 2 weeks and they are leaving and the spring breakers are on the way. we can't get near the beaches or anything between here and there. it helps the economy but boy does it mess up our traffic. your beach looks just like ours except for one difference, we have no beaches that we can drive on. Daytona does but not the west coast

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    1. The city or county tried to stop beach traffic ...put it on a Nov. Ballot & over-whelmingly, the voters nixed that idea.

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  5. You brought back memories this morning. I've probably said this before but my deceased husband installed equipment at the National Seashore when it first opened years ago. I think he stayed down there three weeks from a company in San Antonio. Bet it is a hassle with the spring breakers, we hear about it on KENS. Enjoy your week-end. I could be at a parade right now and completely forgot about it. must be a sign of old age because I do like parades.

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    1. I like watching parades also!

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  6. All your lovely beach scenes make me want to head to the beach. And yes, spring break is no time to go...the crowds can take away much of the pleasure of being there..I hope you are having a good weekend...

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    1. Thanks for visiting Nanci. Have a good weekend yourself

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  7. We sure miss the beach but NOT the spring breakers. They once even stole a sweet gnome from my front yard! I don't see any sea oats in the dunes. Do they ever grow there? Love your shadow in the sand photo!

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    1. Oh yes...we have plenty of sea oats. I can't believe the yard theft...so sad.

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  8. Oh my! These jellyfish are dangerous!! It looks so peaceful here. And the sand is SO white!

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    1. ...these cauliflower aren't dangerous...but, needless to say, I give 'em plenty of distance.

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  9. It looks like a little piece of heaven on earth to me, we still have snow on the ground.

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  10. Lovely photos, as usual.

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  11. So pretty! I've never seen jellyfish in person. Very interesting.

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    1. We have more than one kind here.

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  12. I don't live close to any salt water. Later on the snow will melt out of the mountain and soon creeks will come a live with crashing sounds.
    Coffee is on

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    1. ...and what a nice sound that is, too.

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  13. I love it that there are still beaches that can be driven on.

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    1. The county wanted to ban vehicles but the voters said 'nay'

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  14. We always went to Padre Island whenever we visited Ron's mother! It's so beautiful and the kids loved to play in the water. Those were good time! Thank you!

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    1. Well...this is NORTH Padre Island...nit the beaches near Brownsville

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  15. How I love Padre Island in the off season. The endless empty beaches with the sound of the waves and the gulls. Fills my soul with joy.
    Hope you have a good week.

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    1. Me too...nothing quite like a beach all to yourself.

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  16. annie, I always miss Padre Island esp the national seashore. I could sit and Walk by myself for hours upon hours it was so peaceful and relaxing thank you for always making my memories more than just a memory!!!

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  17. That Cauliflower Jellyfish is aptly named.

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