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"America's future is not written by our enemies... America's future is written by our heroes."
~9/11/2018 * Patriots' Day




The Village, the Harbor, the Dolphin and the Pass...

Leaving before daybreak, I was on the island highway [as usual this time of year], and taking a beach access road off State Road 361, I was able to watch the sun rise over the Gulf. And it was quite spectacular in colors and shadows!! There was a pink glow to the sun above the horizon…



Leaving a few minutes later, in my rear view mirror, the dunes were still in shadow and the now orange glow of the sun appeared. I stopped. I then swerved the car a bit on the beach road to get a better view of it all through the passenger window…



It was a perfect way to kick start my morning. Altho, by the time I reached Port Aransas and walked around the two hotspot birding areas, the sun was beginning to bake anything and all things outdoors. I drove to the ferry landing and Robert’s Point Park and the village’s harbor. It was a busy harbor on this day!! From cargo ships, shrimp boats, the ferry barges, and small craft of the private owner kind!! Traffic was backing up along the lanes so they could catch the ferry and cross the ship channel. I walked the area with camera in hand, getting sights and sounds of ships, horns, breaking wakes against the seawall when a large vessel would traverse the channel, and birds. One lone dolphin was dancing in the cargo ship’s bow wake as it was leaving the port o’ call…

...AT THE HARBOR AND FERRY LANDING




...THE DOLPHIN



...AT THE PASS



Once I was done, and saw just about all there was to be seen, I left for home making a couple of stops at the nest boxes to see if there were any falcons or falcon activity...taking a short hop on the open road of Mustang Island State park that is accessible to vehicles from 7 a.m. to dusk when it's not muddy [otherwise you need 4 wheel drive]. This dirt road is on the OTHER side of the Gulf. You have the gulf, the dunes, the grass lands, the highway and then grasslands with water passes [passes are low-lying and when hurricanes, tropical storms, or just flooding occurs, the water fills the passes first before flooding highways...see above photos "at the pass" ---the two last photos...this is NOT Gulf water]

...I have more photos, which I'll post soon...


48 comments :

  1. Wow!! What a gorgeous sunrise!! We have been taking our dog for a walk everyday just about sunrise before in gets so awfully hot.
    And the dolphin photos are just great!!
    Hope you have a wonderful week!!

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    1. Thanks. Have a great week too Florence.

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  2. Marvellous photos. You are very talented.

    God bless.

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  3. What a spectacular sunrise. All your photos are great. You live in such a beautiful area. Love the dolphin pictures.

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    1. Thanks...there for while, while I was rhere, I didn't see ANY dolphins. Finally, one showed up.

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  4. I LOVE THOSE DOLPHIN PICS... wow and wow again, at being able to see them and to capture them so perfectly. that view of the sun coming up with the seaoats, where you shot through the side window is just stunning. what a great morning

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  5. Such a beautiful sunrise! I do miss those, as where we re in the mountains, sunrise is hidden from us by rolling hills and lots of trees. And I am thrilled by your photos of the Dolphin! Many years ago we lived onboard a sailboat for about 2 years. Dolphins were my favorite friends.

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  6. I can feel the dolphin's exuberance through your pictures. And that sunrise is spectacular. Thanks for sharing your awesome morning with me. :-)

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    1. I LOVE mornings, and the new beginnings...glad to share!

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  7. WOW!!!!! This may be my favorite post of yours ever!! Your sunrise is absolutely stunning!! I just looked and looked! SO gorgeous!! And the dolphin!! Great shots; very sharp and clear. It seems to me that dolphins just jump and spin for the joy of life, but there is likely another reason...

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    1. I agree it's like they enjoy living! And thanks so much for the accolades!

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  8. Is the POLLY ANNA a shrimp boat? Lucky you with having such opportunities to capture wonderful scenes! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Yes, that IS a massive shrimp boat!!

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  9. Gorgeous sunrise and i love the dolphins. Wonderful photos. Enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  10. What a wonderful day this was.

    http://calrat.blogspot.com/2018/07/ireland-day-3-limerick.html

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  11. A beautiful sunrise to start a wonderful day. The dolphin shots are my favourite though.

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  12. I do love dolphins - great action shots!

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  13. That sunrise is jaw-dropping beautiful.You get some of the best shots.

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  14. Wow! You got some amazing photos Anni. That sunrise is just gorgeous and I love the dolphin shots too.

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    1. The day was beautiful! Thsnks Mari.

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  15. Living in land I'm amazed at Marine life.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Dolphins are favored by the majority, I think.

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  16. Wow - gorgeous sky shots!

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  17. Magnificent sunrise photos and the dolphin is magical. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Either your website has changed or I've got the wrong glasses. My usual glasses are filled with whisky.

    God bless.

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    1. Note to self: somehow, some way...your usual glasses must be cleaned to use again.

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  19. Beautiful pictures

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    1. Thanks...I miss you posting on your blog! How are you?

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  20. I admire your ability to get out and about to enjoy the sunrise. The photos are gorgeous.

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  21. Your photos are awesome, Anni! I love the ones of the dolphin and that regal bird perched on the box. :-)

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  22. Deja Vu is like seeing the same thing again. Or is my memory failing. I often go upstairs to the bathroom only to discover I live in a bungalow.

    God bless.

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    1. Yep...'sam ting' today as yesterday. At least your upstairs bathroom is air-filtered!!

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  23. magnificent.. loved the dolphin...amazing creatures who seem to enjoy life so much...

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    1. They do enjoy what they do. I swear, sometimes, close-up, they come across smiling!!

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  24. Oh my word what a gorgeous sunrise....
    I'm sure I'd faint if I saw dolphins playing like this.
    Wow Wow
    Hugs Cecilia

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    1. When I'm there, I usually stop & search for 'em at the ships' bows.

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