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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




Misc....

A photograph continuation of the morning at the harbor...


At Paradise Pond, a reflection of a Little Green Heron on the water's surface, and two brown pelicans on a highly damaged pier [from last year's hurricane]


A Pirate Ship [will go out in the harbor for a dinner cruise] and part of the channel

The Port A Harbor and a Great Egret on an observation tower.




All over town of the little area called Port Aransas, as you walk or drive the streets [both business and residential areas], you no doubt will notice these little boat replicas made into planters...if you don't know the history behind them, you will now...They are replicas of the actual tarpon fishing boats first designed and built in Port Aransas over 100 years ago.  And it's my understanding that the Farley Boatbuilding Works has been re-established in 2011.  Here are a few I've spotted here and there....








Charles Frederick ("Fred") Farley, a master craftsman, was living in Birmingham, Alabama, when he learned from his brother that the guides of Port Aransas needed boats to satisfy the great demand for tarpon fishing. Fred traveled to the Gulf Coast with his three brothers where they designed and built utility boats, lighthouses, and ornate bars. Eventually, Fred settled down in Port Aransas, with his son and began designing and building boats. They established Farley and Son, Boat Builders, in 1915.

source: Wikipedia

28 comments :

  1. I love the little boats! Each one is so different and artistic. My favorites are the one with the white wing, and the one with the moon. The pirate boat is so cool!! Have you ever been on it? Your Green Heron reflection is so good that when I first saw it, I thought he was hanging upside down! A beautiful new header; this time an owl in blue!

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    1. I haven't dined on the pirate ship yet.

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  2. Those little boats are pretty cool. I like the plain ones with just the little statue sitting in them fishing but I also like the looks of the one with the pelicans and the one with the wolf.
    We have a pirate ship like that here. I've seen it but never been on it.

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  3. very interesting, the story of the Farley boats. I love them as planters and I am wondering just how big the real ones were or if these are the size they were...oops just remembered you said replicas. silly me. I love them as planters.. we have a similar pirate ship in tampa, for crusies and birthday parties

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    1. Tarpon are big...fishermen are big...bigger boat ... lol

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  4. I always learn something from you, Anni. Very interesting story about these boats. I especially like the picture you shared of the egret, too. :-)

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    1. That area where the egret was is being worked on...finally...from the hurricane damages.

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  5. Those boats are sure darling. I admire those who can take odds and ends then making lovely yard decoration.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Some of them I shared really need to be repainted tho.

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  6. Those little boats make beautiful planters.

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  7. That Egret is such a regal looking bird! I love the little boats all over town!

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  8. Lovely boats. What a great idea.

    God bless.

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    1. IF they are kept in good condition I like 'em.

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  9. Unique to say the least!! Thanks for the history...have a wonderful day.. :)

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    1. Some great work, yet...some, not so much.

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  10. Good lesson for today. Love the little boats, especially the first one with the child fishing.

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    1. I like that one too...and the orange one, with the anchor

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  11. Lovely photos and history. Thanks, Anni. We saw a young Red Headed Woodpecker here in the backyard this week and watched him go from feeder to tree for quite a while. The next day we saw an adult. These are rare sightings and a blessing always. The youth still has a grey head, the adults have a solid red one. Until we moved here to this home in 2008, I had never seen one in my lifetime.

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    1. Did you get pictures of the woodpeckers?

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  12. Wonderful bird shots.

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  13. As always you have wonderful photos! I really love the reflection! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  14. Love those little boats

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  15. Love those little boats. Thanks for posting them.

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