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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



Naval Air Station....nearby

I went out along Ocean Drive and ended up walking along the shore. It was a day like I've NEVER seen before. The bay was like a millpond. Absolutely void of any wave action. Not a ripple on the water's surface.  Now we all know, from our elementary science class, that the moon and the earth's movement makes the ocean wave action and tides....it was like the end of the world that afternoon.  Eerie.   As I trekked along the rocky shore, this is what I saw. Pay attention to the glass-like views of the bay!!!

If you'd care to see where there is LOTS of wave action and surf in the same area, click here




...was a storm brewing out there beyond my sight?  The tide was in because no sandy beach was showing.  The clouds at the horizon were heavy. But the Navy Pilots were still up and training. Notice in the cloud, the dark spot? And, through the plant growth, you may miss it...look closer, a plane. That is a trainer...

By the way, once a trainer passes their flight time at NAS Corpus Christi, they then move to NAS Kingsville and train on jets...eventually learning to land on aircraft carriers.  [or so I was told]



...at the edge, among the pebbles, a wild sponge floated ashore...



After getting my step total in for the day, I got back in the car and turned around on the road back the way I came. Driving about 100 yards or so, I almost hit a Royal Tern....laying, like it was in shock. I pulled over after swerving to avoid hitting it with my tires, and stopped. Perhaps, I thought "It flew in front of a vehicle, and was stunned". I talked with it, it blinked, it was still alive. Instead of leaving it there in the middle of the road, I picked it up gently and moved it off the road, laying it on a green patch of seaweed. I petted its head, said "I hope you'll be okay little fella", and left it there. Better than having it crushed under a car!!!! If it were dying, at least it will not suffer any more pain that it already had. The next morning, Bud and I drove back and checked it out....no corpse, no sign...hopefully it did well after a brief rest on the cool seaweed and took off to fly another day.



22 comments :

  1. Hm wonder what the reason for the stillness of the water was.
    I've never seen a wild sponge before. Interesting.
    You did your good dead for the day with the Tern.

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    1. I'm sure there's a logical reason but I wouldn't have a clue.

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  2. i hope the tern was ok, and believe it was... we had a bird hit our picture window and it was stunned, but flew off after a few minutes. glad you moved it to a safe place to rest. wow on the difference in the waves and rocks and no waves and rocks.. it is erie looking flat like that. hope it was not the calm before the storm... I have not seen a sponge here, but they do have them, I have heard of people diving for them

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    1. Never got ANY stormy weather.

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  3. Thank for your kindness with that stunned tern. I'm also hoping he's okay. And that water is so glassy that I can see why you thought it was the end of the world! :-)

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  4. Impressive pictures and gesture.

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  5. Poor tern, I wonder what happened to it. These rock formations look unreal! What a strange and interesting day you had!

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    1. I just hope it was only stunned & could fly/survive afterward.

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  6. Awww! That was mighty kind of you.

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  7. We haven't had clouds like that...we could use a good rain storm although no lightening.
    Coffee is in

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    1. It hasn't rained here for quite a while.

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  8. Aww - glad you helped that bird and I hope he recuperated!

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  9. Any idea what the fisherman was fishing for? In other words... what kind of fish are available...seems he was just standing in the water which looked a bit odd..but what do I know-- your neck of the woods!!

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    1. Well, for one, I've seen bass on the end of fishing lines...who knows what lurks in those waters. And as for 'just standing there'...that's par for the course...move around & you'll scare the fish away!

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  10. Such enjoyable photos as always! Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

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