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Texas and Sand Barrier Islands

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click Macro button to join From the unattractive yet beautiful in their own way...the prickly seed pods explode!! Winter kill remnants of a wildflower on the barrier island, comes in Springtime---- ---a timely and graceful lemony yellow blossom - - -<><><>- - - MONDAY MORSELS When you read portions of my blog and I mention that Bud and I drive to the island, mainly I'm referring to Padre Island . Now, on OUR section of the island we don't have the resort areas that SOUTH Padre Island has [our area is more residential and less commercial], but it's still a continuation of the very same island. SOUTH is nearly at the Old Mexico borders...near the city of Brownsville, Texas some 160+ miles from where I live in Corpus Christi. In fact, to us locals [and others]; we tend to differentiate our portion of the same island as NORTH Padre Island. But again, it's the same island as in Brownsville, Texas. The 'great sand dunes

In the misty mornings---

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[CLICK BUTTON TO JOIN] SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY Above the garage door there always seems to be an attraction for a certain butterfly...it's always flitting around --- [actually, it's one Bud cut out of a large piece of particle board and I painted. Then, we attached it next to our house numbers] Anyway, the other day when I pulled in, I saw a very faint shadow and clicked my cellphone as pulling in to park. - - -<><><>- - - SUNDAY'S SUMMARY We've had a busy week. Not too much accomplished, but the days zipped by none-the-less. Three mornings last week, we had some of my favorite weather...the weather VERY early, that is. FoG!! And thick fog!! I so love this. The whole world seems to come to a stand still in the silence of it all. And of course, my first thought is getting photos. But I love to get photos of fog when I'm around water. The closest place to our home is Lakeside Park. There is a small pond that attracts ducks and

Sorry 'bout the poo in the powder blue!! But...

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[click to join] CAMERA CRITTERS ...with the camera's zoom it picks up just about anything and everything. While driving back from Padre Island this past Thursday morning ---there is a particular area on the causeway where an osprey is occasionally seen. Thursday it was perched on the street light as I rounded a curve. I pulled over and took the camera out and looked through the windshield and snapped away. So, it's a bit blurred [that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it] ---anyway it will be a bit more clear if you embiggen it. If I woulda pulled up alongside him and opened my window he would have been flying off by the time I focused. - - -<><><>- - - WEEKEND FUNNIES THIS IS TRUE!!!! In... Texarkana [on the border of Texas and Arkansas] Owners of horses may not ride them at night without tail lights In... Houston Texas Beer may not be purchased after midnight on a Sunday, but it may be purchased on Monday. In... the entire stat

Great Balls of Fire!! It's RHETT!!....

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...and Scarlet CLICK EITHER BUTTON to join A couple weeks ago I had mentioned that Bud also gave me another gift being that Valentine's Day and my birthday are so close together in February. Well, I showed you the heart necklace that he went back to get and I said I'd show you the other gift. He had found a pair of water glasses with GWTW theme! I was thrilled. [also shown here - the last photo - are some of my GWTW 'treasures']

Clara...the pink hippo----

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Click button to Join ... a meme where you match photos to song lyrics I thought love was only true in fairy tales. Meant for someone else but not for me. Love was out to get me; that's the way it seemed. Disappointment haunted all my dreams. Then I saw her face, Now I'm a believer. Without a trace of doubt in my mind. I'm in love, I'm a believer, I couldn't leave her if I tried. I thought love was more or less a given thing. It seems the more I gave the less I got. What's the use of trying; all you get is pain. When I needed sunshine... I got rain! Then I saw her face Now I'm a believer. Without a trace of doubt in my mind. I'm in love, I'm a believer, I couldn't leave her if I tried. Love was out to get me. That's the way it seemed. Disappointment haunted all my dreams... Then I saw her face. Now I'm a believer. Without a trace of doubt in my mind. I'm in love, I'm a believer, I couldn't leave

"Incoming"!!! [focusing on one boulder]

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Click either button to Join Last week, on Thursday to be exact, the surf was a bit wild. Just a bit. Nothing compared to the summer waves when a storm is out in the Gulf, but it was still filled with some torrent of motion. While walking out on the jetty by the boat canal, I tried to focus on one boulder [the boulder is about the size of a semi-truck cab] so I could show you the action--- --- Oh, and when we walked to the very end of the jetty that juts out to sea, there was some action of swimmers also [photo isn't too clear; it's VERY difficult to time the shutter with them coming for air, and knowing just WHERE they'll come up at any particular time!!] We saw about 10 dolphins and a couple of those ten were calves [baby dolphins] --the black 'dot' behind the larger dolphin is one of the babies, and the larger, of course, is the momma...

Mommas, yep, but I didn't see any Papas!!!

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Click button to join FOLLOW ME TUESDAY linked button on SIDEBAR!! Yesterday, we went driving around the Mustang Island, bird watching. We, of course, ended up around Port A [Port Aransas] and Aransas Pass [the area with the vehicle ferry boats to transport us over the ship's channel]. Anyway....we got to a favorite bird watching spot for us, the Paradise Ponds. Tho the vegetation was yet quite a bit into winter kill, it was still a fantastic hour we spent there----there was quite a lot of heron activity yesterday. ONE was busy collecting tree branches [yes, BRANCHES] for nest building., while others were either foraging for foods or nesting already, high in the trees. Tho the nest of the one heron that was building, was clear on the other side of the tree line [invisible to us on the pond side]...she did come down and back out into the open to collect branches. I think I happened to get some incredible photos of her. This one photo on the right, in particular, just

HELP! Anyone know this ...is it coral?

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click Macro button to join MACRO MONDAY On the beach, I think I found a piece of coral. And researching the species of corals online...I am not totally sure---if anyone KNOWS the kind it is, please let me in on it!! Anyway, the macros are truly MACRO because of the fact it is a SMALL piece... I can hold the tiny piece in my fingers. As you'll see below. Okay, so the closest I could come to by reading different sites is that it's either coral OR anemones. LOL I also read that there are indeed coral beds in the Gulf, around Texas...near Galveston. Perhaps, in my imagination, this got washed a couple hundred miles along the sea to Corpus? Did it come from Galveston? Probably not, since the currents don't come in my direction from Galveston, Texas...this is no doubt from the Old Mexico peninsula or maybe around Monterey? - - -<><><>- - - MONDAY MORSELS Oh, and for my next trick!-------you see by viewing with me through my ca