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The Sea Wall

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Friday morning, I left home with the outdoor temperature hovering in the mid 70s. I found myself at the seawall. I didn't want to go to the islands...again. I didn't want to go to Indian Point Park or Sunset Lakes...the new harbor bridge construction has the interstate and Portland highway in construction turmoil! I didn't want to go far. 'Cause I figured by the time I got my walking in, the heat would be my own personal enemy. Needless to say, I surmised, if I walked the seawall, at least there'd be a morning breeze coming off the bay...Not on your life! It was so sitll and humid.  Not a lick of air moving. I couldn't have been more wrong. But walked anyway, I did. Not far. Only 2.5 miles of my usual 5 miles. After walking, I stopped and watched the shrimp boats. They were out in droves, so to speak. And I love everything about them [altho you wouldn't catch me on one since they're so ratty-looking; as if they'll spring a leak in the

Nature Nearby...

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So far this week, I've been staying closer to home during the day. On Tuesday, after Memorial Day weekend I drove to Port A and walked, and enjoyed the day 'til it got too hot for me. I took photos of birds, of course, and ships on the channel. Also I was able to capture some dolphins in the channel guiding the cargo ship out to sea.  Those photos are not off the camera card yet, so it'll be a few days before I get them posted. Wednesday, I cleaned house and did a long time coming job...dusting and waxing furniture and window sills.  Thursday, we stayed home throughout the day; I mowed and  Bud edged the yards.  So, for this post I just picked random photos from my monthly folders of the more general of nature's finest to share... Sunrise at the Audubon Sanctuary [same day, different locale] Water Lily at the Wetlands Park Trail Tree fungus...I thought it was beautiful! Mexican Bird of Paradise in our back yard --with a wasp.  I hate wasps.  Got stu

I Can Dream of the Old Days...Life Was Beautiful Then...

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Do you like ballet? Do you enjoy musicals? Perhaps you enjoy movies that are a bit different than the action figure come-to-life genre that is so popular these days. It was too hot to go out, so I finished my household chores and sat down and watched a movie that I had seen in the theater a few months back, which came out on DVD recently. I love the story CATS which is based on T. S. Eliot's 1939 poetry book Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, with the songs in the Broadway musical consisting of Eliot's verse set to music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. This version is enjoyable, tho it didn't do well at the box office, at first [when I saw it at the theater] I was kinda disappointed. Then, afterward, when I got home, the more I thought about it, the more I liked it.   Ballet is more of an 'acquired taste' I guess. I like ballet and even opera if I can understand what's going on... The animated costumes for one. How the art-costume direction got worked o

Laguna Madre

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I hadn't planned on posting a blog today...the weather predictions called for heavy rain on Monday. I figured I would just sleep in later than my norm. Today is Monday, and the storms came through like clockwork! The loud clapping of thunder and the bright lightning flashes woke me up shortly after midnight and I have been awake since shortly after midnight. It's going on 4:30 now...maybe I can hit the hay again and sleep a bit more. But, first I thought I'd make an unplanned blog. Well, it's a bit unplanned. I had in mind to continue my morning on Padre Island, but not this soon. Needless to say, this is the rest of the morning after walking the beach. I then, drove and walked Bird Basin [still within the park grounds] at Laguna Madre. In search of any of the endangered plovers while walking the mudflats. I found a couple, both the same species, but I will save those photos for my bird photography blog someday soon. Here are a few of my photos: T

PINS

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What I started to blog about Thursday didn't get done because of the Terrorist scare on the Naval Base. So, I will begin with this. My Day Trippin' to Padre Island National Seashore. Remember this is a federal park ...there is an entrance fee [unless you're a senior]. It's about 30-35 miles from my home, and the Park Road is through the grasslands between the Gulf of Mexico's dunes and Laguna Madre(pronounced Lah GOO nah MAH dray)-[part of the intercoastal waterway]. I drove through the park gate, which didn't have any park ranger there at that hour, and drove through the park as far as a passenger car can go to the end of the road that takes you over the sandy beaches. On the beach you can park your vehicle and get out and walk the shore. It was shortly past sunrise when I began my 10000 steps [five mile] walk, so a lot of photos can seem dark and birds silhouetted.  By the way, this is the park where each summer they have several days of baby turtle rel

Terrorist attack!!

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Around 5:30 on Thursday morning, I decided to drive to Padre Island National Seashore [Federal park]. I left home shortly after 6 am, and was on the freeway about half way between home and the suburb of Flour Bluff, just a few miles from the JFK causeway over Humble Channel and the intercoastal waterway. Anyway, still before the sun broke from the horizon, my rear view mirror showed a lot of flashing lights. What was all this about? A big car accident in front of me? Didn't know...but the cops were breaking the speed limit [I estimate 75-80MPH]; something "Big is Going Down!" ...and they kept coming. First 6, then 8. Eventually more came up behind me from the ramps to enter the freeway!! Wow. I could follow the lights way ahead of me for miles...then, when I finally did get to Flour Bluff, they disappeared. I figured a bank robbery or maybe a domestic trauma. It never dawned on me that the vulnerable Navy Base [NASCC] was where they were headed! Afterall

Riverwalk

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A walk along the river on Tuesday Morning. It was a beautiful day. Gentle breeze, half way cooling the air. Partly sunny, deep blue sky, puffy white clouds, lots of birdsong! I accomplished walking five miles around the park. Also, walking behind the park road, toward the water treatment plant, I spotted a beautiful, yellow billed cuckoo bird...they're endangered in some states, and a very elusive, quiet species. And it posed for me after I followed its flight pattern in the shrubbery!!  [ 2nd photo is for Ann --- this is the lime green bark of the Palo Verde tree ]  The third photo from the top is a couple of fishermen putting their boat in the river. Heat index is pretty hot and sticky the last few days.  Real time temp in the high nineties!  And heat index in the 105-119 degrees in south Coastal Texas!!!  Predictions for holiday weekend and early next week, rain and a bit cooler.  Sigh of relief!!!!