Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Sunshine and Blue Skies (Corpus Christie, TX)

And it feels sooo good!  It has warmed up to jacket weather.  The sun is out.  Beautiful blue skies with fluffy white clouds.  The smell of saltwater and the sounds of many birds calling to each other.  Who could ask for more?  Sigh!  This is wonderful!
Padre Island
During the bad weather, we did a little exploring of the coastal area.  We drove from Padre Island to Mustang Island to Aransas Pass to Rockport and of course, around Corpus Christie.  I did  not take many photos. We are moving to Rockport on Wednesday.  We plan to stay for a month so I will probably fill up my next post with more harbor scenes and bird photos
I have been sleeping in because...well, why not?...the motorhome's cold and the mornings have been dark and dreary.  But, not this time.  For once, the sun was peeking through the curtains and there was no sound of rain or wind..hmmm...time to check it out.  It is a good thing we got up early because Dan would not have seen this gorgeous sunrise.  As soon as he showed it to me, I was dressed and out the door!
Sunrise over Mustang Island
There are large groups of jackrabbits hanging around both campgrounds.  They stay close to the rigs for shelter, so it is not unusual to look out our window to see 4 to 5 rabbits sitting nearby.
The Naval Base campground is split in two.  Both areas are located near the bay.  We have a nice view of the bay from our windows.  From the boat launch/dock area, we can see the bridge to Padre Island and Mustang Island.  
We have been making up for two months of lost outdoor time in the last five days. The cats are outside at least once a day.  They start begging to go out around 10 am.  In the afternoons, they pretend they have not been outside and start begging again.  What a bunch of smarty-cats!
We have been going for walks twice a day.  There are several docks and jettys to explore along with walking between the two campgrounds.  We spend quite a bit of time looking for birds as well as enjoying the views.  I kept missing some great photos ops so I had to start carrying my camera on our walks.

Here are a few of the coastal birds we have been seeing on our walks.  I never tire of watching the Great Blue Herons and the Great White Egrets.
Great Blue Heron
This little guy was not nervous around me while I took his photos.  He was too busy hunting.

Plenty of Brown Pelicans flying around this area.  We have seen White Pelicans, but they have not been in a good area for me to get photos of them.
In-sync Pelicans ~ 1-and-2-and-3.....
During one of our first walks, Dan spotted these guys near the marsh area.  We were able to get a little closer before they started looking nervous.
This one was close to the road so I was able to get a good close-up of him.  This is our first sighting of this kind of Heron.
Black-crowned Night Heron
Okay, one more photo before I go....
Lesser Yellowlegs fishing for dinner
Travel day tomorrow so I need to start prepping for moving then it is time for some sewing.
Happy Quilting!


  1. One of my cub scouts grabbed a wonderful photo of a Black Crowned Night Heron on our nature walk Saturday. Today we have the cold, grey, and miserable so I now know where our lovely blue skies went. Enjoy!

  2. Dear Sandy, thank you for visiting my blog and commenting, I was very pleased. And - as always - thank you for sharing your travel stories and beautiful photos. I am a bit jealous that you see so many wildlife on your trips; I need to find a way to leave the city more often and to walk in the countryside without a haste. Then I might be able to see some beautiful birds and animals, too. The blue heron is gorgeous and the pelicans are flying in such a perfect and coordinated harmony. And I just love the Lesser Yellowlegs!

    1. Thanks Eugenie, I will try to visit more often.
      I hope you get to the countryside this year. It is a wonderful feeling to watch wildlife in their natural habitat and even better getting photos of them.


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