Beaches and Oceans

Enjoys Long Walks On The Beach...

This is the first birthday I've ever woke up and walked across the street for a walk on the beach.  

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I love it.  Even with an overcast sunrise.  We did catch a sunrise by 8 when we went out and went swimming.  Yes, we were swimming in the chilly sea by 8 am like little kids.  I was sunburnt enough (from a Friday afternoon nap on the beach) that the water wasn't cold to me. 

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Hub took over the camera for a while on Friday evening.  Here I am, the older I get the more I like photographs featuring my "good side."  

Portuguese Man of War (1 of 1)
These images were shot last Friday and Saturday along the beaches of Galveston Island. A Portuguese Man O' War from an early Saturday morning walk along the beach.  An attempt to capture a ocean sunrise, which failed due to cloud cover. 

Shells on Galveston Island (1 of 1)
So, I started this page three  years ago in May of 2010.  Since beginning this page I've been to the Texas beaches four times, I've enjoyed each trip. 

Shell on Galveston Island (1 of 1)
What do I like about photography?  I like that I can manipulate and image and make you, the viewer see a better image than I shot.  I like creating beauty out of a place if you had a full view of you wouldn't see the beauty.  Taking the mundane and making it stand out. 

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It's a strange feeling to have completed a long term goal.  I'm adjusting to the emptiness that is left behind. 

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Flowers in the sand.  I walked the beach prior to leaving Galveston for the sunburnt, sore trip home from the relaxing weekend on the beach.  

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Sometimes the little things matter a lot.  I wonder why people don't take the time to notice the little beautiful things in the world.  

Flower on Galveston Island (1 of 1)
But despite the beauty of the wildflowers that you can find everywhere in May...

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I like driving to the east end of the island to watch the ships go into port.  Here are some Galveston Images from November of 2010.  And a few from Padre Island .

Driftwood (1 of 1)
One last photo of driftwood. I have more photos but that is all for now.  Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend everyone.  

Galveston Getaway Part One

So what better thing to do after a tiring weekend finishing graduate school and a crazy three days of graduation ceremonies than to head to the beach for a relaxing weekend.  Except weekend getaways are usually anything but "relaxing."  They are expensive and tiring, but well worth it.  Just my husband and I on this weekend trip.  We almost went to Missouri but the allure of the coastal waters was too much. 

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I struggle to take my children to the beach because my neurotic motherly instincts.  So, this was pretty much my idea of a perfect vacation.  The following photos were all taken Friday May 17th. 

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As soon as we checked into our hotel we headed out for a walk on the beach.  It was kind of cloudy and cool outside.  

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He's busy walking in the waves, but not for long.  

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I took a turn walking in the waves and then it was time to head back to the room and get ready for an afternoon on the beach. 

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After the gulls came to visit us on the balcony we headed back to the beach.  I grew up on the northern plains, our vacations were always trips to visit Grandma in Oklahoma.  We didn't go to places with the ocean or beaches.  The first time I ever got to see the ocean was in 2004 on a trip to Disneyland.  So, I've had less than 10 years of visiting the coast in my life.  

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That's all for now.  I love the coast, whether it is Galveston, Padre or Biloxi. I would love to live closer to the ocean, not sure how I feel about hurricanes though.  But there is no better treat than being able to absorb into your senses the sound, smell and feel of the ocean and the beach.  The waves washing over your body pulling you out and pushing you back into the shore, the smell of the aquatic life, the gritty sand and the taste of the salt in the water. It is a sensory experience that far supercedes almost any other in this life, there is a reason people have been, for centuries compelled to go to sea.  




Kayaking at Fuqua Again

Yesterday was even warmer so we took the Kayak out again.   Fun. 

Ready to Kayak_
I love the new lens...can't you tell.   The angles are so wide, even with the round distortion.  

Dragging the Kayak
No, I'm not helping to carry it...I'm just watching. I did on the return trip. 

Look what I found
Look Mom...  

Look mom a shell

Justin getting into Kayak
Justin loves it.  I think its fun.  Now we have two paddles.  Hub spent his Christmas Giftcard from my brother on another oar.   Thanks Steve.  

Ray and Justin rowing on the lake.  

Kayak on Fuqua with Ray and Justin
on the lake.  

Justin demanded to be in the back and decided that he couldn't they switched.  

Changing seats

They are lucky they didn't go wading...

Me and Justin on Fuqua
I went rowing for a while... 

Leaving Fuqua
Time to go home, so we went for a walk so Justin could look for shells...  

How not to do photography
So, I started to chase Justin to take his picture..he started running in a circle around his Dad, I had my camera to my face.  I ran right into Ray with the camera at my face and hurt my nose. Lesson learned.  He thought it was hilarious.   

The Lost Vacation Photos

Lost in my computer, the ghost in my machine, these images have sat untouched all summer. I knew they were there, but I didn't take the time to find them or edit them.  They are from our family vacation to Quintana Beach, near Lake Jackson, Texas.   June seems so long ago, yet the heat has not let up in this misery that is Oklahoma.  We are still spending ourtime indoors and worshipping the air conditioners, because the sun pelts down its misery day after neverending day of 100 degree heat.  Over 80 days we've been subjugated to this steady baking by the sun.  


Going Fishing Quintana Beach dark filter (1 of 1)
Going fishing. I loved watching the ships come in and out to sea.  

Little boy big ship (1 of 1)
Before I entered the digital era, I would buy those throw away cameras, and lose them. I would neglect to get film developed.  Occasionally I would develop a role of film that was two years old.  We would lose cheap 35mm cameras and those memories too were lost.   They are sitting in a drawer somewhere in storage, undeveloped memories of my children's childhood.  Undeveloped, negative spaces.   

Little boy big ship 2 (1 of 1)
Such a little boy, and such a big ship.  Its amazing to see these monsters of the sea come floating into port and bringing their goods from around the world, or perhaps picking up goods from America to take to the world.   How important is our ocean, it has been the means of the Global Economy, supply and demand.   Our interconnected world has been connected by these great ships, and spinning their world wide web around the globe for centuries. 

Wood (1 of 1)
I wonder where this driftwood came from?   

Beautiful Driftwood (1 of 1)

“Sponges grow in the ocean. That just 'gets' me. I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be if that didn't happen.”--Stephen Wright 

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Fish, also known as bait, dead and drying on the jetty.   

Fishing Umbrella (1 of 1)
The sea has never been friendly to man.  At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.  ~Joseph Conrad

Fishing Boy on the Jetty (1 of 1) 

I hate to be near the sea, and to hear it raging and roaring like a wild beast in its den.  It puts me in mind of the everlasting efforts of the human mind, struggling to be free and ending just where it began.  ~William Hazlitt

Joy in Galveston  (1 of 1)
The only photo of myself from this vacation...  taken at Galveston beach.  I spent more time swimming than photographing on this trip.  Given the choice of photography or being in the ocean, I will choose the water everytime.   

Joy in Sand Filter (1 of 1)

I find myself at the extremity of a long beach.  How gladly does the spirit leap forth, and suddenly enlarge its sense of being to the full extent of the broad, blue, sunny deep!  A greeting and a homage to the Sea!  I descend over its margin, and dip my hand into the wave that meets me, and bathe my brow.  That far-resounding roar is the Ocean's voice of welcome.  His salt breath brings a blessing along with it.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, "Foot-prints on the Sea-shore"

Sand and Sea

The following photos were taken on the South Texas coast the first week of June

Texas Sunrise (1 of 1)
You can fall in love at first sight with a place as with a person.  ~Alec Waugh

Dock at Quintana (1 of 1)
How hard it is to escape from places.  However carefully one goes they hold you - you leave little bits of yourself fluttering on the fences - like rags and shreds of your very life.  ~Katherine Mansfield

Magical Sunrise (1 of 1)
The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

Dole Ship at Freeport TX (1 of 1)
Wouldn't it be amazing to travel around the world on a ship?  

What you've done becomes the judge of what you're going to do - especially in other people's minds.  When you're traveling, you are what you are right there and then.  People don't have your past to hold against you.  No yesterdays on the road.  ~William Least Heat Moon, Blue Highways
Joy in Sand Filter (1 of 1)

“The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”--Jacques Cousteau

Summer Vacation

Some images from our week long camping trip to the South Texas coast... 

Justin and the gulls...

Amanda on the beach (1 of 1)
My pretty Sister-in-Law Amanda on the beach and her lil' Miss. 

Justin on the Jetty  (1 of 1)
Justin on this huge piece of driftwood on the jetty. Showing the power of little boy. 

LNG Sunset (1 of 1)
We camped in an industrial area, just behind the campground at   Quintana is Freeport, where the dow chemical plant is located, also two huge tanks for LNG, here are the cooling fans for the LNG plant.   Industrial sunset.... 

Sunset in Quintana (1 of 1)
The emotions that the image of a palm tree and a setting sun evoke...the eternal holiday, the sun setting through the tropical tree.  While in the background you find industry.  Industry that makes our modern life what it is. 

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An industrial sunset...

Camping 2011 (1 of 1)
Camping... 2011, teenager style.  The only shot of all three of my children together.  Primitive camping, no electricity, no water...but a bathroom/shower/laundry nearby... and of course free wifi. Only in 2011, do we have free wifi and no electricity to our campsite.   

Early Morning Jetty (1 of 1)
Early morning on the jetty.  I got up before 6 on Friday to capture the sunrise on the beach, here is a shot of a  ship going to sea from the jetty at Quintana Texas. 

Sunrise on the Gulf (1 of 1)
Sunrise on Quintana beach Friday, soon after this photo was taken we packed up to head home.  


Gulf Holiday

So we are on vacation at the Gulf of Mexico...  Here are a couple of images from our first day.  

Ali on beach
My little neice on the beach.  Life is so much better when you are seven.  

Ali fishing on beach
These are from our first day.  I didn't photograph yesterday as I was on vacation..and in the ocean...  so nice.  Except for the sunburn I now have..on many important places of my being.  

Ray Fishing
My husband fishing...

Quintana beach
Quintana beach - a county park south of Galveston. 

Ali on the ocean
First time to see the ocean... she's a little Kansas girl.  

Galveston and Texas City

Here are a few more images from my trip to Galveston and some from the bay in Texas City.  

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Shipwreck...well boat wreck, not quite a ship but the closest I've ever witnessed in the Ocean. 

Broken dock
Broken.... torn apart by Ike. 

Ray on the Beach
My husband on the beach....  looking nice. 

Sunset on the Beach Galveston
We had finished with the aquarium and I didn't think we'd make it back across the island to "catch the sunset" one thing I truly enjoy about photography is the sunset.  And being the landlocked girl that I am, a sunset on a beach is like a dream.  Being on a beach is like a dream.  The sound of the Ocean just draws me in and I can't wait to go back to the gulf.  In fact I used to wonder why people wanted to live on the gulf, because of hurricanes I thought they were all crazy.  Me, living in a trailer house in tornado alley thought that people living in the path of hurricanes were crazy.  It makes a lot of sense doesn't it?  But, the sound of the waves on the beach is one of my favorite things in the world. I love it.  

Beach Sunset Galveston TX


The Moody Gardens Aquarium in Galveston

Texas, yes I'm posting about Texas.  Merely a river away from Oklahoma and so many places to go.  You can get to Galveston in a day and experience the historic island.  While in Galveston a couple of weeks ago we visited the Moody Gardens Aquarium, and happened to stop by on the day Santa was parachuting into the Gardens, we didn't stay for Santa's arrival but despite the Palm Trees, the crowd was in a festive mood waiting on the jolly one to arrive.  

Moody Gardens Aquarium
It is the big pyramid on the island.  We didn't visit everything Moody Gardens had to offer, I guess we have some left for the next time we visit. 

Moody Gardens Christmas Tree
This is the second time in my life I've been to an aquarium, but it was the first time that I've ever seen real, live penguins.  So that was my favorite part of the aquarium.  

Aren't they cute with their little "happy feet" ?

Fishy Kissy
Little fishy with the kissy kissy face (I don't do scientific names).  

Fishies Moody Gardens

Jaws..  the shark tank that you can walk through. 

Stone Fish
Do you see this little guy?  I don't think its wise to step on him. 

Starfish, using some different effects with this photo.