“We sit in the mud…and reach for the stars.” ~ Ivan Turgenev
Twenty years together is a milestone for a married couple, but it seems like yesterday that he and I made the transition from friends to lovers. Where does the time go? Oh yeah. I forgot about the four kids we threw into the mix. That really eats into the daytime hours.
The first week of October in Houston, coupled with even the slightest drop in temperature (woke up to 58, a high of 82 today!), gets us itching for one of two things: camping or beach going. As it may be another month before the mosquitoes will even allow us to camp comfortably (i.e., they are completely gone), we opted for the beach instead. The kids, of course, couldn’t wait to put their little toes in the
Mississippi silt Galveston sand. Mom and Dad had other plans; we wanted a few fall migratory birds for our list.
When hitting the coast of Texas, we always start at LaFitte’s Cove and end at the beach, just like the last time we were there. If you know kids at all, you don’t need me to explain why we do it in just that order. (I’ll give you a hint: my sanity.) By October, we are already beach-going veterans.
We began by braving the marsh mosquitoes. The American Redstart, Nashville Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and Gray Catbird didn’t seem to mind them at all, and they greeted us at the watering hole when we arrived. We already logged these guys some time back during the spring migration, but I took some snapshots with the long lens anyway, slapping and smacking biting flies in between.
Wilson’s Warbler, in particular, was just too cute for words. The lighting was low which makes for mediocre photos, and since I don’t post-process, photos of all these cutie pies will be just for me. The kids, however, spotted and ID’d a few new ones for us before we
ran for our lives left:
- (229) White-eyed Vireo
- (230) Magnolia Warbler
- (231) Eastern Wood Pewee
- (232) Common Tern (at the beach)
We are now pushing towards a new goal of 250 by year’s end. Go have a look at our growing list!
Galveston Beach was oddly…clean. Normally, there is a fair amount of debris washed ashore, the water tinged with the blackened silt brought over from the mouth of the Mississippi River. It made for a pretty shot, even in the midday sun.
The kids were immediately enamored with the mud-like sand near the water as they ran off to the water’s edge. It clings to the body — and everything else in general — as you can see here. At least there was no seaweed.
And to think we had just washed and vacuumed the vehicle yesterday.
We spent most of our down time from the chairs in the shade, watching the kids boogie board in the surf and the squadrons of Brown Pelicans, terns, and gulls through field lenses dive and fish in the near distance.
All we needed was a sunset. Not staying long enough, we settled instead for the promise of 20 more years together. If the day is any indication, we are already off to a great start.
In reverence of beaches, I added another album to DirtNKids’s SmugMug, where all the photos of DirtNKids now live. It can be accessed via the photos page or by clicking on the photo below. In it are a few of my favorite beach shots from around the states.
Click the photo to view “Beaches” on SmugMug
What’s your favorite beach spot?