“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach — waiting for a gift from the sea.” ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh
After nearly eight years of blogging, two other WordPress bloggers — Steve of PortraitsOfWildflowers and Linda of Lagniappe — and I took advantage of an NPSoT event in south Houston to work out a plan for us all to meet in person. When it was suggested we do it along the coast, Scott and I could find no good reason not to. It is the coast, after all.
We started at the Kelly Hamby Nature Trail and meandered the beach and boardwalk in search of wildflowers, birds, shells, and generally anything coastal and nature-y. The chatting was non-stop in between stopping and shooting (that’s what photographers do!) and occasionally discussing which species was what and where. The American Oystercatcher and Piping Plover were pleasantly present, as the automobiles, loose dogs, and rambunctious teens were all pleasantly absent.
The normally huge and voracious dune flies and mosquitoes were minimal (so long as you didn’t stand in one place for too long), and the gentle steady breeze off the ocean helped keep the early autumn heat from being too sweltering. The temperature had just dropped into the high 80’s, but it still felt like the 90’s with the sun beating down late morning.
With another cool front looming out ahead, Scott and I broke away to see who in feathers might still be hanging around the oak canopies of LaFitte’s Cove before a final migration push southward. While Steve, Eve, and Linda finished their coastal outing in the comfort of an air-conditioned automobile at Brazoria NWR, Scott and I braved the mosquitoes instead, adding another life bird as a bonus — Black-throated Blue Warbler. We were surprised to see so many feathered individuals gorging themselves on insects and berries prior to their impending journey. A great end to a great day!
It was a full and exuberant day of old friends, new species, and fantastac coastal hum-drum. Thanks, Steve and Eve and Linda, for giving us the break we needed to bring us into another autumn, full swing.
~ Shannon @ DirtNKids
Goat’s-foot Morning Glory
Herring Gull and Fisherman
Shark-eye Moon Snail
Smoothed Barnacle Rock
Sisterly Ocean Waves
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Related Posts and Links:
- Portraits of Wildflowers Blog | Steve Schwartzman
- Lagniappe Blog | Linda Leinen
- ‘Beach’ tagged posts | DirtNKids … love the coastl!
- Kelly Hamby Nature Trail | Brazoria County Parks
- Galveston LaFitte’s Cove 10/6/2019 Checklist | eBird.org