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April 2, 2013

More images along the Texas Coastal Bend…


Downtown Corpus Christi, Texas, seen from the Lawrence St. T-Head and Joe’s Crab Shack


Across the channel, sitting next to the harbor bridge, is the USS Lexington, nicknamed “The Blue Ghost”.  An Essex-class aircraft carrier, built during World War II, this was the fifth US Navy ship to bear the name of the Revolutionary War Battle of Lexington.  Open for touring seven days a week.


We spent several days visiting family, who were staying at Mustang Towers a few miles outside of Port Aransas on Mustang Island.  Nell, seen waving above, got to spend some recuperative hours enjoying the 14th floor view of the Gulf of Mexico.


I got to spend time painting on the beach while my brother fished in the surf.


Flights of pelicans regularly fly along the shoreline.  These flights at times consisted of 25 to 30 pelicans playing follow-the-leader.


I thoroughly enjoyed painting on the boardwalk over the dunes, and visiting with numerous passersby.

ralph painting

As with other coastal areas, increasing attention is being given to protection of the dunes, with boardwalks like this one.  The observation platform gave me an elevated place to paint out of pedestrian traffic.


A lady spending the day at the beach with her family bought one of my little plein air studies on the spot.


This heron was the victor in a clash with another one that intruded onto its part of the beach.  It spent almost the rest of the day standing guard up on the dunes.


Sunrise over the Gulf of Mexico.


A tugboat “on the hip” passes Roberts Park  as it moves a sea-going barge up the channel toward the Port of Corpus Christi.


The marina by Roberts Park and the ferry landing at Port Aransas.  The marina is anchored at the other end by Virginia’s On The Bay.  You see, it all comes back to food.


And speaking of food, this was us as we had lunch Easter Sunday with family and friends… at Virginia’s On The Bay.  After lunch, we drove back to Rockport and our home at Coastal Oaks RV Park.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 2, 2013 11:56 pm

    love seeing the photos, the paintings and the photos of you painting… thanks for letting us share your travels!

  2. April 3, 2013 12:13 am

    glad Nell is better. Your winter quarters look idyllic. Syd

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