South Padre 2016 Part 5

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South Padre 2016 Part 5

Postby Roanoker » Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:05 pm

This stained glass appears to be more modern than others.
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Now this looks more traditional.
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Back to modern.
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I did a lot of work on this one. I simply had to get rid of a stupid air vent on one side. And I brightened the main figure.
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There were many, beautifully crafted statues.
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We made it outside! So did the sun.
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I took a picture of this sign, but I didn’t read it until just now (Wednesday, 3/22/17, 6:29pm). It’s kind of interesting.
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Roaming around the outside, snapping pictures of interesting objects.
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Statues abound.
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The old cathedral actually looks rather new.
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Great care goes into the maintenance of this lovely place.
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The building is pretty from all angles.
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Re: South Padre 2016 Part 5

Postby Roanoker » Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:04 pm

We’re boarding the boat that will take us to where the dolphins live.
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Still boarding.
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Some folks wanted to sit on the lower deck.
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Others wanted to check out the upper deck.
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Notice the pelican squatters on the left and right.
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I’m not sure what this flag means.
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Getting settled.
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The upper deck had some protection.
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The flag is all wrapped up in itself.
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This boat is done for the day.
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Hmm. Dinner cruise. I think I would have liked that.
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I wonder where they eat dinner.
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Re: South Padre 2016 Part 5

Postby Roanoker » Thu Apr 06, 2017 2:09 pm

If that were your boat, you’d have a difficult time getting into it.
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Same location, backed off a bit. All the boats were clean and white.
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I took a few pictures as we made our way out of the harbor.
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There is truly no end to the pelicans. And they like company.
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I was going to use a portion of the original image as a background, but I liked it so much, I decided to use that small portion by itself.
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A shot of what we left behind.
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Who would have thought it would be so cold that far south?
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The sun turns the water into glass, at least visually.
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The causeway manages to grab attention.
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I believe the people on these boats get paid for being there. I don’t know what they do.
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I’m glad not to see a pirate’s flag.
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Flying low, with a purpose.
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Re: South Padre 2016 Part 5

Postby Roanoker » Sun Apr 16, 2017 6:07 pm

Fishermen.
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Boat on a slivery sea.
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Just hangin’ around. I mean, floatin’.
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Out of the blue.
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Taking flight.
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The city behind us.
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This bird appeared to be much smaller in the original. When I brought up the 300dpi picture to serve as a background (converted to 72dpi), I plopped a reduced copy on it and then scooched the background until the the “two” birds matched. I cut out a portion of the top layer, revealing the larger bird.
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This is why I try to take all the pictures.
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Channel marker with the causeway in the background.
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The water all by itself has charm.
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This flag is all wrapped up in itself.
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Some kind of work is going on here.
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Re: South Padre 2016 Part 5

Postby Roanoker » Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:14 pm

You will notice that there are big jumps between picture numbers. That’s because I took a gazillion pictures during the dolphin/porpoise (can’t remember which) watch boat trip, and most shots were boring, terrible, or useless. The few that I am posting here are not all that good. I spent most of my time trying to figure out which ones were marginally acceptable.

All of this fish business reminds me of a quip I learned long ago: “Did you ever hear of the ‘Maritime Quartet?’ It’s made up of first tuna, second tuna, barracuda and bass. Sometimes they sing on porpoise, but most of the time they sing just for the halibut.”

Here we go with the rather disappointing pictures.
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No faces.
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Not even sure what we are seeing.
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The sea birds and oil rig—if that’s what it is—overshadow the pathetic dolphin.
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Ditto.
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They think they are performing. “Watch me! Watch me!” If I could only see you!
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Heading back to the harbor. Hey look! A row of houses, frolicking on land!
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Looking up is more rewarding sometimes.
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Unlike my cohorts, the folks on this vessel are workers.
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This rig was more interesting the the underwater denizens we were supposed to “watch.”
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So were the shore birds.
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I wonder if these are vacation homes or all-season living quarters. I suppose boats are required.
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Hey! Wake up! This week’s pictures are done. Thank goodness.

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Re: South Padre 2016 Part 5

Postby Roanoker » Sat Apr 29, 2017 8:41 am

We’re making our way back into the harbor. No more searching for dolphins. I’d like to visit one or two of these houses.
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A “street” made of water.
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Boats come in all shapes and sizes.
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Ahoy Matey!
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Make room for masts!
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Nice neighborhood.
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Is the purpose of these metal things really perches for pelicans?
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The birds even have their own little islands.
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At first, I didn’t know what this thing was.
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I see that it is a kind of drawbridge. The gate opened for us to pass through.
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Smooth operator.
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We’re passing through.
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Re: South Padre 2016 Part 5

Postby Roanoker » Thu May 04, 2017 7:33 pm

View of South Padre Island as we made our way back to the harbor.
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The causeway disappears into the horizon.
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My son is responsible for guarding my purse.
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Fellow tourist. She was in town on business and decided to look for dolphins with us.
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The sun is a showoff.
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We’re passing under the causeway, which also serves as a background graphic.
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We’ve already seen the future and the present. Here is the past.
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We must have looped back around to park our vessel.
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The sun is still there. Can you hear the hiss as it slips into the water?
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Time to say goodnight to these boats.
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And to these.
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And to our tour group, as we disembark.
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And to this day. Tomorrow is another day, to be revealed next time.


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