Friday, July 29, 2011

Refugees


Several boats were in the harbor today, sheltering from Tropical Storm Dud Don.










Thursday, July 28, 2011

Scat Cat


Tropical storm "Don" is headed in our direction and due to make landfall late Friday night or Early Saturday morning so, if you don't see a post from me, I'll be waiting for the electricity and /or Internet to be restored. The Scat Cat, a party boat from Port Aransas, was tied up in front of the diesel shop this afternoon...not sure if they're having work done or just came over to ride out the storm.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Fresh Paint


The army has a large depot in Corpus Christi...it's actually located on the navy base there...go figure. This depot is in the business of repairing, refurbishing and maintaining army helicopters. When an aircraft reaches the end of it's service life, often they wind up, for a while, at the depot to be stripped of anything useful. This old Huey airframe was donated to the local VFW for display purposes. As long as I can remember, this old bird had the Viet Nam era non reflective green paint, a pretty ugly finish even when it was new. I guess the boys at the VFW decided it was time to spruce the old chopper up a bit so they painted it up in the desert camo style...looks pretty good...but I kinda miss the green. It reminded me of my misspent youth... 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Bow Art


Like the military planes of World War Two had "Nose Art", many of the gulf trawlers have "Bow Art".


Some seem to ask for Divine Guidance.


Others are more in line with the task at hand.


Monday, July 25, 2011

Laundry Day


Wash 'em up and hang 'em out to dry.


Quite a few boats coming and going still


We need some rain...the grass is burning up.


Gene Simmons of KISS made a surprise visit to the harbor today!



New Blog

Several of us have talked about having a place where we can all participate in themes and challenges so I'm getting started on that. Check it out at http://themesandchallenges.blogspot.com.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

South Texas Snow


The snow is on the ground in South Texas...in July! It won't be here long, the pickers are already working...the gins and compresses too.


Pickers eye view...first one to the end of the row gets a big drink of water. I remember my mothers tales of picking cotton. This was back in the late 1920's and early 30's when it was all done by hand and the whole family picked. The boys went to the fields early in the morning, then the girls joined them after they had done the house chores. They worked all day, the girls going home to get supper done while the boys stayed and picked...tough work...I don't know if my mom loved my dad more for the good man that he was or because he rescued her from that cotton patch.


Brush country oasis.


Saturday, July 23, 2011

More Gulf Boats





Sorry that my blog has been sort of one dimensional for the past few days but I've really been enjoying the big gulf trawlers. I don't get to see them much anymore and, I guess, when something you love only comes around 2 or 3 times a year, you just can't get enough of them. I also know that a lot of the photos are a little overcooked in their development but sometimes I just get a little carried away in posting things that are a little different from strict reality...There's an old saying that tells us we should look with our eyes but see with our hearts. I guess, for now anyhow, this is how my tired old heart sees the harbor...and a few other things...not the way they are but the way I would like them to be...the way I see them and feel them in my heart.



Friday, July 22, 2011

Catherine, Daniella And Tommy





And still, the iron workers are hanging more steel.
Sigma 18-250



Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Gulf Boats


A few more big gulf trawlers are trickling in


Across the bridge for Egret and Ibis


And all the while, the Behemoth continues to grow!


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Happiness Is


Happiness is a Summer day, a ball and a wet dog at Conn Brown Harbor!


and seeing a few gulf trawlers while you're there.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Daniella R...


Didn't get out for photos today because I spent all afternoon taking care of the Rattle...new plugs, wires, cap and rotor...also a new PCV valve and air filter...Rattle should be good to go! Anyhow, here's a shot from a couple of days ago...the trawler Daniella R, from Brownsville, TX tied up at the harbor with some dilapidated docks in the foreground.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Purpose


I've posted a shot of this old boat on this blog before. It's one of a vanishing breed down at the harbor. The docks used to be filled with abandoned boats, given up on for one reason or another but most of those are gone now. This one remains and I can't say why...maybe someone still claims ownership and pays lease money to keep her tied up here...just unable to give up on a dream...who knows? I've always loved the look of this boat...she was always easy to look at! Most bay shrimp boats are pretty primitive looking, built of plywood and built for function with little concern for appearance. This boat was different...built with more attention to a pleasing aesthetic...the rounded front of the wheelhouse, the pleasing proportions and the sweeping, sensuous lines of the hull...she was a beautiful girl in her day. I've always been intrigued by the name too...Provider...what a wonderful thing to be a provider, to be able to give those we love the things that they need. That's a value to build a life on and when you can no longer do that...what good are you?...You have no purpose...
Sigma 18-250

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Road


Life is like one big road trip...sometimes it's smooth and level. You can just cruise and enjoy the sights.


Other times, if you don't keep your mind in the middle, you can wind up down the slippery slope!


Meanwhile, The Behemoth continues to grow.
Rokinon 8mm fish-eye


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Capt. Jack


I didn't have a lot of free time today...I've taken on a couple of new projects in my little job and was pretty busy. I did make it down to the harbor to see Capt. Jack. Gulf shrimp season is about to kick off and I'm looking forward to seeing a few boats come and go.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Behold The Behemoth


They're building a dry stack boat storage facility at the harbor. This is the state of construction on the 6th of this month.


This is what the project looked like this afternoon...they've put up a lot of steel this week. This is the first project in the harbor development plan that has gotten off the ground. It's been touted as a wonderful thing and many folks hold great expectations that it will bring a lot of revenue into the city's coffers. Progress?...I suppose so if progress is measured in strictly fiscal terms. But if you measure progress by more aesthetic values, this would seem to be a big step backwards to me. The city is trying to promote tourism and I guess lots of people will avail themselves of the convenient storage for their weekend toys. If you want to attract visitors to the area, why would you put something like this in the only area within the town proper that has any unique appeal? This thing is going to be butt ugly and will spoil any coastal charm and character that the harbor might have. It may not be the biggest eyesore that the town has ever seen but it'll be darned close...just sayin'.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

City Of Freeport


Free of the constraints of the alphabet challenge, I was back at my old haunt...Conn Brown Harbor. This towboat, "The City Of Freeport" was pushing along under a BIG sky!




"Miss Frankie" was pushing along too.


And a nice little bouquet for the table...I couldn't resist and had to shoot it with the Sigma 70/2.8 macro
the boats were with the Sigma 18-250



Monday, July 11, 2011

Z Is For...


Z is for the ZONE


Z is for ZELLA...you've seen her before


Z is for ZIPPER...on my trusty old camera bag


Z is for ZEISS...a German manufacturer of fine optical equipment


Z is for ZOOM


Z is for ZIPLOC


Z is for ZERO

Well, my alphabet challenge is finished. I guess I could consider it a success...and a failure. It was a success because I did, in fact, find at least one picture for each letter of the alphabet but a failure because it didn't do what I intended to do. I thought the challenge would spur a little creativity in me but it didn't. I spent a lot of time on it but almost all of that time was spent looking for the letters and not trying to take creative photographs that had any merit...as photographs. There were a few pretty good photos but mostly they were just quick snapshots. Oh well...on to other things. For those of you that faithfully followed along, thanks for your support...that was invaluable!!