January 14, 2014 Moving Day

MH andMooseGoose Island State Park to Galveston Island State Park

PLUS: Finally some Whooping Cranes

Whooping crane in flight
Whooping crane in flight

As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

Moving day has arrived and today I will make the 200+ mile trip north up the coast to Galveston Island State Park where I have a reservation for a week’s stay. However, before loading up the Prius, I decided to see if I could get some more nice sunrise shots and headed out to the docks in Lamar.

Great blue heron in flight before sunrise
Great blue heron in flight before sunrise
Great blue heron in flight before sunrise
Great blue heron in flight before sunrise

 

It is amazing to me to see the difference in color and intensity that the lack of clouds can make on a sunrise.

 

 

 

Also, just the slightest of early morning breezes completely erases the gorgeous sunrise color reflections on the surface of the water, and these are exactly the conditions that I found this morning, so not a lot of nice shots like I got over the weekend.

Since this was my last day here and since it was clear with no fog around, I decided to go to the point of land at the end of the pastures and wait the hour or so it would take to get enough light to shoot some whooping cranes IF they happened to come in overhead via this route this morning.

Great Blue Heron flight at sunrise
Great Blue Heron flight at sunrise

While waiting I did get a few shots of a great blue heron wading around and then taking off when spooked by some shotgun blasts by some nearby duck hunters.

Whooping cranes in flight
Whooping cranes in flight
Whooping crane in flight
Whooping crane in flight

Then, after an hour or so wait, a family of three whoopers came flying in, following the water’s edge, directly overhead, and I was finally, after 3 weeks, able to get a couple of somewhat decent flight shots.

I left Goose Island and headed north on Route 35 around 9AM. After taking a shortcut on FR 1862 and FM 616 around Palacios, I rejoined 35 north to Alvin, picking up Texas 6 and then I45 to Galveston Island and 342 to Seawall Blvd.south to the State Park, arriving a little after 1PM. A pleasant though unspectacular route with good roads and little traffic.

Whooping crane in flight
Whooping crane in flight
Whooping crane in flight
Whooping crane in flight

 

 

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