Monday, November 9, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday - Rockport!

Wednesday, time once again for Outdoor Wednesday so graciously hosted each week by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer. Be sure to visit Susan's beautiful blog and see what gorgeous outdoor photos everyone is sharing this week. We just got back from 4 wonderful, relaxing days in Rockport Texas. My last post was about the great Film Festival and Reception that we attended. These pictures show some of the other things we saw while on our (too) short vacation.

Don't forget to click to enlarge any of the pictures. The bird photos in particular look much better when enlarged.

This was the sunrise view from our balcony. Dreamy isn't it?

This beautiful blue heron came by every morning for breakfast! He had a veritable buffet off of the boat slip each morning.

On Friday we took the short ferry ride to Port Aransas. Cait caught this pelican watching over the bay as we passed.

Port Aransas coming into view. The ferry ride takes about 3 minutes, but during high season you can wait up to 2 hours to board!

I was so excited to see these white pelicans! This was the first time we had visited in the fall. I had no idea that they even came to this part of the gulf. Sorry about the picture quality, I only had my little point and shoot with me when I saw them. And I had to clamber over a seawall and construction site to get the shot, with Cait yelling at me in the background "Mom, you're going to end up in the bay!!"

This is a shot of the Fulton Mansion. This gorgeous home overlooks the bay and is now a museum. We have never been here during the open tour times. Maybe next visit!

Isn't the detail of the tile work and around the windows gorgeous?

I love this shot of the mansion as the sun was setting. Doesn't it remind you of the Eagles "Hotel California" album cover?

Windswept oak on the mansion lawn.

I just love the stately palms on the mansion property. Can you imagine waking to this view every morning?

Sunset view from our balcony. I love this shot, it makes me think of a ghost ship!


Time to say goodbye to Rockport, until our next visit!

I hope you enjoyed our mini vacation as much as we did. Make sure to visit Susan and see all the beautiful outdoor photos this week!


29 comments:

Amy said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful getaway. Those sunset shots are spectacular. I too love the architectural detail of that old mansion. You just don't see houses like that any more. It would cost a fortune to build. I think it was a great time to visit there....no crowds.

Deb said...

beautiful photos...great music....wish I was there....

Marla at Always Nesting said...

Beautiful photos. Love the mansion and I bet the inside is just as beautiful. It reminds me of the Kimberly Clarke Mansion in Redlands, CA.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Kat, your pictures are just gorgeous. I loved seeing that part of the country. I've never been there, but it looks like a really great place. I am so glad you had a great time. Hugs, Marty

eileeninmd said...

They are gorgeous photos, I love the sunset and all the birds. The White Pelcians are cool.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Girl, you got some great shots! I love the ones of the sunset. Red sky at night, sailor's delight!

Those pelicans are so neat. That's one thing I really love seeing. There's one inland Florida lake that is in their migration pattern, and they land there to rest on their way to wherever they go to winter.

I don't see as many on the Atlantic as on the Gulf. Maybe they like the fish better in and around Louisiana. Who doesn't!!! ;-)

XO,

Sheila

Lori E said...

Well if you can get shots like that with a point and shoot you must be off the charts with a fancy camera.
Stunning shots. The mansion in sunset is artwork.
What a beautiful area.

Mary said...

What beautiful camera work. You've made me want to visit Rockport. Have a great Outdoor Wednesday.

Blondie's Journal said...

Stunning pictures. They make me want to visit Rockport. I love pelicans, odd looking birds aren't they? And white? Who would have thought.

You had a priceless view from your room. Happy you had some get away time, Kathy!

xoxo
Jane

Carolyn Ford said...

Love place! Your photos are so nice...that dreamy sunset is exquisite! Wow!

Carly said...

loved your pictures, the first and second to last are my favorites. Must have been an amazing vacation. I am sure that you look at the pictures and pretend that you are there daily.

JennyMac said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE these pics...all of them are outstanding. And the sunset over Fulton Mansion is artbook worthy.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a wonderful photo essay about Rockport! It looks so lovely and so peaceful there. A perfect vacation spot! It remonds me a little of Key West, Florida.

The movie "Chops" in your post below sounds so interesting!

Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

Maureen said...

Awesome! You had me at the palm trees.

LV said...

I loved taking your tour of Rockport. You did a great job making these pictures and putting it together. Great job and thanks for stopping by my place.

Stine in Ontario said...

Not just the sunrise is dreamy. The whole place is. I could stay there very happily. :)

Melissa Miller said...

What a beautiful place Kathy! It looks just wonderful for a vacation spot. Gorgeous photos!

Thank you for your kind words of encouragement on my healthy eating plan. Your nice words always mean so much to me. I really appreciate it. :)

Jeanne Selep said...

Another place I'd like to visit again. I was there once - In January. Not "prime time" but still beautiful.

Beth at Aunties said...

Kathy,
It looked like you enjoyed a wonderful getaway. I have never been to Rickport and have enjoyed it through your eyes. The sunset was breathtaking.
~♥

Ebie said...

Beautiful Rockport, a place I want to visit! These are beautiful shots! The first is postcard perfect with the reflection! The last two are just breathtaking!

. said...

Beautiful pictures. The one with the pelicans is my favorite.
Alfazema

Ms. Bake-it said...

Although you had what you considered too short of a getaway, looks like you made the most of what little time you had. Those are fabulous shots! They are all so beautiful!

Thank you for sharing your trip with us!

~ Tracy

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great photos - thanks for sharing your trip.

Ms.Daisy said...

Great pictures of your trip...looks like you had a wonderful time, too! Love the picture you took at dawn...beautiful!

SmilingSally said...

Beautiful shots of a fantastic trip. Thanks for sharing.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh these photographs are gorgeous! You captured a lot of beauty on your trip. The last photo of the sunset is incredible. laurie

Cindy said...

Fabulous photos! I love the ones of the mansion, it looks almost spooky in the dark shot. Now I know where the pelicans go for the winter. They live here in Manitoba in the summer time. We visit the dams around here and have taken MANY photos of them, they are very picturesque birds. So glad you visited my blog today and left a sweet comment. Come again when you can. Hugs, Cindy S.

daylily777 said...

Marvelous Pics ! Looks like a great
Vacation. I especially love the Pelican shot, I'm glad you didn't fall into the bay.lol
~Myrna

Pam said...

Beautiful shot! It reminds me of St.Simon's and Jekyll Islands in Georgia. We love to visit there.