Adventure Location: Rockport Harbor, Texas
Adventure Date: 1-5-2022
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This afternoon the OFM decided we needed to take the injured foot out for a meander and chose the Rockport Harbor since we had not explored it in a few weeks. The day was warm and wonderful again so we had a nice time meandering. There was even a few things to photograph, some of which made the blog tonight.
First the medical report. The injured foot is still getting better but it will be a bit longer it feels like than we prefer. At least we can feel progress each day.
As we meandered along the road the seagulls gathered on the bulkhead wall to supervise our path. Notice the beautiful winter day!
There were folks at spots along the wall feeding the birds junk food and giggling and laughing and generally enjoying the winter day.
When the OFM got near the bulkhead he noticed the mature mullet gathered in the rocks at the base of the wall. They seemed to be eating the algae on the rocks. These were mullet in the fourteen inch range. When the big redfish are running the mullet make great cut bait to catch the larger redfish.
From the mullet spot we could see the maintenance folks doing work on the pier lighting. The town and harbor folks work diligently on keeping the tourist attractions in good shape for bringing in money. We appreciate their efforts since we enjoy fishing from that pier when the conditions are right.
Back along the art statues area retaining wall we spotted this hard luck prickly pear cactus. It was growing from a crack in the wall. Hanging straight down with several tears and holes in it. It was definitely worse for the wear but check that bottom pad. That cactus is not giving up is it. That pad looks ready for another year of living and thriving. Maybe some folks could use that cactus lesson with their lives.
And back over near the Texas Parks and Wildlife building we found a clump of nice flowers showing off for everyone to see and enjoy. They even seemed to be glowing in the sunlight. WOW.
It turned out to be a wonderful day for meandering and trying to have tooooo much fun.
Looks like a good day down there. Of course, I had to look up mullet, which I've heard of forever, but didn't know anything about. One thing I learned is that they are called Biloxi Bacon. Ha. Evidently I am always interested in eating fish. You'd think I would be a fisherwoman.ReplyDelete
And yes, the perseverance of the prickly pear is instructive...it's kind of like mesquite.
You are right and maybe that is why mesquite and prickly pear cactus are frequently good neighbors with each other.Delete
I have seen cactus and other plants putting on a noble struggle halfway up cliffs, but for some reason I never thought they would try the same trick on a brick wall! But why not -- it is the same principle.ReplyDelete
Back when I could still mess around on cliffs etc I used to marvel at the places I found succulents and cacti thriving.Delete
I really enjoy the flower photographs! Maybe appreciate is a better word? I have snow out back today...ReplyDelete
Plants can be remarkably tenacious when it comes to survival. Check out this white pine at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. https://www.nps.gov/places/chapel-rock.htm It's estimated to be over 200 years old.ReplyDelete