Sunday – Views of the Neighborhood

I thought I would start out the Neighborhood Views with a shot of a waterspout that popped up yesterday. These are very rare, so I’m glad I caught it.IMG_1783Β It is the little tail to the right of the cloud.

The next photo shows one of the two ways to get on and off our island. It is a car ferry run by the state. The other way is a bridge that is fifteen miles North.


Pictured are two ferries. The service has eight that run twenty-four hours a day. The dock in the foreground is for fishing and connects to Robert’s Point Park.

The next photo shows more of Robert’s Point


The photo above shows the marina which is part of Roberts Point.


Here is a boat leaving the channel that goes to the Gulf and is arriving at the breakwater of the marina. The marina is on the right of this photo and Gulf to the left.

Another picture of the marina showing our local shrimp boat The Pollyanna. (The white boat in the center) In season, you can go to the boat when it docks and buy shrimp caught only hours before.

Shrimp boat

You can also see a red-roofed building to the right which is the scene of many social events including concerts in the park. The little structure in the foreground is a picnic table with people having a picnic.

One last view of more of the park with places for family gatherings


The ferries are running to the right of the photo and the fishing dock is in the lower right (but out of the photo)



  1. Very cool set. How big is the island? I keep thinking it’s fairly large due to the tourist season, but the pictures make it seem rather compact.

    1. It is about eighteen miles long and no more than two miles wide. Most is about a half mile wide.

      1. Wow. Sounds so compact and relaxing just with those dimensions.

      2. Yes it is. Thanks

  2. That really does look like a nice place to live, John.

    1. We like it, Keith. Of course, your area is nice too.:-)

  3. Great photos, John. Do you use thd ferries or thd bridge. Or, do you mix it up?

    1. It depends on the destination. I usually use the bridge since that is the quickest way to Corpus Christi. During the summer I try to avoid the ferry since the wait times (hour or more) climb pretty quickly.

  4. Love the views! I’m looking forward to getting back to the Gulf in November

    1. Thanks, Phil. It will be there for you. πŸ™‚

  5. Great shot of the waterspout, John. I remember seeing one while living in Florida, unfortunately I didn’t have a camera handy. Beautiful photos! Happy Sunday!

    1. Thank you Jill. Have a peaceful Sunday.

  6. Looks like a lovely place to live, John. That’s a great ferry service. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

    1. Yes it does work most of the time. Heavy traffic leads to up to an hour wait. All in all it does provide good service. Thanks Suzanne. πŸ™‚

  7. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    John Howell showing some idyllic shots of his home on the Texas coast. I know that it is not always as calm, but I love Texas and it is a great place to vacation. Very happy memories of South Padre Island.. hope it is still the same..Thanks John for bringing back memories.

    1. Thank you, Sally for such a nice reblog. Yes, it is still the same and waiting for you to visit. πŸ™‚

  8. Good catch re the waterspout, John. Sigh… it all looks so inviting, so fresh. Thanks very much for sharing this. Mega hugs.

    1. Thank you, Teagan for the visit today. Wishing you a supreme Sunday. (I’m a copy cat) πŸ™‚

      1. LOL, If I’m copied by you, I’m honored. I think the wording I do with days of the week is fun, so I’m happy to see it shared. Have a sublime Sunday. πŸ˜€ ❀

      2. Thank you, Teagan

  9. Have never seen of a waterspout. Thanks, John.
    A wonderful place to live. Seeing so much water every day seems magical to me. πŸ˜€

  10. Ever since my wife took me to Port A on my very first visit to Texas in the summer of 1999, this town has been our favourite destination. And hers, btw, ever since her parents took her there as a child. I love getting there on the ferry. Once you’re on the ferry, you’re on island time. Naybe we’ll be there again for our wedding anniversary in August.
    Enjoy your day,

    1. Thanks I will. You as well.

  11. That looks like a great place to live. We’re going back to the Oregon Coast this year. Not nearly as warm and calm, but I can go clamming or crabbing. The waterspout is pretty cool.

    1. Thank Craig. The Northwest is cool

  12. I ❀ your neighbourhood, John! πŸ˜€

  13. Loving this. Thank you for sharing. It seems such a serene and beautiful place to call home.

    1. Thanks Susan. It is.:-)

  14. Great photos and views! Looks like Florida to me!

    1. Yes it does a little. The clouds especially.

  15. John, you can’t know how much these photos remind me of the Mississippi Coast! What beautiful shots you’ve captured — now, I’m longing even more for a vacation. Glad the rains have halted for a time, leaving you with sunny, clear skies.

    1. I’m glad it is a good memory. πŸ™‚

      1. True, but I’d like very much to be experiencing it, rather than simply remembering it, ha!

  16. Great pictures, looks like you got better weather than us this week, it’s doing the stereotypical grey English summer here at the moment.

    1. We are into the dry period which is most typical here. πŸ™‚

      1. Well, in theory at least, it’s supposed to be “summer” here, but that means very little on this side of the pond, other than the fact the rain is warmer. ;~}

      2. Ha ha ha. The times I visited London I guess I hit it right since I didn’t notice the weather. Maybe I was so taken with the sights and history. I don’t remember getting wet.

  17. You’ve been truly blessed with a great backyard, John.

    1. We feel the same, Hook. Thank you.

  18. Great set of photos, John! Looks like a gorgeous place to live – like living in a vacation spot 24/7!

    1. Yes it is. I’m very fortunate. Thanks, John πŸ™‚

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