Views of the Neighborhood

I had originally planned to do a post on the World’s Largest Peace sign which was to be formed on the beach today using human participants. Here is what it looked like last year.Port Aransas for Peace

Unfortuately, we had some high tides this weekend, so the event was canceled.  So, instead of the peace sign, I thought I would let you know what it means when we have high tides.

This first photo was taken last week and shows what the beach typically looks like.

Normal beach

You’ll have to excuse the gull. Whenever I start taking pictures, they want to make sure I catch them as well. Here is what the beach looked like yesterday was taken from the same place.

High Tides

Notice the water is covering the sand. The gulls are still in the shot since they can’t stand being left out. To give you an idea of how this affects the happy tourists here is a shot that is directly to the left of the one above.

High Tides

If you can say “chaos” you have it right. The wooden structure is our cart over leading to the beach.

Just so you can appreciate the misery here is a closer shot of the one above.

High Tides

Now a shot to the right.

High Tides

There are always hearty souls willing to make the best of a bad situation. Here are a group of Skidoo fans enjoying the overcast sky.

High Tides

Also, there are fog worshipers who must love this weather. Hope that have their fog screen on.

High Tide

I think if you want a serene photo that avoids the carnage on the beach you need to back up a bit.

High Tide

Ahhhh. That’s better.

Wait! Maybe the solution is to avoid the beach altogether.

High TideGrab a chair or lounge. Here take this margarita and let’s sit a spell.


  1. Looks like indoors with the heating on is the order of the day!

    1. Still 85 (29.4 C) degrees with 90% humidity.

      1. That’s a negative on the heating then!

  2. Looks like peace needs a life preserver instead of a chance today.

  3. I’ve never heard of ‘fog worshipers.’ LOL! Sorry to hear the event was canceled, but it definitely looks like a pool day. That first photo is gorgeous, John! Happy Sunday!

    1. Thanks, Jill. The organizers say it is on for next week. We will have to see.

  4. That pool looks nice. I’d choose it over that water-covered beach anytime. Good pictures John. Enjoy your Sunday. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Enjoy your Sunday as well, Suzanne.

  5. Gwen Plano · ·

    Fog worshipers? LOL….. Love the “serene” photo, though the final solution seems the best. 🙂

    1. I would say the final is best. Thanks, Gwen. 🙂

  6. I like the way you think, John. No sense fighting the tide. What happens during a storm surge? God bless the hearty souls and fog lovers sitting out there. Um, my glass is empty.

    1. Here let me pour you another. There’s chips and salsa over there but you have to get up and get them yourself. 😀

      1. Always a gracious host. Thanks.

  7. Ain’t it the truth? 😀 Bad beach weather is always much more interesting photographically! On the Celtic Sea coast here, they even extend the holiday season by having ‘Storm-watching’ weekends – the surf really is up then – just the water is flippin’ FREEZING!

    1. That sounds like a good idea for hurricane season. Thanks, Jan

  8. Good morning, John,
    That’s the first time I’ve seen high tides in Port A. Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great Sunday,

    1. Found this oldie too.

  9. All of my beach experience is in the Pacific Northwest, and it’s kind of potluck what you’ll find on any given day. I like tide pool exploring and clamming, so that works without sun. Fogscreen is a good idea, you should whip up a batch and head back down there. $5 per jar. Maybe Jason Fogg is visiting your island today.

    1. I think I saw him selling trinkets.

  10. Holy Moly, glad I am not anywhere near that.

    1. I know right? Today is worse.

  11. Lovely photos, John! Fog worshippers waiting for a “lift?” 🎶 Christine

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Christine.

  12. Great pool, John! When did you put this in?

    1. It has been in since we built the house.

  13. Not much beach left. Your weather looks like ours – warm and cloudy.

    1. Quite warm and very humid. 😦

  14. What always makes me laugh are those who planned to be at the beach today, cloudy or not.

    1. Especially the ones who spent money for a hotel room etc. 🙂

  15. I’m half way through the comments and find myself going to the fridge for guacamole, and the cabinet for tostitos…and of course I have to wash all that down, so there’s the midnight margarita.

    1. Not a bad way to go I say. Thanks, Susan. 😀

  16. Poolside for me too. Thanks for the Margarita.

    I was wondering where you were standing to get that vantage point of the human peace sign? From up on the walkway I’m guessing now? Or were you in a cherry picker? I’ve wanted a cherry picker for photography on more than one occasion lemme tell ya! 🙂

    1. That angle was from the top of a community shower building on the beach. The event was about three miles from our walkway.

  17. Until the beach settles down, I’ll take the pool. The serene photo is lovely. Hope the beach is back to normal soon.

    1. Getting there. Today is beautiful. Thanks, Michelle.

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