Views of the Neighborhood – Charlie’s Pasture

Today we are visiting The Port Aransas Nature Preserve which encompasses 1,217 acres in an area formerly known as Charlie’s Pasture. The area was named after early resident Charlie Bujan who allowed the locals to graze their cattle on his property. The Port Aransas Nature Preserve includes nearly 3 miles of crushed granite hike and bike trails and boardwalks over the algal flats. Amenities include the pavilion, sheltered overlooks, picnic tables and restrooms.

Birders look for waterfowl (Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Cinnamon Teal), grebes (Least included), heron and egrets, cormorants, shorebirds (such as Black-necked Stilt), and flaming pink Roseate Spoonbills.

So here is a view of Charlie’s Pasture. Hope you like it.

Charlie Pasture

The entrance.

Charlie's Pasture

A long view of the pavilion.

Information about the preserve is on the post.

A view looking back from the information post. Notice the Farley boat and retired oil derricks.

Closer view of the pavilion with water behind.

Swallow nest in the rafter of the pavilion

A view of one of the hiking trails from the pavilion

Closer shot of the warning sign. Yes, snakes are here. Best to wear boots.

Shot of the water located on the hiking trail

Going to the Charlie Fishing pier. Notice the receptacle for old fishing line.

A little closer view of the four oil derricks on Harbor Island. For those who have seen my Views posts before, the ferries (Which I have pictured often) Run to Harbor Island from Port Aransas and land to the right of the derricks. A sign regarding wakes reminds us that large freighters move through the Corpus Christi Channel.

A look back toward the shore from the fishing pier. Notice the houses in the background. They are permanent residences.

A shot of a fisherman and the Corpus Christi Channel channel.

A photo from the pier by the fisherman. This is looking North West. Charlie’s pasture is on the left.


  1. Gwen Plano · ·

    Another beautiful day in Port Aransas… I loved the walk through the nature preserve. Thank you for helping me see what I might otherwise miss – anywhere. Have a great day! 🙂

    1. Thank you for coming along. Have a super Sunday, Gwen

    1. Thank you for the reblog.

  2. It’s a besutiful area, John. I could easily spend several hours doing nothing there.

    1. You could spend a whole day doing nothing. (A lot do that very thing) Thanks, Dan

  3. Your photos are beautiful, John. I aways enjoy learning and seeing more of your area. It sure looks like it was a perfect day. Happy Sunday!

    1. Thank you, Jill. 🙂 Happy Sunday as well.

  4. What a lovely stroll in the neighborhood, John. It’s so very inviting, the sky, the water. Crisp and clear. Sigh…
    Thanks for pointing out the Farley boat. It reminded me of that fun post. Have a sublime Sunday. Hugs.

    1. Thank you, Teagan. Super Sunday to you. Hugs 🙂

  5. A relaxing area. So much to do on your island. Seems to have sunny weather a lot too.

    1. I think we have a lot of sun. I forget the amount per year but it is close to 300.

      1. Nice. Does it always come with heat?

      2. In the winter we have highs around 70 and lows in the 40’s but it doesn’t last that long. The sun is out on those days as well.

      3. Sounds weird for Texas. At least the 40’s. Always imagine heat down there.

      4. Does get chilly for a day or two.

  6. Oh John thank you for this post! I MUST go visit there next time!! How about cheap eats in the area-any suggestions? My niece is getting married at Mansion by The Sea nearby in September.

  7. Great pictures, John. The mention of cows in the old days, then snakes makes we wonder how the cows got along with the snakes. Perhaps the cows ignored the snakes or the snakes ignored the cows or both. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. I think they had a co-operative arrangement. Thanks, Suzanne. 🙂

  8. Absolutely gorgeous shots, John. I can’t believe the blue sky! (Yeah, I know the pics weren’t about the sky…) In that last shot looking northwest, I could just make out the smoke clouds over British Columbia! Thanks, John!

    1. Ha ha ha. Good eye, John. 😀

    1. Thank you, Michael.

      1. Always with a great pleasure, and best wishes for the week ahead. 😉 Michael

  9. Good morning, John,
    This nature reserve is well worth visiting. We enjoyed it a lot on our last visit in Port A. and we’ll certainly be back.
    Have a wonderful Sunday,

    1. This ended up in Spam, Pit. Thank you and sorry for the delay.

  10. Lovely place to explore. Thanks for the tour, John. Beautiful pictures. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Natalie. 🙂

  11. Beautiful outdoor photos, John. Love to see areas with hiking trails and peaceful views. Happy Sunday! 🌺 Christine

    1. Thank you Christine. This has all that and more.

  12. Good timing. I started My GRL yesterday :). Sometimes it takes me a while to read a book because of my on again off again thing with reading (today we are steam cleaning the new once stray cat’s room and it’s turning into a day long project, ugh), but I had a blast reading so far. I got to chapter 5, I think.
    My husband periodically says he wants to move to east Texas, near the water. What are all the best places? Gotta be near enough to a decent airport and good medical care.

    1. East Texas is nice. I think South Texas is better. Of course, if you want to be near Houston medical services then Galveston is the place to be.

      1. What is considered South Texas? Is that South Padre Island? We’ve vacationed there at least twice, years ago, and loved it.

      2. South Padre is South Texas but also included the Corpus Christi area.

      3. Dumb me thought that was east Texas. Now I know!!!

      4. Galveston is East.

      5. I did like Galveston, too~ I finished your book and loved it!

      6. So glad you did, Luanne. 😀

  13. Charlie’s Pasture seems like a peaceful place (except for the snake warning). It has got to be peaceful to hike on the trails by the water. Lovely place. Now I feel like I’m in your book with the mention of Port Aransas. 😉

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Vashti.

  14. Such a lovely day for our trek. Looking at your pictures and reading about Charlie’s Pasture is almost as good as actually being there, smelling the salt air, feeling a gentle sea breeze. Minus the snakes, of course!

    1. The snakes are more afraid of you. Thanks for taking the stroll with me.

  15. Lovely views of Charlie’s Pasture. There is nothing more satisfying than spending the day at a nature preserve and soaking in the surroundings and watching for a look at the wildlife. We have a good share of snakes here, including rattlers, racers, garden varieties, and water mocs. What kind do you have there?

    1. Thank you, Michelle. About the same. Mostly rattlers though. Nice fat diamond backs.

      1. When I was a kid my mom was playing with one in her garden that had lost it rattlers. It had all the markings. The snake kept striking her shovel as she moved it. She called to my brothers and sisters and me to come see this silly snake that thought it was a rattle snake. Having spent a lot of time playing in the woods, moving old dead trees and such, we were all well versed in snake id. It was time to educate Mom.

      2. Moms are like that sometimes, God bless em. Thanks, Michelle.

  16. Looks like a beautiful day, John. I just noticed I hadn’t heard from your blog in awhile and somehow I lost my email subscription updates. I think I fixed it now. Missed your posts!

    1. Yes. I got the note from WP. Thanks, Phillip.

  17. Beautiful captures, as per usual.

    1. Thanks, Pilgrim.

  18. Looks like a beautiful day. I’d skip the hiking trail – where snakes are, I am not.

    1. Aw come on. A few rattlers? 😀

  19. I’m adding your preserve to my Bucket list! The Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, and flaming pink Roseate Spoonbills I’ve only seen in zoos, or special animal parks. I’ve longing to go to FL to see the Spoonbills. 3 friends and I have been talking about a Jan or Feb 2018 birding trip to FL. At your preserve we could see both birds!

    Thanks for sharing John!

  20. I ended up lost inside the hues of azure and verdant. Lovely walk, John.

    1. Ha ha ha. I should have you describe the pallet. Of course I have memorized verdant and can handle that one. 😀

      1. Smiles. I guess azure needs some screen time 😉

      2. I think so too. Maybe a little PR too.

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