S: SUNRISES AND SUNSETS AT SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TX by DON WILEY....... (donwileyphotography.com)
BC: Ever-present Sea Gull looking for final meal
1: A Great Blue Heron surf fishing for breakfast and thus begins daily life on the beaches of South Padre Island, TX.
3: Early Morning Paddle Boarders (aka "Water Walkers")
4: Oil Rig Coming In Through Jetties
5: 'Mom & Dad" Shrimp Boat Going Out For The Day
7: Shrimp Boat Coming In At Daybreak At Isla Blanca South Padre Island, TX | Shrimp Boats Coming In and Going Out at Jetties at Isla Blanca Park
8: Great Heron In Morning Surf
9: Newly hatched Ridley Turtles Going for First Swim
10: All things grow better with love.
11: Beach Primrose In Dunes At Sunrise
13: Jetties At Isla Blanca Park
14: "Mom & Dad" Going Out To Harvest Shrimp South Padre Island, TX | Morning Dew On Crotolaria
15: Railroad Vine Blooms At Sunrise
17: Snowy Egret and Lesser Yellow Legs Begin Their Day South Padre island, TX | Shrimp Boat Coming In For Evening Through Jetties At Isla Blanca Park....Popular Fishing Spot
18: 'Mom & Dad' Going Out For A Shrimp Run South Padre Island, TX
19: Queen Isabella Causeway at Sunset | Native Island Plant- Railroad Vine Morning Blooms South Padre Island, TX
20: Weekend Fireworks Over Bay South Padre Island, TX | Summer Sunset Over Dunes In Bay South Padre Island, TX | Great White Egret South Padre Island, TX | Oil Rig Coming In At Isla Blanca Park Jetties South Padre Island, TX | Shrimp Boat Coming In and Oil Tanker Going OUt Jetties at Isla Blanca Park
21: Sunset Over Bay
22: Port Isabel Lighthouse Guarding South Padre Island, TX | Port Isabel Lighthouse Built on a grassy bluff overlooking the Laguna Madre Bay and South Padre Island, in 1852, the Port Isabel Lighthouse was first lit in 1853. The lighthouse itself is 57 feet tall, but the 25 foot high bluff it's built on gives it an overall height of 82 feet. On September 28, 1850, the United States of Congress authorized an appropriation of $15,000 for "a lighthouse and beacon light at Brazos Santiago Pass. Work began in February 1852 and by 1854 it had 15 lamps and 21 reflectors. This provided aid to captains traversing this difficult Texas coast. The lighthouse was activated and deactivated several times over its service period, including multiple times during the Civil War as it exchanged ownership between the Confederacy and the Union troops in South Texas. However, in 1905, it was deactivated for good when the emergence of railroads provided a direct link between Corpus Christi and the interior of Mexico creating less commercial shipping to pass through Brazos Santiago Pass to Port Isabel. The light house fell into neglect until the Texas State Parks Board provided funds for restoration in 1947. Dedicated as a state park in 1952, the historic landmark has become a popular tourist attraction.
25: Sunset Over Queen Isabella Causeway
26: Cristo de los Pescadores (translated as "Christ of the Fishermen") is a maritime statue depicting Jesus blessing fishermen who have been lost at sea. Located along the Brazoa Santiago Pass in Isla Blanca Park, South Padre Island, TX, the statue was donated by the De la Lastra family. It is intended to give solace to those who have lost loved ones at sea. The names of more than a dozen local fishermen appear on a memorial plaque attached to the base of the statue. An inscription, written in both Spanish and English, reads: "Father! Receive the souls of these brave fishermen who have sailed through this pass and never returned." Cristo de los Pescadores at Sunset Isla Blanca Park
28: About the Photographer: Don Wiley I have lived in the Rio Grande Vallley of South Texas my entire life. The Rio Grande Valley is often referred to as "El Magico Valley del Rio Grande" or simply the initials 'RGV". This area lies at the southernmost tip of Texas and is on the Northern bank of the Rio Grande which separates Mexico and Texas. RGV is truly a Magical area for nature photography with over 600 documented species of birds passing through or living in the area. During the Spring Migration (March-April), one of the favorite nature photography sites of photographers world-wide is South Padre Island. It is host to hundreds of local, national, and inter-national photographers. I have been taking pictures of this area most of my life. I started, as most of us did, with a Brownie Camera, then used my high school newspaper staff camera, movie cameras, film cameras, and finally went to my first digital camera about 15 years ago. I now use a Cannon 7D. I hope you enjoy the "magic Valley" and especially, South Padre Island, through my camera lens! Don Wiley