SmugMug Appreciation Sunday — No. 048

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence.

Today’s gallery continues with more photos from our visit to San Leon, TX. It wasn’t a pleasure visit (See Related Post), and when things got to me, I would step out on the deck, turn off my mind, and watch — and photograph — the sights and listen to the sounds of the Galveston Bay. I’ve covered the main attraction, the pelicans, the rest of the birds, and now the rest of the sights, referencing the appropriately titled San Leon — The Rest of the Story post.

The original post for these photos is HERE. In this post, I’m sharing the photos and videos from three galleries: THIS Gallery and THIS Gallery, and THIS Gallery.

Any videos in the Galleries that had been shared in the post were converted to YouTube since they take up a lot of storage, and WordPress is too cheap to provide a sensible upgrade to the storage limits they impose. If I link the YouTube videos below, know that you can also watch them in the Gallery (it’s the same videos).

So, there are many birds in this post (see the video), but they’re incidental to showing the boats.

Every day in the early part of the morning, the shrimping boats make their way back to port. At least, I assume they are shrimping boats (I watched Forrest Gump, I did, which makes me an almost-expert on shrimping boats).

Whatever they do on those boats, they attract a fair number of birds.  My guess is they’re cleaning the catch or sorting through it and discarding whatever they do not want.

There are 7 images and three videos in that first gallery.

Next up, we have a gecko . . .

. . . except that it’s not a gecko, but a Carolina Green Anole.  

The gallery has 18 photos and two videos, with the second video being the better one. I probably have a YouTube version of it, but YouTube is making it difficult to find older videos, so if you want to see it, head over to the SmugMug gallery.

Aside from the fauna, the bay itself offered interesting views and opportunities for photographs. For one thing, we had the pier heading off into the bay.  In the post, I mention that it might be 150 yards long . . . checking on Google Earth, it looks to be 110 yards, but it sure looked long . . .  

And while there are some bird photos . . .

. . . I also captured other sights . . .

Often the ships looked like they would give me a show by colliding . . . alas, no such luck.
This one seems to be riding really high on the water. Must be empty . . . and back-heavy.

Here’s the slideshow for the three galleries. If you prefer, you can just visit the galleries by clicking on the links I provided above.

Note: the transition is set to 3sec, but — if you move the cursor anywhere within the photo — you’ll see a pause button on the lower left, and, once paused, you can use the left and right arrows on both sides of the photo to navigate the slideshow. It will make it easier to read the captions.

I’m not sure how the videos will show (they won’t), but . . .

If you click anywhere in the photo instead of the pause button, you’ll exit the slideshow and find yourself in SmugMug. You can then scroll through the photos or interact in other ways.

Slideshow of The Shrimping Boats Return Gallery — (7 photos, 3 videos)

Slideshow of The San Leon Gecko Gallery — (18 photos, 2 videos)

Slideshow of The Pier and the Bay and the Boats Gallery — (40 photos)

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