SmugMug Appreciation Sunday — No. 050

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 stroll on memory lane is a quick one . . .

The original post for the bird photos is HERE, and the photos are from THIS Gallery. The original post for the ship photos is HERE, and the photos are from THIS Gallery.

These photos are from our Thanksgiving 2011 visit and close out the review of galleries from our two visits to Galveston Bay.

I’ll begin with the smaller gallery (only 11 photos) of the ships crisscrossing the bay.

As can be seen, the ships often looked as if they would produce an interesting opportunity to photograph a collision . . . but it was not so, at least not while I was there.

I presume it wasn’t even a close call, but it’s difficult to tell from the photos. Often, they traveled in pairs, at least momentarily.

Those who are intrepid could look up the names of the ships and find their registration and what kind of cargo they hauled . . . however, these photos are from eleven years ago. I don’t know how many of these are still in service. Some looked a bit past their prime even back then.

Yes, in those days, I often made use of vignetting . . . sometimes, overly so.

Of more interest might be many of the 76 bird photos in the second gallery shared today . . .

Some might remember all the shots of long lines of pelicans gliding along the coast. Didn’t see that in November, so I wonder if that’s only a Summer activity.

More likely, it’s because most of those were juvenile Brown Pelicans. Much like their human counterparts, they’re probably more interested in mindlessly cruising than going about with life. This is what adults look like, and, at least while I was there, they didn’t appear to congregate.

Here’s an adult laughing when I told him I was optimistic about the future . . .

At the time, I thought it was very rude of him, but now, eleven years later, I wonder what he knew that I didn’t. Of course, it could just be that he was familiar with human nature.

We had a few rainy days, which gave me the opportunity to snap photos I rarely have a change to capture

I will probably revisit these photos because they have a fair amount of noise and — using current tools at my disposal — I might now be able to get better results from processing those images . . . in fact, let me try . . .

Yeah, I would say a little better . . . but perhaps not all would agree. In my defense, it was just a couple of quick clicks. I would normally spend a bit more time processing it.

Here are a few more photos from that session . . .

We also paid a visit to Galveston Island, where I caught another Snowy Egret going about its daily routine, but this time, in a better light.

Got me a few other avian photos, too . . .

I don’t know how many people actually take the time to look at any of these galleries I share . . . no, wait, I do . . . on a good day, two; usually, one.

Regardless of what others do or don’t do, I enjoy revisiting these posts and especially photos from years past.

For them two people (or even one), here are the slideshows of the two linked galleries.

Note: the transition is set to 4sec (gives time to read the captions), 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.

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 Galveston Bay Ships — (11 photos)

Slideshow of Galveston Bay Birds – Thanksgiving 2011 — (77 photos)

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