Friday, February 23, 2007

Padre Island National Seashore

Photograph: Padre Island NS Dunes.

We visited San Padre Island National Seashore in south Texas over the weekend. There were just a few people on the natural beach area, but an abundance of wildlife and sunshine.

Photograph: Padre Island NS Heron.Photograph: Padre Island NS shoreline with clouds and waves.

Oil drilling platforms are visible off in the distance and there is oil and gas exploration at the park. The visitor's center warns about the tar that washes up onto the beach from all of the oil production in the area and about the dangers of medical and chemical debris that ends up on shore as a result of the prevailing currents. While there's a mile or two of natural beach, the vast majority of the shoreline is open to four wheel drive vehicles. In fact, the beaches are designated Texas public highways.

Photograph: Padre Island NS vehicles on the beach.

3 Comments:

Anonymous christin said...

hi thanks alot for ur fantastic photographs wow i really enjoy them

1:48 AM  
Anonymous Lisbet said...

You write very well.

12:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a veteran visitor to the island and simply noticed in your intro you called it "San Padre...." is simply Padre Island Nat'l Seashore. South Padre is another island separated from PINS by a navigable channel 58 miles down the island. South padre can only be accessed via land by going outside of Corpus Christi and a couple hundred miles south almost to Mexico. Nice pics though-it takes me back there to that magical place!

7:08 PM  

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