Louisa Frances

Stephen Fisher Photographer, Aransas Bay, Rockport TX, Tugboat, Dock, Brown Pelican, PierThese ocean-going tugboats don’t get much love from the public…

Photographers tend to mostly post images of the OTHER hard working boats around here…the oyster and shrimp boats. They have so much character. They are purely functional. Seaworthiness is always in doubt. Their sole purpose is to drag nets and sleds to fish and make it back to port with their catch..hopefully!

The Louisa Frances is pristine! Everything on this vessel is in it’s place, and she’s ready to get some work done. Even in the darkness, I could see she wore a coat of fresh paint. I could even see the sun rising through her windshield. Everything aboard had a purpose and place…

I like boats…ALL kinds of boats. Rockport has a longstanding history of people making a living as watermen. This special boat might not have the “uniqueness” of the working girls of the fishing fleets…but she is a beauty!

I think the Brown Pelican agrees with me. It sat up on the piling for over 30 minutes just enjoying the view. Nice boat…nice sunrise…nice bird…

 

 

 

Low Tide

Stephen Fisher Photography, Rockport Tx, Aransas Bay, Sunrise, Low Tide, Pelicans, DucksBrrrrr! It was pretty cold this morning.

I left the house a little earlier this morning than usual. I needed to scout out a couple of locations for a special project I’m doing. As I was driving back to town, I decided to check out my “old faithful”…Water Street. And I’m glad I did!

It was a beautiful pre-dawn out over Aransas Bay. There was the usual big marine layer of clouds hanging just off the horizon. I could make out a raft of White Pelicans and a flock of ducks sleeping out there. They started to stir as I tried to quietly walk out on the oyster bed.

The tide was out this morning. I always like that. I got set up and waited for the show to begin. It didn’t take long…and it didn’t last long! Just another special morning on Aransas Bay…

 

 

 

5 Minutes

Stephen Fisher Photography, Rockport TX, Aransas Bay, Clouds, Marsh, Piers. Lights, HeronYesterday morning was so strange! In about 5 minutes, everything changed…

I was out on Water Street in Rockport yesterday morning in the dark. There was a beautiful crescent moon out over the bay, There was NO wind. And it wasn’t very chilly as some of these winter mornings can be here on the Coastal Bend.

So I’m set up in a spot I use a lot facing almost due east. I was making some images of the moon over a  fishing pier…good stuff. The horizon was starting to get that quickly spreading blend of pre-dawn colors across my scene. It was nice…

All of a sudden the wind starts to pick up a bit out of the north. I glanced over to my left and could make out a cold front heading my way. As the wind speed increased, the temperature kept dropping. The moon no longer had my attention…

I swiveled my camera and tripod around and started to make images of this fast moving frontal system right over Rockport. There was starting to be enough light that I could see the dark clouds rolling over the now yellowish horizon. It was perfect!

I had only THOUGHT it was perfect. All of a sudden this Great Blue Heron flies into my scene and starts to make it’s way into the marsh grass. Now…it was perfect!

 

 

Out Of The Fog

Stephen Fisher Photography, Lamar TX, Crane House, Deer, Buck, FogRecently I was out at the Johnson Ranch in Lamar, TX  photographing the Whooping Cranes. I woke up early…left the Crane House…and set up my blind in the dark.

There are no lights out there, but even in the dark I knew it was a foggy pre-dawn. You could feel all of the moisture in the air. I even had to throw a towel over my gear to try and keep it dry.

There was no sun. But as the eastern sky began to lighten the fog became visible. I could only see maybe 50 yards…probably less! I could hear the Whooping Cranes down in the salt marshes making their trumpeting calls as they stirred. The rest of the world was coming to life…

Something caught my eye down scene. I saw what I though was a buck…a pretty big buck. Ever so slowly he walked right out of the fog into a small clearing directly in front of me. Something looked strange to me…something on his antler. As he continued towards me, I could see that he had some vines wrapped on his left antler. He kept on getting closer and closer. Finally he stopped in a perfect spot. I framed him up…and made the click! A lot of them…

This handsome animal stood there for over a full minute posing for me. Then he slowly drifted back into the fog. Maybe he was a ghost…

 

 

Drive By

Stephen Fisher Photography, Rockport TX, San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad, train stationIt happened again! I drive by this old San Antonio and Aransas Pass railway station almost every day. And this morning, I decided to stop…

As you can see by the sign, the population of Rockport was 601 in 1887 when a spur was run to Rockport from Aransas Pass. Two years later, the population had jumped to over 2000. The railroad really had an impact on the development here.

This old building is on Magnolia Street pretty close to Business 35. I doubt if a lot of tourists get to see it, because it’s not on the “main drag”. It’s now privately owned.

Back to my story. I once again drove right past this building this morning on my way to the Fulton Harbor. As always, it caught my eye. I didn’t have any success at the marina, so I was heading back to my studio. I actually passed it AGAIN! But this time I stopped…backed up…parked…and made a few images.

It’s a little piece of Rockport history. I’m glad that I put my spin on this old train station. And I’m also glad I learned a valuable lesson. No more “drive by’s”! If something catches my eye  this often I’m stopping!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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