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March 29, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Avoiding waves


East Beach boardwalk over dunes. Galveston. ( image: all rights reserved, copyrighted, NO permissions granted )

East Beach. Wide open. We waved at a few people and dogs. (© image)

Hurried to enjoy the wildness, the big sky, the last undisturbed moments.

Perfect beach weather: brisk offshore winds, sunny, too cold for the college kids and sunbathers.

The birds curious, not yet in their summer’s avoidance mode.

Nothing adds to million dollar views like a tall observation tower.

Beach and dunes. Galveston East Beach. (© image. all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

Beach and dunes of Galveston’s East Beach now embellished or blemished, depending on your point of view, by new structures.(© image)

Only this isn’t a new feature built by the Parks Department.

Some people just have to possess it – even though it’s all free.

Put “their own stamp on it”:  Just move a little vegetation here, that brush tangle there…add a nice porch way up high, so we can appreciate it all.

Hey! They built elevated walkways – so as not to disturb the endangered turtle nesting grounds, the habitat of the smalls and birds. That good.

Besides a boardwalk is a much easier walk than a deep sandy trail. And no human erosion for the dunes, right? So much better for the environment. Not to mention better avoidance of sunning rattle snakes.

Building outside the protective sea wall? “Oh, what are the chances? This million dollar, unobstructed view is so worth the risk”…

Sometimes it seems Nature’s only defense against clumsy humans is hurricanes to shove them back.

The loud, carnival-like, old-fashion Entertainment Pier with rides and restaurants barely seen in the distance, but close enough to walk to.

Location, location, location!

Million dollar views.

Million dollar homes ironically marketed with the tag line: “Enjoy The Simple Life”.

Wave of the future.

A simple hope that the peace and quiet won’t be totally deconstructed.

flowers in the dunes of East Beach Galveston. Wild flowers: Firewheels (© image: copyrighted, all rights reserved, NO permissions granted )

Wild flowers, Firewheels, are happily flourishing in the tangle of brush under the boardwalk. (© image)

Galveston's east beach. dunes and water's edge (© image: all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

Galveston’s beaches cannot be owned. Private property starts at the dune’s vegetation lines…of course those can drastically change with wind and waves. While home owners are not supposed to plant the dunes in an attempt to protect their lot size, people are encouraged to repurpose old Christmas trees and stake them down which allows sand to collect, cover, and create more dunes.(© image)

Beach plants in the sandy dunes. Galveston East Beach (© image: all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permission granted)

The sand dunes not really as bleak and barren as they seem. (© image)

yellow wild flowers in sandy dunes of Galveston's East Beach ( image all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted))

Some prom queen or bride accidentally lose her bouquet? (© image)

Beach, dunes and tankers waiting in anchorage waiting for the Houston Ship Channel to reopen. ( image: all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

Past the waves, ocean-going vessels/tankers/container ships wait in off shore anchorages for permission to enter the Houston Ship Channel. Professional Channel Pilots arrive for the last part of their journeys. Not everyone is skilled enough to steer the tricky channel or to manage the famous Texas Chicken which is a maneuver two giant ships use to pass each other, one going in and one going out, in the narrowly dredged deep channel. Basically the Pilots take dead aim at each other’s bows until at the last minute they swing their bows starboard- in opposite directions. The delicate dance creates bow and stern wakes and the pressure created between ships and banks/displaced water lets them slide carefully parallel past each other. Fine skill and fine understanding of science, indeed. One woman pilot laughs “I did it 7 months pregnant. How hard can it be?” Article here (© image)

Blue skies over East Beach, Galveston . Salt march inland from water and bordering the parking lot. ( image: all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

Blue afternoon skies. This back of the dunes plot borders our favorite public parking spot/beach access. Soon we fear it will be lined with a row of beach house balconies instead of wild flowers, prairie grass, Lantana, and bunnies. They come for the million dollar views. Waves.(© image)

Looking for warmth. For soft. For comfortable predictability.

Avoiding the pounding waves of humanity

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.



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  1. easyweimaraner / Mar 29 2019 6:32 am

    we love the ideas with the walkways… and yes, I would like to enjoy that simple life too LOL


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 29 2019 7:33 am

      Lottery win. Then we’ll hire someone to build walkways (so much easier – less sandy paws in the car!) Paws up for waves! Thanks for splashing down here

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  2. ksbeth / Mar 29 2019 6:34 am

    Beautiful, Phil.

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  3. Kate Crimmins / Mar 29 2019 7:16 am

    Humans are the worst. Back here on the east coast some communities have height limits but big hotel conglomerates challenge because everyone needs to enjoy the view. Everyone except the town people whose view is completely blocked.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 29 2019 8:10 am

      Sort of a laugh how everyone wants to see the view, but everyone builds up so much nobody can see the view ( and even the balconies) Height limits are a help, but there’s always resorts or those with money/influence.
      East Beach is on the growing end of the island as the jetties catch sand and build. There’s a good sized “wild” state park area as well as the beach state park. Small public access is tucked in here and there if you know where to look. Less visited due to limited parking. A good part of Galveston Island is undeveloped – cows still roam. Nothing like a big storm to clear the deck…if only people had longer memories.
      We feel a proposed “Coastal Spine” or “Ike Dike” federal “flood/storm” project would dramatically alter wetlands, salt marshes, and beaches. Business/developers want that monstrosity – which environmental groups, the Corp of Engineers, Rice University say is a flawed plan. So the fight is on. Whether hair styles or oceans, better to work with nature than try to force it to change.
      We’re sneezing and itchy eyes like crazy here from the oak pollen. Hope you’re less yellow and enjoying Spring there. Thanks for surfing the sandy dunes here

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      • Kate Crimmins / Mar 29 2019 9:25 am

        Spring is stopping by tomorrow for a short visit. She’ll be gone by Monday morning leaving cold and rain in her wake. Soon.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 29 2019 10:45 am

          We’re hurrying to get lawn mowed and fertilizer spread before the front storms in here and chills down Sat. night. Glad I didn’t pack up all the long sleeves last weekend. Odd but even after months of rain, drought warnings are almost at our doorstep and the ground is cracking. Guess that’s why the mosquito hawks are slipping indoors …much to the delight of one local resident.

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  4. Ally Bean / Mar 29 2019 8:46 am

    Lovely photos of something so far away from here that it almost seems like a dreamworld to me. As for too many people… well, sure. What else is new?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 29 2019 8:55 am

      Spring and Fall are very dreamy at the beach. We avoid the area during vacation times to hold the illusions. Besides Molly says the summer sand is too hot on her paws…and she tends to grab up stinky, souvenirs of undetermined origins then. The new development is very pretty with pastel colored, old fashioned/Victorian style large beach type homes – but it will look like a whole different movie set.
      Enjoy the weekend! Thanks for strolling these sands

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  5. sustainabilitea / Mar 29 2019 8:54 am

    Avoiding the pounding waves of humanity is one of my favorite things/times, too. 🙂 Lovely views.



  6. shoreacres / Mar 29 2019 10:13 am

    Have you been to the Kelly Hamby Nature Center that lies west, across the San Luis bridge, and about 2-4 miles down the road? There’s also a boardwalk to the dunes, and great native marsh, and the people who show up are mostly birders or plant people. It’s a delightful spot — pretty much straight across the road from the kayak launching spot. Highly recommended!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 29 2019 10:46 am

      I heard rumors about location the last summer- when mosquitoes were so bad. Might be a good idea to check it out pretty soon. Thanks for the reminder and location landmarks!


  7. anotherday2paradise / Mar 29 2019 1:56 pm

    I’m a huge fan of boardwalks, especially when there are alligators around. 😀 “Enjoy The Simple Life” gave me a smile. There can be nothing simple about your life if you can afford to buy and upkeep one of those luxury beachfront homes. Love the look of those dunes with the sprinkling of flowers.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 31 2019 1:45 pm

      This is gator country/ wetlands, too. They should be warming top and out and about soon. Actually at least once a year a gator is spotted frolicking in very shallow water at this beach. Some are washed down rivers by flooding – others somehow the know salt water kills bacteria and fungus other skin – it’s a spa treatment. They all seem to have no problem finding their way back home. Another reason to be cautious in the dunes. Boardwalks have a place – both at the beach and the local swampy /marsh parks inland. And you can see the shy flowers carpeting the sand that you would normally over look. We love the prolific lantana stands that has survived abandoned homesteads, snow, and hurricanes. Plant reduce may be planned before the bulldozers all move in. Thanks for hiking over here to chat.

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  8. Curt Mekemson / Mar 30 2019 4:19 pm

    I’ve always felt that ocean shores should be protected from private development and kept open to the public. An absolute guarantee that I would be unpopular with developers and real estate agents and millionaires. The first thing that developers do is lock off the beaches to public access. I’ve been known to root for hurricanes in such circumstances. –Curt


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 31 2019 1:53 pm

      It’s a shame other states do not prohibit private ownership of beaches.There’s only one spot on Galveston Bay that has an owner – that less than a block long, small section of coastal land is the specific subject of an ancient Spanish land grant and the courts have upheld the descendants’ rights – which actually extended a bit out into to water. Somehow that nod to history makes me smile.
      Nothing as good as a good dog bath to get rid of fleas – sort of like hurricanes? HAHA
      Thanks for swimming by with a comment


  9. Emily Cannell- Hey From Japan / Mar 31 2019 4:57 am

    My family had a beach house on Pirate’s Beach from 1964 to about 2010. I remember as a kid the dunes got bulldozed down for new houses. Maybe early 70’s. That was, and continues to be, a disaster.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 31 2019 2:06 pm

      West Beach. Total disaster created by developers. If only they would build some rock jetties along there, maybe shore would build like on East Beach rather than slowly slip away – even without storms. But they won’t because jetties scare people with undertow and currents created.
      Remember watching any catamaran/ Hobie Cat sailing regattas/races along there? I was probably waving at you HAHA. (Will never forget the Nationals when all the big shot cool dudes came in from California – and were stunned women were racing – captains as well as crewing – while their babes sat on the shore for hours waiting for races to be done. Yea, we’re so backwards here HAHA).
      Thanks for venturing to the shores. (Enjoyed your blog posts)

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      • Emily Cannell- Hey From Japan / Apr 1 2019 3:19 am

        Our house was on the beach block at the furthest end. When I was a kid, the water was about two and a half blocks away- maybe another block past the dunes. Before they were demolished. Now the water is right at the dune line. Another twenty years and our house will he beachfront. All those houses are slowly getting taken over by the surf. All because they bulldozed the dunes.
        The races! Yes! So funny!


  10. LordBeariOfBow / Apr 14 2019 10:28 pm

    Love to see that Texas Chicken manoeuvre, that’d be well worth watching, be better still on board standing in the bows of one of the ships, That’d be a real WOW


  11. RKLikesReeses / May 13 2019 9:04 am

    Whoa, the Texas Chicken sounds like a nail-biter.
    People should keep their “I must own this and I don’t care if I destroy it in the process!!” mentality away from beaches & dunes. Feh.
    Gorgeous pictures, & I loved your description of the day! Cool breeze off the water, no interlopers: perfect!


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