Moonlight over the Laguna Madre Bay

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September brings some great moonlit scenery and this September brought a bonus with a Harvest Moon and a Lunar Eclipse! The photo to the left is just as the shadow was beginning to cross the moon. (September 27, 2015)

September 28th, a beautiful moon rises over the Laguna Madre Bay and the skyline of South Padre Island. It inspires the capture of enough photos to create this time lapse. To the left is the Queen Isabella Causeway, the 2.6 mile bridge that connects South Padre Island to the mainland and Port Isabel.




The skyline of South Padre Island across the Laguna Madre Bay from Port Isabel as the Harvest Moon rises on September 28, 2015, 8:09:55 p.m. The Sapphire on the left towers against the sky but is almost dwarfed by the incredible size of the Harvest Moon.

Over the course of two evenings I took these photos from the shoreline of Port Isabel, Texas, in Cameron County, in extreme south Texas.

Shary Mansion… Historic and Absolutely Fabulous!

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Located in Hidalgo County, in deep south Texas, in Sharyland…

In 1917, John Shary and his wife Mary O’Brien built a home known as the Shary Mansion. It is 17,000 square feet, has a bowling alley and a lake. Some of the bedrooms were remodeled in the 1970s.

Ghosts? It is said that Mr. Shary, who is buried across the street, has been seen walking from his burial place his home. Other sightings relate that he was sighted sitting in a rocking chair on his front porch.

A stroll through the grounds, downstairs, with all it’s 1920’s influences and then upstairs and the groovy wall paper and furnishings, such a juxtaposition that only a dominant structure like the Shary Mansion can handily translate, makes the Shary Mansion even more special.