Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to photograph one of the favorite vacation destinations of Texans – Port Aransas, Texas. (Go here all of the newest Port Aransas photos.) This little coastal town is just up the road from Rockport and Corpus Christi and provides a relatively close location for a quick getaway, especially from Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. I tried to shoot at sunrise and sunset each day I was there. I do love walking the beach in the early morning. Even in the summer, you’ll have the stretch of sand mostly to yourself. Of course, the herons and seagulls will be making their morning rounds looking for small fish and sand crabs.

Port Aransas is beautiful at the beginning and end of the day.

The beach at Port Aransas on the Texas coast is a nice place to enjoy the sunrise or sunset. Here, seagulls soar overhead as the sun sets in the west. Waves roll in gently, reflecting the sunset colors in the soft water and shifting sands.

One of the unique landmarks of the area is the Horace Caldwell Fishing Pier. This wooden structure stretches out 1200 feet into the surf, allowing anglers to put their lines in where the fish are. The pier also makes for a nice foreground when the sun is rising in the east.

Seagulls fly over the beach at Port Aransas, Texas.

The sunrise greeted the Texas coast and Port Aransas with a display of orange and blue on this warm June morning. Seagulls coasted overhead as waves rolled onto the sandy beach. In the distance. Caldwell Pier stretched out 1200 feet into the gulf of Mexico.

One thing I discovered while walking the beach in the afternoon is that seagulls like bread. I made the mistake of tossing up a portion of bread to a hovering seagull. Amazingly, and literally within seconds, twenty or more seagulls flapped around me wanting a handout. While this was amusing, I also realized this would make for a unique photo opportunity. Here is the result:

Blue skies and seagulls enjoy a summer afternoon at Port Aransas, Texas.

Port Aransas has a thriving bird population. Here, seagulls coast along this sandy Texas beach. You can even see a half moon rising in the southeast. I don’t normally shoot much during the day, but I do love the contrast between the seagulls and blue sky.

I do look forward returning again in the fall. There are many more places to see and experience, and more seafood to be enjoyed!

Happy Travels.

~ Rob