Autumn: A Transitional Time on the Island

Autumn.

The weather cools down and the fronts can bring dramatic skies overhead.

Fall's dramatic skies.
Fall’s dramatic skies.

Some folks may think  of colorful leaves and pumpkins or maybe cozying up with a warm mug of cocoa or coffee. Others may think about the hustle and bustle the winds of fall sweep in. We here in the Coastal Bend think of other kinds of color

A butterfly flutters between Fall's yellow bounty.
A butterfly flutters between Fall’s yellow bounty.

However, almost no one thinks of venturing out to the beach or going on a boat to our beloved “ski hole” on Padre Island. Well, this time of year is usually the best because almost nobody else thinks about it either.

The normally bustling "Ski Hole" is abnormally quiet this time of year.
The normally bustling “Ski Hole” is abnormally quiet this time of year.
A lone coyote wanders out in the open during the day at the "Ski Hole".
A lone coyote wanders out in the open during the day at the “Ski Hole”.

You see, unlike summer with the throngs of people soaking up our South Texas rays, the mild temperatures of fall allows one to quietly enjoy our area without the heat nor the hoopla. While everyone else is ticking off their to-do lists before Thanksgiving and the Holidays, Fall is one of my favorite times to enjoy our area because it allows me to slow down a bit with the family and enjoy what we have here in our Coastal Bend backyard.

Purple flowers growing in the dunes undisturbed.
Purple flowers growing in the dunes undisturbed.
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