Wotan on the Beach

The first time I came to Port Aransas, I found the bayside nature preserve by following the simple rule of walking away from where everyone else is going (the beach). It was a hot August afternoon, and the wetlands were dry and shallow enough to walk right across. There were no signs, and I didn’t even realize I was in a preserve until I saw the first observation decks. The birds were not too active, but the landscape was memorable. A coastal marsh that had been turned into pasture a century ago, and then allowed to go back to wild as a way to attract birders with billfolds.

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