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Posts Tagged ‘Bryan Beach Texas’

A Stroll on Bryan and Quintana

Posted by E.G.D. on November 29, 2014

Last month, I drove down to Lake Jackson to do a Halloween Mad Science event at the mall there, and I couldn’t possibly justify not going to the beach while I was at it!  Now, as some of you probably know, there are a good number of options in the area, but I wound up going to Bryan and Quintana because it’s the drive with the best signage (I didn’t need a map to get there, and I didn’t have to ask directions).  Now, I have no idea what part of the beach is Bryan and what part is Quintana.  The signs sit on opposite sides of the sand road leading onto the beach highway: quintanabryan

Basically, insert road here.  These signs are even angled so that they sort of face each other.  Anyhow, it was a spectacularly beautiful day!  I found a remarkable number of beautiful shell treasures, none of which I took home (I was in the middle of a move, and when I’m moving I have a pretty strong aversion to the acquisition of things, even if they are small things), and I saw a really amazing array of birds.

Seashells galore! (E.G.D.)

Seashells galore! (E.G.D.)

So many nice shells! (E.G.D.)

So many nice shells! (E.G.D.)

I saw plovers, pelicans, and a family of seagulls that included chicks!  At least they looked a lot like the seagulls in coloring, and they were hanging out with the adult gulls.  What do you think?

Baby Gulls?  (photo by E.G.D.)

Baby Gulls? (photo by E.G.D.)

Whatever they were, they were super-cute!  Anyway, aside from shells and birds, I came across a good many people picnicking, fishing, using metal detectors, walking dogs, and swimming, and I also came across a very clever and enterprising ice cream truck.  Here in Texas, a lot of our beaches are actually designated highways, so this system actually works:

Ice cream at the beach, anyone? (photo by E.G.D.)

Ice cream at the beach, anyone? (photo by E.G.D.)

I didn’t wind up buying anything, but I was amused.  In all, it was a really delightful walk, and I certainly get the impression that everyone on the beach that day was having a really wonderful time.

Fun times! (E.G.D.)

Fun times! (E.G.D.)

Right before I left for home, the shadows were getting long, and I got artsy with my camera.  I’m not going to insert a slide show here (though I probably could!  I got a whole series of seriously artsy shots), but for fun, here’s an interesting shot of a buried driftwood branch/log. DSCN0230Aaaaaaaaaand that’s the story of my most recent trip to Bryan/Quintana.  Fun, right?  It’s a lovely beach, and I recommend it to anyone, but bear in mind that there are no restroom or shower facilities, and there didn’t appear to be a lifeguard on duty.  On the other hand, there was ice cream!  If you’re going to have to choose your amenities, that might be the better way to go on a hot day. Have a great and beachy holiday weekend, everyone! Thanksgiving, not Halloween.  Better late than never- E.G.D.

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Angel Wings: A Heavenly Find

Posted by Jody on May 28, 2014

“Angel wing” is the perfect name for this beachcombing favorite! Easy to identify, these beautiful seashells are well-known collector’s items.

Angel wings (Cyrtopleura costata) are very fragile seashells. Somehow, quite a few of them seem to make it to the beach unchipped and in one piece, but it can be a bit of a challenge to get one of these brittle beach treasures all the way home intact!

Angel Wings, Bryan Beach, Texas (Brazoria County)

Angel wings can be found along the Atlantic Coast from Cape Cod, Massachusetts to the northern West Indies. Their range includes the Gulf of Mexico and reaches as far south as Brazil. Our family found many of these wing-shaped beauties on Brazoria County’s Gulf Coast (Texas).

These delicate, snowy white bivalves are members of the burrowing Piddock family.  Angel wings bore deep into the soft sandy mud (up to 3 feet below the surface). Filter feeders, they feast on the microalgae and tiny zooplankton in their mucky home, where they can grow up to 8 inches in length.

Angel Wings

Angel Wings

“The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.”  – George Eliot, English novelist

Have a heavenly day at the beach!

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Happy Father’s Day!

Posted by Jody on June 17, 2012

Kite Flying on Bryan Beach, Texas

“Every father should remember that one day his son will

follow his example instead of his advice.”

~ Charles F. Kettering,  American Engineer and Inventor

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Elusive Bryan Beach, Texas Gulf Coast

Posted by Jody on May 18, 2012

Bryan Beach is a beautiful strip of golden sand on the Texas Gulf Coast.  We found this fine, wide, “natural” beach by studying a visitor’s map of  Clute, Texas and its surrounding cities. The beach isn’t even specifically labeled on the brightly colored tourist maps of the area, and it’s even harder to find official information on the internet! Just ask one of the  friendly locals if you need help with directions. Take my word on this one… Bryan Beach is worth searching out!

Beautiful Bryan Beach, Brazoria County, Texas

Bryan Beach, with its wide expanse of soft sand, is the perfect kite-flying beach. You can walk for miles and beachcomb for a wonderful variety of beach treasures. But look out for the cars and trucks!  They are allowed on the beach here. I understand that weekends can be quite crowded, and it’s no wonder, since you can camp on Bryan Beach free of charge.

Bryan Beach, Texas

The Gulf of Mexico is very generous to the visitors at Bryan Beach. Our collected beach treasures ranged from colorful coquinas to sundials, sea beans and driftwood.  There are plenty of goodies to go around on this lovely, elusive strand.

Bryan Beach Treasures (Photo ©Jody Diehl)

Delicate angel wings adorn the sand at the water’s edge.

Angel Wings in the Sand

According to the  Texas State Historical Association, “The 878-acre park was acquired by purchase from private owners in 1973 and named for James Perry Bryan, who built a home there in 1881 and operated a store at nearby Peach Point. Covered with dunes, some up to ten feet in height, the undeveloped park is home to a wide variety of coastal vegetation, including various grasses, shrubs, and forbs. Native animals include ground squirrels, gophers, grasshopper mice, rice rats, cotton rats, rabbits, and opossums. Shorebirds are common, and waterfowl and other migratory birds can be observed.”

Take County Road 1495 for about 3 ½ miles south and west of Freeport, Texas and you’ll find Bryan Beach State Recreation Area.  We didn’t actually see any evidence that this undeveloped area was a state park. In fact, I was told by the helpful folks at the Freeport Visitor Center that Bryan  Beach is maintained by the City of Freeport.  The only official nod to civilization here is a couple of porta-potties placed near an entry point to the beach!

Have a great day at the beach!

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