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Kemah & Seabrook

 
       
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When sunlight falls on the ocean, magic begins to happen in the shapes found in reflections, shadows and colors. I invite you to enjoy these “moments from creation that are frozen in time” and made into a long-lasting fine art print for your décor.

My seascape inspiration originally came from my backyard on the Texas Gulf Coast. Seabrook is surrounded by four bodies of water: Galveston Bay, Clear Lake, Taylor Lake and Pine Gully. The sun rises and sets over a body of water every day. This created many opportunities for me to capture waterfront scenes of landmarks, boating, water birds, wildlife and picturesque seascapes.

I was drawn to this area when I began to photograph in the late 1970’s. The landmarks located on the Seabrook waterfront and in the Kemah Boardwalk area captured my attention. Therefore, the rapidly changing landmarks of this area are immortalized in my photographs.

 
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 1978 - Kemah & Seabrook Waterfronts

This is a photograph of the Kemah Waterfront taken in 1978 from the old drawbridge before the development of the Kemah Boardwalk by the Landry´s Corporation. This photograph is also printed in black and white. 

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  1980 - Kemah-Seabrook Waterfront

This is a historic photograph of both the Seabrook and Kemah Waterfronts taken in 1980. The sailboats form a perfect line to navigate under the drawbridge. This photograph is also printed in black and white.

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  1980 - Kemah-Seabrook Channel

This is a historic photograph of both the Seabrook and Kemah Waterfronts taken in 1980. The sailboats form a perfect V-shaped line to navigate under the drawbridge. This photograph is also printed in black and white.

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  1981 - Joe Lee´s Restaurant

Jimmie Walker´s "UP´s"  and the famous Joe Lee´s Restaurant were popular hang-outs in Kemah, Texas during the 1970´s and 1980´s. 

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  1981 - Jimmie Walker´s Restaurant

The famous Jimmie Walker´s Edgewater Restaurant with the club "UP´s", a famous hot spot in the 1980´s. This building was built in 1963 after Hurricane Carla in 1962 destroyed the previous building from the 1950´s. 

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  1981 - Kemah-Seabrook Drawbridge - Sailboats

A classic scene photographed at sunset from the upper deck of Joe Lee´s Restaurant. The Kemah-Seabrook Drawbridge was open for sailboats to navigate under the bridge. This photograph is also available in black and white.

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  1981 - Kemah-Seabrook Drawbridge

A classic scene photographed at sunset from the upper deck of Joe Lee´s Restaurant. The Kemah-Seabrook Drawbridge was open for sailboats to navigate under the bridge.

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  1982 - Kemah Drawbridge and Shrimp Boat

The perfect alignment of the setting sun between the arms of a shrimp boat passing through the drawbridge is captured in this photograph in 1982. This magical moment presented itself as I was navigating with friends through the Clear Creek Channel on a sailboat. 

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  1984 - Seabrook and Kemah Waterfronts

This photograph was taken from the drawbridge when it was open to capture the parade of boats waiting to navigate under the bridge. The restaurant landmarks with the docked shrimp boats have since changed. 

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  1986 - New and Old Bridge

I took this photograph in 1986 shortly after the opening of the new fixed-span bridge between Kemah and Seabrook.  The drawbridge remained open until it was dismantled later that year.

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  1988 - Seabrook and Kemah Waterfronts

This is a historic photograph with the Brass Parrot Restaurant with the red roof. This landmark and the many docked shrimp boats have since changed.

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  1990 - Kemah-Seabrook Fixed-Span Bridge

This beautiful image taken at sunset features a sailboat under sail and the Texas flag lighted in neon on the bridge between Seabrook and Kemah. 

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  1992 - Clear Lake Channel

Channel between Kemah and Seabrook, 1992. A fine art photograph by Ruth Burke.

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  1996 - Kemah-Seabrook Waterfront

This is a photograph of both the Seabrook and Kemah Waterfronts taken in 1996 before the development of the Kemah Boardwalk by the Landry´s Corporation. 

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  1999 - Seabrook Waterfront

This photograph was taken of the Seabrook Waterfront in Seabrook, Texas on a clear day in October.  Notice the show of colorful shrimp boats docked on the waterfront for a real seaside fishing village photograph.

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  1999 - Kemah Boardwalk with Seagulls

This is a photograph of the Kemah Boardwalk at dusk.  I was on my boat moving slowing through the Clear Creek Channel as I captured the waterfront portion of the image.  The feeding seagulls were captured on the same film frame from a ride out in Galveston Bay.  A one-of-a-kind photograph.

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  1999 - Kemah Boardwalk at Night

This evening photograph shows the Kemah Boardwalk as it looks at night lighted up with neon lights and the Seabrook Waterfront with docked shrimp boats.

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  2000 - Kemah Boardwalk in Daylight

This photograph was taken of the Kemah Boardwalk in Kemah, Texas, on a clear day in October.

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  2000 - Kemah - Seabrook Waterfronts

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  2006 - Kemah Waterfront

Kemah waterfront, 2006. A fine art photograph by Ruth Burke.

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  2006 - Kemah Boardwalk

A view of the Seabrook waterfront and the Kemah Boardwalk looking out into Galveston Bay, with power and sail boats cruising by in the Clear Creek Channel.

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  Landmarks - Curley´s Corner - 1980

A funky place to gather, buy bait and ice, or just drink a beer. Located in the intersection of Texas Hwy. 146 and NASA Rd. 1 in Seabrook, Texas, this building is a historic landmark from the 1930´s when it was originally named "Hooker´s Beer" and then "Doc´s" in the 1960´s. 

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  Landmarks - Maribelle´s - Seabrook - 1980

A pink honky-tonk in full Texas style located near the water in Seabrook, Texas. This was a popular spot for astronauts to gather during the heyday of the space program in the 1960´s to 1980´s.

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