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It’s a puzzle…

I bought this puzzle as a prop for a blog post.  It was a while ago and I can’t remember what I called it or what my point actually was at the time.  Something about life falling into place.  Ha!  I’m sure I was convinced at that moment that happily ever after was just around the corner.  When will I learn that ‘ever after’ is an illusion and right this minute is about all you can count on?

I dumped the puzzle pieces out onto the table and took a picture, and then put them back into the box and forgot all about it.  But while on a trip recently there was a puzzle out on the table and we all attempted to put it together, and failed, but it was fun.  I used to buy a Christmas puzzle every year and we’d all work on it, I loved that family activity.  Consequently I bought a table just for that purpose, one with sides that fold down, and it sat up against the wall ignored most of the year.  Not any more though.  That table is now my do-everything table.  All sewing and crafts, plus it’s where I stick things that I can’t figure out what else to do with but also feel like it would be a sin to just throw them away.  After they sit there long enough they do get tossed, but it’s like the left-overs in the refrigerator, I have to let them age a while before I can feel saintly about getting rid of them.

And so when I got home from that trip I got the irresistible urge to ‘do’ that puzzle, and even though I told myself that I shouldn’t, that I’d wind up mad at myself with a puzzle half-done and some other use for the table in mind, but I dumped it out anyhow.  And sure enough, it has taken over my life ever since.  This is exactly the reason I shouldn’t bake, because no matter how I tell myself I’ll put those cookies in the freezer for ‘company’, I eat them.  I don’t buy candy, bread, and ice cream for exactly the same reason.  I really should listen to that voice in my head once in a while, but I hardly ever do.

Then this long, cold, rainy/overcast, weekend arrived, and I was determined to get that puzzle over-with.  So I could get my sewing machine out.  And by last night I was convinced that the puzzle-maker had screwed up.  I had several puzzle pieces that both belonged in the exact same spot, and there was supposed to be a skinny yellow window in one of the doors of the puzzle, and those pieces were simply not there.  I was composing a scathing letter to Big Ben Puzzles in my head, and there may have been a cuss word or two spoken.  Enter my uncle, who picked up the problem section of puzzle pieces and moved everything one space to the left, and like a miracle everything fell into place!  From now on when I reach an impass in life, and am ready to tear my hair out, I hope I remember to move one space to the left and see how things look from there…11-17puzzleimage211-17puzzleimage

I brilliantly took a picture of the puzzle box, which was small and it was impossible to see the details of the puzzle on the image.  Then I put the picture onto the computer screen and zoomed in and I could roll over the image and see the details.  See the feature photo.  And even that didn’t help.  I’ll never know if I’d have figured it out on my own.  This determination to do everything by myself isn’t always the best idea.

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Amusing myself…

It wasn’t the longest plane ride I’ve ever endured, but I didn’t feel like reading and was at loose ends.  Enter Waterlogue.  So I began to look for photos that seemed to me to be candidates for this app.  Not all that I tried looked great, and some that I thought were dubious did in fact turn out really good.  I told myself that one day when I hadn’t been out for photos for a while and didn’t have anything else to say I’d use them on the blog.  Maybe.  And here we are.  It’s been overcast and raining for days.  The photo shoot I’d signed on for has just been cancelled for the second time in three days.  I will be at a winery later on today so there is hope for me yet.  But for now this is the best I can do.IMG_0407IMG_0401IMG_0402IMG_0403IMG_0404IMG_0405Painted in WaterlogueI’m looking at these on the screen of the desktop right now and they don’t look nearly as good as they did on my phone.  Oops.

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Sunrise surprise…

I stopped at Bayport for the sunrise on the way to my hike date yesterday.  I had read that they had finally begun work on the fishing pier that’s been out of commission for several years now.  I wondered how things were going.  I didn’t expect the road to be closed however.  It was pretty overcast and I wasn’t expecting much from the sunrise, but I told myself that I’d take pictures of the fishing boats as they left the launch area.  Only there were no fishing boats, no fishermen, no one at all.  With time to kill I took pictures anyhow.  And, as it frequently does, the sky did get pretty.  But I wonder how long they will have the park closed…11-13bayportflyover11-13bayportherom11-13bayporthawk11-13bayportsunrisecolor11-13bayportsunrisecolor2

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A perfect Florida day…

A friend and I went hiking in the woods yesterday.  It was the perfect day for it, cool but sunny, finally the Florida weather I love the most.  We did nearly 7 miles, walking and talking, and stopping for a few pictures.  Not many really.11-13woodedwalk11-13woodedwalklilypads11-13woodsscapeWe kidded that if our mutual friend Betty had been with us that she would have taken a million pictures already.  So I took this one in her honor;11-13woodedwalkbettyweedWe didn’t seen another person, and only saw a deer off in the distance, but in the sand on the trail were tracks of lots of animals.  Linda said that it must be like rush hour in the night with all the animal activity.  We did see a rhino though, not a frequent sight in Florida.11-13woodedwalkrhinoHogg pond was our destination, and we found some egrets gathered there.  I suspect the beginnings of nesting activity.  And there have been great flocks of birds in the air lately.  Usually they are too high in the sky for decent photos, or the camera just isn’t set up for that capture.  These birds were coming in to land however.  Yes, this will be a booming place in the spring.11-13woodedwalkflyover11-13woodedwalkposers11-13woodsflyingegret11-13woodssnaileaterWe had stopped for lunch at a very quaint hot dog shop in Floral City, and then hiked in the Perry Oldenberg wilderness area.  But the jackpot happened as we finished the hike and were ready to leave.  That’s when we saw the cows in the pasture next to the parking lot.  I was looking to take photos like this when I was at my daughter’s house in PA over the summer, but somehow failed to get out and explore the rolling farmland for scenes like this.  People ask what kind of photography I like best, but I think I like the surprises along the way that make it so interesting.  And I’m normally out by myself for photos, but it was nice to be out with a friend…11-13woodedwalkpasture11-13woodedwalkpasturefamily11-13woodedwalkbrowncow211-13woodedwalkbrowncowI thought that all the cows with horns were bulls, but closer examination of my photos disproved that theory.  Not this particular photo, but trust me…

 

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In a fog…

When I stepped out the door this morning I wasn’t sure where I was heading for the sunrise.  But when I looked up and saw the nearly full moon shining low in a crystal clear sky I knew that Aripeka was where I needed to go.   I could get the moon set over the inlet and the sunrise across the bridge on the other side.  But you probably guessed that the fog set in before I could drive the few miles it took to get there.  And that moon was dropping like a stone!

I talked with a young man who had also stopped on the bridge to enjoy the sunrise.  He said that he stops whenever he can.  He apologized because he said he ‘only’ uses his phone for pictures, not a nice camera like mine.  I assured him that sometimes my iPhone photos are the best ones of the day.  The feature photo and the last photo are iPhone photos.  I just like to see young people taking a minute to appreciate what nature brings us each day.  I wasn’t paying attention to things like that when I was his age.  It was a nice morning, I thought the fog was more interesting than it usually is.  You just never know…11-12aripekamoonset211-12aripekamoonset11-12aripekafoggysunrise11-12aripekafoggyiphonesunrise

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Getting the shot…

I went to an advanced photography class yesterday.  I’d seen that it was coming up but I will always feel like a beginner and thought the information would be over my head.  And a lot of it was, but it made me want to try harder.  Sometimes you have the luxury of planning a shot, deciding the angle and the settings in the camera before you take your picture.  Even trying several settings to help yourself learn what would work best.  But the instructor also qualified his information by saying that sometimes the opportunity arises and all you can do is just try to get the shot.  So with all that new information swirling around in my head I stopped at several parks on the way home.  I was surprised that the parks were so quiet on such a pretty day.  Quiet except for the birds.11-9anclotepier11-9sunsetbeach11-9sunsetbeachpelican11-9sunsetbeachosprey11-9ancloteegret

I was turning to head back to the car when I spotted two belted kingfishers zooming this way and that in the air, and then diving to try and catch their lunch.  I’d only ever seen one once before and in that same area, and I caught a quick picture while it rested for a second on a lamp post.  These two were never still, but they stayed in the area for a few minutes before zooming away.  There was no time to think of any of the instructions I’d heard that day, except that you just have to try to get the shot.  So I did.  It was a treat to see them again.11-9anclotekingfish11-9anclotekingfish211-9anclotekingfish311-9anclotekingfisher411-9fingfisher2