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Checking in…

I’m just checking in to say that I’m having computer issues and can’t enjoy working with photos at the moment. Between the computer issues and the fact that I have a little weekend trip planned I’ll be out of the loop for a few days I’m sure. And that was planned before ETA decided to head right at all of us on the nature coast. So all is well at the moment, and when I decide what to do about my computer issues I will be back…

I’m glad I bought that Christmas puzzle so there is something to do besides watch the weather channel…

'scene' along the way, boats, following the rules, food, friends, fun, learning, live and learn, old dogs new tricks, perseverance, photography, sky, technology, weather

Suppose…

Suppose that you and a friend went to a photography class, and you were hungry afterward. So you went to Dunedin to eat swordfish and take pictures using some of what you learned that day. Like looking for lines, repeating shapes and patterns, color as shapes, sight lines, interactions between people. My head was spinning…

Did I say Dunedin? Or was it Dogedin?

What would have been great would have been if a dog stopped to look at the dog mural. You could take your time and choose a background and then just wait for people to walk by, but that would require more patience than we had, but we did get lucky a couple of times.

The fountain in the feature photo was something I had never noticed in all the times I’ve been to Dunedin before. I hadn’t ever noticed this monument to veterans from all of the 50 United States before either. Each state has a block made of native materials. How did I not see it before? Betty hadn’t noticed it either, and you might think she is inspecting it closely, but really she is taking pictures of the ants that were swarming in one grout joint.

Interactions and sight lines were on my mind for these.

Repeating patterns and shapes, and contrasting colors.

And this was the view from the outdoor deck where we had lunch. Another day of fun, while we recover from election craziness and prepare for a storm that is slowly but surely bearing down on us.

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New friends…

I made a new friend today. She is the sister of another friend that I occasionally meet up with for a photography session. This time they met me at the bridge near me in hopes of a good sunrise session. So photography was the excuse to get together at, ahem, 6 AM, but it was nice to know it would be a social trip too. And breakfast at a place new to me, and boy was it ever good. I don’t know if I’m happy to know it’s there or not, after all, feeding myself has not been an issue during this time of social distancing. The sunrise could have been more spectacular, but the company was just fine.

'scene' along the way, a second look, birds, blessings, boats, eagles, Florida wildlife, fun, making memories, nature, perseverance, photography, weather

Anticipation…

The weather was calling me to get out of the house. It was sunny and warm, not hot. And there was a breeze to ruffle the eagle’s feathers. When I thought I’d check to see if the eagles were hanging around the nest I thought it was going to be too late in the day to see them. Or that the sun would have them in silhouette. I’m glad I didn’t listen to that voice in my head because one was there, sitting on a snag. Maybe he was enjoying the weather as much as I was. Soon there will be eggs, and both eagles will be on the nest daily. And I can hardly wait. I can’t stop at the nest without also stopping at Anclote River Park also. Another nice day.

'scene' along the way, a second look, Florida wildlife, fun, go with the flow, nature, on closer examination, perseverance, photography, simple things

At the beach…

Sometimes you head to an area to scout out a possible site for sunrise or sunset photos and you strike out all together. Like yesterday, driving the impossibly narrow streets near Green Key Beach, looking for a vantage point overlooking the water. I didn’t find one, sorry to say, but as long as I was there I walked to the beach to see if anything was going on. There wasn’t. Just some folks in beach chairs sitting in the sun, and, of all things, a turtle walking along the sidewalk munching on grass. He walked towards me when I sat on a picnic bench to watch him, but then he continued on his way. Just another day at the beach…

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Georgia through the phone…

Looking at iPhone photos and came across a couple that I had missed. Black Rock Mountain State Park did offer the most wide-open views of any of the parks we visited. I believe that the write up we saw said that there were 80 mile views, so we knew that the drive to get there would be worth it. There are a few state parks that on the map appeared to be clustered ‘near’ each other, and to drive between them you rode a scenic byway so you could hardly go wrong. Each park was quite small, or maybe it was that I had just been to a couple of huge national parks, but there were overlooks that you could hike to, and even a suspension bridge that we didn’t get to, so another trip one day would be fun. And this area is only 90 minutes or so from Smokey Mountain National Park, which I’m even more excited to visit now that I’ve seen the views from here. So many places left to see…