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Wake-up call…

What started out to be a potentially futile trip out to the sunset on Wednesday night turned out to be a wake-up call. After all there was no guarantee that the sunset would be a good one, and/or that my view would be decent, because I was headed out to try for the ‘shipwreck’ against a sunset sky. But not only was there a promise of some color, but I also met a biker who is on a journey inspired by what God has done for him in his life, and who is on a trip to the four corners of the country to spread his story and hopefully inspire others with their own personal struggles. I realized that it’s been a long time since I met someone and heard their story while I was out taking pictures.

James Rice is his name, and he said he was riding past on his Harley when he noticed the ship and the sunset and stopped to take pictures. I was happy to see that no one had parked on the tail of the boat, giving us a little leeway for photos, and the woman who had parked close to the front had moved her car a few feet over when I asked her to. So I told Jimmy that he could be my bouncer because it was going to be a while until the actual sunset and I was sure that other people would would try to pull in and park. And they did, but they moved when asked nicely. I was more surprised when a couple of young people climbed aboard the boat and settled down to watch the sunset. By then another photographer had joined us and he said, “I guess I’ll have to try again tomorrow”, but I figured the heck with that, and yes, they also moved. What a nice trip out that night turned out to be, for entirely different reasons than I expected. I will think of Jimmy and pray that he stays safe as he travels and shares his story.

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Pithlachascotee sunrise…

That is the name of the river that we see from this bridge. I named this post for the river just to see if I could spell it correctly without looking. I couldn’t, I gave it two Ts. Close but no cigar. Trying to spell the name of the river was the most excitement of the day so far. Even though the water was nice and still and ripe for some great reflections, but that didn’t happen. So I amused myself by trying to capture the swirling flock of birds as they landed on the wire, but they were just a blur of gray in the sky. Picking and choosing what day to head out early hasn’t been working out so well lately. Guess I need to rise and shine every day. A resolution? Probably not, but it sounds good.

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Invasion…

Robins, big deal, right? But not in Florida. Not when you have just started taking pictures daily and consequently you do notice when a flock of robins land. And you realize that you don’t see them all the time. And they proceed to splash around in the lake in your (now former) backyard. But I did see them land in this park that I now call home the other day. And I hear them. They are on the ground, in the trees, and in the air. So everywhere basically. And I’ll take pictures because they will move on before too long. I don’t see how you can pay attention to nature and not know deep down that there really is a God…

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Kite Fest…

Kites on the beach, what could go wrong? Well, as you see in the feature photo, a huge expanse of beach, tiny little kites in the sky, (K heard there were huge kites the day before), and even a plane crash…

Loved seeing the surf.
Getting the kite and the flyer into the same shot wasn’t easy.
You could get the kite and flyer into the same shot sometimes, but you got way too much other stuff in the shot also.
Maybe I should learn Photoshop so I could take this girl and put her on the beach all by herself.
Flying these kites is more complicated than I thought.
There was a crowd up the beach and when I investigated I discovered that engine problems coupled with a student pilot had resulted in this. No injuries, thankfully.
Not a kite, but a low flying plane buzzing right overhead, which was slightly alarming after seeing the downed plane.
So people caught my eye, namely the little girl who was watching the other kids playing ball.
I was using my zoom so I couldn’t see the facial expressions when I took the picture.
She was so cute, all dressed in pink with her red-haired doll, but alas, she never cracked a smile.
I should have bought one of these…
My last photo. You see what the sky was doing, and I had an hour’s drive home, and it was time…
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iPhone photos…

There’s the camera and then there’s the iPhone. The 11 pro max to be exact. Not the latest, greatest iPhone any longer, but I have no complaints.

I hesitate to aim my camera at random people, but no one pays attention when you have your iPhone in your hands.
City pier very early.
Setting up the camera for a shot of the pier when I noticed my own shadow and took a picture with my phone. Good thing I did because they turned the lights out just after I took it. And the sunrise was totally grayed out this time.
Seems this orchid was hitching a ride on this tree right outside the condo door.
Willet wading…
More driftwood art.

It occurs to me now that going to Anna Maria City Pier for the sunset would also be a good idea. On top of a potentially gorgeous sunset you might also follow the suggestions on this sign have enjoy some shrimp and beer. Wherever you go, and no matter what you see and how many pictures you take, you always need to go back for more…