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The birds…

Getting out for the sunrise has been a bit more of a challenge lately because I haven’t been getting up as early as I used to. But on this particular morning a palmetto bug walked on my leg at 4 AM, and sleep was out of the question after that. And since it wasn’t raining I headed out. I’ve said it before, as I stand on the bridge over-looking the river I’m always amazed to see this flock of birds flying in. They circle and they circle, and I know that they will eventually land, en masse, on the wires across the street. They arrive like clockwork every time I’m there for the sunrise, operating as a unit, suddenly lifting into the air and then settling back onto the wires. With the sunrise being disappointing I concentrated on picture after picture of the birds, because I kept hoping they would circle in front of the sunrise colors that were lighting up the clouds on the west side of the street. The sunrise itself started out quite promising, but quickly fizzled out. But the clouds across the street just got prettier and prettier.

It’s the first day of a challenge from my photography club, to post a picture a day, and with the rainy weather on the horizon that may not be the easiest challenge to meet. But so far so good.

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Aripeka redux…

On my way home from Cedar Lakes Woods the other day I happened to notice the turn off for Aripeka. I hadn’t thought of going there for the sunrise since I got back from the Tetons. It wasn’t the 6 months away that I first imagined when I began to think of myself as a snowbird, but you’d think I was away that long for how thoroughly my mind has remained somewhere in limbo since I got back. But when I checked the weather yesterday morning and rain was a possibility for all afternoon into Sunday off I went for the sunrise. The feature photo was my first stop, the first bridge that I arrive at when I approach Aripeka from the south. It was still dark so the three exposures for HDR seemed to take forever to finish, but that first shot is the feature photo. You should have heard the splash under the bridge as I stood there on top, waiting for the last exposure. It must have been a big fish, but at least I don’t still imagine an alligator that might, in my mind at least, creep up on me on the bridge and gnaw off my foot.

I then moved just up the road to the next bridge, where I can never resist taking an HDR photo of the little bait shop. Plus the possibility of seeing One-Foot Fred dawned on me also.

I moved back and forth across the bridge, loving the pretty sunrise and the reflections on the west wide of the road. I must have been lost in thought because the voice surprised me when I heard someone say that I could get a shot of One-Foot Fred. It was Ray, the guy I’ve talked with before, who said that Fred had followed him over to the bridge. I was happy to see Fred again, and it’s nice to have someone to chat with as well. Ray told me of a new spot to go for sunset pictures, and said the if anyone gives me a hard time for parking there I could say that I have permission, from Ray. LOL. I will check it out one day soon.

Ray said that Fredhad followed him to the bridge, and he would follow him home also, so I stopped by my car and shot long distance photos as he walked away. Use your imagination because, just as predicted, Fred is following him, he’s that gray blur just to the left of the telephone pole. Must have been time for breakfast…

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Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens…

Williston, FL was our destination yesterday, for a lovely hike that included flowers, waterfalls, and a cicada serenade.   It was not your usual botanical garden with beds of flowers.  No, the flowers were tucked away along the trail that began up high, above the water, with a lot of blessed shade on a hot summer day.  Views of the water and waterfalls and bridges revealed themselves as we walked.  We wondered about the lily pads we were seeing, if they were real I mean.  Turns out they were real, but the dinosaurs were not. 

The trail circled the lake with it’s bridges and waterfalls, and along the way we found some creatures to photograph also.

 It was a much needed day out, while following the rules of course…

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Sunrise and sunset…

Home improvements have been on my mind lately.  Prompted by a friends who are fixing up their houses or just spending all their time on their pretty decks while the weather is good.  Here in Florida our perfect weather is still in the offing, and I’m not exactly leaping into action myself.  But I did go to Lowe’s and took note of all their gorgeous flowers.  Then I took pity on them because I have no green thumb, so I haven’t bought any so far.  

And another day gotten through. Sunrise, sunset, and a pretty half moon…

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Believe it, or not…

You can’t believe everything you read. Or anything your weather app tells you about the weather, even the current weather, even the weather right outside your door. That that the sky outside the front door didn’t actually seem as clear as the app made it sound didn’t stop me from heading to Safety Harbor for the sunrise. It was supposed to be clear there also, but it wasn’t. And it was way too windy to be fun to be out taking pictures. Of course we did dodge not one but two hurricanes in my area of Florida today, so maybe I shouldn’t complain and just be grateful, and count my blessings, but not my calories. Not while I’m sitting home with nothing to do, which makes me want to bake, and eat…

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A beautiful morning…

When you finally wake up to a morning without the threat of immanent thunderstorms you quickly figure out somewhere to go to get out and enjoy it. For me it was John Chestnut Park, a place that I always feel like I can count on for wildlife, even if it’s just little birds and squirrels. It’s a pretty park, I love the stone and wood structures, even if they are just picnic pavilions or rest rooms.

But on this day the wildest wildlife happened to be the people out playing on the water. I guess I wasn’t the only one wanting to get out and enjoy the weather.

That water skier was some serious eye candy, but this little guy was pretty darned cute too.

I also found a butterfly section that I hadn’t seen before. No butterflies though, only a couple of very big bees landing on little purple flowers and then waving in the breeze making getting a photo next to impossible. But I had to try.

Eventually I moved on to Anclote River park, where I found a lawn blooming with morning glories. That’s the feature photo, if I ever manage to figure out how to add a feature photo to this post. And an Osprey on the hunt.

My last stop was just up the road at Anclote Gulf park where I had a nice chat with another photographer. It was very low tide, and we were both surprised to see white shapes in the shallow water, lots of them. At first I thought manatees, and then it dawned on me that they were stingrays. I hadn’t seen them there before, or at all really. Plus a little blue heron and a limpkin, shaking his booty.

As I’m writing this post I’m hearing thunder. I’m glad I got out when I did!