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Second sunrise…

Thursday was my last day at Fort DeSoto, and even though I’d enjoyed an amazing sunrise there on Tuesday I headed there again.  Or maybe it was because that sunrise had been so pretty that I hoped I’d see another one as nice, or maybe even better.  And when I arrived I was excited to see the bridge lit in red this time, but the low fog was rolling in and in minutes it washed out the bridge and the whole sky was more gray than anything else.  The feature photo was taken at 6:28 AM.  Ten minutes later we had this…0.jpeg

And at 6:490-3.jpeg

At 7:08…0-4.jpeg

And at 7:12…0-2.jpeg

These are all iPhone photos, pretty much straight out of the camera.  I wanted to see as much of that sky as I could because the entire sky looked like this as far as I could see.  I never did see the sun at all that morning, and I could barely see the bridge as the sunrise progressed and that fog took over.  It wasn’t the sunrise I’d hoped for, but I have to say that that sky was incredible.  I think Forrest Gump was onto something.  Sunrises are also like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get.

 

 

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The battle…

In truth the northern troops seemed to be in overwhelming numbers on the battle field,  while confederate troops took the field in smaller contingents.01-18-20brooksvilleraidboy201-19-20confederatesoldiers

It was confusing to watch and try to decide which side had the upper hand.01-19-20grayfires01-18-20brooksvilleraidboy01-19-2020confederatetroops01-19-20unionshoot.jpg

The calvary took the field while canons fired on both sides.01-19-20cavalry01-19-20canonclose01-19-20calvaryshoot.jpg01-19-20horseback.jpg01-19-20twohorses.jpg01-19-20northovercomes.jpg

The dead and wounded were left laying in the field.01-18-20brooksvilleraidwounded

This old confederate soldier watched two of his fellow soldiers fall in the fighting.01-19-20oldman

He took up the charge by himself, which proved to be a futile attempt in the heat of the moment.01-19-20charge01-19-20nursing

In the end it appeared that the north had taken the day.  But at the end of the battle the dead and wounded arose, and both sides participated in a salute to past and present soldiers who have fought and died for our country.  If only all wars could end this way.01-19-2020finalsalute.jpg

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The Brooksville Raid…

The Brooksville Raid was not a civil war battle but a skirmish, which had no clear winner.  Perhaps that’s why the reenactment weekends are structured by coin toss as to which side wins.  And the other side wins the next day.  A very civilized way to do things I suppose.  The gates open at 9 AM and the battle doesn’t happen until 2:30, so there is a lot of time to wander in the encampments where the reenactors spend the weekend, not just reenacting the battle but reliving life in the camps also.  They wander through the crowds in their costumes, the troops practice their drills, and it does help you to imagine what life would have been like for those poor soldiers.  Maybe not so poor on a gorgeous, sunny Florida day, but that wasn’t always the case now was it?

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Sarsaparilla, I hadn’t had it before.  Choose your bottle and fill it for $5, and refills are $2!

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You can’t win them all…

My assumption that heading to the eagle nest for pictures would be a sure thing was definitely optimistic.  Why wouldn’t I think that after Monday’s great day of shooting?  So I went yesterday, determined to get better acquainted with the lens and tripod I hadn’t used for probably a year, not since the last time I had gone out for photos of owls.  As usual there were photographers there when I got there, and I learned that the babies had been fed earlier.  Dad was on the nest with the babies, they said, and we saw Mom fly in and land in some pine trees out of reach of our lenses.  And that’s how things stood for the couple of hours I was there.  My attention wandered to the faint moon still showing in the sky, and eventually I wandered to the fishing pier where I found the tide lower than I had ever seen it.  It was amazing to think that I’ve stood on that pier and watched dolphins swimming right below me, but not this time.  01-16-20momandchicknew01-16-20moonoverthenest01-16-20fishingpier201-16-20fishingpier

When I got home I looked through the pictures I’d gotten, few that they were, and I looked again at what I’d taken on Monday and found a few more that I liked.  And that was that.  But it was a nice day to be outside enjoying the weather and chatting with the other people keeping vigil.  It seemed we all left at about the same time, I wonder what excitement may have happened later.  What did we miss?  Maybe that’s what keeps us going back…01-16-20eaglet01-16-20eaglepluschick201-16-20eaglepluschick01-16-20eaglepants

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The circle of (eagle) life…

I was up north last winter when the nearby eagles were raising their young, so it’s a treat to watch them now.  I’m an amateur, I think some of the photographers I saw there are there nearly every day.  But I hadn’t been in a couple of weeks so.  When I saw that the eaglets were already popping their heads up out of the nest I needed to play catch-up.  It was so fun to watch, or pretend to, since I was struggling to focus.  I needed to focus manually with my big lens and extender, and no matter what I did it didn’t appear to be in focus.  All the while the other photographers were exclaiming over how cute the little ones were, so I finally ditched the extender and stuck with my 150-600 Tamron lens, which allows auto focus.  To see these tiny creatures at all is amazing since they really are quite a distance away.

Seeing a parent fly in with a fish started the action for me.  My fellow watchers were remarking on how tired this eagle was.  I asked how you could tell and the answer was that it was panting, like a dog. 01-14-20incoming101-14-20incoming201-14-20incoming301-14-20momandbaby101-14-20momandbaby201-14-20momandbaby301-14-20momandbaby4They were also all excited when they spotted two eaglets!  I just shot picture after picture and hoped I had gotten something.  If I heard them shooting then I did too.  But after a while I was able to sort out what I was seeing through the lens and yes, there were two of them.  01-14-20twochicksThe other parent was in a nearby tree, arriving soaking wet, and I caught this image as he ‘shook his tail feathers’.01-14-20shakeitoff

But I can’t leave this on such a silly note, when we all know just how regal they are, even when wet.01-14-20wetbutregal

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Also at the zoo…

After I tore myself away from the orangutans I went in search of the Sumatran tigers, and the clouded leopard (above).  At the Lowrey Park Zoo of course.1-13-20Sumatrantiger

And the koalas were also high on my list.  I know these are not great pictures, but their enclosure was dimly lit and had reflections on the plexiglass so I’m surprised to have images at all.  The koalas escaped my view on every trip I made to the San Diego Zoo years ago.  Imagine standing under their tree with lots of people exclaiming over how cute they were, and despite having them pointed out by lots of helpful people I never once managed to see them.  And I tried for four years.1-13-20koala11-13-20koala2

I spotted the Lorikeet enclosure and remembered that I enjoyed it last time and headed in.  This time one of the keepers gave this family a little cup of water to hold and the birds descended on them en masse.  It was fun to watch.01-13-20Lorikeets101-13-20Lorikeets2

Even though I knew what to expect from the Macaw flyover I still failed to get a photo of them in flight. 01-13-20macawfour

I was ready to leave when I got a heads up from another photographer that the Florida leopard kittens were going to be displayed in their enclosure soon.  I pictured tiny kittens and of course I headed for their area.  But no, these brothers were born last June, but it was still fun to see them. 01-13-20floridapantherkittensAnd yes, there were other monkeys at the zoo.  But in looking over my pictures I also discovered more orangutan photos I missed yesterday.  Is it any wonder?  I probably had 100 of them or so to choose from.01-13-20monkey1-13-20orangutan1-13-20orangutan2

I love the zoo.  And this one offers you a deal.  Buy a one day pass and get admitted for free for the rest of the year.  That was what I planned to do but another photographer I chatted with is a member of the zoo, and a member can bring a guest in with them, so when he offered to have me be his guest I graciously accepted.  Thanks for that Frank, it was very nice of you.