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Skeleton Key…

I’ve been to Hudson Beach so many times over the years, but hadn’t ever walked all the way to the far end of the parking lot before. Which is how it is that I had never noticed this sign until last night. One of the reasons I kept walking past where I normally would have turned was that I heard lots of commotion and couldn’t decide if people were having fun or not. They may have been having fun then, but by the time I left there were police cars in the area and my guess is someone wasn’t having fun anymore.

This sign was behind a locked fence, I wished for a different angle.
This is a different angle on a familiar view.
Did I spot a lighthouse?
There were no clouds to light up the sky but it was a pretty sunset anyhow.

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Photo shoots…

Most of the time when I head out to take pictures I might have a little conversation with someone or another, but I come away with enough pictures to keep me busy for hours editing them. But not always. Considering how much talking I did yesterday I’m surprised I got even one decent picture at the race track. It was the last racetrack photo shoot of the year, and it was hot, but with a cool breeze that saved us. Or I thought it saved me anyhow, but I will have to buy some more sunscreen and a hat if I’m going to keep this up. Ouch.

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Riplee…

All that had to cross my mind yesterday was to think of how long it’s been since I’ve been to the zoo and I was out the door so fast that I got there before they were open. Oh, they’d let you in, but you couldn’t leave the entry plaza. But soon I was looking at the orangutans, of course, but I honestly had a very hard time spotting ‘our’ baby. Mom doesn’t hold him in quite the same way these days, he is expected to hang on for dear life as she moves around their enclosure. I saw an especially small baby who was all over the place playing, including as high as he/she could climb, and I finally had to ask a keeper if the newest baby was allowed to play yet. She said that he wants to, but Mom doesn’t let him, so far. And I finally remembered to ask about the contest they held to name this little guy. With a grandmother named Dee Dee, and a mother named Randee, I’m not surprised that the winning name was Riplee.

I only got a couple of shots of little Riplee’s face.
Randee got up in response to one of the keepers tossing pieces of fruit to the group. There were some really great catches.
I didn’t notice any squabbling when one caught a piece, he just got to eat it and the rest tried for the next piece.
What I thought I saw was this orang race over and pose when she spotted this photographer. He had cameras the likes of which I hadn’t seen before, plus he was accompanied by a keeper, so I suspect he’s an official photographer. I’m telling you, she was posing.
And this one also took up this position in response to seeing the photographer. Posing for sure.
This one is very small, especially to see her all over the enclosure, but she sure seemed to be having fun.
It’s more fun to have a playmate of course, and these two were inseparable.
If we had opposable thumbs on our feet maybe we could also do this, when we are young at least.
I thought this was a loving mother’s face when I took this picture, but then they unfolded themselves and the one I thought was the mom hitched a ride on the actual mom.
I wish I understood their relationships to know who is who, they had me fooled.
Even as I took this picture I thought of all the times that someone came up to us in the supermarket in our dental office neighborhood and started trying to show Charley the tooth that was bothering them. He liked to go out to one of the corner bars after work to relax for a little while, but he was picky about which ones to avoid for exactly this reason.
I did walk the zoo of course, but I just can’t stay away from the orangutans for long. In looking at this scene I told myself that we might see a scene like this if we were in Africa. I wasn’t noticing the man-made structures at that moment though.
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Princess Place Estates…

The last of my stops in my East Coast of Florida tour was at Princess Place. Of course I hadn’t ever heard of it, but it’s a lovely park with many beautiful live oaks and a water view. There is even a lodge house sporting a porch decked out with rocking chairs for you to sit and enjoy that view. This is a venue for events, such as my cousin’s daughter’s wedding not too long ago.

Here is the lodge with it’s nice porch, and rockers to sit in while you enjoy the view.
I loved all the live oaks on the property, but what really caught my eye in this picture is that vine that is draped from on tree to the other.
A covered bridge was an unexpected, but fun, find.
There are stables on the property. My cousin’s daughter’s wedding party used one of the horse stalls to change clothes on the big day. Which is a while lot nicer than it might sound.
The stables also house this antique carriage.
Keeping up with this small person is what kept us from sitting and rocking on the porch for a little longer. That wasn’t what she had in mind.

Another nice day seeing the area and catching up with family. Or trying to, see above photo!

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Newhall Audubon Preserve…

My young cousin and I had a conversation the other day about taking the detours that you see along the highways of life. She says she always takes the detour if she is traveling with time on her hands. I always feel like I spotted them too late to take the turn, or I think I have nowhere to pull the car over safely. There are missed photo ops that have been living in my head for many, many years. And while I missed a great potential shot the other day, I later hung a right at Newhall Audubon Preserve, a quick but worthwhile stop. Stopping to smell the roses, so to speak. I need to do that more often…

I confess that heading down a path like this by myself doesn’t always feel safe. Other hikers are a welcome sight.
The views are often lovely.
I didn’t walk the path around the little lake.
There were no big fat bumble bees, just tiny little ones.
Oops, one fat bee.
Loblolly pines are amazing. So tall and straight, I’m sure they were prized for timber. But taking a picture is almost impossible, except from this angle.
So very tall.
This isn’t the butterfly I had in mind, but he’ll do.
I loved seeing this dragonfly’s shadow.

After a short while I got back on A1A, knowing that just beyond the beautiful houses I was seeing on my left as I drove south, there was the ocean. I passed up one beach access turn off, I guess I hadn’t quite learned my own lesson, but I took the second one. I was catching on…

The ocean has my heart.
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A walk in St. Augustine…

Did I say a walk? It was nearly a sprint, maybe a trot. My cousin is fast! But we had a lot of territory to cover in one morning, or so I thought. As it turned out we parked the car and then were able to walk to the Lightner Museum, Flagler College, the charming shopping area, the fort, and the Bridge of Lions. Great restaurants and coffee shops were pointed out to me as we walked. This is a great place to visit. Even the lighthouse was pretty darned close by. What more could you possibly ask for?

This building housed the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, and now houses Flagler College.
The stained glass and mosaics of the interior design were designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
An egret with a fish will always catch my attention. But he let his catch go, alas, too late for the fish to survive.
The Lightner Museum is located across the street from Flagler College.
These are very impressive buildings and garden settings.
I will always love to look at a scene through an arch.
I saw photographers taking their time, setting up their tripods, while I zoomed along. Next time!
Shooting on the fly is my excuse for cutting off the sign.
A walk through the lobby.
Also found in the narrow shopping streets.
Lots of alleyways to explore.
Such pretty flowers.
Street photography.
The Castillo De San Marcos is the oldest fort in the continental United States. I zoomed past. Further exploration to come another day.
The Bridge of Lions, aptly named for these two who guard the entrance.
I have to go back.