The next best choice from the point of view of not having to travel for the sunset, is Hudson Beach. Probably 3 miles up Rt. 19. And it has the advantage of a couple of different angles to bring elements into your photos. And If I wanted to I could sit at Sam’s Beach Bar and take my pictures while I have a beer. What more could I want?
This osprey was sitting on this post when I got to Hudson Beach the other night, and as I drove away I looked for him and he was still there. He was a distraction because I wasn’t exactly early and I had several spots I wanted to stand for sunset photos. I hadn’t counted on him as a distraction. I’ve been too lazy to use the tripod lately, but in low light the shutter speed is long enough that you’ll get camera shake without a tripod. I was probably a good thing that I already had the camera on the tripod when I spotted him.
Then yesterday I had a pop up on Facebook, and ad for a new Photoshop program that makes eliminating background distractions look like a piece of cake. I saw the ad first and then opened the pictures of this guy and here I had photos that needed that program. Or that feature, but I know you can do that same thing with the software I already have, and learning to take better advantage of the programs is something I keep meaning to do in my spare time? Why does it feel like I don’t have any spare time when all my time is ‘spare’?And a couple of shots from the phone. I sometimes forget to check the iPhone to see what those photos look like, and forgetting to even pull the phone out and take a few shots while I’m out. But I have the newest phone now, the iPhone 11 pro max, and it takes an extra wide angle shot, so there is the novelty factor. I think I like it.
I had to stop for gas, it was a must. And because my account was once hacked at a gas station I always walk in and pay with the chip. But the clerk was apologizing because she had been attempting to get rid of an ‘inappropriate’ song on her phone, and dropped it onto the computer, so the guy in front of me was in an endless loop of ‘insert the chip/swipe the card’. And I was already later than I meant to be. The sunrise waits for no one, but lucky for me it’s only 4 1/2 miles away now, so I made it. Seems like I was just in time.
I was messaging with my daughter in PA yesterday and I referred to ‘our recent cold spell’ here in FL. She found that thought to be hilarious, but I told her that the struggle was real. The fact that I was too cold had me hunkered down in place for a couple of days, not making much progress with the move. But I shut down my yard sale at about 2:30 and ventured down the road to see if I could accomplish some unpacking/organizing there. And I purposely left in time in time to stop at what now will be my closest sunset location, Hudson Beach. Which comes complete with a beach bar, which just might become my new favorite place for a bite to eat, once I move, and once I get back to FL. The sky was full of dark clouds, with a break in just the right place for some color. And a very nice conversation with another photographer. Life will go on…
I got off work at 11 AM, walked the dogs, investigated the crane noises out back and took lots of pictures, and then thought, what next? Well, I said to myself, you haven’t checked on the eagles lately. So off I went.
I arrived a little after 4 PM, and found Mom, or Dad, on the nest, and I hoped that they would switch off soon. In no time I saw the other eagle fly into the area and I zoomed in on the nest in anticipation of him landing there. And I waited, and waited. Even the on-duty parent got tired of waiting and started yelling. Then she/he flew off the nest. And still I waited, focused on the nest, hoping a chick would pop it’s head up. That didn’t happen, but I swear I heard peeping, but can’t say that it came from the nest. Eventually, not too long really, parent #2 landed on the nest and started tending something, a baby? Just general housekeeping? I decided that this was Mom because she apparently decided that a small branch above the nest had to go, and she spent quite a while working on accomplishing that. And again, I thought what next? Sunset wasn’t for over an hour at that point, so I decided to go to Hudson Beach for the sunset, killing some time and putting me a lot closer to home. I put the new wide-angle lens on for the sunset pictures. Practice, practice, practice, yet again.And from the iPhone, one more…
I suppose that was my attitude toward Halloween this year. Well, every year. It envelops the entire holiday season for that matter. I enjoyed it when my kids were little, but those days are long gone, and, as I do about many things, I beat myself up over my bad attitude.
So I went shopping on Halloween afternoon, followed by watching the sunset at Hudson Beach, followed by writing the blog post for the day at Panera. That got me to 8:30 and I figured I could sneak home and wouldn’t be bothered after that. But my neighbor posted the nicest little video of their front walk all decorated for the trick-or-treaters and, yes, I feel guilty. And really it was the candy I was avoiding. I could be sainted for my eating and exercise habits lately, but having it in the house for the kids who might not have even showed up was asking for trouble.
The shopping was successful, as evidenced by buying the smallest sized pants that I’ve bought in probably 20 years. I’m kidding myself, 30 years. So that ought to have cheered me up, right? And upon arriving at Hudson Beach I saw a Great Blue Heron flying into the area so I got the above photo almost immediately. It boded well. I hadn’t been to Hudson Beach for a month, and wandered the length of the area, but went back to the raised enclosure for the rest of these shots. There were other photographers there and we all were taking photos. But I was the only one with my arms around the huge post in the corner in order to take this shot.
Plus a few more. I’ve been using my Canon DSLR more, up until lately I used to use my iPhone for all my landscape type shots because of the wider angle it gave me. Whatever my settings are in the Canon it really enhanced the color in these photos, but I probably shouldn’t confess that. And manual focus these days. I’m learning.
This fishing boat chose the perfect moment to leave, for me to take a picture I mean. And once I saw the picture I couldn’t resist putting it through an app called Waterlogue. Just for fun.