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New friends…

I made a new friend today. She is the sister of another friend that I occasionally meet up with for a photography session. This time they met me at the bridge near me in hopes of a good sunrise session. So photography was the excuse to get together at, ahem, 6 AM, but it was nice to know it would be a social trip too. And breakfast at a place new to me, and boy was it ever good. I don’t know if I’m happy to know it’s there or not, after all, feeding myself has not been an issue during this time of social distancing. The sunrise could have been more spectacular, but the company was just fine.

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Seaside Seabird Sanctuary…

Seaside Seabird Sanctuary was my Halloween destination. A friend is one of their volunteers who are essential to enabling this facility to fulfill it’s mission. It’s a rehab facility for injured birds, and a home for some who’s injuries will keep them from ever returning to the wild. The hope is that these birds become beautiful ambassadors who help inspire people to take better care of this world and all it’s wonderful creatures.

I’m a little confused about the vulture(s) who seemed to be free to come and go. It seems as if they’ve made themselves right at home…

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Places to go…

Now that I’m home I can say it was a good trip. But maybe I should have given a second thought to a nearly 10 hour drive followed immediately with having to set up the camper. Setting up while trying to beat the sunset. We knew ahead of time that the weather would be good for one day, and then followed by two days of rain, but I didn’t think about cancelling. Reality hit after a day of taking photos that first day, and we again tried to beat the sunset while taking the camper back down that night. And another nearly 10 hour drive home the next day. On the way home I wondered if this was all too much for me, if maybe this camping thing had run it’s course for me. But I’m rested now and I have to think I’m not done yet. There are still places to go, things to see, people to meet…

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Simple skies…

Talking with a friend the other day reminded me of how much my husband and I enjoyed looking at the skies here in Florida. I remember driving to the house from the airport and we would point out the beautiful clouds to each other. And the palm trees were a marvel also. We spent three years traveling from Maryland to our home in Florida, just visiting, but anticipating the day when we would make it our permanent home. That was fifteen years ago now, and I’m still marveling at the skies and the palm trees.

And so Florida eventually became our permanent home, except the word permanent doesn’t hold as much meaning for me as it did 15 years ago. I’m pretty sure that I would have been horrified if I’d have had an inkling of where 15 years would bring me. I would never have believed that I’d feel so at peace as I do. Just looking at the sky and seeing what each day brings…

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Palmer Lake…

My cousin and I took an afternoon hike to Palmer Lake on Friday.  So warmer temperatures than our earlier hikes, and while the uphill portions were nothing compared to the day before, I found myself struggling to get my breath.  And wondering how I managed the day before at all.  My Steps app is a disappointment to me.  I feel like I ought to get extra credit for all the uphill hiking I’ve done.  My first impression of FL was that I didn’t like it because it was too flat, but I’ll have a new appreciation for the nice flat walks from now on.  Here are some shots from that Palmer Lake hike.  The colorful columbine, the common merganser, the western bluebird, and the scenery.  Its always about the scenery, and the buffalo on the way.07-18-20morningreflectionsbluebird07-18-20morningreflectionsbuffalo07-18-20morningreflectionsbuffalo207-18-20morningreflectionsbuffalo307-18-20morningreflectionsbuilding07-18-20morningreflectionslightcolumbine07-18-20morningreflectionspurplecolumbine07-18-20morningreflectionsthelake07-18-20morningreflectionswaterfall

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Old Faithful…

On Thursday I found myself on a chauffeur driven trip just up the road to Yellowstone National Park.  My friend Karen not only did the driving, but her time here has turned her into an expert in the area.  I only wish I could remember half of what she told me as were toured the park.

Entering from the south entrance the first major area we reached was Old Faithful.  Karen says that she has a knack for just missing the eruption, but not this time.  I took my first picture as we walked from the parking lot for fear that I’d miss it altogether.  And then another, and another.  There is a boardwalk that lets you walk among the geysers and springs, and each direction you look has you gasping in amazement (not so much the altitude, that’s getting better).  As you walk you can’t help but notice the sulfur odor, as you find your self amazed at all the geysers, big ones and tiny little ones, evidence of eruptions under your feet as it the place has a life of it’s own.  Which I suppose it does.  Karen pointed out the buffalo hoof marks in the land between the geysers.  Some buffalo prefer to roam this area, eating vegetation which grows in this odd environment.  And these buffalo don’t live as long as they might, the grasses have minerals which wear their teeth more quickly than other diets would.  Just one of the many lessons of the day for me.  Rivers also rise from this area on their way to the sea.  I suppose they join other rivers and lakes on their way, but they are born here.07-10-20oldfaithful07-10-20oldfaithful207-10-20depressiongeyser07-10-20boiling07-10-20bluestarspring07-10-20geysercolors07-10-20geysercolors207-10-20moth07-10-20headwaters07-10-20allinone07-10-20purpleflower07-10-20viewagain07-10-20viewagain207-10-20moth

Our photography guru, Jeff, once pointedly commented that he always crops his pictures to further emphasize the subject of the photo.  I felt like he was talking just to me.  But some of these photos were so nice, I thought, and included the colors, the rivers, the historic Old Faithful Inn, and I couldn’t bear to crop.  Maybe that’s one of the joys of this stage of life, breaking the rules that you obsessively followed all your life.  It seems to be working for me…