I had heard that the sunset can be especially nice after a storm has rolled through, which is what happened yesterday. It was nearly 6:30 when I glanced up and noticed that the clouds had broken up, which left a half hour until sunset. I hadn’t been to Hudson Beach for a while, and at 3 miles from my house I can be there in 10 minutes, I should probably go there more often. The sky was already streaked with reds, but the houses across the inlet looked so perfect in the light that the feature photo is the first picture I took when I got there. That lovely light doesn’t last long. It was a beautiful night.
With Sunday’s photography class still on my mind I was anxious to go out and shoot again, and Tarpon Springs seemed to be a good choice of destination. I was happy to get there early so that I could find parking that I didn’t have to pay for, but I was too early to find the crowds of people that I had imagined ahead of time. On the other hand, Tarpon Springs is hardly ever so quiet, so that’s a story all it’s own.
It was nice to see that pretty blue sky and puffy white clouds for a change. I think I got a little carried away but I had fun…
My friend commented on the unusual mushrooms she had seen in her ‘yard’. I don’t know if that’s the word for it or not, it’s a lot of acres and home to three dogs, two horses, and assorted wild visitors who also seem to think of it as home. Between the mushrooms and the blooming hibiscus we decided to invade her space for a photo op.
I think a little plucking is in order. I can relate.
Ignoring the heat and the threat of storms, my friends and I were able to go out for photo ops today. Florida style, which means I saw a very photogenic Ibis,
A reddish egret, which hasn’t been a common sight in my experience.A snowy egret with it’s golden slippers
A Great White heron,
Turtles and crabs. Crabs! I am reminded of how long it’s been since I’ve had steamed crabs. Charley used to get a kick out of how much I loved steamed crabs, possibly more than he did and he was the Baltimore native. Next time I get back to MD I will have to fix that.
And I got a lesson in Mangrove propagation while we were out. Seems these ‘seeds’ (they probably have a fancier name than that), drop into the water and float until they get stuck in muck, where they then take root and grow into new mangrove trees.
People were out enjoying the beaches, but we kept our distance.
It was good to be out with friends, even on a Florida summer day…
Not actually back to the Tetons, just diving back into the photos on my phone. I love the feature photo. More often I saw hills to the east, that light green color mostly, with those dark evergreens following the contours of the land. Here that color looks amazing with the mountains beyond. There was an amazing view every time I went out to see what I could see.
Along with all the wild flowers I was surprised to see along the trails, I also enjoyed my cousin’s yard and deck where her green thumb is readily apparent. I would love for my house to look as charming as hers does, but I’m afraid that I could never put in the work to keep it looking that way. When I was talking to another photographer about tripods and lenses he said that I need a sherpa to carry my stuff around for me, LOL, I agreed. For my yard to look as nice as my cousin’s does I’d need a gardener to keep it alive. I came home determined to make some improvements to the curb appeal of my house, but I’m sitting here talking about it instead of doing something about it. Maybe I’ll get around to it one of these days…
On at least on occasion a moose has dropped in to enjoy this view also, and to graze through the herb garden, but not while I was there…
This place was a favorite of both my cousin and my friend. A lovely little hike along the Snake River, which on this visit was a sheet of glass with wonderful reflections. As well as a sweet little family of ducks. I was so glad that I made a second stop at this lovely place…
And one last view of the little fawn who came to visit at the campground on the last two days I was there….