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A friendly sunrise…

I was looking at the maps in my phone the other morning, looking for yet another good spot to go to go for sunrise photos. Another close to home spot preferably. And I found a possibility, but unfortunately I missed the turn in the dark so I opted for Green Key Beach instead. Well, not the beach because the gates aren’t open early enough to get all the way to the beach, but I pulled over on the road to the beach. And that was a good thing. Not because the noseeums weren’t out because they were. And from that road you don’t have an especially good view to the east either. But it was low tide and there was a rocky foreground which always helps make a nice shot. And as I stood there with my camera on the tripod waiting to see if the color was going to develop I heard footsteps. It was dark enough that I couldn’t see anyone, but I heard her say hello. Lynn was her name, and we chatted as we watched. She comes there often and says that she sometimes sits and waits across the street and often lots of birds show up in the inlet there right around sunrise. Lots of different birds she said. Including, much to my surprise, spoonbills. And right on cue she noticed that the wading birds we were seeing down the way included a spoonbill or two. I’m quite sure I wouldn’t have noticed them myself since they were in the shadows. But even though the pictures aren’t the best I can at least prove that yes, they were there. As it got lighter they flew off. This will be another frequent stop for me, I hope I see them again.

This black crowned heron was also in the mix, as was a pretty full moon.

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Out-of-focus…

After a day of torrential rain yesterday I sat down at the computer with my cup of coffee intending to bring up a map of the US and work on a plan for getting out of here.  I’ve thought that the advantage of being on my own these days is that I can decide what I want to do, and when, and just do it.  When I was a kid my mother drove me nuts by suggesting we go someplace, the beach for example, and like any kid I’d be ready to jump in the car but she would have to make beds, do dishes, and pack a lunch first.  But these days I can get an inspiration and just head out the door, no one to consult, no one to point out all the reasons I shouldn’t do whatever the heck it is I might want to do.  But no one to talk things over with, debate the pros and cons, figure out priorities, and narrow things down either. 06-07-08fuzzyI may have gotten a sip of coffee in before I looked up and saw the nearly full moon shining in the sky above the curtains.  Not clearly, there were clouds drifting across the face, but that just makes for a better picture.  So out I raced to get the tripod out of the car, to get the camera set up, and get out front, in my pajamas and with bed-head firmly in place, and before I could get set up the moon disappeared behind a wall of clouds.  So I brought everything back into the house and sat and took another sip of coffee and looked up and saw that the moon was ‘out’ again.  And so I got myself out there again and rushed take five or so shots before it disappeared, permanently this time.

I have a feeling it’s going to be another out-of-focus sort of day.

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Moonlight…

It was the moon that got me out bright and early on Sunday morning.  Not a full moon, or a blue moon, or a blood moon, just an ordinary crescent moon.  It was shining so clearly in the dark sky at 4 AM, and I thought of all the times I got up to let the dogs out and spotted a nice moon in a clear sky and got out my tripod and camera to try to take pictures, but they hardly ever turned out.  So I resisted the urge.  But it was still shining out there at 6 AM, and the sky was still just as clear, so off I went.  I’m glad I got a picture of the moon because a pretty sunrise to go with it might have been nice, but that didn’t happen.  It just got light out with no fan fare whatsoever.

And I must be feeling like a rebel because I’m breaking the rules by posting this picture this morning.  Our camera club leader, Jeff, says that he ‘isn’t good enough’ to take a picture that doesn’t need to be cropped.  I wonder if he has any idea how seriously I take his comments, taking them to heart like they are written in stone, when he may have just tossed off a comment with hardly any thought.  At any rate I force myself to crop my photos and yes, I can see that it does make it a better photo.  Not this photo though.  I can’t crop it without losing the moon, and the moon was the entire reason I was standing on the bridge at 6:15 AM waiting for something more to happen.  Or I might crop it and post the cropped version and erase half of what I wrote here.  Or I could go back to bed…05-17-20sunrisemoon05-17-20sunrisemooncropped

I’m not such a rebel after all…

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Bee happy…

You probably know the feeling by now.  That you have reached the end of your rope and need to get out of the house, but you also don’t want to break the rules.  Rules being a big deal as far as I’m concerned, although I have broken more of them in the last couple of years then in all the previous years of my life put together.  But I digress.

So the perfect place to go seemed to be the Nature Coast Botanical Garden.  Not too far up the road, and in the past there have never been more than a few people strolling among the flowers there.  To go there was a no brainer.  But the butterfly garden section wasn’t in bloom so no butterflies, and the water garden area didn’t seem to have any dragonflies that I could spot.  I did see a nice fat bee at one point, but he hardly stayed put long enough for me to get him in focus.  The trees were full of birds who were chirping away, but I couldn’t see them.  It was disappointing to be out but not seeing what I’d hoped to see.

I was at the point of leaving when the tiniest of white daisy-like flowers caught my eye just on the other side of a picket fence.  As I looked I saw a tiny insect land on one of the flowers and I zoomed in with my 400mm lens.  I thought it was a fly and told myself I was nuts taking pictures of a fly, but through the lens I could see that it was a tiny little bee.  It was sized perfectly for the tiny flower.  And not only that, he stuck around long enough to let me get more than a few photos.  He made my day.  Not what I had set out to see, but I’m used to that happening.  I went home and tucked myself back into quarantine.  Tiny flower, tiny bee, tiny house.  Not-so-tiny me needs to walk more and eat less…04-08-20bee2.jpg04-08-20bee3.jpg04-08-20bee404-08-20bee7.jpg04-08-20bee6.jpg04-08-20bigbee.jpg04-08-20bee5.jpg

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Fiddling around…

There we were at Linda Person park trying to make the best of the fact that the manatees I promised to show my friend weren’t going to cooperate.  Disappointed, we wandered along the inlet and saw what we thought were bugs digging holes in the wet sand.  A photo revealed that they were not bugs, but crabs.  Fiddler crabs, another visitor informed us.  Googling them revealed that they wave their one giant claw around to attract a mate, that was the movement that made us notice them in the first place.  When he finds a mate he lures her into his hole, and once he has had his way with her he seals her into said hole while she incubates the eggs.  These some of the many daily dramas playing out in nature every day, all we have to do is pay attention.

What are our dramas as two foot loose and fancy free grandmothers on the loose in Florida?

Well, there was a quilt show…02-25-20carquilt

A sunrise…02-25-20sunriseKD2

Bluebirds have put in an appearance…02-25-20bluebirdKD

We saw a little blue heron…02-25-20littleblue

And there were torrential rains…02-25-20puddlefeature

It’s called Twistee Treat, but Kathy insists on calling it Whoopie Twist.  Don’t ask me why.02-25-20twisteetreat

Lunch was at Crabby Bill’s today…2-26-20crabbybillsfeature

We made a note of this place while waiting for a traffic light on the way home.  We sincerely hope we won’t ever need their services.2-26-20baddgirls

Soon she’ll be flying north, not south as these birds were doing…02-25-20flyingvee

But we have one more day, and it will be too chilly for the pool.  But then other day it was nice and we did attempt to go to the pool, but after sticking our toes in the water we opted for the hot tub instead.  We aren’t very wild and crazy are we?  Last night we even found Bingo a little stressful!

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Moonglow…

I saw a post on Facebook that sent me out the door with barely a sip of coffee this morning.  It was about a ‘snow moon’, and when I got home I looked for it again and it has disappeared.  I popped out the door and saw that big moon in a clear sky and couldn’t get to Aripeka fast enough.  I never did take pictures of the sunrise since it was barely there, but oh, that moon!02-09-20moonclose02-09-20moonview102-09-20moonview302-09-20moonclose202-09-20moonbirds02-09-20moonglowbaitshop