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Sure things…

Sure things aren’t always that sure.  I liked my photos from the rookery the other day, so I headed back there, since I was passing by any how.  And I outsmarted myself by using the extender, to get even better shots I thought.  I have to manually focus with the extender on, and I’m going to choose to think that it’s my vision that’s the problem.  I can’t seem to see clearly with or without my glasses, so if/when they are really in focus it’s probably just dumb luck.  So this trip wasn’t so successful, but I’ll be out and about today and tomorrow, provided the rain ever stops.  Practice, practice, practice…

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Winter…

The property to the left of the road belongs to my sister.  I hadn’t ventured beyond the house before, thinking that there wasn’t much else beyond it since the street itself ended in a cut de sac right there.  Oh I had seen pick up trucks turn into this road, I just hadn’t thought much about it.  That there was a horse farm behind her property was something I’d heard, but I must have always been here in the summer when the woods back there appeared to be endless. Any truck heading down this little road would just disappear, swallowed up by the woods.  If her dog hadn’t barked at any and all traffic I wouldn’t have known they’d come through at all.  I think I might have heard a horse once or twice, but the other day I actually saw a couple of them.  They were wearing blankets since it was so cold, and it was just a glimpse of them in the pasture, through the trees.  There is no real point to this story since Ozzie didn’t see them, but if he had it would have been a much more exciting story, for him at least.  And a PITA for me.  He wouldn’t try to chase them, or even try to fit through the fence, but he’d happily stand there and bark his head off at them.  I prefer him to keep a low profile so I can drink coffee on the deck and watch him wander unleashed.

I missed a few photo ops on the nice drive to the Nip the other day.  It was a crisp, clear day with nice light.  And now it’s been raining.  All day yesterday, and it’s gloomy again today.  And now I remember hating January.  Gray, cold, boring, January.  And it’s not even here yet.  Once I get this snowbird thing straight I’ll be in lush, green, Florida at this time of year.  Out photographing all the flowers and wildlife that also love to spend their winters there.  But here I am, and yes, it’s gray, but I’ll finally be seeing my oldest, dearest friend today.  Even lovely, warm, Florida can’t hold a candle to being with the people I love…

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50 shades of Grey…

No, not the book, I’m talking about the beach.  Grey’s beach, which was appropriately named, at least it was today. The sky, the water, and even the stones lining the boat launch area were gray.  50 shades for sure.  And the wind whipping made me very glad to have the tripod.  I walked out onto that very long pier, thinking that as long as I was there I ought to see what everything looked like from that vantage point, but I decided to turn around.  Which got me back to that new van that I love, which is also gray, just as it started to pour down rain.  And that’s when I discovered that yes, I had locked the van, but I had failed to close the side door.  It probably doesn’t sound like a great morning but there are no guarantees when you head out, so I’m not complaining.  12-21secondtry12-21shades112-21shades212-21gray612-21gray7

 

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Rainy morning photo ops…

The sunrise is later now, so that leaves more time to cruise around drinking coffee from my Starbucks to go cup and looking for potential photos to take.  Even when it’s drizzling rain, but only a light sprinkle, so I stuck with it.  And it’s a good thing I did because before the sun came up the the rain came down for real.  And that was it.  It was Steak n Shake that had caught my eye, with the black and white stripes and red accents.  I noticed it the other day and thought I’d like to take a picture.  Once I did that I saw potential everywhere.  3-12steakandshaketacobell2PaneramcdonaaldsDuncandonuts2tacobellDuncandonutstwisty treatSometimes you have to just take what you can get and be happy that you got anything at all…

 

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Two leashes and a bag of poop…

That’s what I had in my hands when I spotted the flock of robins a couple of doors up.  I didn’t have my camera with me on the dog walk either, so photos weren’t an option until I looked for them after I got home.  And the sunrise I didn’t go out for because I expected it to be overcast? Well, that happened, but I did get a photo out the back door. 2-4sunriseoutback

So, what to photograph in the limited time available before the rain?  And close by, because these trips to Clearwater are 100 mile round trips and I’ll be back there again tomorrow night.  Maybe it’s because the chickens next door have been visiting my yard lately, and they’ve de-weeded pretty well, but I thought of the chicks they usually have a Rural King.  But that wasn’t all I found there…2-4ruralkingchicks2-4pinkflowers2-4pink22-4yellow2-4pansy2-4fringe2-4blueBut the real find were the boots!  Now I can join the ‘photo chicks’ I know on one of their photo walks, and not worry about getting my feet wet.  And when I’m not walking with them the boots can live in my bathroom, they’ll fit right in.+2-4beeboots If the nice woman I met at Rural King is reading this, welcome to my world!

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If only it wasn’t raining…

… I’m sure I’d be out front changing the light bulb in the light post.  Especially since I bought the replacement bulb weeks ago, but I’ve been waiting for the perfect day and today would be it, if only it wasn’t raining…

… I’d also have gotten in my 36 laps at the pool…

… The dogs wouldn’t be looking at me and wondering why I don’t stop the rain and take them for a walk…

… I’d probably would have stopped procrastinating and called the sprinkler guy to come fix the sprinklers before my crispy brown lawn dies completely…

… I’d pick up the fiddle feaf fig leaves that are laying out there on the lawn.  I’ve already picked up 5 full garbage bags full, but I probably could fill another bag now…

… I wouldn’t have had to close the bedroom door to keep a wet, drooly dog from dirtying up the clean sheets…

… I would have gone out and taken a lot more eagle photos, and the sunset too…

… I would have washed the car, mowed the lawn, and bathed the dogs…

…and I wouldn’t have worn my in-case-of-mud-photoshoot-shoes to church…1-29Sundayshoes

If only it wasn’t raining…