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Pithlachascotee River sunrise…

Yesterday’s sunrise photos with lovely reflections in the water were probably due to the fact that the air was so still.  Which is what was also responsible for the no-see-ums being so unbearable, according to the gentleman I was talking with.  Today there was nice color from the nearby bridge I like to go to, but no reflections in the choppy surface of the water, and no no-see-ums.  If that’s what it takes to be bug free then that’s fine with me.  I was happy to see the color come up, and then it was time to get on with the rest of my day…06-17-20pithlascotiesunrise2

As 06-17-20taillightsAs I waited for the color to come up I got to thinking about seeing if I could get light trails from the cars that were whizzing past right behind me.  I should try that again.06-17-20lastone06-17-20closecolor06-17-20flag

 

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Rise and shine…

If only sewing counted as exercise. If it was I’d be in great shape.  As it is I’ve used the heat and/or rain as an excuse to do nothing.  Well, I have been sewing, and that’s good mental exercise at least.  I forget sometimes that we are supposed to be staying home, that it’s not just me being a slug.

This morning I got up before 4 AM and told myself that this would be the day I headed out for sunrise pictures.  To Safety Harbor where I would very likely find a few other early-riser photographers to talk and possibly have coffee with. With whom to talk and possibly have coffee, insert rolling eye emoji here.  And then, suddenly,  it was almost 6 AM.  I had gotten on my banking site and set my bills to be paid, I’d gotten on Pinterest and looked at whatever, I’d checked out Facebook, and put up a blog post.  But two hours worth?  So fly out the door and barely make it out to the nearby bridge for the sunrise, or head out the door and walk the 2.5 miles around the park while it was cool-ish?  I walked, I feel saintly, and I have to admit that it felt very good just to move!

Barring unforeseen circumstances I will be heading out to live up to my self-proclaimed title of ‘Snowbird’ that I have bestowed upon myself.  This after exactly one summer spent traipsing around New England.  This time I’m heading west, to the wide open spaces.  I’m excited, and nervous, especially when it dawned on me that I probably should try on the clothes I’m planning to pack before I get there and can’t get into them.  Did I mention that I’ve also been baking?  A lot?  Sigh…

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Sunset at home…

I talk myself out of going out for the sunrise lately.  Sunset too since it’s fairly late these days.  This morning I decided I would go out, but by the time I got out of the shower (it had been a while) and ready to go, with barely enough time to get there, I remembered that I had to get gas or I wouldn’t make it to Aripeka.  So decided to check on One-Foot Fred tomorrow and poured another cup of coffee instead.

That’s what makes the trip out back for the sunset such a lucky break for me.  I did the same thing last night, but with 20 minutes to go I grabbed my phone,  jumped in the car, and zipped to the lake at the back of the park.  Which is when the car started yelling at me to get gas.  But I made it in time to see the sunset, the reflection of the sky in the water, and the ripples.  I loved the zigzag-y reflection of the palm trees with the ripples.  I guess you don’t really need a fancy location when Mother Nature is in charge of the show.06-10-20homesunsetripples06-10-20homesunsetcolor

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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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Decaf blues…

I think it’s the lack of caffeine that has gotten to me.  I was supposed to cut it out a while back but I compromised and went half-caf.  I hardly noticed the difference.  But a couple of weeks ago I went a little brain dead in Walmart and bought Folger’s Black Silk, a huge tub of it.  There was a crowd in the aisle and I saw the price and bought it, forgetting completely about caffeine.  And of course I can’t waste so I used it up, and then went to Publix and virtuously bought decaf, on BOGO of course.  And I’ve hardly been able to get myself out of the house since.  I blame the lack of caffeine, but it might be the heat too.  So this morning I headed out to walk at 6 AM, when it was cool and breezy.  And got to see a pretty sunrise to boot.  At least it’s something….

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Don’t bug me…

A different sunrise view was what I wanted, and I decided that a nice, close spot might be the road that leads out to Green Key Beach.  That’s where I headed this morning, not expecting to find gates closing the road much further from the beach than I might have thought.  The feature photo is the first one I took while standing beside the car.  There are only a few spots where there is a break in the shrubbery where the fishermen stop to fish and where you have a bit of a view.  And where you will find the no-see-ums lying in wait to descend upon you before you can get yourself and your equipment out of the car.  I doused myself with bug spray as soon as I took that first picture, and then attempted to find a better spot to give me more of a view to the east, but there weren’t any.  And then I headed for home.

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I was almost back to the main road when I saw a break in the shrubbery coming up, a last chance at a head-on view of the sunrise.  Only this was what I found when I got there.  05-24-20greenkeysunrise3

I guess I’ll have to keep looking for that perfect sunrise spot, or stick to sunsets.  And buy more bug spray…