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Sunrise, by the skin of my teeth….

I really ought to plan my photo trips a little better, but somehow they do seem to work out, one way or another. So maybe flying by the seat of my pants isn’t all bad. But looking up the travel time to Safety Harbor at 5 AM (30 minutes), and expecting it to be the same if I left at 6 AM, wasn’t my smartest move. I had less than 5 minutes until the sun peeked above the horizon this morning, I made it, but barely. Another photographer informed me that I had missed a beautiful moon set though. I have the app (PhotoPills) to let me be more aware of these photo ops, but I still haven’t learned to use it. Sigh. And still another photographer chose to inform me that I should get rid of my lens and buy the one that he had. I think this is the first time I’ve run into someone like that, photographers are generally a really nice group of people. I’m sticking with my lens, it’s the person behind the camera who leaves a bit to be desired sometimes.

LensBall gives you a different perspective, especially when the views are limited…

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Re-caffeinated…

Fueled by Duncan Donuts dark roast coffee I was out the door for the sunrise when I saw an interesting sky on this day of predicted rain. And it was raining an hour after I got home, so it was a good call. Amazing what a good cup of coffee can do for ya. I had tossed the decaf I had and bought the Dunkie’s on BoGO at Publix yesterday. I think I’m done with decaf…

That string of lights at the restaurant on the river’s edge is new. It’s not usually lit up like that.
I loved how the clouds looked in the lens ball, even upside-down.
The iPhone really focuses well in the glass.
No, this isn’t natural color in this photo. I think I set a filter in the phone when I took it, not afterward in post processing. Sometimes you can outsmart yourself.

Those gray clouds just kept rolling through the scene, turning the pink sky a muddy gray. I do a lot of complaining about the weather for someone lucky enough to not be freezing to death while shoveling snow. It looks like we’ll have sun tomorrow so I’ll have to make sure to get out and enjoy it.

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Old friends…

Yesterday an old friend asked about One-Foot Fred, who seems like another old friend after all this time, so off I went to Aripeka to see if I might be able to report on how Fred is doing. The last I had heard people hadn’t seen him in a while, and I had even heard that a two-footed great blue had been around so I was afraid Fred had left the area. And a nice sunrise, that would have been nice too.

I asked this young fisherman if he’d seen Fred but he was new to the area and didn’t know Fred’s story. He caught a flounder while we were talking, which he says is unusual for the area. Happily for the flounder he lived to tell the tale.

I stopped at the first bridge and took this shot, happy to see some glow in the sky.
I can never resist this view also, usually the sunrise lights the pastel clouds.
Suddenly there was Fred. I didn’t see or hear him fly over, he was just there. Good to see you Fred, glad to see you are doing well.
Trust the lens ball to take a so-so sunrise and bump it up a bit.
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Coffee anyone?

A good cup of coffee will start my day off right most days. I get up early just to sit and enjoy my coffee and check the computer to see the great pictures that have been posted from my photography groups online. But when I travel I will probably be out for the sunrise on a promising morning, and that will have me scouting for a nice place for a cup of coffee while it’s still fairly dim outside. When I’m away from home I hope for something different, something fun. I think I hit the jackpot on my recent trip to Anna Maria island. As you see in the feature photo, Ginny’s and Jane E’s would catch your eye as you drive past, and there were people milling about and cars parked nearby, which is always a good sign. I had time to kill, and the words ‘coffee’ and ‘bakery’ had me making a U-turn to check it out.

But as I walked through the door I was stopped in my tracks as my eyes adjusted to the colors and the chaos which had me forgetting about coffee for a few minutes.

This artwork is all done by Midge Pippel Art. Isn’t it great? You can find her on fineartamerica..com

Yes, I did eventually find the coffee, bottomless and very good, as well as lots to tempt me. And I returned again the next day and found the coffee to be just as good even if the sunrise hadn’t been as good the second day in a row. What a gem this whole area turned out to be, and only 2 hours from home…

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Sunrise/Moonset…

I have a friend who seems to always find the perfect spot to view an unusual situation for a photo op. Sometimes it requires being on a beach 50 miles from home at 2 AM, which I did once and it really wasn’t too bad. So I really had no excuse not to try to find the spot for the sunrise and moonset that were going to occur at roughly the same time on Thursday morning. Doesn’t that sound intriguing? Would they be in the same shot somehow? I won’t know until I see her pictures, because I didn’t head out quite as early as I would have had to. But I did decide that I might be able to get a good view of the moonset and sunrise from Bayport. It’s almost as far of a drive for me, but a much easier traffic-wise and I know the area. So off I went and this is what I found, which isn’t what I hoped for, but it was fine. The reverse is true for this evening, a moonrise and sunset happening at nearly the same time. And if I want to join my friends I could find the spot in the daylight. We’ll see how brave/energetic I feel later today…

I hurried to take a picture when I saw the nice reflection of the moon in the water.
And I was happy to get this shot also.
But then I had to play with the Lensball but honestly couldn’t make heads or tails out of what I was seeing as I was shooting. And yes, the moon shows in this picture, just not the way I might have expected or wished.
I think I bought the Lensball because I could also buy this little stand that you can attach to your tripod. And yes, it’s an essential element for someone shooting alone.
As the sky got lighter the reflections disappeared.
But the colors of the sky got prettier.
And then it just faded away.
But wait, there was a sunrise happening across the parking lot!
Through the camera lens.
And from the iPhone.

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Pithlachascotee sunrise…

That is the name of the river that we see from this bridge. I named this post for the river just to see if I could spell it correctly without looking. I couldn’t, I gave it two Ts. Close but no cigar. Trying to spell the name of the river was the most excitement of the day so far. Even though the water was nice and still and ripe for some great reflections, but that didn’t happen. So I amused myself by trying to capture the swirling flock of birds as they landed on the wire, but they were just a blur of gray in the sky. Picking and choosing what day to head out early hasn’t been working out so well lately. Guess I need to rise and shine every day. A resolution? Probably not, but it sounds good.