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If only…

If only the distance you drove for photos could insure that the photos you took that day would be that much better than ‘normal’.  Alas, it doesn’t work that way.  I drove a long way to Circle B Bar Reserve yesterday, and found myself photographing birds that I see frequently, and much closer to home.  I chose not to hike down the trail marked Alligator Alley, that seemed like asking for more than I bargained for.  And still I found this gator, a little one, and I kept my composure and kept hiking.  Faster though, trying to catch up with two gals who were ahead of me on the trail.  Safety in numbers. 11-7CircleBscene111-7CircleBanhinga11-7CircleBegret11-7CircleBlunch11-7CircleBgreatblue11-7CircleBturtle11-7CircleBglossy11-7CircleBosprey

The very helpful clerk at the desk pointed out her favorite spot to see eagles, which were the birds that people were reported to be seeing lately.  So that’s where I headed, slightly disappointed that the Roseate Spoonbills weren’t in the area yet.  No owls either.  The eagle roost trail was very sunny and hot, and the only company I had was the gopher turtle.  I did take several pictures once I thought I might be seeing the eagle nest off in the distance.  It wasn’t until I got home and looked at the photos in the computer that I realized that I’d gotten a picture of an eagle, even if I didn’t ‘see’ it while I was there.11-7CircleBeagleI need to set my phone to count my steps.  I’ll bet I got 10,000 in yesterday.  Hot, sweaty steps…

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Fall in Georgia…

I seem to have missed the peak fall colors in Georgia.  Just like I missed them in New England also.  It was a tease to see the hints of color, but nope, not the peak color.  But I really did have a wonderful summer, and a great trip to the car museum with the photography group.  And like the optimist I am there is always next year…

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I kept seeing landscapes and city scenes in the rust on the cars.  Looked more amazing in person than the pictures turned out, but what the heck…

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Old Car City…

Imagine for a second that you are living far into the future.  And you are an archeologist.  And you have unearthed this scene.  What conclusions would you draw from the scene before you?  What catastrophic event must have occurred to have caused the carnage implied by these images.  It must have been tragic…11-2oldcarcitytrail111-2oldcarcitytrail211-2oldcarcitytrail311-2oldcarcitywagon11-2oldcarcitytrail411-2oldcarcityairplane11-2oldcarcitycar11-2oldcarcitycar211-2oldcarcitysteeringwheel

I will have 8 hours in the car tomorrow to work on pictures.  In theory at least.  I’ll really have as long as it takes for my laptop battery to leave me.  There were six miles of trails lined with scenes like these.  I can see why I was told that you can’t see it all in one day.   What a fun place to visit.

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Cadillac sunset…

It took a long time to develop.  The sun was setting behind the trees, and I told my friends that the clouds would pick up the color, but even I was losing faith.  We were close to the highest point in the lower peninsula of MI so that may have been it.  But it tested our patience.  And then it rewarded us.10-20Cadillacsunset210-20Cadillacsunset510-20Cadillacsunset4cacillacsunset1

And while we waited…Cadillactree3cottageandtree10-20Cadillactree310-20Cadillacsunset6

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Backyard views…

There’s one in every neighborhood.  That one tree that sets the stage for the fall foliage every year.  Ahead of the curve, and getting prettier every day.  Just gorgeous.  But the black squirrels really caught my eye.  And don’t think they sit and pose for you because they don’t.  I had to work for these photos and they aren’t great, but at least I know that I really did see black squirrels.

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Sunrise in flight…

There is an upside to leaving for the airport at 4:30 AM to catch a 6:20 flight.  And for being lucky enough to be on the side of the airplane with and east-facing window.  Once I began to notice sunrise colors beginning to happen I couldn’t help but try to take pictures.  The best color seemed to be a little behind me, and behind the wing of the plane, and it stayed there even as we flew north.  And the sunrise just kept happening as we flew.  The longest lasting sunrise ever, even if it wasn’t the prettiest.  Nice…10-17inflightsunrise10-17inflightsunrise2