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Pink Moon…

Judging by the number of photographers there it was a perfect night for a Pink Moon at Safety Harbor. Yes, it could have been more perfect if the moon would have shown itself through the clouds when it was still behind the Tampa skyline, but I didn’t hear anyone complaining. Just one by one people started saying they were starting to see it showing through the clouds, what a night it was. Some nights are just right.

Lightroom editing saved the day.
While we were waiting.
I thought it was going to be lost in the clouds, but it rose above them and was still gorgeous when we finally left.
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Owl life…

A trip to Safety Harbor for the sunrise always includes the ulterior motive of heading to Philippe Park to see the owls, or at least try to see them. There are always other photographers there, and I usually embarrass myself when I can’t seem to ‘find’ the owls that everyone else seems to have no trouble seeing. Not yesterday though, the Mom was sitting on a branch that even I had no trouble spotting. Seeing Dad, however, took a little more sleuthing, but now that I’m informed that that’s his favorite spot it’ll probably be easier to spot him next time.

I was told that Mom was keeping an eye on the nest while dear old Dad, tuckered out from his night of hunting, snoozed nearby. And in the nest was a curious baby, or make that two of them, easy to see after you finally do realize where the nest is.

And that’s basically it, Mom watches, Dad snoozes, and baby occasionally pops his head up but mostly is hidden down in the nest. The photographers were waiting, wanting to see Mom fly to the nest and get that owl-in-flight shot, but since nothing much was going on I was tempted to leave, my good-byes were on the tip of my tongue. Then a couple of blue jays seemed to be pestering the parents. That blur to the right of Mom was one who photo bombed the shot. Mom’s ‘horns’ came up, she wasn’t happy, but nothing much happened until the crows got in on the act.

Several crows landed above Mom, and several more near Dad, and they were working together, by the sound of their crowing they were quite obviously harassing the owls.

Mom was getting fluffed up, and the photographers got excited that she was going to fly.

I had just enough time to zoom out a little to give myself room when both owls took off, and those crows did too. I wish I’d gotten sharper shots, but I have to say I was glad to get them at all. From the groans I heard around me I think several people were caught off guard. And that was the finale for the day, for me at least. If the crows were intent on raiding the nest it didn’t work, not this time, and the owls returned to their chosen spots to continue their watching and snoozing…

A beautiful day in a beautiful park, but I get up so early to get to the area for sunrise that I’m too anxious to head home to explore the park and just enjoy it…

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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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Simple things…

Can you see the Daddy Owl up there?  Camouflage is the name of the game with these two owls, owls in general based on how hard it usually is to see them.  Without other photographers there to point them out I would never have spotted these two.  There is a debate as to whether this is the same pair who have nested in the area in the past.  This is a different nest though, but in the same tree as the one I’ve seen in the past.  And the female spent the whole time down in the nest.  We could see that she rearranged herself a bit, but a peek out at us was the most we saw of her.  She is busy sitting on eggs, that much seems to be a given.  I’ll be back soon, hoping for more action when their chicks hatch.  I don’t quite understand how I’ve gotten so invested in watching Mother Nature in action.  Eagles and owls, and my former neighbors have promised to let me know when/if the Sandhill cranes that I used to watch out my kitchen window begin their housekeeping.  It bothers me that all of this,  the sunrises and sunsets, and nature going about her business, was going on my whole life and I failed to pay attention.  It seems that the simple things in life are all that matters at these days.  If only I would have figured that out sooner…01-31-20owl101-31-20feathers01-31-20mompeek01-31-20owl2

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Shooting with friends…

It turned out to be a nice sunrise, nicer than I had a right to expect as I drove the 45 minutes to meet a group for a sunrise shoot.  I was pretty sure the cloudy sky would keep everyone else home and I wondered what I’d do instead, but I didn’t need to worry.  The sky and the clouds were surprisingly pretty, and the crew showed up.  Fun people to spend time with, and there may have been a nice breakfast in the scenario also.  An altogether nice day.  I’m glad I took the opportunity to go out because as I’ve looked at my photos and written this post it’s been pouring down rain.  01-31-20sunrisepierreflect01-31-20sunrisepierpink.jpg01-31-20sunrisepierrocks.jpg01-31-20sunrisepierrocks3.jpg01-31-20sunrisepierrocks2.jpg

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All British car show…

Sometimes I can out-smart myself.  Like when I decided to join up with my photo group and attend the All British car show even though it’s not a particular interest of mine, although I did drive an MG Midget back a very long time ago.  Imagine yourself young and away from home for the first time in your life.  A newly wed who found herself pregnant right away, and driving to work on two-lane roads with 60 MPH speed limits.  When a semi tractor trailer passed you going the other way you’d have to hang onto the steering wheel or be blown off the road.  These roads were in Indiana, and lining the roads were corn fields with corn stalks much too high to see over, like being in a tunnel.  Fortunately this particular stage of life didn’t last all that long before we were off to San Diego, and under the circumstances I didn’t come away with fond memories of that MG.

But I outsmarted myself on Saturday by deciding that as long as I was going in that direction anyhow I’d go in time for the sunrise also.  Which put me there too early for the show, but I did get to enjoy the set up as the cars arrived and were getting into place.  But four hours after I arrived I still hadn’t seen any other members of the club and I had seen enough British cars.  Even a Midget or two…10-26carshowtriumph310-26carshowtriumph210-26carshowtriumph10-26carshowrolls10-26carshowred10-26carshowmural10-26carshowhoodornament10-26carshowgreen10-26carshowblue10-26carshowaustin