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Cloudy skies…

The clouds were dramatic when I looked outside, wondering if I ought to try to go out for the sunset.  I hurried though, because as dramatic as they were high in the sky, they were heavier and darker lower on the horizon.  It turned out that the sunset had it all.

Dramatic skies…02-16-20GreenKeysky02-16-20GreenKeysky202-16-20GreenKeysky3

Plus topless sunbathers…02-16-20GreenKeybarbie

I practically stepped on Barbie before I saw her.  Then when I checked my photos she was in quite a few of them.  But it was getting late, her little girl had to come and rescue her,  it was time to go home.

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Setting up housekeeping…

You definitely need to take anything I say about birds with a grain of salt.  I make a lot of assumptions and then find out that I’ve got it all wrong.  Several mornings in a row I noticed that by opening the blinds on the side window I’d caused a bird to fly out of the birdhouse.  And I thought that that bird was the Downey woodpecker who would immediately go to the palm tree where I could and did get his picture. 02-11-20woodpecker Not the bluebirds I’d hoped for thought, after all I’d read that the bluebirds were picky about how big the opening to their home is, for protection really, and that if you encourage them to nest in a box you’ve provided then you need to be prepared to have meal worms in your fridge for them.  That was pretty much what did the trick for me and made me decide that I didn’t want them to nest in my yard quite that badly.  But this little birdhouse has a history of having bluebirds in it, and although it meets none of the criteria I’ve read for bluebird houses they have nested in it before.  So I’d see a single woodpecker paying attention to it, and a single bluebird hanging around also, and thought that perhaps we had an odd couple in the neighborhood.  But yesterday there was much coming and going from the birdhouse, and it seems that a pair of bluebirds are at least trying to make it home.  I was shooting from inside the house, between the blinds, and through a very dirty window, which I have since cleaned.  I love when a photo op comes to you, so to speak.  I hope this works out and we get to see them raise a family.  I’ll try not to disturb them too much.02-11-20blurbord102-11-20blurbord202-11-20blurbord302-11-20blurbord402-11-20blurbord5Today I am better prepared to get both birds in focus in the same photo.  This ability escaped me yesterday…02-11-20bluebirds1

Aha, they came back!  Such sweet little birds…

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Two heads…

Two heads are better than one, or so they say.  But in this case they aren’t prettier.  It was a beautiful day today so while I was out I checked the rookery, just in case.  All was fairly quiet, and I answered some questions from a few people who were amazed to see this place.  Birds were flying in and out, mostly with twigs and branches to feather their nests, (I’m rolling my own eyes here).  But for the most part birds are on the nests with their partners standing by.  Period.  Not a lot of action.  But these two were snuggling up together, I thought it was kind of cute.  I might have been a little jealous…

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The next best thing…

The next best choice from the point of view of not having to travel for the sunset, is Hudson Beach.  Probably 3 miles up Rt. 19.  And it has the advantage of a couple of different angles to bring elements into your photos.  And If I wanted to I could sit at Sam’s Beach Bar and take my pictures while I have a beer.  What more could I want?02-10-20HBsunset502-10-20HBsunset402-10-20HBsunset302-10-20HBsunset202-10-20HBsunset1

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Moonglow…

I saw a post on Facebook that sent me out the door with barely a sip of coffee this morning.  It was about a ‘snow moon’, and when I got home I looked for it again and it has disappeared.  I popped out the door and saw that big moon in a clear sky and couldn’t get to Aripeka fast enough.  I never did take pictures of the sunrise since it was barely there, but oh, that moon!02-09-20moonclose02-09-20moonview102-09-20moonview302-09-20moonclose202-09-20moonbirds02-09-20moonglowbaitshop

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Homegrown sunset…

It feels a little like cheating, to go out for the sunset in my own neighborhood, instead of driving to more scenic spots for the sunset I mean.  But the reflections were pretty so I was glad I came out, even if it was 20 degrees colder than the night before and I didn’t think the colors would get much prettier than the feature photo. 02-07-20homesunsetreflections

I retreated to the car to get warm, and that’s when I noticed the color in the sky to the east.  And the flocks of birds that were racing across the sky, heading south.02-07-20homesunsetbirds.jpg

And the clouds must have parted because now I was seeing the moon.02-07-20homesunsetmoon.jpg02-07-20homesunsetreflect2.jpg

I know better than to give up on the sunset too soon, but for some reason I left shortly after I took the above picture, and in the time it took to drive a few blocks to my house this happened.02-07-20homesunsetstreet.jpg02-07-20homesunsetstreet2.jpg

The sky to the east was still spectacular.02-07-20homesunsetstreet3.jpg

I guess I feel like I should have something ‘better’ in my photos than a simple mobile home park.  Maybe that’s why it feels like cheating if I don’t drive 45 minutes to find just the right spot.  But Mother Nature doesn’t discriminate, fancy or humble she puts on the same show for us all.