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An orangutan kind of day…

I knew it all along, as soon as I saw the FCCP photo walk to the Lowry Park Zoo I knew that I would go, and that my day would be all about the orangutans.  I hoped there would there be babies, and that wish was granted.  I fell for them when I lived in San Diego and saw them at the San Diego Zoo many times.  And even Frankie fell for them this time, so much so that we brought one home.


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My new favorite park…

I don’t know why it took me so long to go to John Chestnut Park.  I had seen that my photo group have taken photo walks to that park frequently, but for one reason or another I hadn’t been able to join them.  Until today, when I decided that it was high time I made a visit.  As I got out of the car I saw another photographer with his big tripod and camouflage covered lens, which he parked outside of the bathroom while he went in.  So I appointed myself to guard the camera, and then proceeded to pick his brain about what  might see and where.  He showed me his pictures he’d just taken as two eagles harassed an osprey to try to hijack his newly caught fish.  I was sorry to have missed that.

Do you see the seeds on the railing in the feature photo?  He told me that people place them there for the birds, and right on cue that Downey woodpecker landed and gave me my first photo op.  The squirrels were quite interested in the seeds also, and if I had had food for them I’m sure they would have eaten out of my hand.  The park is lovely, full of boardwalks over the wetlands, and trails to follow, and that’s just what I did.


As I took pictures of the park itself I was quite surprised to find that squirrel at eye level only five feet away from me.  I didn’t seem to bother him as I took pictures while he was having a snack.  But as I stood there something caught my eye out in the woods.  I assumed it was a bird, but when I took a picture and then enlarged it in the camera I realized it was a deer.  The flicking of her tail was what had caught my eye.  So I backtracked a bit to try to get a better shot, and then realized that she had walked under the boardwalk and she was just off to my right.  I called to her and instead of taking off she turned and looked at me.  I’m happy to say that this park will be worth many more visits in the future.12-26deerclose

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Travels with Betty…

I tagged along with my friend Betty yesterday, on a trip out to enjoy one of her interests.  We left early so that we could stop at this little park which I’d never been to before.  We were in Citrus county, the heart of the nature coast I think.  Yes, the day was overcast, but rain wasn’t expected until long past sunset, so off we went.  Betty loves her details, not so much the landscapes I tend to like to photograph.  Knowing that influenced the day.12-22frencfry12-22thepark12-22thegang12-22msgrackleSquirrels eating French fries are photo worthy, to me at least.  And the park itself was pretty.  There were plenty of male grackles, calling and preening, and just basically showing off their flashy blue-black selves.  The lovely red female grackle did not seem impressed in the least.12-22betty'sheron12-22heron1Along the inlet we had a great view of a pair of Yellow-crowned Night Herons, neither of which were bothered by the boat traffic as people returned to their homes.  They are usually much harder to spot, and photograph, than this pair were.12-22lonelyfishermanA lone fisherman was on the pier, but it was getting late in the day and we were about to move on.  We both had noticed a fishing line hanging from the roof of this pier, and it’s always a shame to see such things as dangling line because it poses a risk to the birds of the area.  Betty was the first to take a picture though, and when she looked at what she had in her camera we were both amazed.  The fishing line was blowing in the breeze which made it appear more like a ribbon than just a string.  So of course we both took a lot of pictures of that fishing line.  I wonder if the fisherman noticed us, and if he did he probably thought we were nuts.  I was sure I wasn’t getting that same effect, I couldn’t see it in the camera itself, but I took pictures anyhow.  And I got a nice surprise when I looked at the pictures in the computer.  It doesn’t take much to make a couple of photographers happy.12-22ribbon212-22ribbon312-22ribbon4

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Courthouse Christmas…

“The crowds,” my friends said.  “The parking,” they lamented.  And yet I headed out anyhow.  To Brooksville, the county seat of Hernando county.  I grabbed a parking spot in the courthouse lot, not realizing the uphill climb I would have to be where I needed to be.  But once there the lights were lovely.  And a performance was in the works, that was obvious.  Not a school group as I first thought, this was a performance put on by a group called Stir Up the Gift.  I took pictures as they set up, but what I was waiting for was the carriage rides.  I imagined the lovely pictures I might get, but the reality was a bit of a disappointment.  Perhaps it’s that the only other time I’ve done this was when I saw the Budweiser Clydesdales delivering beer one evening in Palm Harbor.  Now that would be a hard act for anyone to follow.  And once I had gotten plenty of photos my thoughts turned to the long, dark, walk to the parking lot where I’d left the car, and so I left.  A nice evening for myself, and home in time for Jeopardy.12-20courthousetree212-20courthousetree12-20carriagesunset12-20realtor12-20performers12-20performersclose12-20performersclose212-203singers12-20carriagearrives12-20horses12-20rollofhonor

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The way it is…

If you are my age, and female, then when you were young you also may have been excited to read the latest Women’s Day or Family Circle magazine as soon as they came out.  They were cheap, and if I remember correctly they had short stories, and recipes, many things of interest to me at the time.  But they also had craft projects, and I’m not sure which magazine this one came from but the feature photo is my version of just one of the projects presented one year.  It must have been at Christmas time, and once completed I pinned each piece to a length of ribbon and hung it like a clothesline from a shelf in my dining room.  The only reason it still exists is because it got put away with the Christmas decorations, and though I have purged and purged again I still have this silly thing.

But it strikes me just how involved this project was, and yet it was presented to the masses as just a nice little craft project their readers might enjoy.  You see, how you began this project was to get yourself some graph paper, or rule a one inch grid for yourself.  Then you carefully copied the pattern by hand, coping the drawing in each little square onto your grid, thereby enlarging it.  Then tracing it onto fabric. Then you used fabric crayons to color each element of the project according to the pattern.  But you weren’t done.  No, there is embroidery on each piece.  Tiny French knots and cross stitch, again, following the pattern.  Plus buttons, and bows, and pom moms.  Then you added batting and stitched around the outside of each piece, turned them, and then, finally, you were done.  I think this was intended to be something a granddaughter might play with at Christmas.  A paper doll of sorts, hanging on the tree.  Except I couldn’t bring myself to add velcro to the front of the doll so that her various outfits would stick to her.  And after all the time and effort I put into it I loved it too much to let it go the way of most toys.  So no, this little girl and her teddy bear have only seen the light of day for a few weeks at Christmas for many, many years now.

But my point, if there is a point, is to imagine this project being presented for someone to do in this day and age.  We are force fed by the media.  We demand instant gratification.  When the older bakers at work used to make their special rolls and pastries I’d ask why all the bakers didn’t make them, and the answer would be that ‘you can’t teach them.’   Is it that young people don’t approach a job like that as a skill, a career?  Or is it not worth it to the company to spend time teaching those skills when mass production is available?  I’m tempted to complain about young people today, but would I see this project in a magazine and attempt it today?  I thought that was terrible, even when I was seeing it as only a baking issue, but now I see that it applies across the board.  And that it applies to me too.  And no, I can’t see myself attempting this project if I saw it presented today.  It makes me sad to recognize and admit that to myself.  It’s just the way it is…12-18Christmasdoll12-18Christmasdoll212-18Christmasdoll3

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Just another day…

The day started on the bridge.  A nice view of the sunrise over the Pithlaschascotee River.  Taken from the bridge on Rt. 19, meaning there is a ton of traffic behind you, and you can’t go back and forth across the bridge like I can at Hammond’s Creek.  Darn it.  And on this day at least the traffic was causing a lot of vibration on the bridge, which is how I’m explaining to myself why all my camera photos were blurry.  Thank goodness for the new iPhone 11 pro max which handles low light very well.  And it ignored the vibration.11-19sunrisebridgeiphone211-19sunrisebridgeiphone111-19sunrisebridge211-19sunrisebridge111-19sunriseathome

I misidentified this last picture the other day, it really was the sunrise, sometimes I confuse myself.

And I ended that day on Green Key beach.  Another day gone…11-19greenkeysunset11-19greenkeysunset211-19greenkeysunset311-19greenkeysunset4

I’ve lost track of what happened in between these two sets of pictures.  I’m sure it was full of good intentions, but with very little follow through.  I’m a world-class procrastinator, especially when it comes to the pesky necessities of life like housework.  After all, those messes aren’t going anywhere now are they?