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Paddling along…

The feature photo is the marina where paddled, pink mountain views from the reflection of the sunrise.

Tuesday was the day for a kayaking adventure with my cousin.  She had never kayaked out of Colter Bay and she wondered why she and her friends hadn’t ever checked it out before.  She thought that they might have not wanted to deal with the boats which were coming back and forth to the marina, too fast if you ask me, and if I had had my camera with me I’d have been worried as we rode out the wakes they caused.  But it’s hard enough to stop paddling and get your phone out for a picture or two, and I was having a tough enough time of it keeping up with Mary.  She said that her paddling technique is to push with her upper hand, not pull back for each stroke.  It must work for her because she was zipping right along, but it wasn’t working for me so I just kept on paddling.  We were accompanied by an eagle who soared high over our heads pretty much the whole time we were out.  He’s in the last picture, you can see him if you try hard enough.  As soon as Mary said that she sees pelicans when she kayaks one flew into view.  I got his picture but I didn’t get the great blue heron who was hunting along the shore.  A nice couple of hours exploring the coves, which were quiet without the boats zipping through.  And views in all directions…07-22-20colterbayoffwego07-22-20colterbaykayak1.jpg07-22-20colterbayeagle

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Dusty sunrise…

It seems the Saharan dust is still with us.  Not much more than a blush in the sky at sunrise and sunset.  Lately I’ve seen some really interesting pictures of the sun as it was rising in a dusty sky.  Against the color of the sky the sun looked like a yellow ball, really more like a moon than the sun, with wispy clouds trailing across the view.  I think I was hoping for either/or this morning, a lovely sunrise or a photo of that unusual looking sun.  I got neither.  To the naked eye I clearly saw the circle of the sun, and with wispy clouds, but that doesn’t seem to be what the camera saw.  Birds were flying through my shots and I hoped that they would create a better shot than they did.  Even the iPhone shots were disappointing.  I had the phone in my new phone case with a tether, but I find that the tether isn’t long enough to put the phone in my pocket, and I didn’t want it to hang, so I did the next best thing, I tucked it in my bra.  That worked well until I heard the phone, still in my bra, snapping pictures on its own while I snapped pictures with the camera.  You can’t make this stuff up…

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I took a photo class online yesterday and I should have tried working with the exposure compensation.  I hope I get another chance at it.

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Pithlachascotee River sunrise…

Yesterday’s sunrise photos with lovely reflections in the water were probably due to the fact that the air was so still.  Which is what was also responsible for the no-see-ums being so unbearable, according to the gentleman I was talking with.  Today there was nice color from the nearby bridge I like to go to, but no reflections in the choppy surface of the water, and no no-see-ums.  If that’s what it takes to be bug free then that’s fine with me.  I was happy to see the color come up, and then it was time to get on with the rest of my day…06-17-20pithlascotiesunrise2

As 06-17-20taillightsAs I waited for the color to come up I got to thinking about seeing if I could get light trails from the cars that were whizzing past right behind me.  I should try that again.06-17-20lastone06-17-20closecolor06-17-20flag

 

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Fred’s story…

When I get up early enough to go out for the sunrise I usually open my front door to look outside to see what the sky looks like.  But lately I think I’m hoping that it looks overcast enough to stay home.  Then I can pat myself on the back for not wasting time, but then I waste time at home so really all I would save is gas.  When I look out and see a crescent moon in a clear sky, especially when it’s in the eastern sky, then I can’t resist going out.  In my mind I see a nice sunrise with the crescent moon above, but in all honesty I don’t think that shot has ever presented itself.  The moon is too high, and the sunrise colors were developing slightly to the north.06-16-20aripekamoon

There are two bridges to shoot from in Aripeka, and the first has houses that I hope will have lights on to give extra interest to the shot.  This morning there were no lights, but there were plenty of no-see-ums, so I moved on.06-16-20aripeka1stbridge

The second bridge is where I always hope to see One-Foot Fred, but he wasn’t out today.  But one of the neighbors walked out to watch the sunrise and it turned out that he is the guy I recently heard call Fred’s name, and when Fred flew over he was treated to breakfast.  I mentioned to him that I used to see Fred whenever I came for the sunrise, but then didn’t see him for a long while.  He told me that the Great Blue Herons are very territorial and the two-footed heron that I did see had run Fred off.  But as happens so often when these birds co-exist with fishermen, that heron got tangled up in fishing line, and someone cut the line instead of untangling him, so he flew off, but only barely, and it was surely a death sentence for that bird.  Sad news for that bird, but good news for Fred who is back, and comes for breakfast every day, he said.  Finger mullet, about $10 worth a day.

Fred was luckier than that other heron.  He also became tangled up in fishing line, but this gentleman and another one worked to cut him free, all except for that foot, because Fred became so violent that they had to let him go.  He said it was awful to watch as that foot became useless and eventually just wasn’t there anymore.  It does seem that human interaction with wildlife is usually not in the animal’s best interest.  But for now Fred seems to have it made, I hope it lasts…

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And always check the sky behind you for reflections in the clouds.06-16-20aripekareflection

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Rise and shine…

If only sewing counted as exercise. If it was I’d be in great shape.  As it is I’ve used the heat and/or rain as an excuse to do nothing.  Well, I have been sewing, and that’s good mental exercise at least.  I forget sometimes that we are supposed to be staying home, that it’s not just me being a slug.

This morning I got up before 4 AM and told myself that this would be the day I headed out for sunrise pictures.  To Safety Harbor where I would very likely find a few other early-riser photographers to talk and possibly have coffee with. With whom to talk and possibly have coffee, insert rolling eye emoji here.  And then, suddenly,  it was almost 6 AM.  I had gotten on my banking site and set my bills to be paid, I’d gotten on Pinterest and looked at whatever, I’d checked out Facebook, and put up a blog post.  But two hours worth?  So fly out the door and barely make it out to the nearby bridge for the sunrise, or head out the door and walk the 2.5 miles around the park while it was cool-ish?  I walked, I feel saintly, and I have to admit that it felt very good just to move!

Barring unforeseen circumstances I will be heading out to live up to my self-proclaimed title of ‘Snowbird’ that I have bestowed upon myself.  This after exactly one summer spent traipsing around New England.  This time I’m heading west, to the wide open spaces.  I’m excited, and nervous, especially when it dawned on me that I probably should try on the clothes I’m planning to pack before I get there and can’t get into them.  Did I mention that I’ve also been baking?  A lot?  Sigh…

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Decaf blues…

I think it’s the lack of caffeine that has gotten to me.  I was supposed to cut it out a while back but I compromised and went half-caf.  I hardly noticed the difference.  But a couple of weeks ago I went a little brain dead in Walmart and bought Folger’s Black Silk, a huge tub of it.  There was a crowd in the aisle and I saw the price and bought it, forgetting completely about caffeine.  And of course I can’t waste so I used it up, and then went to Publix and virtuously bought decaf, on BOGO of course.  And I’ve hardly been able to get myself out of the house since.  I blame the lack of caffeine, but it might be the heat too.  So this morning I headed out to walk at 6 AM, when it was cool and breezy.  And got to see a pretty sunrise to boot.  At least it’s something….

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