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Time…

It was a gloomy morning, which matched my gloomy mood.  Today we were saying goodbye to yet another friend.  Yet again I would see a dear friend taking her first steps down the slippery slope of widowhood.  I’m five years in at this point, and I now know just how long this process is, this adjusting to life on your own.  At first I found myself astounded that a week had passed, then two weeks, and then a month.  Time, it seemed was relentless.  Impossible as it seemed the days kept passing, and it all became a blur.  Something I recently heard on TV struck me, it made me look online for a quote so I could repeat it correctly.

 

Time is free, but it’s priceless.

You can’t own it, but you can use it.

You can spend it, but you can’t keep it.

Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.

by Harvey MacKay

A silly poem from a friend warmed my heart and brightened this gloomy day for me.  I hope everyone takes time to let the people they care about know that they are loved.  Don’t waste your time, it’s precious…

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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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Anderson Park sunrise…

My first thought was that it was early enough, maybe I ought to go back to the Dunedin causeway for the sunrise, but by the time I actually was headed down the road I realized that it was later than I thought.  I must have lost track of time, so I stopped at Anderson Park which was on the way.  And when I did that I remembered that they don’t open the gates until 7 AM, only 20 minutes before sunrise, but you could get to the boat ramp earlier, so that’s what I did.

As far as finding an east-facing view for the sunrise it’s a pretty good spot, if all you want in your shot is sky and water this is.  Oh there is an overhanging live oak tree just dripping with Spanish moss on the shore, but my attempts at shooting through the moss turned out less than stellar.  But it really was a pretty sunrise.02-03-20andersonsunrise02-03-20andersoniPhone02-03-20andersonsunrise2

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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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Daybreak…

Aripeka again.  I approach from the south these days, which means that the first bridge I get to is the one I failed to realize was there for quite a long time.  Even on a day that didn’t turn out to be so pretty, as the sun comes up it lights up the faces of the houses even when the sky isn’t as dramatic.

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This little bait shop always catches my eye when I arrive at what’s now the second bridge.  It isn’t always as well lit as it was today, and that lighting is what drew me over to take a picture as soon as I got there.  I didn’t see the kitty until I was getting the camera ready and I was sure he’d move before I got the shot.  How nice of him to stay put.01-28-20aripekakitty.jpg

And a little color in the sky before I left.  The sun was rising too far to the right of my view for the best color.  I found better color on the way home with no way to stop for a photo, but that’s okay.  Tomorrow is another day…01-28-20throughthefronds.jpg

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Second sunrise…

Thursday was my last day at Fort DeSoto, and even though I’d enjoyed an amazing sunrise there on Tuesday I headed there again.  Or maybe it was because that sunrise had been so pretty that I hoped I’d see another one as nice, or maybe even better.  And when I arrived I was excited to see the bridge lit in red this time, but the low fog was rolling in and in minutes it washed out the bridge and the whole sky was more gray than anything else.  The feature photo was taken at 6:28 AM.  Ten minutes later we had this…0.jpeg

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These are all iPhone photos, pretty much straight out of the camera.  I wanted to see as much of that sky as I could because the entire sky looked like this as far as I could see.  I never did see the sun at all that morning, and I could barely see the bridge as the sunrise progressed and that fog took over.  It wasn’t the sunrise I’d hoped for, but I have to say that that sky was incredible.  I think Forrest Gump was onto something.  Sunrises are also like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get.