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Thoughts of winter…

Something caught my eye and I looked up to see a brilliant sunset going on just outside the window.  It caught me by surprise, it seemed too early in the day for the sunset, I thought, and yet there it was.  And as quickly as I noticed and hurried to take a picture, it was gone.  Used up, faded, and forgotten, aside from photos.

Much as I found myself feeling during my recent visit with my daughter and grandchildren.  Oh it was an enjoyable time, there were no problems.  Almost anyhow.  All was fun and games the whole visit, until I happened to glance into a mirror and found my mother looking back at me.  I never think of my age, I pretty much feel as good as ever so it hasn’t demanded attention.  But there it was.  Undeniable.  I’m old. I’m as my mother was during the last years she visited with us.  I remember how distant it felt to me to notice the signs of aging etching themselves into my mother’s face.  I saw that it was happening to her, but somehow I never considered that I would also age in the same way.  There is a lot of life written on my face, now that I look at it.  I earned the wrinkles and the gray hair.  So while I notice the changes in myself, I will try to remember that each sunset seems to reach it’s most glorious just as it slips below the horizon.  It’s a good thought, it’s a reason to keep going.  So yes I’m old, but my light is still burning, and I don’t think it’s even close to burning itself out, not yet…12-06wintersunset

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Airport sunset…

An airport isn’t the worst place to find yourself with time on your hands.  Especially when there is an observatory available, and you decide to wander to get your steps in and also see what the sunset brings.12-04airportsunset5

The observatory had angled windows which quickly became my obsession.  Until I looked up and saw that a plane was flying across the sun, but I didn’t have time to get that photo.  So I alternated between looking for the sunset reflections and waiting for planes to take off toward the sunset.  And there was a little bit of Christmas too! 12-04airportsunset412-04airportsunset312-04airportsunset212-04airportsunsettree

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Tuesday night at the library…

Not just any library, I’m talking about the main branch of the Clearwater library.  And not any old Tuesday night either, it’s very other Tuesday night after we’ve gone back to Eastern Standard Time.  That’s when they allow patrons, with and without cameras, to access the roof and watch the sunset.  Access is granted about a half hour before sunset, and once the sunset is over the roof is closed again for another two weeks.  My photo group plans a trip every chance we get, and we collectively cross our fingers that the weather will cooperate.  Tuesday night was a good one for this activity.  I’ve also been there when I nearly froze to death and didn’t take a single picture.  But that was the exception, this is Florida after all…11-27roofview211-27roofview11-27anothrview11-27cherryontop11-27librarysunset3I double-checked and we have a photo walk to the library every other Tuesday night, but the rooftop is available every Tuesday night in Eastern Standard Time.  In looking that up I discovered that there is a gym there, and that you can check out power tools.  Now I find that surprising!  It’s worth a visit, don’t you think?

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We’re late, we’re late…

We were quite late getting to the photo shoot at John’s Pass the other night.  We missed the sunset entirely, which is much easier to do when it takes place at 5:30.  Traffic was the problem.  But the sky was still pretty and we headed to Madeira Beach first.  My iPhone told me the name of the beach, and it also saved the whole shoot for me.  Whew, I very nearly blew what turned out to be a nice night. 11-20Madeirabeach111-20John'sPassfeature

Second we checked the tarot card reader’s shop to see if the birds were still hanging out in front of, and on top of, the shop.  They were.11-20John'sPasstarot11-20John'sPassblackcrownednightheronBlack-crowned night herons are usually hard to spot along the shore because they keep to the foliage.  Not this guy though.  Last year the tarot card reader told us that years ago she rescued an injured bird, and the word must have spread because birds come to her on their own.  Sometimes for rescue, and apparently just to hang out.

Next we walked the boardwalk while we decided where to have dinner.  We chose Sculley’s for a grouper sandwich.  A very wise choice, but alas, I was too busy eating to think to take picture.11-20John'sPass111-20John'sPassscene9After that we wandered the village a bit, enjoying the view.  We planned to bundle up for this shoot, but there was no need to worry, it was a lovely night,11-20John'sPassscene211-20John'sPassscene311-20John'sPassscene811-20John'sPasswingdings11-20John'sPassscene511-20John'sPassscene411-20John'sPassartist11-20John'sPassalligatorIf you go don’t forget to look up!

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When there is a frozen custard shop in the area it’s tragic to be too full of grouper to have a cone.  Next time…

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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?

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Dark skies…

When the sun was still above the bank of dark gray clouds I told myself to hurry out for the sunset.  By the time I approached Green Key Beach the sun was sinking into those clouds faster than I could drive.  But there was a band of open sky just at the horizon, so all was not lost.  But as soon as the sun sank below the horizon all hope of nice color in the sky seemed out of the question and I headed home.11-18Greenkeysunset11-18Greenkeysunset211-18Greenkeysunset311-18Greenkeysunset4

But then I got home, and found a lovely sky with palm trees against the color of the sunset.  The last bits of color of the day…11-19sunriseathome