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Sunset picnic…

Picnic at Sunset Beach? That’s all I needed to hear and I was out the door in a flash. Then I rudely spent much more time off taking pictures than socializing, but I couldn’t help myself…

That sunset glow.
A meeting of the minds.
That glow again.
Great spot for a picnic.
I took a million shots of the windsurfers, but most were too distant and not colorful. Loved this red kite.
I think I saw this same kid in this same place the last time I was here.
this is what you see when you are taking your lens ball picture.
Another view.
Windsurfers again, they look like birds.

We were watching for the green flash as the sun sank below the horizon. Not this time though, maybe next time.

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A trio of owlets…

For someone who got up at 4 AM I’m not sure how I managed to be too late getting out of the house to get to Safety Harbor for the sunrise. But my ulterior motive for going there was to see the owlets at Philippe Park again before they leave the nest, and it wasn’t too late to see them so off I went. As usual there were photographers busily clicking away, and soon I was too. The first of the owlets was in view, and his light coloring on top of his head allowed me to spot him pretty quickly.

I heard comments around me that indicated that there were two owlets there, but I couldn’t see a second one, not while I was taking the photos.

Mom was nearby and it took a lot more looking on my part for me to spot her. And is it any wonder? Nature is amazing, look how camouflaged she is! Crows were making pests out of themselves again today but for some reason it didn’t cause much commotion. The first owlet, however, did flap it’s wings and it moved over to the right where it was almost completely hidden by the Spanish moss. Maybe that left room for owlet #2 to pop up, and #3 was right there too. This was such a treat for me. I had heard that there were three in the nest, but I told myself to be happy to get shots of one at least. What a day!

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Cars and Coffee…

To say that I was out of my element on Saturday is an understatement. There has long been a weekend ‘cars and coffee’ event offered with my Florida Center for Creative Photography group, but they haven’t always been located at Tampa’s Armature Works, which had recently landed on my radar screen as someplace I might like to go. Located along the Riverwalk, it’s a place I probably would have chosen to visit if I was a tourist here, so I told myself to go, and so I did. But I only know enough about cars to know that if the insignia says Lamborghini, or Ferrari, I ought to be impressed. And those were the cars displayed on the checkered inserts on the lawn, and there was much ‘ooing’ and ‘ahing’ among the crowd. Which I heard over the roaring of the engines as, one by one, these souped up cars made the drive up the road beside the venue, revving their motors to the max while the onlookers watched the parade.

Did these cars win a prize at the show…
…or was their prominent positioning a matter of money?
This perfectly behaved dog is what started me off taking note of all the dogs at the event. I hope this dog feels more joy in his life than it appears to me in this photo, or is it’s behavior another status symbol?
Okay, it is a nice insignia.
Just now realizing that the point is the custom wrap.
Are we supposed to see a cat face?
Setting the scene a little more.

I’m not sure I was enjoying this day at this point. I was sure I was walking past all the truly notable cars and letting the flashier ones catch my attention. And then I saw this…

Okay, now I was having fun. If only the sky really was getting prettier, which is what I kept telling myself.
I think this truck is how I noticed the water taxi, which I took note of for later.
Who wouldn’t stop and look at this?
No clue what the point of the airplane was.
I learned to drive on a Chevy Bel Air that looked like this one’s poor second-cousin…
Road Runner edition…
If a photo is supposed to tell a story then feel free to create your own here…
I should have found out what this is…
I don’t know what that means either….
I heard comments about how this is definitely their girlfriend’s ride…
I wonder if you could convert this into a camper?
This is the winner in my book! A Jeepster! I would have taken this one home…
Since it doesn’t fit my current lifestyle I guess I’d have to adapt to fit the car…
I swear to you I saw this car recently on Rt. 19 and couldn’t get my phone out fast enough to get a picture. Notice the message on the license plate. “It’s a financial mistake.” The car or the paint job?
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Feathered family…

I made a quick stop at the rookery today, and found that the only action going on was at the wood stork nest. Oh the decibel level was up, somewhere more babies were demanding food from their overworked parents, but the only movement I could see was at the same nest I noticed last time.

The little family.
I removed a stick from that baby’s mouth using Photoshop. I’m kind of pleased with myself, but really the program did all the work. But there were just too may twigs to try to remove all of them from all the pictures so this was the only one I worked on.
Lunch time!
Someone photobombed my shot…
These anhingas were tucked into the foliage a bit. I love their blue eyes!

It is nice to find photo ops in my own neighborhood…

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Enjoying life…

I have to hand it to the lens ball. As a conversation starter it really can’t be beat. Every time I’m out with it someone comments, and I always invite them to take pictures also. And they do, because even the cell phone works like a charm with it. That’s what happened the other night. Two couples were out for the sunset together and they asked about the lens ball and then took their own pictures through it. We had a running conversation all evening, because when it was finally sunset they got to try it again. I saw them as I was leaving and felt like I was saying goodbye to friends. One man said, “Keep enjoying life”, and I’m happy to think that that’s how I came across to them. Because I do.

I’m not sure that this was the most fun shot they might have gotten as a test of the lens ball, but that’s probably the shot that they got. People do get excited when they see the image in the ball, and one gal said that she already wants one.
I thought I’d found all my people pictures from that night, but with fresh eyes this morning I found more.
I liked the sailboat, but I liked it better when the little girl walked into the shot.
Kids and flying seagulls were a theme that night. My dog Zoe would have loved running through that flock of seagulls and making them fly. When she ran though a flock of birds she meant them no harm, I know this because when it was a squirrel she was after she became a stealth, hunting, machine. One who never actually caught a squirrel, but my neighbor said that she drove the voles out of my yard and into his!
I admire people who feel free enough to dance around in the middle of a drum circle. Or anywhere. That is totally not me, you couldn’t pay me to do that, I’m too self-conscious. Which may be why I’m most comfortable holding the camera, hiding behind it so to speak.
Usually I’m late and racing for the sunrise or sunset, but that night I was early enough that they were still collecting parking fees at Pine Island, so I went to Bayport to kill a little time. That half hour delay saved me $5, and no, I don’t think I spent $5 in gas getting there and back.
Look what I saw in my rear view mirror when I went to pull out and head to Pine Island. I think I’d want to have some ruby slippers to go with it.
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Trying a little contre-jour…

Sunset was my real reason for being at Pine Island on Sunday night. You might not think so since I got so caught up in all the extra added photo ops that presented themselves before we really got down to the nitty gritty of sunset. But I was also on a mission to try a technique I’d heard about earlier in the day. It’s called contre jour, and it calls for back lit photos, but with some detail in the foreground so it’s not really a silhouette. That’s if I understood it correctly. Turn your camera away from the sun and set your focus, then recompose your shot to include the sun and shoot. I think it made a bit of a difference. Can’t wait to go out and try it again…

It’s amazing how often birds flying makes me grab my camera…