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Detours…

I’ll bet you think I’m going to get all philosophical and talk about how you think your life is going one way and then it takes a very unexpected turn. I might be tempted to talk about that, but in this case I’m talking about the actual detour we took yesterday. Off of Rt. 301, compliments of the policemen who had closed the road to all traffic. We knew that something very unfortunate had happened up ahead, and we had a pretty good attitude since we had planned a day of driving that would get us to our stopping point on the early side. I had, however, just suggested that a bathroom break might be in order, and little did I know that it would be two hours before we found ourselves back on 301.

We were on a two lane road, very rural, with standing water along the sides of the road in places, from the recent rains.
When I say ‘we’ I mean ourselves and the many, many huge trucks traveling in both directions. One after the other those huge trucks passed us, most with their right side tires off the pavement and I noticed that they were creating a deep rut on the other side of the road. And still there were more coming.
I wished I could reach my camera when I saw three mules in the pasture here. One was kicking up it’s heals at the other two. It could have been a good picture, darn it.
I suppose I was lucky that I wasn’t the driver at the time, so I could amuse myself by taking pictures with my phone.

It took us over two hours to travel that detour. We saw only one issue, and that was a car driving in our same direction, and she had gone off the road enough that trying to back herself back up the slope probably wouldn’t work. We were seeing the light at the end of the tunnel by then, 301 was just up ahead and our particular nightmare was almost over. We looked at the cars and trucks heading south and just turning onto that sad little road and felt bad that they had no idea what they were in for. And, just as we expected, once we reached 301 we saw that the northbound lanes had been reopened while we were stuck in that detour nightmare. But we were back on the road with no harm done, so we were happy. Later on we learned that a truck driver had overturned and died, causing this whole problem. Day one of this trip was done…

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An afternoon at the lake…

Lake Winnipesaukee was where we were headed. Saying the names of the places I left behind in New England is part of the fun of being here. Whenever I can I try to resurrect my MA accent, at least while I’m here. It makes me a little sentimental, but mostly I’m very happy to spend time just being comfortable with an old friend, in the place she loves, a place that now feels as comfortable as home to me…

Birch trees are so beautiful.
Geese in a perpetual journey across the sky.
Flowering trees.
The Indian who lives on the island in the lake.
I was going to take a picture of the dog sculpture anyhow, but when I saw this dog earlier I said it was Ozzie, and they stopped for me to pet him.
This little sweetie and her granny in their matching pink shirts.
It not that they are naked that I took so many pictures of this statue, it’s just that it was placed so that you could make so many different compositions. I might have chickened out on using the other shot of them as my feature photo, and it may just follow next. I don’t know at this moment.
It was a beautiful day to just sit and enjoy.
If I see a round hole I hold my breath while I see if I see if there is a view through it.
I imagine living nearby and walking to the water and waiting for the sunrise and/or sunset.
And another one.
A bridge between my favorite places perhaps.
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Driving Miss Daisy…

Of course I came here to spend time with Kathy, but I also wanted a photo of the forsythia before they disappear all together. They are past their prime, but I’ll forgive them because the lilacs are just starting to bloom. As we drove I told Kathy that it was like Driving Miss Daisy and she said that she hadn’t seen that movie. I can’t imagine how she missed it, so we came home and watched the movie while I worked on my pictures. The day that started at 37 degrees soon was 72 degrees and spectacular. A great day for two old (literally) friends to stop for an ice cream cone for lunch…

If only forsythia bloomed in Florida.
It already smelled wonderful!
This scenery warms my heart.
A closer look.
Such a beautiful day to check Highland Lake to see if we could find the Canada Geese chicks that call this place home.
Coffee Kahlua Brownie was the winner!
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Princess Place Estates…

The last of my stops in my East Coast of Florida tour was at Princess Place. Of course I hadn’t ever heard of it, but it’s a lovely park with many beautiful live oaks and a water view. There is even a lodge house sporting a porch decked out with rocking chairs for you to sit and enjoy that view. This is a venue for events, such as my cousin’s daughter’s wedding not too long ago.

Here is the lodge with it’s nice porch, and rockers to sit in while you enjoy the view.
I loved all the live oaks on the property, but what really caught my eye in this picture is that vine that is draped from on tree to the other.
A covered bridge was an unexpected, but fun, find.
There are stables on the property. My cousin’s daughter’s wedding party used one of the horse stalls to change clothes on the big day. Which is a while lot nicer than it might sound.
The stables also house this antique carriage.
Keeping up with this small person is what kept us from sitting and rocking on the porch for a little longer. That wasn’t what she had in mind.

Another nice day seeing the area and catching up with family. Or trying to, see above photo!

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A walk in St. Augustine…

Did I say a walk? It was nearly a sprint, maybe a trot. My cousin is fast! But we had a lot of territory to cover in one morning, or so I thought. As it turned out we parked the car and then were able to walk to the Lightner Museum, Flagler College, the charming shopping area, the fort, and the Bridge of Lions. Great restaurants and coffee shops were pointed out to me as we walked. This is a great place to visit. Even the lighthouse was pretty darned close by. What more could you possibly ask for?

This building housed the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, and now houses Flagler College.
The stained glass and mosaics of the interior design were designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
An egret with a fish will always catch my attention. But he let his catch go, alas, too late for the fish to survive.
The Lightner Museum is located across the street from Flagler College.
These are very impressive buildings and garden settings.
I will always love to look at a scene through an arch.
I saw photographers taking their time, setting up their tripods, while I zoomed along. Next time!
Shooting on the fly is my excuse for cutting off the sign.
A walk through the lobby.
Also found in the narrow shopping streets.
Lots of alleyways to explore.
Such pretty flowers.
Street photography.
The Castillo De San Marcos is the oldest fort in the continental United States. I zoomed past. Further exploration to come another day.
The Bridge of Lions, aptly named for these two who guard the entrance.
I have to go back.
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Flagler Beach sunrise…

It’s always nice to have someone else to shoot with, and it’s always a surprise when someone else you know is willing to be out for sunrise first, coffee second. Thanks Lindsey.

Such a pretty sunrise.
The fishermen were out early.
I tried to catch this surfer riding a wave, but he only chose to ride a few.
I suspected this girl was also trying to catch the surfer in action.
Footprints.

This was my first trip to Flagler Beach, why did it take me so long?