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Krunch and Kona…

I took these pictures of my grand-dragons on Christmas Day.  They had gotten crickets for Christmas and that had gotten them all perked up and moving about.  And posing.  I was enjoying visiting with everyone, and drinking egg nog, but I couldn’t help but notice them posing face to face, and eventually I just had to take a few pictures.12-26KrunchandKona2.jpg12-26KrunchandKona1.jpgIMG_1418.jpegWhile I do find these guys fascinating and I like to take pictures of them, they aren’t the cuddly pets I prefer.  I’m pretty sure that my pet owning days are over.

Well, except for Frankie.  For day two of the photo challenge I took her to Publix yesterday.  As far as iconic Florida goes I think Publix fills the bill.  It was founded in Florida by George Jenkins in 1930.  He worked in the grocery business but didn’t like how the employees were treated, so he started his business with the premise that if the employees were happy they would in turn lead to happy customers.  It has grown into a 32 billion dollar business with 200,000 employees, and in 2017 it was awarded the status of #1 most admired retailer.  Seems he was on to something.1-3-20FrankieatPublix

 

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Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive…

I’ve been to this wildlife drive before, but it was shortly after a hurricane and it never occurred to me that it might be closed.  But it was.  And it was a two hour drive so it was a disappointment.  I guess that’s why I haven’t planned another trip until now, if you can call it planning when you wake up and kick yourself for sitting around the last couple of days, and decide to go right now.  I found myself surprised at how wide open the landscape was. I’m glad the day turned out to be cloudy.  It just couldn’t quite manage to actually get sunny so the one-way road, that forms an 11 mile loop around the lake, was muddy and full of puddles.   But everyone was enjoying the birds and taking pictures, while we dodged puddles.  There were thousands and thousands of birds, ducks, swimming in the water on each side of the road.  And they were calling, it was loud!  It seemed like I may have been lucky enough to have a good variety of birds in my area because I’d come all that way but my photos are of the birds I commonly see at home.  It was a nice day, but a car wash is in order…

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Santa paddle…

They called it a Santa paddle, and paddle we did.  Hours of paddling on Silver Lake.  I spent most of that time fascinated at the thought that the scenery was so natural.  I wondered if people paddling this place years ago looked at an identical scene.  If you notice the trees you’ll see the high water line, and the few houses that we did see on the shores suffered flooding when the water rose.  It was hard to imagine the water so high.

The feature photo shows the most alligator-ish sight that I saw.  And for that I was thankful.  It was too cold for the gators, I was told, it was meant to reassure me.  But where would they go?  In my mind every log floating just beneath the water was suspect, but I did forget about that after a while.  Maybe it was the overcast day that caused such gorgeous reflections in the water.  It was a lovely paddle.

12-24kayak112-24kayak212-24kayak312-24reflect112-24reflect212-24houseI wish all a very Merry Christmas and I hope the New Year will be kind to one and all.

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Thanksgiving eagle…

I had signed up for the Thanksgiving photo shoot to look for the ‘Duke’ eagles because it sounded like a good idea at the time.  To tell you the truth I was surprised to see it on the schedule as an option at first, and then I wondered how many of the people in this Florida group lived alone and away from family, and I decided that it was a nice activity to have the option to choose.  They offer it on Christmas Day and also New Years Day, and  I think I signed up for all three.  But I do have family here and this will be a nice holiday so I told myself I wasn’t going to go, and then I found myself in the car and got there 45 minutes early.  And that turned out to be the secret.

As I arrived I saw an eagle fly into the nest, much too quickly for me to have the camera ready.  And once in the nest it wasn’t visible at all.  So I looked around, and off in the distance I saw what looked to be a bird sitting on a dead tree branch.  There are always lots of vultures around and I told myself I was nuts for giving up my position at the nest to walk down the street for a closer look.  But yes, it was an eagle.  I took a lot of pictures, mostly all identical since they do have a tendency to strike a pose and stick with it, and then it flew off toward the gulf.  I got myself back to the nest in time for another group member to join me, and then came the brief moment when that eagle joined the first one at the nest.  I was ready this time.  After that we chatted and watched the fog roll in.  The nest is a short way from the Duke energy plant with it’s tall smoke stack, and we were surprised to see the top of the stack become lost in the fog.  I should have taken that picture, I thought, and I turned to do just that and the entire stack was gone.  And the fog became thick enough to feel like droplets on your skin, and so I decided to head for home.  It was a good shoot for me, and I told them I hoped that my leaving would bring them all luck.  I hope it did…11-28thelookout11-28scratch11-28hereturns

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Ornamentation…

When I found myself wandering among old cars in an automobile graveyard like Old Car City I found it to be way too much information to process all at once. There was no rhyme or reason to how the cars were displayed, and I had to wander among them to find the details of what I was seeing.  Since the big picture was a lot to take in I found myself interested in the details, like the hood ornaments of these old cars.

11-2oldcarcityfemaleornament11-2oldcarcitybulldogornament111-2oldcarcityFord10011-2oldcarcityplanehood11-2oldcarcitycaddyfemaleornament111-2oldcarcityhoodornament2Those old cars seemed to have more character than the cars we see now.  more personality.  The place was big enough to get lost in.  As I wandered I couldn’t see another person and began to wonder if I’d find my way back to the entrance by 4 PM when they were going to close.  I thought I’d walked the entire place, but it seems I missed a tree with 15 or so bicycles in it.  Or maybe I forgot to look up…11-2oldcarcityquickeddie11-2oldcarcityphotogrphersparadiseA photographer’s paradise indeed…

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Sunset Beach sunrise…

Yes, that’s right.  Sunset Beach Park faces west, but it’s enough of a peninsula that I thought there would be a decent view to the east for the sunrise.  But I didn’t expect the park to feel so small and dark, and secluded.  Spooky, or maybe it’s just the season for spooky.  There was another car there, but I couldn’t see anyone.  I couldn’t see anything really, I waited a few minutes to get out of the car with my camera.  As I was setting up I heard it, the swish of a fisherman casting out his line.  I felt better knowing who was around, and the sky got lighter.  It won’t feel so spooky next time…10-29sunsetbeachsunrise310-29sunsetbeachsunrise210-29sunsetbeachsunrise10-29sunsetbeachsunriseiPhone3