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Birmingham…

I had never expected to go to Birmingham, I didn’t know anyone there, I hadn’t given it any thought really. But that changed when Southwest Airllines sent an email last August, announcing rates ‘as low as $39’, and I decided to investigate, and it turned out that from Tampa Birmingham was the only destination for that price. Birmingham had once come up as a destination for the photo group I belong to, a trip that didn’t come to be, but knowing that made me sure that there were photo opportunities there. I scrolled through to see when exactly that rate came into effect, and it wasn’t until November, and when I shared this discovery with my friend Betty she was onboard. We made our reservations in August, and twice Southwest changed our itinerary, I suspect that the airlines are still reeling from Covid-19 as we all are, but we arrived on the 13th and decided to try to get out and see something of the area even though it was 3:00 PM or so. Ruffner Mountain seemed to be our best choice, with a short-ish hike to an overlook. But it was steep, and full of obstacles as well as fallen leaves, and when we finally checked on what time was sunset in Birmingham, thank goodness for Siri, it turned out to be about 4:45 PM. So we abandoned our destination and hiked back, because, as Betty said, it gets dark quickly in the woods. Tomorrow would be another day.

I haven’t totally conquered my computer issues, there is still an upgrade to 32 GB to do. But it was nice to finally get to work on my pictures and the new computer seemed to do well with them. I usually lose interest in sharing photos if I can’t work with them right away, but looking at the pictures got me excited about the trip again. Seems there is no place you can’t go as long as you have the internet to make a plan and your phone for the GPS.

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Checking in…

I’m just checking in to say that I’m having computer issues and can’t enjoy working with photos at the moment. Between the computer issues and the fact that I have a little weekend trip planned I’ll be out of the loop for a few days I’m sure. And that was planned before ETA decided to head right at all of us on the nature coast. So all is well at the moment, and when I decide what to do about my computer issues I will be back…

I’m glad I bought that Christmas puzzle so there is something to do besides watch the weather channel…

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Indian Shores Beach…

When I finally got my car parked and was ready to walk to the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary the other day I noticed a beach access path nearby and couldn’t resist taking a peek. It was windy but warm, and I had heard that the water temperatures are still in the 80s, so there were people enjoying the water, even on Halloween. Or walking, or sunbathing, I wished I had planned ahead a little better, it’s been a long time since I’ve been to the beach. What a pretty day.

There was also beach access from the bird sanctuary, plus an observation tower to walk up and see the beach from another angle. A little added bonus for the day.

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F22…

The trip to Weekiwachee Preserve the other day was timed perfectly for me to stop in Aripeka for the sunrise on the way. I didn’t see One-Foot Fred though, but the sunrise was pretty, and the fishermen who were there were playing some country music on the radio. There usually isn’t a serenade.

A while back a friend posted a similar sunrise picture to this one, and said that a friend shooting with her had yelled, “F22 Maryann”. So thanks Dave and Maryann, I liked this shot, but I need to remember to dial my F stop back after I’m done. LOL.

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Advanced composition…

That was the name of the class that my friend and I attended today, It was a wonderful class and we stopped on the way home to take pictures. I’d like to say that I tried to apply some of what I learned in the class to the photos I was taking, because you are supposed to visualize the photo you want ahead of time and then make it happen. Beginners ‘spray and pray’, which means you take a zillion pictures and hope you get a good one. I confess, I’m guilty of that. But we had fun today, and practice makes perfect, or so I’m told. I tried to whip them into shape through cropping, at least to some extent.

A long, interesting stem with tiny flowers on the end.
Bugs, because they were there.
Halloween colors on the bugs.
We got caught in the rain, but that didn’t stop us.
Gnomes on the brain again. I thought that looked like a gnome door at the playground.
Magnificent live oak at Hammock Park.
On to Anclote Gulf Park where this cute fishy was caught, but then released. Betty’s detective work came up with the name Scrawled Cowfish.
This great blue heron is looking out of the frame so it’s not a good picture, but I liked the rocks.
An ever-present osprey on the hunt.
Great blue again, but with some repeating pattern…
A tricolor heron in the weeds…
Welcome to Hammock Park. Gotta love the boots.
A water feature, of sorts.
This great blue appears to have a wound to his wing, here’s hoping he can fly.
You have to drive in through a marina to find Miss Vicki’s where we had lunch. Seems that Yamaha has a lock on those outboard motors.
I missed this picture the other day. This little blue heron has a frog he was about to eat. Life just isn’t a Disney movie, as much as I might wish it was.

We got rained on while we were taking pictures at Hammock Park, but we were luckier while we had lunch outdoors by the water. What a nice day…

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Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens…

Williston, FL was our destination yesterday, for a lovely hike that included flowers, waterfalls, and a cicada serenade.   It was not your usual botanical garden with beds of flowers.  No, the flowers were tucked away along the trail that began up high, above the water, with a lot of blessed shade on a hot summer day.  Views of the water and waterfalls and bridges revealed themselves as we walked.  We wondered about the lily pads we were seeing, if they were real I mean.  Turns out they were real, but the dinosaurs were not. 

The trail circled the lake with it’s bridges and waterfalls, and along the way we found some creatures to photograph also.

 It was a much needed day out, while following the rules of course…