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A perfect Florida day…

A friend and I went hiking in the woods yesterday.  It was the perfect day for it, cool but sunny, finally the Florida weather I love the most.  We did nearly 7 miles, walking and talking, and stopping for a few pictures.  Not many really.11-13woodedwalk11-13woodedwalklilypads11-13woodsscapeWe kidded that if our mutual friend Betty had been with us that she would have taken a million pictures already.  So I took this one in her honor;11-13woodedwalkbettyweedWe didn’t seen another person, and only saw a deer off in the distance, but in the sand on the trail were tracks of lots of animals.  Linda said that it must be like rush hour in the night with all the animal activity.  We did see a rhino though, not a frequent sight in Florida.11-13woodedwalkrhinoHogg pond was our destination, and we found some egrets gathered there.  I suspect the beginnings of nesting activity.  And there have been great flocks of birds in the air lately.  Usually they are too high in the sky for decent photos, or the camera just isn’t set up for that capture.  These birds were coming in to land however.  Yes, this will be a booming place in the spring.11-13woodedwalkflyover11-13woodedwalkposers11-13woodsflyingegret11-13woodssnaileaterWe had stopped for lunch at a very quaint hot dog shop in Floral City, and then hiked in the Perry Oldenberg wilderness area.  But the jackpot happened as we finished the hike and were ready to leave.  That’s when we saw the cows in the pasture next to the parking lot.  I was looking to take photos like this when I was at my daughter’s house in PA over the summer, but somehow failed to get out and explore the rolling farmland for scenes like this.  People ask what kind of photography I like best, but I think I like the surprises along the way that make it so interesting.  And I’m normally out by myself for photos, but it was nice to be out with a friend…11-13woodedwalkpasture11-13woodedwalkpasturefamily11-13woodedwalkbrowncow211-13woodedwalkbrowncowI thought that all the cows with horns were bulls, but closer examination of my photos disproved that theory.  Not this particular photo, but trust me…

 

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In a fog…

When I stepped out the door this morning I wasn’t sure where I was heading for the sunrise.  But when I looked up and saw the nearly full moon shining low in a crystal clear sky I knew that Aripeka was where I needed to go.   I could get the moon set over the inlet and the sunrise across the bridge on the other side.  But you probably guessed that the fog set in before I could drive the few miles it took to get there.  And that moon was dropping like a stone!

I talked with a young man who had also stopped on the bridge to enjoy the sunrise.  He said that he stops whenever he can.  He apologized because he said he ‘only’ uses his phone for pictures, not a nice camera like mine.  I assured him that sometimes my iPhone photos are the best ones of the day.  The feature photo and the last photo are iPhone photos.  I just like to see young people taking a minute to appreciate what nature brings us each day.  I wasn’t paying attention to things like that when I was his age.  It was a nice morning, I thought the fog was more interesting than it usually is.  You just never know…11-12aripekamoonset211-12aripekamoonset11-12aripekafoggysunrise11-12aripekafoggyiphonesunrise

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Getting the shot…

I went to an advanced photography class yesterday.  I’d seen that it was coming up but I will always feel like a beginner and thought the information would be over my head.  And a lot of it was, but it made me want to try harder.  Sometimes you have the luxury of planning a shot, deciding the angle and the settings in the camera before you take your picture.  Even trying several settings to help yourself learn what would work best.  But the instructor also qualified his information by saying that sometimes the opportunity arises and all you can do is just try to get the shot.  So with all that new information swirling around in my head I stopped at several parks on the way home.  I was surprised that the parks were so quiet on such a pretty day.  Quiet except for the birds.11-9anclotepier11-9sunsetbeach11-9sunsetbeachpelican11-9sunsetbeachosprey11-9ancloteegret

I was turning to head back to the car when I spotted two belted kingfishers zooming this way and that in the air, and then diving to try and catch their lunch.  I’d only ever seen one once before and in that same area, and I caught a quick picture while it rested for a second on a lamp post.  These two were never still, but they stayed in the area for a few minutes before zooming away.  There was no time to think of any of the instructions I’d heard that day, except that you just have to try to get the shot.  So I did.  It was a treat to see them again.11-9anclotekingfish11-9anclotekingfish211-9anclotekingfish311-9anclotekingfisher411-9fingfisher2

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Distractions…

See that guy on the pier there?  He’s taking a picture of the sunset, while I, on the other hand, was paying attention to the pelican.  I couldn’t help myself though.  I was standing with lots of other people on a bigger pier just across from that one.  Pelicans and sea gulls were passing just over our heads and making assaults on fish in the water nearby.  This was causing tons of excitement for two little kids on the pier near me.  Every swoop was met with much laughing and squealing.  It is funny to hear them chattering in an unusual language, Dutch maybe, but their delight in the situation was universal.  Their mom will have her hands full with another one due fairly soon, or so it would seem.  I wish I would have had more wisdom while I was raising my kids, but on the other hand I was young enough to keep up with them, so I suppose it was a trade off.  In the throes of my divorce my ex told me that it was like I was a kid who grew up and was leaving home.  It made me mad at the time, but I have to admit that there was a grain of truth to it.

Other distractions that night were more birds, and just the lovely light falling here and there.  And the reflections…10-30dunedin210-30dunedin710-30dunedin1510-30dunedin13

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On the lookout…

This osprey was sitting on this post when I got to Hudson Beach the other night, and as I drove away I looked for him and he was still there.  He was a distraction because I wasn’t exactly early and I had several spots I wanted to stand for sunset photos.  I hadn’t counted on him as a distraction.  I’ve been too lazy to use the tripod lately, but in low light the shutter speed is long enough that you’ll get camera shake without a tripod.  I was probably a good thing that I already had the camera on the tripod when I spotted him.

Then yesterday I had a pop up on Facebook, and ad for a new Photoshop program that makes eliminating background distractions look like a piece of cake.  I saw the ad first and then opened the pictures of this guy and here I had  photos that needed that program.  Or that feature, but I know you can do that same thing with the software I already have, and learning to take better advantage of the programs is something I keep meaning to do in my spare time?  Why does it feel like I don’t have any spare time when all my time is ‘spare’?9-30Hudsonbeachosprey29-30Hudsonbeachsunset49-30Hudsonbeachsunset5And a couple of shots from the phone.  I sometimes forget to check the iPhone to see what those photos look like, and forgetting to even pull the phone out and take a few shots while I’m out.  But I have the newest phone now, the iPhone 11 pro max, and it takes an extra wide angle shot, so there is the novelty factor.  I think I like it.

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Hanging around in New Hampshire…

It was fall scenery that I was looking for, not pirates.  Or butterflies.  I said I needed to see fall and/or a moose before I go, so when I saw a large animal off in the distance I got excited.  But my friend said no, not a moose, darn it. 13thfoliagenotamoosetwomonarchs2twomonarchs

I also didn’t expect to see a neighbor walking his oxen down the road.  I hope I get a little more warning if I see him again. oxenwalk

And we were so sure that the hummingbirds were gone already that we nearly took the hummingbird feeder down.  I’m glad we didn’t.

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