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Sunset in Dunedin…

We finally got to head to Dunedin for the sunset last night. As we walked to the marina we saw sailboats returning from a sailing lesson, so of course I ran ahead so as to not miss the shot. As it turned out it’s a good thing the sailboats created a diversion for us because we had longer to wait for the sunset than we thought. And then the clouds took over.

Things were looking promising at this point.
There are a few variations on the view as you sit in the park next to the boat house.
We were treated to a grackle serenade as we enjoyed the view. No osprey nests were visible this time. Perhaps they were evicted.
I caught a photo of this fisherman just before he called it a day.
This little girl was busy swinging her net, but at no creature that we could see.
The sun was getting lower.
I told myself that the color was coming up.
Then I looked behind me in hopes of seeing pretty reflected color, and found this.
We headed to the car, really we were heading to The Lucky Dill for a beer, but I stopped and took one last iPhone photo of the sunset.

I think that the iPhone enhanced the color a bit in that last photo. I’m glad that the sunset itself, or lack of it, isn’t the make or break moment of the day’s fun. One way or another it’s always good to get out and go shooting…

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Asheville to Tybee Island…

We were very lucky to have a nice day to spend in Asheville, in between raindrops the day before and again the next day. We wandered a couple of blocks through the charming downtown and people-watched for the afternoon. The next day was our big drive home, most of which was through the sometimes torrential rain, so a planned stop at Tybee Island was cut short, and we drove home using all the possible speeds on the windshield wipers.

Tell me this storefront window wouldn’t stop you in your tracks!
This happy little girl was enjoying herself.
Maybe the dancers are her mom and dad?
We wandered a very nice art gallery and found this old fashioned soda fountain to entice you once you were finished. My friend worked as a soda jerk (is that politically correct these days) and made more than his fair share of Raspberry Lime Rickys in his day. I drank more than my fair share in my day too, and there we were in the same home town, but it took a common interest in photography and about 70 years for our paths to cross.
This sign was in front of Ben and Jerry’s, a good place for it!
Tybee Island Light Station, in the mist.
Those clouds!

Once we crossed into Florida the rain let up so the drive home was uneventful after that. We were very lucky to have accomplished all that we set out to do while we were away. We each reconnected with friends and family, and we certainly enjoyed the scenery everywhere we went. I wonder where we’ll go next?

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A lovely day in Rockport…

If there ever was a time for me to learn to replace the sky in an image then today would be the day. My day in Rockport really was lovely, after all, it wasn’t raining. But the sky could have been a lot prettier. But the lack of color in the sky couldn’t spoil the colorful scenes I was seeing everywhere I looked.

This, I was told, is the iconic image of Rockport, so it was the first image we took
If I didn’t believe it when I first heard it, then this sign would have convinced me.
As we walked to the waterfront these glimpses down the alleyways made me anxious to get there.
I have been seeing these gorgeous hydrangeas everywhere, but none prettier than these.
Hollyhocks are a favorite from my childhood.
And then we were there.
The restaurants touted fresh lobster, and it probably doesn’t get fresher than this.
Another view of the iconic building. It was destroyed in 1978 by a huge storm, but the townspeople pitched in to recreate it.
The scene behind the facades.
You would likely have a view like this no matter which of the waterfront restaurants you might choose to have your lunch.
Or a view like this…
This parade of little sailboats was being towed by the speedboat ahead of them. We decided that it was a group of kids being guided in after sailing lessons.
Where ever you choose to eat you will have seagulls staring longingly at your lunch. But we had this house sparrow keeping us company.
When we finally arrived at our room for the night we found this great potential sunset view right from the doorway. But the clouds took over.

When you are retired every day is a vacation I know, but to be back ‘home’ with time to enjoy places I never visited when I lived here is the best of all possible worlds.

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Catching up…

Day two of this trip had us traveling on back roads just like the detour road that we drove on the day before. But without all the traffic, and especially without all the trucks that we traveled with the day before, so a nicer day. A pleasant day of driving through North and South Carolina, but then it was time to negotiate the NY City area and our expected 9 hour trip took 13 hours and was (almost) no fun at all.

When I wasn’t driving I was taking pictures out the window.
We spent a little time on Rt 1, a road I traveled a lot when I lived in MD.
We had to put in the Tappan Zee bridge as a destination to get the GPS to take us over this bridge and not the dreaded George Washington bridge. After a difficult day’s drive I’m trying not to think about what route to take home, but that’s a problem for another day.

My friend and I are from the same hometown in MA, but it took us over 70 years to meet in our photo group in Florida. So this trip down memory lane took us back to Fields Park where we both spent time in our youth, but never together.

My sister assured me that this was my mother’s favorite spot in Field’s Park, so we sprinkled some of her ashes from this bridge a few years ago. Shh, don’t tell anyone though because I think it’s not kosher.
The swans came to us, and posed for us in this little lagoon.
Tower Hill is the main attraction in the park.
I liked this long distance view, but a day without rain threatening might have been nicer. We may get to try again before we leave.

Honestly, not too long ago I thought that all my connections to my hometown were now gone, and I wondered if I’d ever go back again. Funny about connections, all these years later I have new connections to the same old place of my youth, and it feels good.

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Homosassa creatures…

When you discover that your friend has never been to Homosassa Springs State Park you might just decide to spend your day-before-the-storm there. The weather was surprisingly good again, even if the storm is supposed to hit tomorrow.

About that alligator feature photo. I am assured that that is a real alligator, as opposed to a mechanical one, which is what I suspected. But so far I’m not convinced, and he isn’t talking. He did smile for his picture though, whatever he is.

The Whooping Crane was too close to the camera for a full view. He is huge, trust me, but he wasn’t whooping it up this time.
But there was some carrying on happening, but by the eagles, who were calling to each other.
Flamingos always are a favorite to shoot, but today they were especially cooperative.
I’m not sure who is who, but they look cosy.
Who has the curliest neck I wonder?
The weather was perfect, the animals were cooperative, and the views were nice too.
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It was beach-y…

,With day after day of rain, and a potential tropical storm ready to make landfall in a couple of days, I thought I’d lose my mind if I didn’t get out and go somewhere. To the beach, I thought. Dramatic clouds at the beach could be nice, especially when you are desperate. But then we remembered that the Skimmer chicks might be seen at the beach, so off we went with that vague notion and yet we managed to find them. It was a beautiful day, so unexpected, and with a great photo op to boot.

Skimmers on the beach. This row of adults will attract the babies when they are old enough, and thus they will learn to fly and fish for their dinner.
The nesting area is cordoned off, and a helpful volunteer gave us the run down on the nests. Which are just depressions in the sand where they lay their eggs, but in a spot vulnerable to people as well as predators.
Someone is looking for mommy.
And looking some more.
Found her.
Sounding off.
And a black crowned night heron at the sanctuary.
This eagle lives at the sanctuary also.
And a resident White Pelican.

The skimmer chicks will be susceptible to the storm, so we have to hope that it doesn’t hit with a lot of force when it gets here. Let’s all cross our fingers…