moon, photography, sky, technology, travel, weather


It’s not unusual for the dogs to want to go out at 4 AM, but was unusual that it was so light out on Wednesday morning that I didn’t need to turn on the outside light to see them wandering out back.  The moon was big and beautiful, and straight up overhead.  Once it occurred to me that I hadn’t attempted a moon photo since I got the 600mm lens and extender I just had to try it.  Here I’ve been complaining about the cold, and yet I didn’t even notice the cold while I was taking pictures out there.  It was 30 degrees out, according to Siri, but with no wind it didn’t feel so bad.  Or I was so distracted by trying to get the tripod to point straight up that I didn’t notice.

Since that went well I was off to Bayport for the sunrise a little later, and found it to be so windy and cold that I got right back into the car and didn’t take any pictures at all.  Instead I headed to Jenkin’s Creek where the birds were no where to be seen.  So much for always finding an eagle at sunrise.  But at least I have my best moon photo so far…

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The featured photo is one I took quite a while ago and finally decided to see what I could do with it.  The moon was blown out, and I always seem to try to include branches or something besides just the moon in my moon photos, but it honestly doesn’t work well.  I guess the camera wants you to focus on one or the other.  But I liked this picture so I took it into an app called Distressed Effects and played around until I came up with this image.  I have a lot of photo editing apps that I never use anymore.  I’ve often thought that it might be fun to choose a single picture and put it through all the apps that I have to see what I could do with them.  If this cold snap continues to keep me inside I might just try it.

finding my way, life goes on, live and learn, losing battles, nature, photography, rain, technology, weather

Rainy, gloomy, day…

The universe is conspiring against me.  I swear it is.  The weather here is raining, and cold enough to make you miserable, but not cold enough to try to recreate the videos I’m seeing on Facebook that show a soap bubble slowly developing ice crystals as it freezes in the icy cold somewhere where I’m glad I’m not.  And on the iPhone photo page I saw lovely macro photos of snowflakes.  If I was somewhere with snow I think I would be outside trying to recreate that photo.  Yesterday I decided to take a couple of pictures when I noticed how pretty the flowers out front were, so I went to my favorite macro app, Camera +, in the iPhone.  I clicked on the little + sign, but it didn’t bring up the macro feature that I’ve used before.  Instead it was a menu I’d never seen before, and being on my way back to work I didn’t get to investigate.  Nothing is ever easy.

None of my devices were working yesterday, and neither was Netflix.  So I decided to restart my modem, which is when I realized that flipping off the one wall switch in the bedroom had shut off the iron, but also shut down the modem.   Operator error this time, I’m lucky I figured it out so quickly.  My fault, and I suppose it’s also my fault that the Roku remote has been missing for such a long time that I forgot why I hadn’t been watching Netflix for so long.  And when I went looking for a new Roku remote online I discovered the Roku Express app, so now my trusty iPhone is my Roku remote!

I’ve been an Apple girl, (Charley just reminded me that I was a girl when Hollywood was a prairie), for a very long time now, and I’m spoiled.  The computer just works, always.  Well, until lately.  Facebook either won’t load at all, or it quits all of a sudden and I lose whatever I had written.  Today when it quit I noticed the message that the page was reloading because it was using ‘significant memory’.  Is the computer dying?  I hope not because I can’t stand to edit my photos on the phone or iPad, even though I bought the iPad for exactly that reason.  So I use the iPad for Facebook, even though I hate typing on it, but I rely on the computer for WordPress.  I’m worried that I need a new computer, but a new bill? Not so much.

And speaking of Charley, he doesn’t always feel as if he is with me, but lately he’s been hanging around, which is why I took him out for a corned beef sandwich at The Lucky Dill the other day.  Which I ate for him of course, but it was a little dry and he would have complained.  (The piece of cheesecake that came with it was very tasty though!)  I brought the other half of the sandwich home and ate it yesterday.  I took the meat out and reheated it in the microwave with a few drops of water, dried out the rye bread in the toaster oven, then reconstructed the sandwich and added a little cheese, and grilled that thing!  OMG, was it ever good.  But now I’m craving all the carbs and ‘bad’ food that I love but haven’t been eating for months now…

And my final proof that the universe has it in for me came in the mail.  When it came is a mystery, it was just sitting on top of the pile of stuff on my table, looking as if it had just been placed there by someone.  But I’m the only one here and I know that I hadn’t seen it before.  Not a Happy New Year moment.  It was the size of a Christmas card, which is what I thought it was, but when I turned it over I found… a jury summons.  I hadn’t missed the date to report though, so that was good, saves me a big hassle I’m sure.  But in reading the info I see that on my next birthday I will have reached the age to be permanently deleted from the pool of potential jurors.  So it’s official, I have it in writing.  I’m past my sell-by date… sigh.




flowers, nature, photography, weather

Delicate flowers…

Chances are really good that wherever you are reading this, it’s colder there than it is where I am.  So if I complain about the weather you’ll roll your eyes.  I really didn’t go out for the sunset because of the cold windy weather, but it helped that the sky was also quite overcast.  The Sandhill cranes were out on the lake out back also, but I didn’t go out and take their picture either.  I did take one of the plumbago out front, because a few days from now that plant will be a goner.  But it will rise again.  Bougainvillea also.  I’m not the only delicate Florida flower that can’t take the cold, but, like them, I’ll be back, out with the camera in no time.

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dogs, fun, grandchildren, kids, life, memories, photography, travel, weather

Happy feet…

I last went north a year and a half ago for my granddaughter’s college graduation. Since I was heading that way I got a ‘since you are coming anyhow’ request from my son, could I head there (NY) first and stay with the kids for the weekend while they headed to FL for a wedding?  I was happy to do it.  But I didn’t anticipate that turning on the oven to heat up a slice of pizza and then noticing that the puppy had pooped on the foyer floor, would result in the smoke alarm going off during the poop clean up, which caused me to hurriedly flush said poop, causing the toilet to overflow… and my grandson to call down from upstairs, “Is everything alright down there, Mimi?” Eventually it was, with help from the kids..
I’m reliving that memory because my other take-away from that weekend was that I spent it freezing to death. At the end of May! So I went on a quest for warm slippers, and these were the only ones to be found, and they caused my daughter and granddaughter to roll their eyes at my fashion choices. I didn’t care, I think the only place I went during that visit that I didn’t wear them was the actual graduation itself.
Lucky for me I was straightening my closet and discovered them, just in time for them to save me from our current cold spell in FL. My friend Kathy said she’d have to dig deep to feel sorry for me while I suffered through our 50-something degree weather. So my fashion choices for the day are the slippers, jeans, and Charley’s huge #1 Pop Pop sweatshirt, which is the only sweatshirt I can put my hands on at the moment. The dogs think I look just fine, and they also think it’s time to go out…

moon, natural wonders, photography, sky, weather

On the other hand…

The sky doesn’t only contain the sun, with it’s gorgeous sunrises and sunsets.  Sometimes when the dogs get me out in the middle of the night I’m amazed at the beautiful moon and stars, and try to take a picture.  Getting a decent picture of the moon has proven to be more of a challenge, but I just said I like a challenge.  It helps when there are clouds to soften the light, or so it seems.  It will require a lot more practice…




birds, Florida wildlife, learning, on closer examination, perseverance, photography, Pine Island, sunset, weather

Blowing in the wind…

The whole reason I went out for the sunset last night was because the rain had stopped, the cloud cover was breaking up, and I expected a lot of ‘fire in the sky’ out of the sunset.  Not so, and I know why.  It was the wind!  I suppose that Pine Island being a peninsula is why it’s always so windy there, and that’s the blessing that lets you come out for the sunset on the hottest of summer days.  But last night it would drive me off the beach as soon as the above picture was taken.  And I think it blew the clouds away.

But if I was cold, imagine how cold this bikini-clad model was.  They took pictures for quite a while and I never heard her complain.  And I wondered if the wind would interfere with the photos, but maybe not.

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And it’s tough to have a drum circle with only one drum.  Soon a second one joined them, but as cold as I was I didn’t stick around to see if it turned into a full drum circle.1119drum.jpg

The thing that has bugged me about trying to photograph the Skimmers is that they usually look as if they don’t have eyes.  At least you can see that there are eyes in this photo.  And I can see their longer lower bill, which they use as the skim across the water with that lower bill in the water and scoop up dinner.  Normally I just see them standing around, but last night I saw one in action, skimming across the water, but much too fast to try to get a picture.  At least these guys are easy to spot.1119skimmer1119slimmer2.jpg

But the find of the day were the Sanderlings.  If that’s what these pale little birds are that is.  I’ve been on the lookout for them ever since my photographer friends said I had missed them the night before.  They weren’t there last night to tell me if that’s what these cute little birds are, and Merlin says that they may be Sanderlings or Western Sandpipers.  Either way they are new to me.  It must look odd when I concentrate on the shore birds the way that I do.  I have to look long and hard to start to see how different they are from each other.  And I can identify a few of them now, so I’m learning.  It was a fun, even if freezing, night…1118sanderling.jpg