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Birds on the beach…

Among my recent adventures was another trip to the Seacoast Seabird Sanctuary. We were nearby and my friend hadn’t yet had a chance to go there, so off we went. It is fun to see birds up close, especially knowing that these birds aren’t able to live in the wild for one reason or another. There is beach access from the sanctuary, and as you can see the summer crowds are gone, and perhaps the influx of winter visitors will also be fewer this year. Conversation yesterday revealed that lots of people don’t expect much improvement in the COVID-19 situation in 2021, which I hope is an exaggeration but I suspect it may be true. The lack of tourists might make for nice photos, but our economy is suffering. I’m sure that we will make it through this, but for now we just have to plod along. And mask up.

They sky has been dramatic lately, prettier than the camera wants to see it in these pictures. I love to see sky reflected in the water. And a butterfly, because it was there…

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The day after…

I got to Green Key Beach early, before much color was in the sky. But it was low tide, I knew that because I checked the Tides App when I was trying to decide where to go on this morning after Thanksgiving. I knew that I would be able to walk out onto the sand to view the sunrise, and also across the road the sky would be pretty and the wading birds would be loving low tide. So I had done my homework, I was in the right place at the right time, but when I went to get my camera out of the car it wasn’t there. That wasn’t totally heartbreaking since I had my phone, but I wasn’t happy with myself. But there was a kayaker setting out for a paddle so I started taking pictures.

And the color starting rising with the sun.

And across the street the sky was becoming amazing. Birds were calling, but without the camera with it’s zoom lens I wasn’t able to capture them.

I was the first person there, but boaters and fishermen were arriving. And a paddle boarder, with his dog Layla, who obeyed his command to stay while he got the rest of his equipment.

Just as the paddle boarder paddled away my boater friend returned to his boat with his bucket which he had forgotten, and I knew that I had to wait for him to pull away before I could leave. I knew that that was going to be my favorite shot of the day. And it was.

And on the way home I remembered that when I loaded the car with things to bring to my son’s house the day before I had put everything in the back compartment of the car. So I had my camera with me the whole time…

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Largo Central Park…

We wandered to a park that was new to us last weekend, Largo Central Park. It proved to be a very nice place to walk along the Boardwalk and trail, and I was happy to see a variety of birds present. I hadn’t been seeing them lately so I’m hoping that maybe they are returning to the area. And butterflies, and even fall leaves. Yes, in Florida!

But I think the most fun to see were the river otters. We first saw them across the water on the bank, but then they got into the water and swam to the other side which gave us a much better chance of getting photographs. They looked as if they were having fun, maybe even more fun than we were having just watching them. For some reason I remembered the book “Wind in the Willows”, which we read in the 4th grade as our introduction to reading books without pictures. Most of my memories of childhood seem fuzzy, but I remember that so clearly. Maybe I’ll see if I can find that book at the library…

This is only a first phase of this park, according to the signage there is lots more to come. Nice spot for a walk on a beautiful day…

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Suppose…

Suppose that you and a friend went to a photography class, and you were hungry afterward. So you went to Dunedin to eat swordfish and take pictures using some of what you learned that day. Like looking for lines, repeating shapes and patterns, color as shapes, sight lines, interactions between people. My head was spinning…

Did I say Dunedin? Or was it Dogedin?

What would have been great would have been if a dog stopped to look at the dog mural. You could take your time and choose a background and then just wait for people to walk by, but that would require more patience than we had, but we did get lucky a couple of times.

The fountain in the feature photo was something I had never noticed in all the times I’ve been to Dunedin before. I hadn’t ever noticed this monument to veterans from all of the 50 United States before either. Each state has a block made of native materials. How did I not see it before? Betty hadn’t noticed it either, and you might think she is inspecting it closely, but really she is taking pictures of the ants that were swarming in one grout joint.

Interactions and sight lines were on my mind for these.

Repeating patterns and shapes, and contrasting colors.

And this was the view from the outdoor deck where we had lunch. Another day of fun, while we recover from election craziness and prepare for a storm that is slowly but surely bearing down on us.

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Anticipation…

The weather was calling me to get out of the house. It was sunny and warm, not hot. And there was a breeze to ruffle the eagle’s feathers. When I thought I’d check to see if the eagles were hanging around the nest I thought it was going to be too late in the day to see them. Or that the sun would have them in silhouette. I’m glad I didn’t listen to that voice in my head because one was there, sitting on a snag. Maybe he was enjoying the weather as much as I was. Soon there will be eggs, and both eagles will be on the nest daily. And I can hardly wait. I can’t stop at the nest without also stopping at Anclote River Park also. Another nice day.

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And winter arrives…

Well, Florida winter that is, when the temperatures range from the 60s to the 70s in the course of the day. It would have been a crime not to get outside and enjoy the weather today, especially since it has taken longer than normal to get here. Sandhill cranes walked with me this morning. And I decided that it would have been a perfect day for the wind surfers to have been enjoying the breeze on Sunset Beach, but the breeze showed up even if the windsurfers didn’t. Lots of gulls though. And I never head south without a stop to see if the eagles might be hanging around the nest yet, and yes, I got to see an eagle for the first time this season. There is more of this weather on the horizon too. Be still my heart.