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Ornamentation…

When I found myself wandering among old cars in an automobile graveyard like Old Car City I found it to be way too much information to process all at once. There was no rhyme or reason to how the cars were displayed, and I had to wander among them to find the details of what I was seeing.  Since the big picture was a lot to take in I found myself interested in the details, like the hood ornaments of these old cars.

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Old Car City…

Imagine for a second that you are living far into the future.  And you are an archeologist.  And you have unearthed this scene.  What conclusions would you draw from the scene before you?  What catastrophic event must have occurred to have caused the carnage implied by these images.  It must have been tragic…11-2oldcarcitytrail111-2oldcarcitytrail211-2oldcarcitytrail311-2oldcarcitywagon11-2oldcarcitytrail411-2oldcarcityairplane11-2oldcarcitycar11-2oldcarcitycar211-2oldcarcitysteeringwheel

I will have 8 hours in the car tomorrow to work on pictures.  In theory at least.  I’ll really have as long as it takes for my laptop battery to leave me.  There were six miles of trails lined with scenes like these.  I can see why I was told that you can’t see it all in one day.   What a fun place to visit.

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And the sunset…

I rushed to take pictures of the sailboats I could see off in the distance.  I had just arrived and was trying to decide what to focus on first.  They came closer while I was distracted with an osprey, and when I looked again I could see that it may have been a sailing class that was coming to an end.  The sailboats were loaded onto trailers and taken away shortly after these pictures were taken.  Once sunset seems to be finally about to arrive it speeds up and you could miss it entirely as you jockey for position with all the other people on the pier who are also trying to take pictures.  Somehow when you hear people around you declaring that the sunset was just incredible it makes you enjoy it just that much more…

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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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Winding down the day…

My usual trips out for the sunset have me racing out the door because I had lost track of time and was barely going to make it.  Not last night, however.  My goal was the Dunedin marina, in hopes of nice photo ops of boats, etc, plus a nice sunset.  So prepared was I that I had enough time to kill to walk to the far side of the marina to see what photo ops might be there.  I found an osprey up on a ship’s mast, much closer than I’d ever been to one before.  I was sure he’d fly before I could get his picture, but he didn’t appear to be bothered by me at all.

I used to be disappointed when the bird I saw flying was ‘only’ an osprey, as opposed to the eagle I was always hoping to see.  But I’ve looked them up recently and discovered that they used to be known as fish-hawks, and were endangered due to pesticides, but they have recovered and have now been given a classification all their own.  They are impressive as they hover over water, watching, waiting, and then dive talons-first and fly away with their catch.  They are found nearly world-wide, anywhere they can fish in fresh or salt waters.  This one wasn’t hunting, he was calling to his mate at the end of his day.  It took me a minute to see her.  In the feature photo, just above dead center, on a cross piece of a mast.  They were calling to each other as the sun was sinking lower in the sky.  Another day done…

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Sunset Beach sunrise…

Yes, that’s right.  Sunset Beach Park faces west, but it’s enough of a peninsula that I thought there would be a decent view to the east for the sunrise.  But I didn’t expect the park to feel so small and dark, and secluded.  Spooky, or maybe it’s just the season for spooky.  There was another car there, but I couldn’t see anyone.  I couldn’t see anything really, I waited a few minutes to get out of the car with my camera.  As I was setting up I heard it, the swish of a fisherman casting out his line.  I felt better knowing who was around, and the sky got lighter.  It won’t feel so spooky next time…10-29sunsetbeachsunrise310-29sunsetbeachsunrise210-29sunsetbeachsunrise10-29sunsetbeachsunriseiPhone3