Sunday, May 31, 2015

I rarely if ever include people in my pictures.  While photographing this view, the fisherman walked by and I asked him to stop.  I was surprised that he did, and didn't waste his time.  I took this picture immediately and thanked him.  I had more luck than he did, I think!  I may do more of this sort of thing!  lol   (Film)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

At some of the ocean front parks here, there are rather long walks through the dunes and sea oats to get to the water.  The paths are clearly marked and there are sections with boardwalks and railings.  As in all the parks, walking on the dunes is either prohibited or discouraged.  Thus, they retain the plantings that hold the sand in place, and provide seclusion for nesting birds and wildlife.  This photograph was taken from a boardwalk on Little Talbot Island at the very southern end near the mouth of the St. John's River.  (Film)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

This is our beloved standard poodle, Bailey, a couple of whiles ago.  We shared our lives with him for nearly twelve years.  Yesterday, he left us for the rainbow bridge with hugs, caresses, kisses and many, many tears.  He was gravely ill and a peaceful passing surrounded by his loving humans was truly a blessing.  Before that final moment, he was given all the M&Ms he could possibly have wanted, and no doubt wondered why they had been withheld until just then.  We miss him terribly.  "Go play!!", Bailey, wherever you are.  If souls exist, they live in animals too. Perhaps the better word is 'spirit'.  Conservation of energy dictates that our spirit, as some form of energy, lives on.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

What you see on the beach in this picture is coquina, which is "a sedimentary rock that is composed either wholly or almost entirely of the transported, abraded, and mechanically-sorted fragments of  shells..."  (Wikipedia)  It's often carved into interesting forms by the action of the surf and sea. Any other rock found on the shore in this part of Florida, at least, has been imported from elsewhere to build jetties or to reinforce some other kind of marine structure.   The sky, of course, was really the point!  (Film)

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Looking at some of the negatives I hadn't gotten around to yesterday from my morning at Little Talbot Island SP,  I decided I liked this one too.  The day began with a brooding sky that gradually cleared and gave way to blue with big white puffs pictured first in yesterday's post.  But, things started out like this which pleased me a lot.  (Film)

Friday, May 1, 2015

Probably my favorite state parks around here are Big Talbot Island and Little Talbot Island.  The former features a beach so densely littered with fallen, dead trees that, even at low tide, it's not easy to walk very far.  The beach on the latter is wide open and utterly uncluttered with beautiful dunes that you walk through to get there.  These two photographs were made yesterday (April 30), on Little Talbot.  As swimming is prohibited, there are usually fewer people there than at other beaches, and at the beginning of the day it's all but deserted.  Having read a forecast of partly cloudy in the morning, I was there by about 8:30 AM.   I was not disappointed!   (Inclusion of the little triangle 'pointer' was quite deliberate!)   (Film)