By George, I think they are right!
Last weekend, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, had a sand sculpturing event. Folks were invited to make a sand sculptures. All levels of artists participated. The above image is one sculpture that caught my eye. It was life size and amazing.
The sculpture was there for such a short time, just until the waves would destroy it and take it back unto the sea, but because I saw it, I was enriched. That is pretty neat in my book. Just a thought along the way.
Well, it is about love. On Veterans Day, I think back to family heros and non family heros that gave everything for our country’s freedom. Courtney was the youngest of two boys. He loved the outdoors, riding his bike as you and I. But when the country needed him, he signed up to be a bombardier on a B-27, He lost is life giving his all to our country for something he believed in ~”Freedom for all”. His mother never accepted his death. His brother continued the patriotic love of country and became another patriotic hero, a fighter pilot ace. His sons contributed as their father did. The bloodline continues with grandchildren helping our country.. Let us hope that our freedoms continue as well.
Thank you to all the Veterans out there. Freedom isn`t not free. God Bless America.
It happens to be St Patrick’s Day and the luck of the Irish is with me today. I was driving through the Vera Wetlands around mid-day, a mother raccoon and her three babies crossed our path and went into a green meadow across the road. As luck would have it, I was there with my long lens on my camera. I couldn’t believe my eyes as I watch the Mother raccoon escort her children to a safe area. They had come out of their home which was a hole in a dead tree.
The Mother raccoon gave her babies all her attention. The little ones were obedient and fell right in line staying close to their Mom. She picked up one with her teeth to help it along the way.
The other morning I rose early and went to Merritt Island. I wasn’t disappointed. The sun rose in all it`s glory above the water and mangrove bushes.
Birds were everywhere, doing what birds do. Wildflowers delighted our very souls.
Happy days continued to roll as this one exploded with vigor and great joy!
A few months ago, I was sitting on a grassy hill watching a couple of Sandhill Cranes eating a snack. They came so close to me that I could barely focus my camera on them. I was amazed. As I watched, I noticed that one of the cranes had his eye partly closed. I wondered if he was sick or tired.
Last evening I posted this shot on a wildlife forum and asked the question. Was the crane sick or tired? I got a variety of responses. One person mentioned that the crane was not sick, but was using a third eyelid for protection which would be needed in such a close encounter with the grasses. Someone else mentioned that it was called a, ” nictitating membrane”.
Then another fellow thought it was a wonderful experience to be so close to wildlife, and capturing such a close image with out the cranes being scared, eyes closed or not.
I enjoyed these comments and learned something today. I hope that you did, too. Now, you know what a nictitating membrane is, incase you are like me and had never heard of this before. (I wonder where I was when the teacher was discussing nictitating membranes in class. Ha…I was obviously was not paying attention!)
The third fellow brought up an interesting thought about having a rare opportunity to be so close to nature. Yes, indeed it was. It was amazing to be part of their existence for a few short moments. It was a rare treat for sure and I learned about bird eye protection as well. How good is that!
I was very fortunate to attend Milton Heiberg’s Photography Field workshop this January at the Bio lab Road. We watched the sun come up across the lagoon at Merritt island. The actual sunrise was less than spectacular with little color or excitement. Fortunately, I had a #8 ND filter on my wide-angle lens. Little did I know what my final image would look like! I was so pleased to see the color and detail in the sky after processing the image. Everything just popped! Gee, I love photography!
I thank John Harding for introducing me to the #8 ND filter. I just have to remember to use it more often!
I thank Milton for the wonderful workshop and for “getting me there”. Milton says to “be there” if you want to get a good picture. He was right about this one!