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Little Manatee The other day, I had the good fortune to see many manatees at Blue Springs,  Florida.  Due to colder weather, many manatees had collected in the springs to warm up a bit.  What interesting mammals they were, so large and gentle, and yet they survive with people taking over their water homes, and trashing the waters with pollution.  Not to mention driving over them with their boat propellers spinning. I was humbled to think that some manatees persevere human`s stupidity and uncaring actions with such a soft and gentle approach to survival.

It is my hope that folks will act on being kinder to nature and our earth.  Our earth and it`s creatures are really  worth saving and protecting.  I certainly hope this little blog will make a difference. Even if just a few folks stop by to read the message.

About three months later:  For some reason, I didn’t publish this blog.  I’m ready to share it today.  Thank you for stopping by and I hope you are outside in beautiful Spring weather somewhere.

White Butterfly on Flower

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Santa’s Elves are busy at work with thoughts and good wishes for all folks everywhere.  Love is in the air and hope is prevalent as we enter this holiday season of goodwill, sharing and caring.  Which brings me to the reality of the world, and the things going on even in our own country that are not so joyful and loving.  May we remember those that are in need and those that are hurting during this season of caring and sharing.   May we also give thanks for all we have and can share with others.

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

O` Heavenly Father,

We thank Thee for this food and remember the hungry.

 

We thank Thee for our health, and remember the sick.

 

We thank thee for our friends, and remember the friendless.

 

We thank Thee for our freedom, and remember the enslaved.

 

May these remembrances stir us to service that Thy gifts to us may be used to help others.

Amen Daisies By The Shore

This is a prayer that I picked up along the way.  I do not know who the author is, but I appreciate his thoughts and words.

Take care, my friends and have a wonderful Thanksgiving where ever you are.

 

 

Teamwork

Close Flight

It is with great pleasure and pride, I share this image with you.  This month, I was fortunate enough to see the Thunderbirds flying in tight formation.  If you look at this image closely, you will see that they are flying together  and upside down!  Now, that is what I call teamwork.

Which led me to think about teamwork, and what can be accomplished as a team.   We are only as strong as our weakest link.  Can you image these folks flying with a weak link?   No way could they accomplish anything, and more than likely they would all parish in their attempt.

I hope each of you that reads my humble blog, will have a great day and be involved with something greater than yourselves as contributing team member.  I wish you true success in all you do, and I wish you the best.

Just my thoughts today.

WWPW

It was 5:30 in the morning when we all met at the Orlando Wetlands located near Christmas, Florida.   We were gathering for the World Wide Photo Walk with our leader, Milton Heiberg, professional photographer of extraordinary talent and a helpful spirit.  Milton directed us to a wonderful place to watch the sun rise, and that we did.

Old Glory, WPW, October 11, 2014....

We were not disappointed in the beautiful Florida sunrise.  Across the Wetlands, the sun rose, and we were ready to point, shoot and capture some great sunrise images.

WWPW  It is About Reflections

After the sun rose, the birds did, too!

Morning At The Wetlands, WPW, October 11, 2014

Then it was time to say,  “Good-by” to a great adventure and a wonderful time spent with other photographers in a beautiful Florida setting.

My Orlando Wetlands images taken October 11, 2014 on the World Wide Photo Walk, better know as the Scott Kirby`s Worldwide Photo Walks.  This activity happens throughout the world in different locations.   Photo’s taken on the walks are shared if desired and compared.   It is a fun and interesting experience that I recommend to anyone interested in photography.

Rainbow with Eagle Fly-By

The rainbow was blazing in the sky as I drove North on US 1,  South of Daytona, Florida. I had to stop to take a picture, so I pulled over.  Upon setting my camera`s focus on the rainbow, I noticed a lone bird flying toward the rainbow.  So, I waited until the bird crossed the colors in the sky.  Little did I know that the bird was an eagle until I had released the trigger on my camera.  When I saw the white head of the bird, I knew it was an eagle.  I felt “totally stoked” as the local surfers would say.  “Two for the price of one”,  a beautiful rainbow and an eagle.

Wowza, what a fine day!

On a recent RV trip,  I had my camera cocked and ready to fire.  I was so darn excited about seeing the sights and capturing the perfect picture, that I just started shooting every beautiful sight that I saw.   What I got was a bunch of snapshots and not much else.  I either didn’t have the right lens on or I was shooting in the middle of the day which is a “no-no.  Well, it turned out to be a fresher course on how to use your camera…Don’t shoot in the middle of the day and think before you shoot.

What I learned was,  I’m an amateur who loves to take pictures.    What I learned was, I’ve got a lot to learn.  What I learned was,  I still love photography.  What I learned was, photography is about thinking, and it is a skill!  Heart and soul is an important ingredient, but you have to know how to use that camera and do the right thing when shooting!

House in the  Woods.....

Take for example the above image,  the field was so beautiful with the wildflowers growing, but they were blown out in the light when I tried to capture the image.  A tri pod would have helped.  I was using a ND filter but it didn’t help much in the light.

Anyway,  live and learn…There is always something in life that we need to do better, and photography is one of those things for me.   I will keep trying and loving it.

Thank you for stopping by.

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