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God Bless.jpgThere are times when you just loose interest or have a hard time getting motivated to take pictures.   Yes, folks would ask me to take pictures of this or that event,  but just photographing for the fun of it was starting to run dry.  I just couldn’t get motivated and would leave my camera at home.

Finally, something clicked again when I bought some pretty tulips at the grocery store.  I took a picture of the tulips.  The tulips were beautiful, and so was my picture!  Later that week, I went to an airshow that proved to be exciting and I captured a few more fun shots.  Last, I went out to the dock and found some birds to shoot.

Spring Tulips On My Table

Well, I am excited again about photography.  Am even  going to buy a Sigma 17 -70 F2.8-4 lens tomorrow!  It feels good.

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“Congratulations!  You have won the 3rd place award in our New Smyrna Beach 2017 directory cover contest which pays $50!  We feature the top three places in the contest in our directory.”

Well, was I surprised and thankful for the recognition.  So,  I am going to be a published photographer with my image, ” Super Moon and Bridge Lights”.  How about that!

Funny thing is,  I had seen this image in my mind`s eye, but just never had the right moon and timing before.  When that moon rose so brightly, November 11, 2016, I knew there was a picture to be taken.  So I got my tripod and camera, jumped in my car, found a open spot, and started snapping images.  I had to try many setting to make it happen, but was pleased with the results.

Hope you like it as well.  Thank you for stopping by.

 

 

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Marathon Morning…Going Fishing…….

The other day we had the good fortune to go fishing with Captain Jimmy on his fishing vessel, High Caliber. The seas were rough, but off we went determined to catch some fish in the early morning hours.

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Waves and Splashes

As the good Lord granted, we caught black fin tuna and lots of Mangrove Snapper.

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Welcome Aboard!

We were happy fishermen/women.

When we arrived back to the dock we learned that the Tiki Bar had a great chief, and if you “hooked ’em, he would cook ’em”.   So the next day, we took some tuna to him to fix for us for a special luncheon, and it was delicious!!! Good for the heart and the soul….Blackened Tuna That We Caught.jpg

I highly recommend this experience to anyone who needs to do something extraordinary.

I feel blessed for sure.

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The other day,  I had the good fortune of going to Merritt Island to photograph and attend several workshops at at the  Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville, Florida.  I was there from sunrise to sunset, and what a day it was!  One of my instructors, Milton Heiberg, mentioned that you need to love your subject more than your camera.  I have given this a lot of thought and see the wisdom in the words.

With those words in mind, I will share a few shots that I took while looking through my lens at subjects that I love.    The sunrise, sunset, and the birds: Spoonbills, American Avocets,  and White pelicans totally turned me on!  Ha ha..White Pelicans, Avocets and Spoonbills.......jpg

There is something to be said about loving your subject when photographing something.  When you love your subject,  it will show in your work, I think. I hope you can see the love I have for nature and joy that you can receive in just being there.  Thank you for stopping by to share the beauty with me.  Have a great day!

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When one choses a subject to be photographed, it is such a personal decision.  What we photograph is a personal decision of what we feel is worthy of our time and energy, whether it is a crab trap on the shore, a personal moment, or event.  The connection to our soul and essence is there in that photograph.  How fortunate we are to be able to express ourselves with such a media.

Cheers.

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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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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.

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