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Weekly Photo Challenge: Summertime

Summer: hot, light, fireflies, butterflies, flowers, heat, sun, tans, flipflops, bathing suits, swimming pools, beaches, family, friends, a cool beer, barbecues, fun. Just a few of the things that come mind when I hear the word summer. It all means one thing: RELAX!

Summer, summertime, weekly photo challenge, beach, sun, ocean, Florida


This is part of the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. Today’s challenge prompt: summer. Be sure to click on the link to see others who are participating.

Enjoy the summer!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused

I tried to capture several shots of these birds (Black Skimmers) last winter on a stormy day at the beach. They would move in unison a few feet down the sand about every minute or two, only flying for a short distance. Sometimes they would take off, head towards the water, then drift back on the thermals to land in nearly the same location before flight. They were fun to watch, but difficult to capture. I thought this photo was a good choice for this challenge as it captures their movements. Although there were several that were in focus, the unfocused one — the accidental, unintended capture — is the one that I think captures their movements best.

Black Skimmers, stormy beach, Fort Myers Beach, Florida

Black Skimmers

Here is a better overall shot, but more in-focus, than the above:

Black Skimmers, Fort Myers Beach, Florida,

Black Skimmers, In Motion Before the Storm

This is an entry into this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. To see other entries, check the comments in the post.

Entwined, Entangled

On land:

Tree And Vine

Entwined Branches

Entwined, Twisted


Thorny Entanglment

And by the sea…

Entanglement on the Beach

In The Wrack Line

Washed Ashore

Pen Shell and Seaweed

Entwined Sea Life: Brittle Stars and Whelk Egg Case

This post is part of the Blogging A to Z Challenge. Today’s letter is E. Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think. You can find other A to Z participants by clicking on the graphic. You’ll find an index of all of my A to Z blog posts here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme is “arranged”.  This theme at first seemed simple:  unless you take snaps (and even then, some might argue) every photo is arranged in some way.   So, all my photos that I would consider sharing are in some way arranged.  I took some great shots of wildflowers arranged in a teapot, placed on a weathered old bench the other day.  The best shots are nice, in a greeting-card sort of way, and one is likely to be part of a mothers’ day card for my mom.   But, a flower arrangement?   Too cliché for me.

Then I remembered some of the shots I took while on vacation in January.   I walked up and down the beach each day and couldn’t help but stop and pick up interesting looking shells.  I was fascinated by them and the most interesting ones were photographed, often on the shoreline and frequently on the porch of the condo.  In looking through the shots, I realized how much I’ve progressed in my photography since January.   (My secret?  No secret at all:  take pictures every day.   Take your camera nearly everywhere.)

As I was shooting, I remember thinking about the artificiality of the arrangements.  But, in Southwest Florida, with the overdevelopment of beaches and wetlands, there really isn’t much that is natural.  That lead to the composition of this shot.  The background was a real estate catalog that I picked up in the resort’s lobby.  It was perfect for this “catch”.  I’d probably do some things differently with this if I were shooting it now, but I like the overall idea of it.

The Good Life in the Sunshine State

Here are some of the other arrangements of shells and shore life that I did. In keeping with the laws — and just good common sense when it comes to protecting marine and wild life — no live shells were removed from the beach.

Be sure to stop by The Weekly Photo Challenge page and check out the comments to links to others interpretation of “ARRANGED”.

Coquina shells

Moon Snails

Augers, Wentletraps, Ceriths, and Snails

Dosinia Clams

Blue Crabs -- in need of a pedi?

Assorted, Arranged Shells

Lighting Whelk Egg Case and Sea Fans

Lightening Whelk Shell Surrounded by Egg Case

Whelks -- Lightening Whelk is the only whelk that turns to the left

Sunray Venus

Sharing the moon

A dreamer is one who can find his way by moonlight. ~ Oscar Wilde

The tall, lithe woman walked gracefully, like a dancer, across the sandy beach, kicking off her shoes when she was halfway to the shoreline. As she walked, she stretched her arms out wide, slowly swinging her right arm up & behind her shoulder and rolling her head slowly from side to side. The sun had set an hour before and it was only the distant light of the next house on the beach that allowed me to see her silhouetted against the white-capped sea. The moon, having traversed across the sky unseen during the day was nearing the horizon line. Now a bright, slim sliver, it reflected a narrow path across the water as it hung low in the sky. The woman reached the shoreline and began to walk in the surf as if in a marching band, raising each knee high and kicking the water slightly. She moved from side to side, rhythmically, and seemed to be beckoning to the incoming waves. Without moving from my balcony, I watched her performing a dance: two parts exercise, one part worship. After a few moments, she stepped into the moon’s faint beam on the sand. She seemed to bow towards the moon although she might just have been picking up her shoes. She turned, and, after looking back at the water one more time, walked to her car and drove away.

The Yoga-Dancer's Moon

I picked up my camera and wandered out onto the beach, setting my tripod up away from the lights of the houses. I focused and opened the shutter, then sat quietly. About halfway through one exposure, I noticed a bright blue-white light moving down the beach. I saw the small, energetic dogs first, their masters next, as they approached. Turn around before you get near me I thought. Or turn off the flashlight. As they were almost directly opposite me, I heard one of the men say Is that someone taking a picture?. They stopped for a moment and looked out across the water without saying a word. One then stooped to pick up after the dogs and turned around, flashing the light my way for just a moment. They left as quickly as they came, trailing a light, marking their return path.

The Dogwalkers' Moon

I started again, as the moon, now a ruddy orange, hung for a few more moments above the outer barrier island. Just enough time, I thought. A few seconds later, a boat, returning late, turned into the channel, heading towards the marina. Like the dogwalkers’ torch, it trailed a steady light across the horizon, as it pulled into its evening port.

The Boat Captain's Moon

One more time I aimed the camera. As I waited, I stretched like the yoga dancing woman. I finished the exposure, and, before I picked up camera and tripod, I gave a slight bow to the water and said goodbye.

Alone by myself with the Moon

Boat With Watercolor Sky

Have you ever seen a painting of a sunset and thought “That doesn’t look real!” If I saw this as a painting, I might be tempted to think so. But, it is the styling of this photo — the silhouetted boat with vague figures, the pastel colors that seem to melt in unreasonable patterns across the horizon, the sea that looks almost too calm — that makes this seem like a painting. And, that makes me love it!

After Sunset; Before Nightfall, With Watercolor Sherbet Sky

Would you be at all surprised if I told you that I’ve made special trips to Paris’ Musée Marmottan Monet to see Impression: Sunrise? No? I didn’t think so.

My husband asked me this evening, when shooting pictures of the sunset if one wouldn’t eventually get tired of taking such pictures. But each is different, I said. Instead, I should have asked him if he would ever get tired of looking at the sunset. While it is true that I tend not to always notice the sun setting at home, but make a special effort to be near shore while at the beach, I don’t think that I ever tire of sunsets. Sunrises are pretty nice too, but I like them best in winter when viewed out my window when still under warm blankets!

The End of Day

I’ve been experimenting with shooting in low light. I took both of these last night.

This was one of the last ones that I took, about 30 minutes after sunset:

After Sunset: Sanibel Bridge

I like the clouds and the color and that it looks a bit like a painting.

As I returned to the parking lot, I turned and realized that there was a great photo opportunity waiting:

After Sunset: Palms

I especially like the deep blue of the sky. Here is a good site for information on shooting during the blue hour, the time after the sun has set. The Blue Hour Site is also on FaceBook.

Lots more photos from last evening and this evening, but haven’t had the time to edit them. Am finding that I like shooting in the quickly changing light, but have lots to learn. That’s what makes photography so challenging — and fun!

Sunday Quote (2012 Week 4)

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”―Dr. Seuss

Great Blue Heron Wading Near Mangroves

Extra: Five Regrets of the Dying. Five regrets that none of us need to have.

A Calm Picture for a Saturday Evening

Sunset; Wispy Clouds

Hope you all had a good week!

Photo Friday: Pristine

This week’s Photo Friday Assignment is Pristine.

From The American Heritage Dictionary:
a. Remaining in a pure state, without human alteration: a pristine stream.
b. Remaining free from dirt or decay; clean: pristine mountain snow.
2. Of, relating to, or typical of the earliest time or condition; primitive or original.

What better example to illustrate pristine than an untainted stretch of beach on a warm and cloudless day?

Mangroves And Beach As The Tide Was Slowly Coming In