Posted on October 31, 2015
I have had the privilege of knowing his mother for some years, his father a little less and now this little man.
This is the first time I have attempted to take photographs of a baby so young other than Noah’s first 48 hour photo’s. One thing I have learned from this short session, is that babies move and photo’s blur. They also do not like to be moved around a lot. Noah seemed to be more comfortable on his back and so most of his photo’s are taken that way.
Here is Noah at 12 days old..
Before you were born,
we dreamed of you, imagined you,
we prayed for you.
Now that you are here,
we hope for you, we love you
we thank God for you.
Posted on October 31, 2015
If you are visiting South Florida in October, the Oktoberfest in Lantana, is one of the events you really should catch. We have tried to go every year with friends. Having been to beer halls in Munich, this is small scale but it is still a whole lot of fun. Bands are imported from Germany for the event. The crowd gathers, the police monitor, the food is abundant and overall a good time is had. Here is our visit to the Oktoberfest this month..
Cars entering the event are long, the parking cost a lot higher than I would like to pay, but still it is worth the visit. This year we were directed to the parking directly behind the facility which may getting back to your car quick and easy. Of course, the essential part of attending the Oktoberfest – buying the beer tickets.
Once inside you make your way through throngs of people towards the beer hall, where you find beer in abundance and in variety. Prost!!
Along with the beer is a variety of German foods.
Beyond the beer halls is the fairground and children and parents line the edges and the ticket counters to ensure that they get a ridge on the various options.
We sat out in the beer garden and I spent some time looking around and picking up my camera. Every so often I would take myself off for a walk, leaving Rich and our friends to drink their beers.
Traditional costumes were definitely the theme of the day.
Along with the most random of hats, some more conservative ….
I happened to spot a man play with this toy that transported me back to my youth. I cannot remember what they were called but I do remember playing with a similar kind of toy.
It was party time inside the beer hall, and the band brought out from Germany was having a great deal of fun. Besides the traditional German songs, including the Chicken song, they played a variety of well know party songs such as Abba, and Neil Diamond. The lady below was encouraging the audience to be actively involved. There was singing, and dancing, and shouting out loud.
I wandered back outside to witness my friend doing the actions to the YMCA song. I was a little slow on the uptake and did not get a great shot of the Y, but I had to include it.
Before we knew it, the sun was setting and the evening had crept in.
But that did not stop the party from happening. People drank beer, had fun and were monitored by the local police. I did not see anyone that was out of hand.
Of course, I wandered off again when I heard the bagpipes, and stayed inside for the whole display.
More music, more audience participation, more laughter, more beer. This young lady gave an amazing mimic during the song Mama Mia.
It was dark outside when I wandered back out to join our friends. Of course I went via the fair again.
While this was not my view at the end of the evening, I have to wonder how many had this view when leaving the event. Always make sure that you have a designated driver when attending an event where you may drink a lot of alcohol.
Some see the glass half empty,
Others see the glass as half full,
I just wonder who the hell is drinking my beer.
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Posted on October 26, 2015
Recently as the weather has started to cool, I have noticed that the local shopping center has begun organizing music in the small pavilion on it’s property. They put out a number of chairs on the grass and it appears that the music starts around 6pm. The local restaurants around this area have happy hour – every day.
Now there are days that I just do not feel like cooking. I typically cook most days, but this day was one of the days I had come home from work, and did not want to cook. A quick call to Rich and an impromptu dinner date was set up. I was to meet him for happy hour and some music from the pavilion. It just so happened that we met up with a friend who joined us for happy hour. He kept Richard occupied while I snapped away.
The music began, the people arrived, the dancing started, and the drinks flowed…somewhat…
Tonight I became a people watcher, and shot images from my bar seat.
This last photo had to be my favorite image of the evening. Nothing fancy, but it reminded me that you are never to old to hold hands and enjoy each others company.
Dance like no one is watching
Love like you’ve never been hurt
Sing like nobody is listening
Live like it is heaven on earth.
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Posted on October 10, 2015
Flagler Beach was the destination for our holiday this year. After a hectic August and in anticipation of a potentially hectic September, we took a weeks vacation at Flagler Beach. It was also a week we are able to spend with our daughter before she headed off to Macedonia for 27 months.
Gamble Rodgers State Park is the place we were staying. The campsite is about 30 steps from the beach and it is my idea of paradise.
If you want to read about Day 1 click here.
If you want to read about Day 2 click here.
Each morning I would wake up at about 6:15 and grab my camera, coffee and head to the beach. Here are some images from Day 3 on the beach.
And with that our day has begun…. Amy’s day in the sun always has repercussions and so we opted not to go to the beach today and instead head up to my favorite town in Florida, St Augustine.
St Augustine is the oldest city in Florida, and it initially established as a Spanish Colony, but eventually fell under British rule. The history and culture is evident when you walk through the old city streets of St Augustine. From the fort, to the Colonial Quarters, to the Irish pub, to the little bars with music playing in them, to the small cemeteries and ghost tours, all add a vibrant character to the city of St Augustine.
Today Amy and I separated from Richard and we started at the bottom end of the Old City walk. The chocolate shop was Amy’s first choice of stop.
When then found an earthy kind of store that had clothing and jewelry and various other items. At the back of the shop I found something to capture my attention.
Beyond that we headed up to Mi Casa where Richard had found live music, and a stopping point for lunch.
St Augustine was brightly decorated to celebrate the day of the first landing in Florida.
On arriving back at the campsite, I decided to head out for a while with my macro lens.
And before you know it the day is over and rapidly drawing to a close. The sunset this evening was equally as impressive as what it had been the past few days.
Look out for the rest of the week coming up soon.
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