Day 3: At Flagler Beach..

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.

6:55am and it is still realtively dark out. I am on the beach alone and enjoying the solitude.

6:55am and it is still realtively dark out. I am on the beach alone and enjoying the solitude.

 

The moon was still up and a bank of clouds was blocking the sunrise

The moon was still up and a bank of clouds was blocking the sunrise

 

There was a small gap in the clouds where the red of the sunrise intensified. s

There was a small gap in the clouds where the red of the sunrise intensified.

 

Zooming into the center of the red sky gives and interesting highlight on the edge of the darkened clouds

Zooming into the center of the red sky gives and interesting highlight on the edge of the darkened clouds.

 

A Hawk searching for food.

A Hawk searching for food.

 

Every morning a pair of hawks would be out flying searching for food.

Flying beyond the red and down along the beach front.

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Sunrise stroll along the beach

Sunrise stroll along 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.

Day trip to St Augustine. You cannot miss visiting the Fort,

You cannot miss visiting the Fort.

 

Topic: Sidewalk A side walk in St Augustine, Florida

A walk along the waterfront allows you to view the intracoastal and all the beautiful boats on it.

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.

 

We took a drive through to St Augustine and one of the first places we stopped at was the chocolate factory.

Chocolate apples lined the glass display cabinet.

 

At the candy store in St Augustine

Glazed apples were an alternative.

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.

Clowns have always been one of my favotire collections and this clown mask really caught my attention.

Clowns have always been one of my favotire collections and this clown mask really caught my attention.

Beyond that we headed up to Mi Casa where Richard had found live music, and a stopping point for lunch.

Amy

 

Lunch at Mi Casa Cafe in St Augustine. Taking in some local rock as well.

Lunch at Mi Casa Cafe in St Augustine. Taking in some local rock as well.

St Augustine was brightly decorated to celebrate the day of the first landing in Florida.

A walk through the Old City in St Augustine. Always a favorite past time of mine. This day followed a weekend of celebration the first landing in St Augustine. Flags decked the buildings, lamp posts were wrapped in decorative banners. The shopkeepers said the weekend had been hectic. So glad we came through on the Wednesday.

Flags decked the buildings, lamp posts were wrapped in decorative banners. The shopkeepers said the weekend had been hectic. So glad we came through on the Wednesday.

On arriving back at the campsite, I decided to head out for a while with my macro lens.

A green bee flitting from plant to plant.

A green bee flitting from plant to plant.

 

Back at the campsite, and the new arrival makes it's presence felt - love bugs!!. Love bugs are the most annoying flying incests beside horse flies. They fly attached to each otherin mating season. There are hundreds of them and they will crawl all over you. Last year one even crawled inside my camera as I was switching lens. Suddenly I could see a bug walking across my view. Not sure if it ever got out or died inside my camera. He's not crawling anymore.

Back at the campsite, and the new arrival makes it’s presence felt – love bugs!!. Love bugs are the most annoying flying incests beside horse flies. They fly attached to each other in mating season. There are hundreds of them and they will crawl all over you. Last year one even crawled inside my camera as I was switching lens. Suddenly I could see a bug walking across my view. Not sure if it ever got out or died inside my camera. He’s not crawling anymore.

 

I love the mechanics of dragon flys. They are the most interesting of insects for me.

I love the mechanics of dragon flys. They are the most interesting of insects for me.

 

A tern flying over the ocean

A tern flying over the ocean

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.

Sunset out west at Flagler Beach

Sunset out west at Flagler Beach

 

Sunset at Flagler beach.

 

Final image of the sunset this evening.

Final image of the sunset this evening.

Look out for the rest of the week coming up soon.

If you are interested in seeing more of my photography take a look at my Facebook page or my Flickr Page.

 

One Comment on “Day 3: At Flagler Beach..

  1. Pingback: Tell me a Story: Day 2 on the beach | sharleenstuart

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