30 Minutes in the Life: July 2016

How time has flown.  This month 30 Minutes in the Life celebrates 3 years of blogging together.  It has been an incredible journey for me.  I have learned so much over this period for the photographers I have blogged with.  I have shared in the highs and lows of their lives, watched their children grow, and come to love the ladies and their stories.  Thank you to all of those ladies that I have journeyed along with, it has been a blast

I have just had foot surgery, which means I am not walking anywhere in any hurry for the next 5 weeks. In fact I am pretty much stuck on my bed for 99% of the day. So I prepared in advance for the 30 minutes in the Life because I did not want to miss out on this group.

So what I did was I took a drive down to the local sea life rehabilitation center and wandered through there.  Gumbo Limbo sits between the ocean and the Intracoastal.  It is a small rehabilitation center with two large reef tanks and some smaller specific tanks.

Walking into this center they had a display of crafted turtles.  I love turtles.  In the days when we scuba dived, it was always a treat to see turtles swimming by.  Beautiful graceful creatures in the water.

The display outside in the grounds of Gumbo Limbo

The display outside in the grounds of Gumbo Limbo

Inside the entrance area I spotted this tank with a gorgeous but venomous Lionfish.  The Lionfish has some a number of dorsal fins that will deliver the venom in the form of a sting.  A sting from a Lionfish is rarely fatal, but can cause nausea and  breathing issue and is extremely painful.

Some of the more poisonous fish

I headed up to the two salt water tanks thinking I would spend some time taking photographs of the fish from the top.  Fish, I have decided, are like butterflies.  Clearly they do not keep still.  The best I could get was a Stingray and a Turtle.


Turtle rehabiliation

Inside one of the tanks

I headed downstairs to the outside of the tanks and started to meander around the building  looking inside.  That’s when I discovered something that I thought I could play with.  The reflections in the windows.

Sea Life rehabilitation center

I discovered reflections in the glass windows were creative looking double exposures.

I discovered reflections in the glass windows were creative looking double exposures.

Self portrait

Self portrait

Tank reflections

Tank reflections

Tank reflections

Tank reflections

I went looking for Dory today

Thank you for joining me for this month’s 30 minutes.    This is a circle blog.  Please take time to visit my fellow blogger Stacey Markel Photography | MD Family, Child & Senior Photographer and see what she has for you this month. Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month. Don’t forget to leave a little love on their pages.

30 Minutes changed their name to Journey to an Artist.  If you want to know more about Journey to an Artist head over to their Facebook page, or to the blog page.  There is new and exciting happenings going on with the group Journey to an Artist that you are sure to want to check it out.

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6 Comments on “30 Minutes in the Life: July 2016

  1. Pingback: 30 minutes in the life – July 2016 – sonia epple fotografie

  2. Sharleen, I hope you get to feeling better soon!! I’ve loved being in this group with you and seeing a part of your world every minute month. This place looks really neat. I love the sting ray shot. Sea life always amazes me.


    • Thanks Karen. Recovery is happening. The second week feels better than the first. The center is great for kids to visit.


  3. Sometimes it is so worthwhile to slow down. I love all the reflections you captured here!


  4. Pingback: 30 minutes in the life – september 2016 – sonia epple fotografie

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