Inspired by Life: July 2018

This title could not be more apt this weekend as I learned about a friend of Richards who was in critical condition in ICU.  He is our age.  I keep saying, lets do, instead of talking about it.  Before it is too late and we cannot do it anymore.  I don’t want to let time pass us by.

Fourth of July, and we decide the night before that we are heading to the beach to watch the sunrise.  Richard is taking his paddle board out and I am going to watch and enjoy the moment the sun breaks through the horizon.

On arriving at the beach I was not optimistic on what the sunrise was going to be like.  It was overcast and blueish.  However, the water was perfect for paddle boarding.  Until you got in that was.  It was then that you discovered reed, thick and going on forever.  However, Richard stuck out the paddle boarding and I photographed the sunrise.  The change in tones was surprising and really enjoyable.

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Life is beautiful, but we are only given one life.  Enjoy it, soak up the moments, be inspired by life, because before you know it time has flown by and you are sitting asking yourself where it went.  Hug your loved ones, tell them you love them, let your friends know that they are important to you. Continue to be inspired by the life you have.

Thank you for joining me for this month’s Inspired by Life.    This is a circle blog although we are a little on the light side this month. Please take time to visit my fellow photographer,  Cath Britton Photography 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 her pages.

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10 on 10: July 2018

July 4th was a busy day for us.  We were up at 5:30 am to head to the beach to watch the sunrise.  I was going to photograph the sunrise and Richard was going to take his paddle board out on a very flat east side ocean.  Kind of made me think of the gulf.

After that Amy and Richard decided to go kayak.  I went along on the understanding that I was going to be able to walk some nature trails.  That did not happen. They went kayaking and I walked around a very short walk around a park,  took a few photographs watched a group of older men playing baseball, and then found myself on a blanket in the shade reading my book until the eventually came back.

The afternoon brought rain and of course, when the rain stops I head out with my camera to capture water drops.

Last shoot of the day 4th of July and nobody wanted to go.  Richard had been saying all day that he was not interested in going to the fireworks.  Amy decided she was tired and did not really want to go.  I was undecided whether I would go on my own to the park and just stop off somewhere and take my photographs or alternatively just go outside and take photographs.  The rain ultimately helped me make my decision.  I was going to go out back.

So I set up my camera settings, pulled out and attached my tripod and I went outside to do my best to get some fireworks shots.  I live on the edge of the Everglades.  It is the slowest moving river aka a swamp lol.  Obviously in summer we have a mosquito problem.  Our mosquito’s remind me of the ancient of birds a “pterodactyl”.  These mosquito’s are huge and they are mean.  I think I spent more time swatting mosquito’s than I did taking photo’s.  I lasted all of 10-15 minutes and came inside, along with a colony of mosquito’s, before the fireworks finale.

I was not sure what I would get but since this is only the second time I have tried to take fireworks, I was quite happy with what I got.

Out on the back canal: July 4, 2018:

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I hope that you all had a good and safe 4th of July.  This is the 17th year we have had the opportunity to celebrate Independence Day, and we are thankful that we have been able to.

Thank you for joining me for this month’s 10 on 10.  This is a circle blog.  Please take time to visit my good friend Ceri of Ceri Herd Photography 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.

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Share Six: July 2018: Curves

South Florida is wet, daily, right now and it is the pits to be honest.  However, the upside of the rain is that there is raindrops.  This months theme chosen by Elizabeth of It’s Still Life Photography by Elizabeth Wilson is Curves.  I was stumped.  What could I do?

Where I live in Florida the roads are like a grid.  Not too many curves to be found.  My kids are adults so there is no frequenting playgrounds for me.

Outside in the garden we have a number of plants with variegated leaves.  I cannot say I am crazy about the look of the plant however, the effects the leaves have where there is water drops on them are pretty neat. On my day off from work, the rain came down and once it stopped I took my camera with it’s macro lens outside to see if I could capture some water drops.  When post editing I notice that raindrops create beautiful curves along with curved reflections within the water drop.   The plant itself also makes interesting curves with it leaves.

So this is what my take on the theme Curves is for Share Six this month.

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Thank you for joining me for this month’s Share Six.  This is a circle blog.  From the sneak peak images I have seen, you are going to want to follow the circle.  Please take time to visit my friend and very talented artist Elizabeth of It’s Still Life Photography by Elizabeth Wilson 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 page as well.

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Now it is your turn. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook at Share Six and come and share your images on the theme {Curves} throughout the month of June.  A new theme will come out on July 6.

Remember you can follow us on Instagram at @sharesix  and tag your images #sharesix_curves.

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We look forward to seeing your images on the theme {Curves}