Share Six: December 2018: Bokeh

How did we get to December??  It feels like this year just started out.  I have had a tough few months work wise that have kept me really busy. Add to the mix was a wedding.  Yes my daughter got married last weekend and things have been kind of hectic trying to get everything in place.  And add to all of that my brother flew into town and since I don’t get to see him all that often, we spent time with him and then drove him up to Orlando. So this month I will confess that my theme is made up of one old and five new. 

We did a bit of a road trip en route to Orlando via Lake Placid, Lake Wales and Bok Gardens.  We also did a walk about The Swan and The Dolphin Hotels and the boardwalk closeby.  I have attempted to get some night lights as well.  It would really have helped if I had remembered to take my lensbaby with me.  

I hope we get to see your take on the theme bokeh.  In the meantime here are mine.  

Tree Nymph
Bok Gardens – Monarch Butterfly
Weeds at Bok Gardens
Unusual plants at Bok Gardens
Lights on the water from the Boardwalk – Orlando
Lights on the water from the ferry – Orlando

A little bit about Bok Gardens.  You can find these beautiful gardens in Lake Wales Florida. Edward Bok immigrated from the Netherlands to America.  As a young man Bok’s grandmother told him to “make you the world a bit better or more beautiful because you have lived in it,”  He did strive to do that and beyond his death the foundation has continued to follow his dreams.

It was definitely a pleasure to walk through them and just to enjoy the peace, along with visiting the very interesting Singing Tower.  On the hour music plays and yesterday at 3pm there was a concert.  I would certainly encourage you to stop by if you are interested in visiting these peaceful gardens.  Look out for more on our visit to Bok Gardens in an upcoming blog.  

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Tell Me a Story: November 2018: Heading back to Portland

Well it looks like WordPress has made some changes to it’s layout so hopefully I will get this write.

This month for Tell me a Story, I am picking when I left off at the last blog.  If you read it you will know that my whale watching expedition was a total failure and we were plagued by fog.  I am picking up from where I left off – heading back to Portland.  If you did not read our whale watching disaster you may want to do so here.

And can you believe it the fog is lifting and we can see this beautiful lighthouse
From the others side of this Portland Lighthouse.  I thought I would go black and white for this image
And just like that the fog has lifted.  Spirits have picked up a bit and I am sure we are all eager to get off this boat.  
This is the light house that was shrouded in fog on our trip out.
Fort Gorges is just off the coast of Portland in the bay area.  It had been part of my plan to try and take the time to kayak out to this fort, but unfortunately we ran out of time.  
Views heading back into the Portland Harbor.  I felt inclined to go black and white on this particular image.  

We saw a few of these big passenger liners on our trip back into Portland.  If you remember they were shrouded with fog on our trip out.  
I loved this boat heading across the bay as we headed back in to dock.  
Ironically it appeared to be beautiful weather to go sailing.  
And so we are back to the harbor.  Thanks Portland for all the fog.  

To say I was disappointed that I did not see whales is an understatement, but so is life, you win some you loose some.  Tomorrow is another day and who knows a third time I may be lucky.  

This is a circle blog and I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else has got up to this month.  Follow the link here to see what my fellow blogger LUPJi Photography | North Virginia Based Photographer has for you this month.  Don’t forget to leave a little love on his page.

If you missed the Salem and Manchester by the Sea, the first part of Wells Beach ,  the second part of Wells Beach and the first part of our visit to Portland click on the names and go and check out our road trip adventure.

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30 Minutes in the Life: November 2018: Portland Whale Watching Expedition

Portland was a nice clear day, and so prior to walking the harbor area, we agreed we would book our tickets to go whale watching.  Once done, we walked around and then decided to grab something to eat before heading down to the boat to head out for 4 hours.

I will apologize right up front that there is a lot of photo’s but I wanted to keep the Whale watching trip together.  This blog will share the trip out.  The next one the trip back in.

The whale watching ship looked big enough and there was a good amount of people on board.

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I picked the Odyssey because they offer a 3 year option to go back if you do not see whales.

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Waiting to depart gave us some time to look around a take a few photographs

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I really loved all the reflections on the water.

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Finally we are on our way out.  I am pretty excited.  I have been wanting to see whales for the longest time.  In fact since I stood outside in the cold on our 3 hour island trip in Seattle.  I did not see a single whale then.  So I was eager to get going.

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A quick look back to the harbor area of Portland

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We were not the only crew heading out exploring.

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In Silhouette.

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As we get further out we a different view looking back

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This apparently was the largest ship in port.

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I love the color of the tug boats, but mmmm do you see what I see….I cannot see the boat behind the tugs  that well.

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My worst nightmare, the fog is creeping back in.

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I can only hope that as we get out the fog will lift.

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Big liners in the fog.

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Further out and a look back on the city of Portland.

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Large working boats in silhouette.

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It’s not looking good the fog is wrapping around the boat and we are seeing it behind us now.

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A beautiful lighthouse shrouded in fog.

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A yacht passed us by in the fog.

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A few disgruntled folk with a view of “nothing”

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And a few that were feeling the cold.

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If there is one thing that Richard hates is the cold.  He eventually disappeared inside the cabin area of the boat, while I hung out hopeful that I may still see a whale.

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Finally we manage to see a fin.  Everyone rushes to the one side.  The fin is up close to the boat so we are able to see a little bit more of it but it is not a whale.

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Apparently this is the fin of a Sunfish

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While you cannot see it well the average length of the Sunfish can be up to 11 ft.  National Geographic calls it a floating blob.

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The sunfish is apparently the heaviest known bony fish.  They can weigh between 500 and 2000 lbs.  Sadly it did not stay around too long and we were back looking at the fog.

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It fascinated me that in what felt like the middle of nowhere, there were birds flying across the water.

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And doing some fishing.

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And we hit the turnaround time.  To be honest I think we were all ready to head back.  The trip was a bust and I was pretty disappointed.

I know that I had high expectations of the whales.  I had visions of them dancing on the water for me.  No such luck.  I hope I do not become jaded on whale watching because I truly think it will be a thrill to see a whale in the wild.  Until next time, that was our whale watching trip.

This is a circle blog and I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else has got up to this month.  Follow the link here to see what my fellow blogger  Kristina of Hello Olivia Photography has for you this month.  Don’t forget to leave a little love on her page.

If you missed the Salem and Manchester by the Sea, the first part of Wells Beach ,  the second part of Wells Beach and the first part of our visit to Portland click on the names and go and check out our road trip adventure. To see the second part of our walk around Portland click here

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Share Six: November 2018: Silhouette

This month is one of my favorite themes.   Katherine of Cobert Photography chose the theme {Silhouettes} and I love them.  However, between my work life and my post editing images from our vacation, and a number of visits to the dentist, I feel like my free time has just vanished.  Not only have a been part of the opening of new offices, I am part of the closing of an office, and currently part of moving an office. Added to that we had to move my daughter into her new home.  So lots going on.

So instead of shooting silhouettes, I have created silhouettes out of images I took on vacation.  I love the stark contrast of black and white when creating silhouettes and I hope that you like what I have done.

When googling the definition of silhouette I found this comment  “Silhouette photography is a wonderful way to convey drama, mystery, emotion and mood in a picture. A silhouette is defined as a view of an object or a scene consisting of the outline and a featureless interior, with the silhouetted object usually being black.”

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Manchester by the Sea

 

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Wells Beach

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Portland Harbor

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South West Harbor area

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Rockland Breakwaters Lighthouse

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Old Orchard Beach Pier

If you have not visited Maine, I would definitely encourage you to do so.  Maine is beautiful and so different from the south.  I look forward to going back there again in the future.

Thank you for joining me for this month’s Share Six blog post.  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 Janet Douglas 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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Tell me a Story: October 2018: Portland Part Two

I started off our Maine vacation with Tell me a Story and to be honest I have only reached day 2.  Saturday and we were in Portland.  If you did not read Portland Day 1 you can do so here.  Portland is a busy harbor town and I wish we had more time to explore it.  Our goal today was to go whale watching, but while waiting for our departure time we explored around the city.  Portland harbor area is a mass of wharves and I loved exploring them all.

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Damaged pylons of old piers

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I just loved seeing all the reflections that I captured in Portland.

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We decided to head off the main road and explore a couple of roads back.

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Back street bars

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Indeed life does feel good

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This fascinated me because at the end of this alley way was a restaurant/bar.

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I am a fan of external stairs.

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Again another little back street with a whole lot of activity.

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I could not resist this family of ducks.

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Nor this pirate.

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We had about 30 minutes of spare time before we headed out on the water for 4 hours, so why not enjoy the local fare.

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We stopped at the Portland Lobster Co to have a beer and a shrimp wrap.  I have to be honest Maine is the best for Seafood, and we certainly had seafood every day.

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We shared a shrimp stuffed wrap which was amazing

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Our neighbors had lobster and I could not resist taking a photo much to Richards dismay.

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But at least he gave me a smile.

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I loved seeing all the bouys along the wall and could not resist this narrow depth of field image.

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I decided that I should take a pic of this lighthouse in case I do not see another one in Maine (due to all the fog).

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We are heading onto the Odyssey to go whale watching.  Check out for the next blog but don’t hold your breathe thinking you will see whales.  4 hours of no whales but  a lot of interesting images.

Portland, Maine is definitely place to visit.  It is vibrant, and there are party boats, opportunities to go whale watching, seal watching (which may have been a better option), Lighthouse boat trips.  There are breweries to visit and as I mentioned an abundance of really good food.  Do yourself a favor and add it to your itinerary if you are traveling to Maine.

This is a circle blog and I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else has got up to this month.  Follow the link here to see what my fellow blogger  Kim of Kim Sidwell Photography has for you this month.  Don’t forget to leave a little love on her page.

If you missed the Salem and Manchester by the Sea, the first part of Wells Beach ,  the second part of Wells Beach and the first part of our visit to Portland click on the names and go and check out our road trip adventure.

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30 Minutes in the Life: October 2018: Portland

For this month’s 30 Minutes I thought I would share some of the time we spent in Portland, Maine. Our drive from Wells Beach took about 40 minutes and we saw some great sights along the way.   Driving up to Portland we had fog. I was not happy.  We were heading to Portland to do some whale watching.  Ugh – fog means no whale watching.

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I love seeing these old cars driving along the highway, at times going faster than we were.  Loving the signs of fall as well.

However, our welcome to Portland was sunny and it was exciting to be able to visit this coastal port town.

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An impressive entrance into Portland

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So what does this mean.  According to Wikipedia it means the following:  “Sailors use this term synonymously with the points of sail below a beam reach, since the wind direction is generally the same as the sea direction. Therefore, the phrase “Fair winds and following seas,” implies that a vessel will have good winds, and not have to pound into the waves.”  Perfect for this harbor town.

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The Portland Harbor area is made up of many wharves with lots of interesting business and restaurants.

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This was the Custom House and I found it to be a pretty impressive building.

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We did some checking out of restaurant area’s to see where we would eat later in the day, after we got back from the whale watching (Since the fog seemed to have disappeared.

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I love the murals showing times gone by.

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And once again I am loving seeing all the colorful scenes around the city.

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This seemed to be a popular way to see the city.

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I love seeing all the boats docked at the harbor.

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This little boat was far smaller than many of the others, but it has a really big job to carry out.

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I was fascinated by the random square on this building

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Another place to eat and they sure looked like they were ready for winter with all the logs stacked outside.

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Another view of the Custom House.

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A Portland street view with all the brownstone buildings.  Wait to see more in Boston.

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I felt like this image lent to black and white.  I need to do more of them.  The mast in the background belongs to a major boat.  Look out for it in another blog.

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This is such a typical view of Portland.

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Given that we had decided we were going to go whale watching, we headed back from our walking tour towards where out boat was leaving from.  It just so happened that 2 of my “have to see” items were on this wharf.

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Richie was heading down towards the boat.

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This apparently is a piece of the Berlin wall.

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I know I was one that was happy to see the Berlin wall come down and for east and west Germany to be reunited again.

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The second “have to see” was the lock fence.  Turns out the took down the majority of the fence, but kept a small portion of it and relocated it to this wharf.

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I love that people took the time to go out and place a lock on a fence to show their love for each other.

Thank you for joining me for this month’s 30 Minutes in Life.  For the rest of the blog group, please take time to visit my friend and fellow blogger Liz Godfrey Photography and see what she has for you this month.   Keep following the circle of photographers to see what the other photographers, from the US and around the world,  have shared this month. Don’t forget to leave a little love on their pages.

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Maine Vacation: Wells Beach: Part 2

For this month of Inspired by Life Blog I am sharing the second part of Wells Beach shares a few more of the bay and harbor along with a short drive to the Island.    If you have not read the other blogs, Wells Beach, Maine is a quaint coastal town that “in season” is more busy than I expected.  Maine is so different from South Florida.  The houses are built differently, mainly with wood, as opposed to concrete in South Florida.  I loved the wrap around balconies.  We were heading to the harbor mouth but came to a dead end along the way.

Below are some additional images of the bay area that we found by taking a drive down a little side street.

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I loved the peacefulness of the bay area.  Again we had fog and it gave an eerie feeling to it.

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The reflections that I found in the water really captured my attention.  The serenity of this image gained me the cover image of a group I am in.

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I watched these guys pack up their boat and head out on their fishing trip.

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Across the bay is the stillness of the island.

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In the background is the island homes.  This small strip of island is full of beautiful coastal homes .  The bay and marsh area separate them from the mainland.  There is a narrow road that crosses the bay area to this group of houses.

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Bouys were a common sight along this whole coastal area.

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I loved seeing pots of color

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This man appeared to be heading out fishing on an interesting looking contraption.

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Live lobsters for anyone.  This was not a stopping point for us but I did love seeing the boat right outside the restaurant.

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We took at drive across the marsh to the island.

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Coming from South Florida, where all the overhead lines are actually underground, I was taken aback a bit with the powerline pollution until someone explained to me that it is hard to run cables underground due to the rocky soil.

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and just a quick snapshot of some numbers that caught my eye.

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Next stop Portland, and what one had hoped was whale watching.  On our drive we were able to see the beginnings of the fall changes.

I love being part of the “Inspired by Life” blog group.  This is a circle blog so take some time to head across to Tracy Martindale and check out what she has for you.

If you missed the Salem and Manchester by the Sea and the first part of Wells Beach, click on the names and go and check out our road trip adventure.

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