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:

Out on the back canal: July 4, 2018: 7129

Out on the back canal: July 4, 2018: 7135

Out on the back canal: July 4, 2018: 7145

Out on the back canal: July 4, 2018: 7149

Out on the back canal: July 4, 2018: 7152

Out on the back canal: July 4, 2018: 7155

Out on the back canal: July 4, 2018: 7161

Out on the back canal: July 4, 2018: 7168

Out on the back canal: July 4, 2018: 7169

Out on the back canal: July 4, 2018: 7174

Out on the back canal: July 4, 2018: 7183

Out on the back canal: July 4, 2018: 7191

Out on the back canal: July 4, 2018: 7192

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.

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2017: Inspire yourself P52: Black and White

This year I joined a group of artist to do a P52.  That means one photo a week.  We had to choose a theme for the year and I opted to go with Black and White.  There were no strict rules, just a whole lot of encouragement to pick up my camera and shoot images.  Below are all the images I took through the 2017 year.

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I thoroughly enjoyed doing this project and I am definitely going to do it again in 2018.  I am grateful for those who stuck it out with me and encouraged me to complete this journey – Chantal of Fotografaie Chantal van den Dool and Janet of @wiredtothemoon  It has been a pleasure to complete this project with them.

Artist Inspired: February 2017: Red

This month the theme is red.  Of course, it’s the hearts and roses kind of month, but my roses are dead and the hearts are not out and about just yet.  Valentines day is the day the blog goes live and my out of office meeting where I would typically capture something like this is only at the end of the month.  So I was kind of struggling with what I would do.

I recently started heading up the road about 15 minutes from my home to the Loxahatchee National Park. I had not gone there at sunset before because it is a kind of lonely park. However, a few friends have been heading there and so I decided to go and join them. Truthfully there was about 6 of us, and it was fun to hang out with friends and meet new people.  The sunsets always vary and what really attracted me was watching the mumuration of the birds.  I believe they are Boat-tailed Grackles that swarm in mass to make these amazing patterns in the sky.

This particular night the birds were not out in mass but the sky fitted the theme of the color red.  I had 4 different lens with me – my 28-135mm, my 70-300mm, my lensbaby sweet 35, and the lensbaby double glass.

Enjoy the setting sun!

A.R.M Loxahatchee National Park: January 26, 2017: 7186

Starting out the evening, I thought it would be a good sunset but not as good as we got.  This friend was sitting watching the sun set and so I got behind him to try and get the silhouette

A.R.M Loxahatchee National Park: January 26, 2017: 7189

Slowly as the sun got lower the color of the sky began to change.

A.R.M Loxahatchee National Park: January 26, 2017: 7202

Using the 70-300mm I was able to get up much closer to the sun.

A.R.M Loxahatchee National Park: January 26, 2017: 7204

Then I began to play with the Lensbaby Double Glass and got this effect.

A.R.M Loxahatchee National Park: January 26, 2017: 7208

Next I played with the Lensbaby Sweet 35 and loved this bokeh effect.

A.R.M Loxahatchee National Park: January 26, 2017: 7217

A.R.M Loxahatchee National Park: January 26, 2017: 7226

A.R.M Loxahatchee National Park: January 26, 2017: 7231

A.R.M Loxahatchee National Park: January 26, 2017: 7236

A.R.M Loxahatchee National Park: January 26, 2017: 7239

A.R.M Loxahatchee National Park: January 26, 2017: 7247

A.R.M Loxahatchee National Park: January 26, 2017: 7253

A.R.M Loxahatchee National Park: January 26, 2017: 7304

Sunsets, like childhood

are viewed with wonder

not just because they are beautiful

but because they are fleeting

~ Richard Paul Evans

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