Tell Me a Story: June 2018

It’s time to blog and I am sitting without a computer so I have pulled up some photo’s from last year that I had edited but not posted.  Last year we did an impromptu trip to Maine.  I happened to be chatting to my work colleague about how I needed to use up some vacation time but really hated wasting vacation time on a staycation.  She told me she had a cottage in Maine that we were welcome to use.  Having never been to Maine we jumped at the opportunity.  We headed up late September.  The weather overall, except for our whale watching trip, was fantastic.  Not hot not too cold.  The whale watching trip was bitterly cold out on the ocean, and it was foggy.  We did not see whales, in fact we saw practically nothing.

If you read my blogs, you will know that when I travel I am a bit of a planner.  I see very little point in going somewhere blind.  Yes I know there is spontaneity in doing thing impulsively and I am game for that, but I also want to have some idea of what I want to see and have some kind of plan.  If we don’t get to see it, all fine well, if we do and it is on my list, I am super happy.  There is nothing worse for me arriving in a unknown place, as a co-pilot and trying to find where to go.  Don’t ever asking me to do Amazing Race.  GPS is my best friend.

On of the places on Richard’s list was to go up to Bar Harbor, and Arcadia National Park.

Here are a few of the images I have already edit.  When I get to the rest I will have to come back and share them.

As we meandered up the coast we pulled into little towns that appeared to have places of interest or we just thought we would mosey on through.

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Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse was one of those places we decided to visit.  It turned out to be an interesting stop.  As we started to walk down to the lighthouse there was a group of volunteers handing out garbage bags.  They were asking visitors to do some cleaning up along their walk.   We did not walk all the way out to the light house.  I was still healing from foot surgery and long walks were still a bit of a struggle, but I did enjoy seeing the beautiful bay and watch the dogs playing in the waves.

 

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We stopped in another small town along the way and I loved seeing this older couple walking together along the edge of the water.  I hope someday that I will be able to do that as well.

 

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Arcadia National Park was stunning and I do not do it justice with this images.  They were edited for a particular purpose.  Hoever, I loved seeing the fall colors for the first time in my 18 years of living in the USA.  We hiked down through the trees to get to lower areas, and up through the trees to get to higher areas.

 

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From the top of the hill in the Arcadia National Park we looked down over Frenchman’s Bay.  On the edge of the photo is one of the very big cruise liners that we spotted in the bay.  While this spot look tranquil and maybe a bit lonely, it was honestly bustling with too many people.  I love those places were I can go out and enjoy the quiet and this was not one of those spots.

 

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I made a new friend, or rather my lunch made a new friend, lol.  I am facinated by how big those birds grow up north.  Our gulls down south seem a lot smaller.  These guys parade around like they are in charge of the show.

 

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The parking was up the top, and we hiked down to a very beautiful rocky bay.   The walk was so pretty with it beautiful colored leaves all around you, and there was a coolness to the air that made the walk rather pleasant.

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This is just one of the many bay images taken. At one point I was standing at the edge of the rocks looking down to try and capture the water rushing up into the gulley area.  The ebb and flo of the water had me thinking I may just go over the edge.  Quick step back

 

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One of the images I had seen while researching was a sunset at Jordans Pond.  Sadly we were not there at sunset, however, the area was beautful and I loved getting low down to get this image.  Just above this quiet spot, is a bustling restaurant, where you can sit outside and enjoy bar type food and beer.  We did take a bit of time to enjoy a cold one.

 

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Bar Harbor was a quaint and bustling little town. We walked all over and I have to be honest, food wise this was probably my favorite meal – lobster tails and calamari.  Portsmouth came second with their lobster roll.  We only stayed one night, so early the next morning we rose before sunrise and headed down to the harbor area.  Watching the sun say hello to the day was special.  If you look in the background of the pic you will see the fog that we seemed to see a lot of on this partiular trip.

 

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We had two options on how to plan our day.  Explore more in the Arcadia National Park and then head home or explore the adjacent island and then home.  Given how touristy Arcadia was I suggested that we head to the next island and see what there was to see.  If I have to be honest, not too much.  This, however, turned out to be one of my favorite images, and one that placed relatively well in a competition I had entered it into.

 

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Southwest Harbor was nothing really to rush out to and beyond that it was mainly housing.  So that probably was not the best decision that I had made but you make choices and you live with it.  So we were back on the road and headed to Wells Beach.

 

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Our last stopping point was at Orchard Beach.  When researching I found what looked like a very interesting pier.  Of course, finding parking was no fun, and my co-pilot was all ready to give up but we eventually foound a place to stop.  This was indeed an interesting pier, and while I was going for the silhouette look here when I edited, the pier is actually bright and colorful.  We walked through the pier to the very end where we took a break, rested our weary feet and cooled our throats.  Of course, we watched the locals swimming in the ocean and thinking that they were crazy, the water was freezing for these Floridians.

Hopefully by my next blog I will have a working computer, but who knows.  I pushed the button, hit send after a 3 hours self debate of was I ordering the right piece of equipment.  That said it is now ordered and along with that a 34 inch monitor, so I cannot wait to play.  I am just hoping that the tech guys will manage to transfer the data and images off my laptop, since I just realized that my San Antonio images were on there and I don’t think I have a disc with them on.  Bummer if they are all gone.

Thank you for joining me on this very quick and impromptu trip along the Maine coastline.  This is a circle blog so I would encourage you to visit my friend Mindy and see what she has for you this month.

30 Minutes in the Life: June 2018

Growing up with an English grandmother living in our home, the ritual of tea drinking was a common place occurrence.  We did not drink coffee very often.  Moving to the USA, I quickly changed to drinking coffee but over the past few years I have reverted back to drinking tea.

Recently my immediate supervisor at work retired, and the ladies in her leadership team decided to take her to the Serenity Tea House for her farewell.  Nestled in among the old houses of West Palm Beach, Serenity Tea House is an interestingly charming place to visit.  Each room is made up of typically English style decor, with knick knacks and tea sets laid out among many rooms.

While everyone was chatting and waiting on the pre-ordered menu of high tea, I took the opportunity to go for a quick walk around the house.  Obviously there were other guests besides our group so I tried to not get people in the images or to disturb their experience at this beautiful tea house.

The high tea started out with a tomato bisque soup and then the tower of food.  We had two different pots of tea and I was able to order one of my favorites vanilla tea.  That reminded me of my dear friend Gavin who has now passed away.  I would go to visit and he would only share his vanilla tea with me.  Said I was one of the few who really appreciated.  I sure did.

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If you have not visited a traditional English tea house I would certainly encourage you to do so.  Pricier than a coffee shop, the experience is always worth the little extra you may pay.

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Inspired by Life: April 2018

Recently Amy and I went to the Renaissance Fair that was in town locally.  It is always fun and there are many interesting aspects to them.  This year one of the aspects was Falconry.  Just as the Renaissance Fair deals with medieval times, so Falconry began in medieval times.  So it was not surprising to see a display about Falconry.

Now I have to be honest, I am not one for seeing naturally wild animals tethered to a string.  I believe that wild animals should live in the wild.  That’s is why you will not often find me at a zoo.  But I also know that I do not have enough knowledge to fully expand on falconry and the sport it is.  My understanding is that these birds were born in captivity and would not survive being let go.

However, that said, it was a real treat for me to get up close to some semi wild raptors and to be able to photograph them.   The birds that I believe were on display were a Harris Hawk, a Falcon, an Eurasian Eagle Owl and a Barn Owl.

Below are the images I managed to get of these beautiful birds.

The Eurasian Eagle Owl is a stunning bird and they had a pair of them on site.  It is one of the largest owls in the species.  It is nocturnal and hunts for birds and small mammals.  They also hunt for insects, fish, large insects and reptiles.    The male is the provider of food when there are chicks and they will look after the chicks until they are 5 months.

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The Falcon that was on display was an incredible looking bird.  I would like to say that it is a Lanner  Falcon but I am not certain.  What I loved about this bird was the incredible feather formation that it is displaying below.  If it is the Lanner Falcon, the bird can grow between 43-50 cm in height.   The bird has light underparts.  The falcons typically eat insect, dragonflies and occasionally small birds.  The Lanner Falcon has a reddish color to the back of its head.

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The Barn Owl was a sweet looking bird and was very affectionate to it’s owner.  The Barn Oul is a common owl and is distributed across many areas of the globe.  They typically range between 33 and 39 cm in height with a wingspan of 80 – 95cm.  Their face resembles the shape of a heart and it is normally white.   The Barn Owl hunts  prey living on the ground.  They hunt small mammals.  The Barn Owl will generally mate for life.  However, if one mate dies, then a new bond may be formed.    The Barn Owl will generally lay 4 eggs in a hollowed out tree or on a cliff.  The female will sit on the eggs and care for the chicks while the male does all of the providing.

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The Harris Hawk is a social bird and often flies in sets.  One display were three birds.  The Harris Hawk is around 46-59 cm in height and has a wingspan of about 103-12-cm.  The juvenile hawk is mainly streaked. Harris Hawks live in sparse woodlands.  The hawk eats small birds, large insects, mammals and lizards.  The female does most of the incubation of the eggs. Interestingly the young stay with the parents up to three years.

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Thank you for joining me for this month’s Inspired by Life.   Please note that this blog is my personal views and does not reflect the views of the blog group.  This is a circle blog. Please take time to visit my fellow blogger Kym Heaton in Australia 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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10 on 10: March 2018

The 10th snuck up on me really quickly.  I suddenly realized that today was the 9th and I still had not written my blog.

So last weekend Amy and I headed south to a Scottish Festival.  There is a wee bit of Scottish history in our family on my father’s side of the family.  They emigrated to Australia, and then story goes that my great grandmother was homesick and wanted to go back to Scotland.  So they boarded a boat to head home.  Halfway home she became very ill and they ended up docking in South Africa and never leaving.  My grandmother married my grandfather in South Africa.  He though was also of Australian decent.  So we claim that wee bit of Scottish blood running through our veins along with the Australian, South African and Irish blood.

The Scottish Festival was fun.  Lots of kilts, marching bands, bagpipes, dancing and pole tossing.  Actually, pole tossing aside, tossing rather large metal blocks and hessian bags filled with straw and various other things got tossed as well.  So we experienced our mini highland games.

The highlight for me was English food and I automatically gravitated and salivated over the English Sausage Roll.  My all time favorite and something I miss here in the US.  And of course, beer was plentiful.  It was a great day and added to that we stopped home at the South African shop and filled up on home goodies as well.  A day well spent.  So here are 10 images from the Scottish Festival.

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Overheard as we were walking by a group of men talking was the words of the famous song “The Bonny Banks of Loch Lomond”.  The song was written by a MacGregor of Glen Endrick

“Ye’ll tak’ the high road and I’ll tak the low road 
And I’ll be in Scotland afore ye”

Today we had our little taste of Scotland.  A first for Amy and a second for me.  I have visited and loved Scotland.

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Share Six: February 2018: Color

Share Six is live once again and it seems like just the other day we were working on the January theme.  This month Katherine of Cobert Photography chose the theme color.  I love the different colors of crayons and pencil crayons, and for me that was a great way to represent the different color spectrums.  For the images I opted to use my 70-300mm lens so that I created a shallow depth of field image, slivers of focus.  I chose various setting using a frillede vase, directly on my desktop, positioned on a mirror and with solid base and backdrops.

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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 Liz 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 {Color} throughout the month of January.  A new theme will come out on February 6.

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

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

 

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By Heart P52 – 2017

By Heart has been one of my favorite groups to be a part of and over the year I have been featured a number of time.  I am always grateful for all the work the Admins have put in and all the encouragement I have received from an amazing group of photographers.  I do hope that they do this again this coming year.

Below are the images from my By Heart P52 for the year 2017.  To see them in a larger format click on each image.

2017: Be Inspired, Be Soul Focus Inspired

I did another project in 2017 called Be Inspired, Be Soul Focus Inspired.  Here we were provided with a quote, or a poem, or the lyrics from a song, and we had to come up with an image once a month.  So it was a P12 photography Project

This project challenged me to think outside of my comfort zone.  I had to ponder on the text and really think hard before pulling together the image that I wanted.

I have enjoyed completing this project.

January 2017

1-12 _poem

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February 2017

2-12 Quote

A.R.M Loxahatchee National Park: February 239, 2017: 8348

March 2017

3-12 quote

Amy: June 3, 2017 4050

April 2017

4-12 Quote

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May 2017

5-12 quote

5-12

June 2017

6-12 quote

Butterfly World: June 16, 2017: 4638

July 2017

7-12 quote

Curry Hammock State Park: December 20-22, 2016: 5178

August 2017

8-12 quote

Long Key State Park: Marathon: May 20-23, 2016 0306

September 2017

9-12 quote

Wakodahatchee Wetlands: August 16, 2017: 6564

October 2017

10-12 quote

Gamble Rogers State Park, Flagler, Florida, September 8, 2014 7697

November 2017

11-12 quote

Long Key State Park: Marathon: May 20-23, 2016: 0290

December 2017

12-12 fleetwood mac song

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