So what else did I photograph during this particular sojourn to Florida? Plenty. I admit much of it was for a special Mars and Darwin book I plan to give to my parents this year, but there were still moments worthy of sharing here.
(As a matter of fact, that is my husband being silly at a playground. Why do you ask? :-))
We explored new places this time around, including DuPuis Nature Preserve in western Martin County. I drove by the place many times in my late teens and early 20s but never actually visited. I finally got there on our last full day in the wang. I also took my husband to the Port Mayaca Cemetery to show him the mass grave for the victims of the 1928 hurricane. I had been there a few times before and was kind of surprised at the changes I saw with the place. It was my husband’s first time there, though, so I set aside my surprise to show him around. By that point, though, I’d already been handed a couple other surprises.
During this trip, we discovered a park in Sewell’s Point that I had no idea even existed; stoppedd by Bayside Marketplace only to find it way more crowded than I expected; and tiptoed around at least a dozen Portuguese Man O Wars. These new adventures provided contrast to revisiting some of our old haunts. We probably won’t return for at least two more years, and that’s a trip I expect to have a lot of new adventures. Until then, enjoy these slices from South Florida.
I have a lot to catch up on, and for the sake of getting it done I’m not going in chronological order. So let’s kick off with something fun. By fun, I mean birds. I love photographing birds. You should know that by now.
Not surprisingly, one of my favorite things to do when I visit Florida is photograph all the birdies I encounter. If my husband and I are at a park, we’ll trail birds as long as possible. Well, I’ll tail the birds, and he’ll watch me. 😀 The birds amuse us both, but our reactions are far different.
We visited a lot of different places in Florida but didn’t see a huge variety of birds. That was a bit of a bummer, but I managed with what I found. Between beach-dwelling pigeons and a crap ton of little blue herons, I had a field day with photographing these little dinosaur descendants. Had I seen more varieties (including cormorants, roseate spoonbills and sandhill cranes) my head would have most likely exploded. On that note, enjoy my birdy shots! I know I have tons of fun with them. 🙂
I know summer is winding down. No, it doesn’t feel that way in much of the Midwest what with our lovely heat wave. That said, I keep seeing the back to school sales and am starting to carve out more plans for our autumn break trip. Yes, my husband and I are going on an autumn break vacation. Why not? Before we head out to Illinois, though, there’s a bunch of stuff from this summer that I ought to recap.
The biggest trip was going to New Jersey and Philadelphia (with a quick stop in Delaware) for a week or so. New Jersey has the notorious image of being an industrial wasteland and the home of Snooki. This is true of north Jersey, but South Jersey is very different. Go to South Jersey, and you’ll see what I mean. It is the Garden State for a reason, and there is a variety of natural wonder still to be enjoyed. This applies for Delaware as well. Our stop in Delaware was actually at Cape Henlopen State Park, which is a great place to visit. Bring your Off, though. I wandered on one of the trails and received two dozen mosquito bites for my trouble. That is not an exaggeration. I actually counted them because it was a painful experience. Even with the inspect trouble, I managed to snag some photos of the beauty of the natural world in and around the Delaware Bay (which flows along the southernmost parts of New Jersey and influences the biomes in other parts of the area as well). This is an area I spent many summers, so I knew it pretty well when I visited for the first time in nearly a decade. Many things have (surprisingly?) stayed the same, including the natural splendor that I want to share with you. I hope this post makes to reconsider what know know about New Jersey.
While I spent a lot of time in Lake Wales during my winter break, I visited other places in Florida as well. My husband and I wandered around and stopped by a few locales in South Florida. Some were familiar ground while others were new territory for me. There were also moments to honor long-held family traditions and ponder what has changed in my hometown. Every time I go, I realize that Florida is nice to visit, but I was not cut out to live there (even though I was born and raised in that state). Here are some slices of the more ordinary details of the state. Are they really that ordinary? I’ll let you decide.
Happy New Year everyone! I know I have neglected this place. Truth be told, getting anything done in December is a real challenge. I did get some things accomplished, but it came at the cost of not updating this blog. Some of those things do in fact pertain to photography. In the coming months (but definitely before March), I will make my electronic portfolio available to you. I also have plans to revamp the blog’s appearance (and have been testing out some of the changes I’m looking to make).
Likewise, I went on vacation and took a ton of photos. During my venture down to Florida, I noticed that a lot of my pictures ended up being of birds. It makes sense since I was in Florida during the winter. However, it was more of a continuation of a trend of 2012: bird photography. I really began to notice birds last year and focus more on them (ba-dum CHING!). I took so many bird photos on my vacation I felt it was only appropriate to devote an entire post to my favorites. Some of them are softer than usual due to my tendency to push the telephoto capabilities of Cameron (since the camera is only a Nikon P80, for crying out loud). Still, I chose these primarily for timing. I had a lot of luck snapping photos of birds at the right time and getting excellent action in these frames. Enjoy!
My spring vacation brought me lots of places, one of them being Tybee Island, GA. Having grown up near very ritzy beachside communities, I appreciate the more laid back attitude of this oceanside town.That’s not to say there aren’t nice houses on the island. It’s just that the area doesn’t have such an uptight vibe like the places not too far from where I was raised. On top of that, the natural wonders of this area haven’t been totally eradicated. The photos I caught of Tybee reflect these wonders, as they provided plenty of fodder as my husband and I wandered along the shore.
After graduating high school, I worked in a Walgreen’s photo lab for two years to help pay for college. This is when I really began to take pictures on a regular basis. I also began to like more of the photos I shot. I drove around to a wider variety of locations to get photographs and saw parts of Florida that were only road trip blurs in the past. This allowed me to get some emotional stability, as I’d just ended a tumultuous relationship that ended badly right as I was taking that first step into adulthood. It wasn’t pleasant, but I look back on it with a sort of fondness whenever I look at the photos from that time. A lot transpired both in front of and behind the lens.