weekly photo challenge: geometry

Image  I love details. When we visited Asheville, NC some time ago and we walked by the old S&W Building on Patton Ave, I was taken with the beautiful art deco style of the facade…and I wanted to remember the blues and the shapes of it, so I took this shot. I don’t believe the building was occupied at the time we were there.  I hope it is now, though; it’s so beautiful, and deserves to be the home of some amazing restaurant or a funky cool shop or pub. I’ll definitely check and see the next time I find myself in Asheville…

weekly photo challenge…silhouette

This blue heron stood on the boat launch dock at Front Street Park in Melbourne, FL bright and early in the morning a few weeks ago…he was looking for his breakfast, and I was looking at him, silhouetted by the orange glow of the sunrise over the Indian River.

gopher turtle 10/21/12

Imagesuch a beautiful day yesterday…the first real day of fall weather in central fl…took a trip to gleason park in indian harbour beach…the man went for a run, and the boy and i went for a walk around the lake…the gopher turtles were out enjoying the sunshine and a bit of lunch…i love trying to capture their faces…i’m fascinated by their tiny little teeth and their expressions…this guy was way more interested in eating his lunch than the fact that I was trying to take his picture, so he didn’t stay still for more than a moment…just long enough for me to capture this portrait…

my morning lizard capture

Sitting at my computer this morning, I saw movement on the floor to the right of me, out of the corner of my eye. Never good…and less so when I’m home alone without the man or the boy to scream for…for it means that there is a creature of some sort that needs to be captured. Not my favorite thing to do.  Yes, I know that I’m making more of it than I need to; it was just a little brown anole who somehow found his way into my house. I suppose he was no happier to find himself  there on my office floor than I was to find him there. I’m sure all he wanted to find his way out…or perhaps score some breakfast…or both.  Usually I play the helpless screaming female card, and get the menfolk to round up the offending critter. But since I was on my own this morning, I had no choice but to deal with this bad boy by myself.  Not as easy as you’d think; he was a jumpy little sucker.  It took me two tries to get him situated in such a way so that I could get him safely outside, back where he belonged.  I did it…but not before taking his picture first so I could prove my bravery and skill to the man and the boy. (…as I write this, it is occurring to me that I may have just lost my shot at playing the helpless screaming female card next time…oh, well…I suspect they knew it was an act all along…:) )

friday morning rainbow

In a Florida summer, you get a lot of rain…which means you also get a lot of rainbows. There were a few sprinkles outside this morning, little showers that blew in from the ocean, so it’s no surprise really that we were greeted with this sight when we went out to take the boy to school this morning.
This rainbow was wide and bright in the morning sky, easy to photograph; the most striking thing about the scene, though, were the clouds.  Against the blue morning sky, the contrast of the dark and light clouds with the colors of the rainbow made the image all the more interesting. The light changes quickly, and within a few minutes it was completely gone…so I feel all the more fortunate to have stumbled upon this at just the right moment.

florida sandhill cranes

IMG_8411babies’ first breakfast on the golf course–4/12/12

i was sitting at my computer, enjoying the morning coffee, checking on the facebook, talking (listening) to my sister on the phone (…oops, she sometimes reads this blog…if you see this, laura, i really was paying attention to you, promise…just a little multitasking…xoxo) when out of the corner of my eye i caught sight of what i’ve been waiting to see for weeks now…our resident sandhill crane couple with their new babies, out for a morning stroll…i squealed, “ooh, the babies, the babies…gotta go…” hung up on her, grabbed my camera and flew out the door to see…she called me back later while i was editing my images to say, “really? you hung up on me for some birds?” um…yup. sorry, love…you don’t understand. it’s the babies…and i’d been waiting for them…i didn’t want to spook or threaten them, so i kept my distance …not a bad shot, but not perfect…they’re so cute, it almost doesn’t matter so much that they’re just a hair out of focus…but it’s ok, now that they’ve arrived, they’ll be back…and i will be ready with my camera to give it another go 🙂

2nd light–3/22/12

IMG_6926watching the flight of the royal terns

usually my boy will be the one to run into the flock of shorebirds and send them flying off…but he was in school today…his spring break isn’t until next week, but his dad (who is a virtual high school teacher in another district) is on break this week…so when we happened upon this large group of royal terns enjoying a fine central florida morning, dad stood in for the boy and interrupted their rest…they didn’t fly off too far, just down the beach a little way…unfortunately for them, however, we had to walk past them again on our way back to our umbrella and chairs, so their rest was interrupted twice…we went beachside hoping to see surfers…when we arrived, all we saw were birdies…but while we were there, the conditions improved and the surfers arrived…worth the wait, with more pics to come…