scenes from central florida

tuesday night rainbow #2--7/17/12tuesday night rainbow #2–7/17/12

i love rainbows…i have loved them since i was a young girl and had a bedroom filled with rainbow-colored whatever i could find…the colors have always made me happy :)…i still love rainbows (and all colorful things)…here in central florida where it rains almost daily in summertime chasing rainbows is one of my favorite summertime activities…they are not easy to capture…timing is everything and their appearance is so brief that often by the time i notice, grab my camera and dash outside to see the rainbow it has already begun to fade…last night i got lucky though…the man was outside and called in to me “look out back”…i looked out my back window to see the most beautiful rainbow…accented by grey and white clouds passing in front of it, it was wide and bright in the early evening sky…and because my camera was ready (after an earlier failed attempt to catch a rainbow) this time i caught it…

riviera’s got talent 2012

the boy, rockin' the riviera talent show 5/18/12the boy, rockin’ the riviera talent show 5/18/12

he played “gotta get up” by harry nilsson…he wore his school uniform and his chuck taylor sneaks…his hair was kind of all over the place (there was, apparently, a hard-core game of basketball on the playground immediately before the show)…he didn’t seem at all nervous as he sat at the top of the stage…he remembered all the words and managed the tricky chord changes without a problem…in other words, he did the talent show his own way…and he did an awesome job.

scenes from central florida

the view from my driveway at dusk--10/16/11the view from my driveway at dusk–10/16/11

i run out of my house to try to capture the evening sky colors and/or the sunset at least once a week…the view from my driveway at the end of the day is never the same, often amazing, usually worth taking a moment to witness…i should put together a collection of these images, and one day i will…’til then, here’s one from a few weeks back…

saturday night rainbow

We had just finished our dinner, and were lingering at the table over a glass of wine an a little small-talk, when my husband remarked at the weirdness of the early evening sky.  There were dark clouds in the southeastern part of the sky, and the rays of the sunset shining in the western sky.  “This is the kind of sky that you’ll find a rainbow in,” he said, as he walked to the back sliding door to check.  Sure enough, there was a rainbow in the sky, and he’d barely gotten the words out when I jumped up from the table and grabbed my camera as I headed for the door.  I walked through the wet grass in the back yard toward the abandoned golf course that backs our property, chasing the glimmer of color that had shown through my back window until I reached the open field.  Looking up, I was treated to a full rainbow over the expanse of the golf course. The light drizzle (which I hadn’t noticed until I got outside) and the humidity made my camera lens fog up, but I kept wiping it off and shooting from different angles, hoping to capture it before the light changed and it was no more.  It was a beautiful sight, and as I sat on the wet ground trying to capture the whole thing in one shot, I wondered how many of my neighbors had noticed this awesome sight in their backyards.  I felt special, sitting there in the rain with this gorgeous rainbow overhead, as if it were a gift just for me.  However, I am not comfortable with those sorts of gifts; to me, such beauty isn’t meant for only one person to enjoy, but should be shared and enjoyed by many people.  I hope that at least a few of my neighbors were blessed with the gift of this rainbow last Saturday night.  If they missed it, well, I can at least point them this way.