another sunrise silhouette

Imagemy favorite time to be beachside is at sunrise…it doesn’t happen very often, since this time of day usually coincides with getting the boy ready for school…but sometimes on the weekend, i can broker a deal…cinnamon waffles with whipped cream for breakfast in exchange for a minimal amount of grumbling   from the tweener-of-the-house when we drag him out of bed to go and watch the sun come up at indialantic beach…such was the deal on a saturday morning in september…if i’m being honest, the boy’s tweener brain is thinking far better than his momma’s non-caffeinated brain does at this time of day…this shot was his idea, and he set himself up and had me shoot it…normally he’s not a fan of having his picture taken, but this was different…one that he actually likes 🙂



we went beachside for the first time in ages today…the man wanted to make an introduction video for the virtual-school creative writing class he’s teaching…i thought my role was going to be to hold the bloggie while he spoke, but he said he could do it himself…which freed me up to stroll the beach for awhile…there was a small flock of terns sunning at the shoreline…it looked to me like this adult tern was lecturing his youngster…who looked bored to pieces…this reminded me of what my own kids look like when i’m trying to talk to them…so i had to take their picture…:)

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…

sunrise on st. patrick’s day 2012

IMG_6768man o’war on the shore–@ indialantic beach, fl 3/17/11

in the two-and-a-half years that i’ve lived in florida, this is only the second time that i’ve made it to the ocean to watch the sunrise…i’d definitely do it more, except the boy dislikes waking up before the sun does to sit on the beach waiting to see it awaken…but we bribed him with breakfast at the blueberry muffin (a wonderful little beachside spot…) and so we went this morning…as the sun broke over the clouds on the horizon, the boy and i walked down the beach toward a bunch of birdies (my idea was to let the boy chase them away so that I could capture them flying toward the sunrise…it kinda worked…but that’s another picture, and another story…) anyway, as we walked, a woman walked by us and warned us “be careful of the man-o-wars, there are lots of them out this morning”…sure enough, we saw three washed up by the morning tide…the colors in them are amazing, but i was surprised to see that the sunrise–and our images looking at it–are visible in the reflection off of it, like a bubble…

2nd light–2/22/12

IMG_4694…you lookin’ at me???–ring-billed gull @ 2nd light, satellite beach fl

when there aren’t many people at the beach, the seagulls seem more relaxed, less apt to fly away, easier to photograph…the surfers were mostly all in the water when i was at 2nd light last week, so it was just me and TO and this bird for quite awhile…since our trip was quick and my intent was to shoot surfers, i only brought my 100-400mm lens with me…i use that lens mainly to photograph surfers and wildlife that is fairly far away…but i’m finding that the best images i get from it are the ones where my subject is not so far away…like this birdie…the bokeh is awesome, and the detail is pretty good…like the little bit of red around the eye and mouth…i think maybe another trip beachside is in order for tomorrow…

at the beach

take t hese - 18just a day at the beach–@cocoa beach, fl 9/09

we decided that we wouldn’t spend money this valentine’s day on cards or candies, deciding instead to try to focus on each other rather than the ‘stuff’…my husband has a gift for always doing the most perfect thing…on a quick trip out to run some errands, he surprised me with a detour to the beach…we sat on the sand staring at the beautiful blue surf and watching the shore birdies for twenty minutes or so before having to get back to our day…truly, the best gift he could have given me today…since it was a surprise, i didn’t have my camera with me…so instead, i’m posting one of my favorite images of two of my favorite people at one of my favorite places…happy valentine’s day xo



when dylan asked me what i’d like for christmas as a gift from him, i told him that a book to help me identify the birds and animals that i photograph would be nice…he chose the audubon society’s field guide to florida, which is an excellent resource…and according to what i can tell in my new book, this appears to be a ruddy turnstone (a member of the sanderling family of shorebirds) picking his way through the sand and shells in search of a little something…