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.

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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…

sunrise on st. patrick’s day 2012

IMG_6742sunrise silhouette–@indialantic beach, fl 3/17/12

on st. patrick’s day morning when we went beachside to see the sunrise, we met a group of spring breakers sitting on the boardwalk, waiting for the sunrise, too…they were a hoot, wearing leis that they said they “found in the trunk of the car”…two of them were from cny, like us (small world) so we chatted for a moment…as we were going to leave, one of the new york girlies said that she wished there were no clouds on the horizon to “ruin” the sunrise…you can’t blame the child for her ignorance…after all, the sunrise in cny isn’t like it is at the beach so she wouldn’t know…i told her to just wait, that the clouds made the sunrise more interesting…

birds

IMG_2903flying into the wind

we were at the beach yesterday with my sister’s family, who were visiting from upstate new york…so my focus was on taking pictures of people, not birdies…but it was breezy at the shore, and the birds were having a difficult time flying…i could not resist shifting my focus from the children playing in the sand to the poor birds trying to make their way through the breeze…note to self: this is a wonderful time to capture sea birds in flight, since they spend a good deal of time hovering, motionless, trying to navigate in the wind…

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…