Anna Maria, Florida Sunset
The Holidays are upon us and with all the hurry and flurry of the season, I find it an important time to pause and take in moments of joy. For me, that would be sunsets on the quiet beaches of Anna Maria. It’s the best gift I can give myself!
Joy exists in the ordinary.
Captured with an iPhone 11 Pro Max with minor edits in Luminar 4.
Net casting, Anna Maria, Florida.
We are celebrating this Thanksgiving week on Anna Maria with family. Kids and grandkids from Utah, Alaska and New Jersey made it, but we miss our other family members from Iowa, Ohio and Maine. Even though time and distance keep us apart, we always have a great time when we all come together. Everyone in motion …. kayaking, biking, swimming, sand castle building, story telling and sharing glimpses into the lives we lead while away from each other. It’s a time to catch up, a time to share, a time to be thankful for being able to come together another year.
Brown Pelican, Anna Maria Pier.
One of my favorite birds is the Pelican with their spectacular dives, bill first, into the water. Or when they are gliding just above the water with the occasional wingbeat that may briefly touch the sea. Awkward in their take offs and landings, they provide me great entertainment in the water, in or out, such as this fellow as he cleans and straightens up his feathers preparing to rest.
The Pier, Sarasota.
As a follow-up from our recent nighttime photography workshop, I returned to the Sarasota Pier for a bit more practice. It’s a beautiful place at dusk with folks fishing or just sitting taking in the last bit of sunset. It was a great place to capture the setting sun which lined up perfectly at the end of the pier as it receded into the horizon. But those photos are for another day.
Nikon d850, 24-70 lens, 60mm, ISO 100, 6.0 sec @ f/22, edited in Lightroom, Topaz DeNoise, Luminar
White Ibis, Anna Maria Beach, Florida.
Since I had such a good time over the past year participating in our local photo club’s 52-week challenge, I’m looking forward to joining in again with our new challenges. The best part of participating is that it forces me to try new things as well as getting out and capturing scenes around me. For this week, I chose the theme of ‘something orange’. This group of white ibises were strolling along Anna Maria beach. They are quite common in Florida and not unusual to see them in my backyard along the water’s edge or strolling through yards digging for food.
Thanks for checking in and hope you follow along with me again this year!
French Quarter, New Orleans.
Often times, the side streets of the French Quarter can be as interesting as Bourbon Street, with all its jazz and funky characters. Being Halloween weekend, there was no lack of interesting characters on the streets, but I specifically liked the composition of the image above and waited for just the right folks to walk by.
Later on, we encountered this large parade of Arizona Cardinal fans who were rallying support for their upcoming game with New Orleans, whom they lost to … 31-9.
Even the dogs are becoming street performances nowadays! I don’t know how long this dog stayed in this position, but while we watched him, he didn’t flinch a bit … not even when his owner presented him a small treat, eating it while still in the same position!
Hope you enjoyed … until next time.
(All the photos above where shot with the new iPhone 11 Pro Max.)
Sarasota Pier, Florida.
We’re back!! We spent a week traveling back to Florida from Maine with our two doggies in tow, Harry and Lucy. We didn’t stay quite long enough in Maine to catch the beautiful fall colors I see others postling, but nonetheless, I’m happy to be here, even if the weather is still a bit too warm. My first week back, I participated in Jennifer Khordi’s workshop, hosted by our photo club. Our work was focused on sunrise/sunsets, the twilight hour and capturing the Milky Way, although the weather did not cooperate for any Milky Way shots. I had fun, met some new folks and learned some more photo skills.
Beer Can Island, Longboat Key, Florida.
We spent some evening time in Sarasota photographing the John Ringling Causeway Bridge and its constant changing color schemes. I haven’t done much evening shooting so it was fun to experiment as the sun set and the sky darkened. I look forward to coming back to these locations in the future. The Sarasota lights would make a good subject to practice on!
Until next time friends …..
Sunrise, Sand Beach, Acadia National Park.
Walking into the sunrise.
As the 52 Week Photo Theme Challenge comes to an end, so does our time in Maine. When you read this, we will be on our road journey back to Sarasota for the winter … and warm weather! Thank you to all who have followed my travels and photos for the past year. It’s been fun! Maybe I’ll just continue with my own themes.
Port Clyde Harbor, Maine.
Fall is in full force in Maine, with temps hoovering in the mid-50’s and 60’s lately which means …. I am ready to head back to Florida for the winter! October is a beautiful time in Maine, with leaf-bearing trees showing off their melting hues of yellow, orange and red. Even the rocky coastlines take on fall’s copper colors. Maybe one of these years I’ll stick around until the end of October … until then, I’ll view with envy my photographer friends’ images of Maine’s spectacular fall showcase.