Sunset, Anna Maria, FL
One would think that with all this ‘shelter-in-place’ time due to the corona virus, I would be out and about capturing images. But the truth is, I haven’t really felt in the mood to venture out with the big camera. I’ve been quite happy with late morning coffees with hubby, dogs walks, biking, hanging out around the pool and watching our resident crow couple build a nest in our neighboring pine tree. A couple of Great Blue Herons had been building a nest in the same tree when we arrived here two weeks ago, but they decided to abandon their efforts due to our dogs objecting to their flight path. Naughty dogs!!!
The above iPhone image was captured this past Thanksgiving as we spent a week with family on the island. I had no idea that we would be spending March and probably April sheltering on Anna Maria. During those months, we avoid the area all together due to the traffic and spring breaker families. Now, it is quiet and peaceful. And for now … safe.
Anna Maria, Florida, North End … March 22.
In all this crazy COVID-19 ‘madness’, I thought a peaceful beach scene would be refreshing instead of images of empty grocery shelves. We are sheltering-in-place on Anna Maria in our vacation rental home after finishing up four months of its renovation. There are punch list items yet to complete along with new landscaping, which is keeping us quite busy. The beaches are closed except for residents and rental guests, so it is quite pleasant to be here now versus what March is usually like with lots of traffic and spring break families, (which is much better than this virus! ). It’s a mad mad world out there and it’s my hope that we as a nation can recover soon from this invisible enemy. Stay well and safe, my friends. #flattenthecurve
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.
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 …..
Acadia, Boulder Beach in early morning.
Recently, I spent several days in Acadia with the hopes of capturing some great sunrises and sunsets. Last year on our visit to Acadia, the weather wasn’t the best so I was pleased when I saw we were going to have great weather. I did the typical sunrise trek to Cadillac Mountain for sunrise photos along with about a hundred other folks but the real shots were along the east coastal trail in the early morning hours. The image above is at Boulder Beach with its smoothed basketball-size boulders that make up the rocky shore. These round, egg shaped rocks made a perfect foreground to capture the rising sun against the distant cliff. I used this image for this week’s assignment of ‘shaped bokeh’. Although, the bokeh isn’t really shaped, I hope at a later time to learn how to do ‘shaped bokeh’. In fact, some may argue that this is lens flare and not bokeh!
Nikon D810, 24mm, ISO 100, 1/30 sec at f/22