Moment of Hope #13

We are living in some scary times right now. I am old and have lived through others but this one is somehow different and maybe more frightening. So until it is over each day I plan to post an image that provides calmness and a moment of zen. We all need a lot of moments like these right now.

I find watching birds in flight to be inspirational and uplifting to the soul. I find few birds as enjoyable to watch in flight as Pelicans. These were photographed in Florida and Mexico and processed in Pittsburgh PA

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Friend or Foe

Skippy

Pelicans at Ding Darling

Another Brown Pelican

Smithsonian Candidate #8…Long Boards on The Gulf

I am thinking of entering the Smithsonian Photo Contest even though I have zero chance of winning. I say that not to denigrate my ability as a photographer, but each category already has over 50,000 entries. Sure a lot of them are crap but some, well follow the link above and see for yourself. Also you can only submit work from 1/1/2016 until the present and all works with people must have a model release.

If you are familiar with any of my work (e.g. Moment and Souls) you probably realize I don’t have a lot of model releases.

Fortunately I do have some images that may qualify in other categories and will be publishing some here to see if you feel they quality. Please comment and let me know your thoughts. This is an entry in the people category and shows two longboards in the Gulf of Mexico near Sunset Beach.

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Long Boarding

Scenic Views Candidate #5—Pelican at Sunset

I am going to be posting images that I may have posted before with a candidate # thereby collecting a list of what I feel would be likely candidates to print for a gallery show of new images of only digital photography. Right now I am reviewing images that are scenic or from nature. This is the silhouette of a pelican over the Gulf of Mexico taken at sunset on Sunset Beach Florida.

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Candidate #5 Pelican at Sunset

Candidate #5 Pelican at Sunset

Miscellaneous Pelicans

If you read this blog regularly you are probably saying, ok enough with the pelicans already! Well as you know I like these birds but I promise that these are the last for a while. I have been going through my images getting ready to clear the decks for our fall trip to Europe. I found these two images and thought they were too good to keep to myself. They were taken during February 2016 in Madeira Beach Florida at John’s Pass.

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pelican

Landing

Landing

Reflections on a Hood

Everything looks different at sunset. I noticed the palm tree reflections in the afternoon as I walked up from the beach and thought, such a shiny car. At sunset I noticed the same car and thought, hmm I wonder if you could get a car painted like that, but of course you can.

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Reflections on a Hood

Reflections on a Hood

Golden Gulf Sunset–2016

I took a lot of sunset pictures this spring when we stayed at Sunset Beach in Treasure Island. Our balcony overlooked the Gulf of Mexico so I really didn’t need to do anything but open the door to see a sunset. Each sunset image is subtly unique and colors sometimes dramatically different. This one features a backlit Pelican.

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Gulf Sunset

Gulf Sunset

Surf’s Up!

I tried doing this a couple of times when I was young but just barely managed to kneel. I used to like body surfing and belly boarding though and remained mystified that human beings actually have enough balance to stand up on these boards and ride the waves. This young man was surfing before sunset on a Gulf of Mexico Beach near Treasure Island Florida.

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Surfs Up!

Surfs Up!

Longboards at Sunset

This is another sunset view from our condo on Sunset Beach in Treasure Island Florida. It was great fun spending a whole month on the beach. It was something we had always wanted to do and we are blessed to have the time, money and health in retirement to do some of the things on our wish list. The nightly sunset views from our balcony were stupendous.

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Long Boards at Sunset

Long Boards at Sunset

Night Fishing

We spent last February watching sunsets from a rented condo on Sunset Beach in Treasure Island Florida. We would rarely see pelicans in the Gulf of Mexico, I think due to strong winds. If we would see them it would be in early morning and usually just a solitary pelican. A short walk away on the intercostal waterway and Boca Ciega Bay we would see many of the giant birds fishing all the time. On my last night on the beach I saw this solitary pelican skimming in front of the sunset as if he came to say goodbye.

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Night Fishing

Night Fishing

Fountain in the Garden

The Florida Botanical Garden in Largo Florida is a wonderful experience and it is FREE! It addition to acres of stupendous plantings there is a Florida Heritage Park attached with historic buildings from the the beginnings of the State. There is a school, rail siding, auto repair shop and many others. The place is very large and can’t be seen in a single visit. This beautiful fountain is in the Tropical Plants area.

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Fountain in The Garden

Fountain in The Garden