Sometimes it just takes a change of venue to open your eyes! We went on a vacation–something we do about every 4 years–this past month. Back at the beginning of middle school, when our younger son came home with honor roll grades the first quarter of 5th grade, hubby made a deal with him: if Eli was on Honor Roll for all 16 quarters of middle school, he could pick the destination of his choice (in the continental 48 United States) for a family trip. Well, Eli did it, plus added in three individual championships in three sports his 8th grade year (Cross Country, Wrestling and Track)! He is interested in marine mammals and the ocean, so he picked the Florida Keys and off we went!
I opted to lug my heavy DSLR (new, this is its first out-of-studio major excursion), and am so glad I did. I took a deep gulp (hoping not to get dumped into the water) as we sat on a small kayak and paddled into the warm waters offshore our first day in the Keys and (thanks to rapid fire shutter speeds!) got fabulous photos of a cormorant–several duds, two great ones:
We stayed at a gorgeous, fancy resort…nicer than any place I’ve EVER been…for just the first night. The grounds were amazing…I wandered with my camera in the Florida heat (90+ degrees, 90+ percent humidity…drip!) and found inspiration at just about every turn:
An employee spotted me and said she, too, was a photographer, and sent me off in the direction of this cool path. The trees were trained to grow diagonally across the walk, and there were tiki torches along the path to light your way at night. On one side you look back through the arch/tunnel to a pool……sigh!
I’ve got TONS of photos to share, but I’ll try to alternate between Florida and what I’ve been doing the past couple of months! TOO MUCH catching up! I’ve been busy DOING life and not blogging about it <grin!>!!!