Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Grant, Florida

That top photo is just a small town's sign in the area. As the sign says, they have a seafood festival every year, but I have never been. I don't really like crowds and if I want some really good seafood, there are lots of laid back seafood restaurants around here that I'd rather go to for that.

Yeah, I'm the original party pooper.

The second one is a favorite of mine, though it drives me nuts just how bad I blew the exposure. As the original is a JPEG, I couldn't try to save it from being so overexposed like I can with RAW images.

That photo more than any other had me switching to RAW mode soon after getting my digital SLR.

Merry Christmas everyone. God Bless all of you and thanks for coming to visit here this year. I appreciate it, and I appreciate all of YOU too.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Full Moon, Red Tide

I went to the beach late this evening (Sunday afternoon).

I hadn't been in a while, and have put it off because we have had a bit of red tide here lately.

There's not enough red tide to really color the water, but the wind from the ocean will have the particles in the air and as soon as I opened my car door and stood up out of the car, I started coughing.

At first I wasn't sure if it was red tide in the air or if it was the lighter fluid being used to excess by the one family there in the park that was lighting and old fashioned charcoal grill for charring some animal flesh. The smell of lighter fluid was strong in the air.

I went on down to the beach and kept coughing, so I figured the red tide was still in the area.

But the sky was so beautiful as the sun was setting that I had to stay for a little while, and although the sunset was in the "wrong" direction for photographing on the east coast of Florida, it was lovely on the beach.

As I stood and soaked up the view, waiting as the sky changed colors, some clouds began to approach the moon and I ended up taking about 100 photos of the moon alone, hoping for a few really good ones.

These are a couple from this batch today.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Old Melbourne Florida

These were taken in the old downtown section of Melbourne, Florida.

I loved the way the wall is painted in the top photo.

This is a great place to walk around, with lots of interesting shops.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I Hope This Is Ok

A few months ago, Lovely Wife "volunteered" me to try to repair a photo for a total stranger.

There's an exchange list for people in this area. For example, if I had a working TV that I no longer wanted or needed, you can find people on this list that need one, get together with them and give them the TV.

Similarly, if you have need of a service and little or no money, or if you have money but don't have a clue who to ask about your need, you can post that on the list too.

Lovely Wife saw that someone had posted an inquiry about having an old family photo digitally repaired.

That is the one that Lovely Wife volunteered me for.

When I got the file in my email, I was bummed out. I had never tried to do this kind of repair where someone's face was involved.

I prayed about how to do it, and then started getting ideas on trying things in Photoshop Elements that I had never even thought of before.

I worked on this for about two hours, and even managed to amaze myself.

Thanks, God.

All I know about this photo, is that it was a photo of a local woman's mother. A friend of this local woman had posted the request for someone to repair the photo as a surprise for her. I never met anyone involved and have no idea who the young lady in the photo is.

It was as much a blessing for me to do this as for her to have her mother's photo repaired, I learned some neat tricks, nothing earth shaking, but the pressure and the prayer resulted in a cool transformation.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

For Jeanine

OK folks, I know I'm pathetic. I haven't been posting or visiting much lately. Sorry about that, but although there's nothing in particular that's wrong, personal issues have kept me from being the quick posting, happily commenting blogger that I was in times past.

I just hope the blues go away soon, and I thank all of you for your visits and comments.

Jeanine left a comment on one of my older posts today where I had shown and talked about a train bridge in my old home town of Monroe, Louisiana.

I looked for others that I had thought I put on Least Significant Bits or on this blog in the past to point them out to her.

I think they are out there somewhere, but I couldn't find them so I'm re-posting them both.

Forgive me if you've seen and remember these, but Jeanine, here's my two all-time favorites of the many photos I've taken of that train bridge over the Ouachita River.

These were both taken at about 3am, after working at the Johnny's on McKeen Place in Monroe, and couldn't get to sleep. (I still have insomnia a lot, even all these years later. It's just harder to deal with at 45 than it was at 20).

Actually Jeanine, as I look at these two photos, I think the top one is the old DeSiard Street bridge that swiveled in the middle. These are two different bridges. (bonus!)

I have posted photos on my other blog today if y'all want to go over and see them.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

How The Other Half Lives

These are a couple of beach homes near here that I have always loved.

There are two photos of the second one, my favorite of the two.

These would be a couple of really high-dollar homes for this area, and both are on the Atlantic Ocean.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Home Sweet Home

What I see when I get out of my car in the evening.

You can almost hear our dogs barking, having seen me from a window and waiting excitedly behind the front door.

The other one's just a pretty evening sky I though y'all might like.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

A Palm of Some Kind or Another

Outside one of the branches of the county library.

Sorry I haven't been commenting much, I've been coming by your blogs as I can, but haven't always commented.

Life is full of ups and downs and it's just tough for me to comment on everyone's blogs right now. It takes a long time to go through my list of friends over there to the right, and comment. I've been mostly lurking, looking but not commenting.

I'll try to be more sociable as time permits, but I figured it was better to visit and not comment than to not visit at all.

Friday, December 7, 2007


Sometimes you go to the beach down here, and the nearest person to you is about half a mile away.


Our Taurus was the only car in the huge parking lot at this public beach access the day I took these photos.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

The Fungus is Among Us

This stuff looks to be some sort of fungus or another, growing on a fallen palm tree in a local park. Looks like some nice, dark green moss on there too.

I've spent many hours trying to identify the plants I have photographed and put on here so that I can inform y'all of what they are. I fail dismally most of the time, so I'm giving up.

From now on, I'll try to look up plants for a few minutes but if I cannot identify them quickly, then I'll just post them anyway and say I don't know.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Completely Unrelated

I try to post at least two photos a day here. Many times they are at least a little bitty bit related. Plants. Ocean scenes.

Today's photos have absolutely nothing to do with one another except for maybe there being yellow in both of them.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Gulf Shores Again (Old Chromes #6)

Sunrise in Gulf Shores, Alabama, 1983.

The second photo is one of those that is technically horrible, hand-held in low light and therefore blurry, but it has the color and movement of the water that I remember so well.

Someone else can look at that second one and thing it stinks. Maybe so, but I was there that beautiful morning and it catches the feel of the warm sea air and how it felt for Lovely Fiance and I to be the only ones on the beach that morning.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Merry Christmakwanzahannukah!

December 1st already?!

Well then, Merry Christmas from Florida.

I despise political correctness, but I have to admit that the word Christmakwanzahannukah is funny. And even conservatives like funny stuff. Bill Maher, politically correct and definitely NOT funny. Christmakwanzahannukah, politically correct AND funny.

I couldn't figure out a clever way to fit something about the winter solstice in there for the pagans.

(No these aren't new photos, they're old. I just thought y'all might be needing some sunshine and seashore about now.)

They were taken in Indialantic, Florida, on the barrier island that runs along the Atlantic coast here.