Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Lonely Day at the Beach

I apologise to everyone for being missing in action lately.

Life intervenes on the things we really would rather be doing sometimes.

I've been down, hurting, and now sick. Can't get much more pathetic than that.

I am alive and kicking, somewhat.

I'll be trying to get around to everyone over the next few days, and I want to say thank you to everyone who has been by to visit and comment here lately.

I appreciate it very much.

Today's photos were taken at the beach here a couple of days before Christmas. Christmas Eve Eve, you might say.

You can see that I'm the only fool on the beach as far as the eye can see. I liked how the high winds were blowing mist in from the ocean and how that looked like fog rolling in.

Same day as the full moon photos I posted on Christmas Eve. I mentioned that a red tide was in the area and how it affected me that day.

CG left a comment and asked what a red tide is.
"What is red tide?

Red tide is a naturally-occurring, higher-than-normal concentration of the microscopic algae Karenia brevis (formerly Gymnodinium breve).

This organism produces a toxin that affects the central nervous system of fish so that they are paralyzed and cannot breathe. As a result, red tide blooms often result in dead fish washing up on Gulf beaches. When red tide algae reproduce in dense concentrations or "blooms," they are visible as discolored patches of ocean water, often reddish in color."

When red tide is in an area it can cause breathing problems in people who go to the beach. I don't have asthma or anything like that, so I went down there for a bit that day.


imac said...

Great photos, if you werent there you would have missed them.

looks cold and misty.

Sorry to hear about your health, hope things are picking up now.

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isabella said...

I came here to wish you a Happy New Year! Now I see you are "under the weather" :-( Hope it won't last long because I miss you visits! So hurry-up, get well already!!!

Loved the last few posts, especially how you digitally restored that old photo! What a talented and generous guy you are...

CG said...

I wish I'd been on that beach too.

You are NOT pathetic. We've all been in similar places. Thanks for the explanation {{HUGS}}

'JoAnn's-Digital-Eyes' said...

Hi dear John,

I wish you a warm, happy, creative and healthy 2008, thank you for visiting my blog in 2007, I hope to see you back in 2008.Take care:)

Happy greetings from JoAnn (Holland)

John Roberts said...

Your photos really capture how desolate the beach is this time of year.

When I was a kid, we took a family vacation to the Ft. Myers area. The red tide killed thousands of horseshoe crabs, and they washed up on the beach. I still remember the smell!

I hope you get to feeling better soon!

Moi said...

i love the foggy feel to the pics here . I am sorry about your poor health. Hopefully, new year will bring better health and joy, John. I so agree with you on "Life intervenes on the things we really would rather be doing sometimes". Hoping you will come back to regular blogging soon, but for now take care of yourself........

Bob-kat said...

I love the feeling of solitude these photos convey. It looks quite misty and moody.

I hope you feel much better soon. I haven't been well either.

Gudl said...

Yes, great shots! I love the ocean...I hardly ever see it, so to me it is awesome and wonderful..
I hope you feel much better soon.
Have a good New Year!

Neva said...

Hope you are feeling better....I Like the way you captured the ocean and beach...very nice.

photowannabe said...

Love the misty, moody shots John. they speak volumns.