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Friday, July 29, 2011

I’m on a Boat

We woke up early this morning and Ms. Pixie, Mr. Magic, Mr. Rogue and I all ventured out to the pier. I don’t know why we left this to the last day, and an already very busy day at that, procrastination is so not my usual bff.

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I really adore piers, for one thing, they offer a different perspective of the beach and the coast, which I really adore. Photography from really high up or crawling around on the ground happens to be my favorite angles. I guess I like the uniqueness of looking at something from a different angle. I walk around all day from 5’ 7” it is refreshing to see my normal view shaken up a bit.

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MS. PIXIE AND I ATTEMPTED TO GET PHOTOS OF THE SURFERS

There is an old story I heard told about a workshop for teachers. The instructor was trying very hard to get people to see the world from a child’s perspective. The instructor did an exercise with one person down on their knees (the child) and the other person standing on a chair (the adult).

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That is why I always fight for the window seat on planes; I just want a different view of the world for a while. P.S. Mr. Rogue is the best he ALWAYS gives up the window seat for me!

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A SCHOOL OF BAIT FISH MOVING IN ONE LARGE MASS – YOU CAN SEE HERE WHY THESE WATERS ARE FAMOUSLY CALLED EMERALD

And then a pier always has some interesting things to photo. I did bring my small telephoto lens and was able to get a few shots of the surfers. More often than not they didn’t succeed in standing for the wave or they caught it at the wrong angle and would fall, or inevitably I wouldn’t be able to get the photo I wanted. Finally after standing there for a good half hour I got my shot!

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We only had an hour to spend, there was so many things going on I could have stayed all day. In particular I wanted to see about taking some photos of the small sharks the fishermen were said to have caught. No one we talked to had any at the moment but I did get a pretty nice shot of a bait fish they were trying to catch the sharks with.

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LOVE THE COLORS IN THIS PHOTO

After the pier we were off to the park. Mr. Pittsburgh had a fantastic idea, to rent a boat while we were in Florida, so we could visit Shell Island. Of course not all 13 of us were allowed to ride at one time so while Mr. Pittsburgh got the first crew to the island us four opted for a visit to the pier. Ahhhh I love how life works out sometimes.

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You should have seen how happy Mr. Pittsburgh was... I don’t think I have seen a man more at home than he was... well unless you count that one time Mr. Rogue opened his new coffee machine (the boy is in love with that damn thing). Anyways the good ol captain did a fantastic job of getting us to the island in one piece and even more importantly he managed to keep the camera equipment that I refused to leave behind dry.

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Part of St. Andrew’s State Park, Shell Island can only be accessed by boat. Of course you could take the crowded shuttles but it was so nice to have our own transportation. Since the island is deserted of any man made amenities we brought everything we needed with us included picnic lunches and cooler full of drinks. We docked on one of the many sandbars near the beach and waded to shore. What I loved most about the island was the small standing pools protected by large rock barriers that protected the area from the pounding waves. Here we could relax in comfort.

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IT WAS INCREDIBLY HOT WITH NO SHADE SO WE ALL PRETTY MUCH JUST CHILLED IN THE WATER THE ENTIRE TIME

In the shallow temperate pools there was a fantastic amount of marine life. We were lucky to have found starfish, sandollars, fish, shells and sting rays... I only wished we had brought the snorkelling equipment from the house.

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Shell Island also happened to be a large nesting area for terns although it was not the right time of year to see their nests and the area was marked off from people entering. I was happy to see that everyone obeyed the signs and kept off the dunes. A perfect place for the birds to have their young.

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The weather stayed fantastic the entire time we were on the island and just as we started to pull out to go back home the clouds rolled in... I know I know... there goes that crazy lady talking about clouds again. But seriously they were a great way to end a fantastic day!

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2 comments:

lilmansworld said...

perfect day!

paul peggy zeus said...

LOVE wherever water meets land, so beautiful and peaceful looking.

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