A mentor of mine in my photography club invited me out for a photo shoot and a bite to eat last night. We met at Ken Thompson Park by Mote Marine Laboratory and The Bait Shop. The weather turned tumultuous quite quickly and I thought about going home. But the water lover in me wanted to stay and play in the rain and get some shots no matter what. The wind rocked my car and the absolute downpour pounded down making it difficult to see or hear anything. It was so much fun! I was there with friends but was still alone which I enjoy. I saw a sailboat out in the distance and put my window down. The inside of my vehicle and everything on my passenger side got soaked but I love this shot. I thought about the sailor who owns the boat, the waters the boat may have traveled, the thrill of it and the next time it will be out again. It just spoke to me.
Funny how I’ve been trying to arrange a horseback riding outing in Florida for years and it takes my little sister in New York to coordinate a ride while I’m visiting her there for my summer vacation!
Horseback riding offers many things. Quiet, quality alone time in the woods to be one with nature, fast gallops when you feel the need for speed, therapy for those that might need assistance due to medical conditions or just plain relaxation for the pure love of horses and the wilderness for people like me!
I was literally “back in the saddle” and was riding while I shot this image and many others. Felt so good to be out there riding horses again!! I had a hard time deciding which was more fun, taking photographs, scuba diving or riding again. Pretty special when you truly love more than one hobby. I consider myself lucky!
A regular ride for humans but a speedy one for doggies! She’s at such peace with it all and is just taking it all in.
I especially like this particular angle that I shot showing the white line with the white car and the white lights from the vehicle way behind us. They must be texting though; they’re mainly on the inside of the bike path!!
I am part of a group of endothermic vertebrates. I have feathers, a beak, a high metabolic rate, and I enjoy sitting on eggs. This is a view of my hood in upstate New York. My cousin Vinnie is around here somewhere. I am among the most intelligent animals. You can tell by the fact that I surround myself with really kind human beings that put food out for me almost daily and I get to take in this view of the lake all year ’round!
A good lesson learned for this new photographer and that is some of your favorite photographs are taken at the most random times and locations. This photograph was shot while in a drive-thru line at a Dunkin’ Donuts for some much needed coffee on my way to work one morning a few weeks ago. I reviewed my results just recently and was pleasantly surprised. I hope you are as well.
The Venice Symphony Pops Orchestra played, students sang, guests dined, the International Space Station flew above and fireworks decorated the evening sky. As I was photographing the event, I zoomed in on the musicians and low and behold, the S Curve was staring me right in the face.
This event is the SCF Foundation’s annual fundraising event!
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to become an author. I would hear particular character conversations play in my head and think which chapter it would either create or be a part of. So many of them came from life’s magical moments as they transpired right in front of me. I would envy authors being interviewed by host members from Good Morning America, The Today Show or my favorite weekly show CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood!
I did start a book called Running on Faith with approximately eight chapters written. Who knows, maybe some day I’ll actually finish it but since I’ve taken up photography, I’ve realized this to be my true inspiration!
The moth on the “book cover” was a photo taken outside the entrance of my office building. I brought the image into Photoshop and played with some of the filters. Hope it’s a good read! 😉
I find such peace driving anywhere south on a day off. No deadlines, no details, no tight schedules, no meetings, or no phone ringing, dinging, beeping or buzzing. My new puppy and I were lucky enough to witness this beautiful sunrise last Saturday morning down near Venice.