Umbrellas - Sanibel Island

Umbrellas – Sanibel Island

This is a pretty scene, but missing a few key ingredients needed to hang it on my wall. First of all, the sky is boring, pretty, but no interest, needs a few puffy clouds.  Secondly, there is no distinct horizon line, the sky and water are almost identical in color–once again, boring, no waves or ships to provide more depth to the image.

Additionally, there is no detail in the white umbrellas.  The umbrellas are far enough away to maybe let this point slide a bit, but they appear formless to me.  If not for the blue background, they would be almost invisible.  Finally, the umbrellas are not as sharp as I’d like them.

March has come in like a lion, so I continue to post images with warm ideas, albeit not flawless photography.

Thought for the Day:  Old age is coming at a really bad time.

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Sweet 16

Sweet Sixteen

Sweet Sixteen

My oldest grandchild just turned 16, my youngest just turned 2 … and they’re sisters.   One makes me feel old and one makes me wish I had more grandkids on the way.

Sixteen is definitely a milestone: getting your driving license, more responsibility leading to more freedom, and, of course, the opposite sex.  I keep telling my son that he needs to get his shotgun ready, the wolves are at the door.

16 and 2

16 and 2

The Thought for the Day is a verse from a song written by Rock and Roll legend Chuck Berry and made famous by Jerry Lee Lewis:

    Sweet Little Sixteen             She’s got the grown-up                         blues                       Tight dresses and lipstic   She’s sportin’ high-heel                       shoes                           But tomorrow morning She’ll have to change                           her trend                     And be sweet sixteen            And back in class again

“Sweet Little Sixteen”        by Chuck Berry




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Almost Two

Almost 2

Almost Two

My granddaughter turned two earlier this month, but I don’t have her portraits processed yet, so this is sort of a teaser.

This image is part of a photo I was going to discard because neither subject looked very good.  I zoomed in to these two elements  thinking they summed up her outlook on life at this age; i.e. learning quickly and grasping for more.

Thought for the Day:  “NO!”    Most common word spoken by a two year old.


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Winter Sunset

Sanibel Island Sunset

Sanibel Island Sunset

Twice a week, the condo association would host a happy hour at sunset.  Not exactly what I’m seeing every night in Nebraska this time of year.

Thought for the Day:  Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.    Erica Jong

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Florida Winters

Sanibel Island, Florida

Sanibel Island, Florida

Floridians have it tough during the winter.  The skies tend to be more grey, it rains once in a while, and the palm trees lose a leaf or two.  I’m not a big fan of Florida per se, but this view from our condo last winter sure beats the view from my living room right now.

Thought for the Day:  Nothing is as obnoxious as other people’s luck.                                                                                                                                           F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Polar Plunge

Polar Plunge

Polar Plunge

It’s Valentine’s Day in the Midwest, it’s cold, it’s freezing, the lakes are frozen, the sky is overcast, the temperature is 22, and the wind is gusting to 30 mph.  So, what do you do for fun?  You pay $50 to jump into the ice water to benefit the Special Olympics.

This band of dare-devil penguins were from the US Bank team — clever costumes, but not much warmer than the skinny-dippers.  Each “plunger” had to raise or pay $50 to qualify for this year’s dip.  It’s more than just dipping your toe in the water.  To be a real plunger, you have to wade out about 50′ and touch a mannequin wearing a bikini.

It was a lot of fun to watch, but my camera’s battery froze up twice in 30 minutes.  Hats off to the brave/crazy souls who flirted with hypothermia to raise money for the Special Olympics!

Thought for the Day:  Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.             Steven Wright



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Happy Hour

Happy Hour - Sanibel Island

Happy Hour – Sanibel Island

About a year ago, we were sitting on the beach of our condo in Sanibel Island, Florida enjoying a beverage while watching the sun go down.  Today, our friends from the Boston area are hunkered down in six feet of snow … with more on the way.   Uggh!   The Midwest isn’t exactly balmy, but we’re not buried in snow.  At least our dog can find a place to lay one down.

Here’s to our best and oldest friends from Massachusetts; it’s Happy Hour somewhere.

Thought for the Day:  Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.                                                                                                                              Benjamin Franklin



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