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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The pelican chase!

After eating fresh catch seafood while sitting by the bay, I wanted to see some pelicans.  Several (I think I counted to 5) had flown by in the time we were eating.  But my son and girlfriend knew just where to satisfy this desire!

A charter fishing boat had docked at a marina, and there they were waiting for dinner!

A few other birds gathered as well, while fish were weighed and cleaned...and look below the dock!

A pod of pelicans waiting for the fish trimmings!  (I looked up the venery term for a group of pelicans!)

 Some of these pelicans had 6 foot wingspans, though not many were interested in flying.

There were sometimes arguments over entrails!  As you can see, seagulls didn't bother coming by with these delightful monsters.

 A more snazzy fishing boat at the same marina.

A beautiful egret didn't mind our presence at all, I think we left before he did.'s the last half of my lunch!

Today's quote:

Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life reveals just the opposite: that letting go is the real path to freedom.
Sogyal Rinpoche

Monday, February 19, 2018

Me and the ducks and...

Flying south for the winter...or at least for a few days.
The end of February has always been the most depressing part of wintertime. We had rain and the temperatures which had broken records for heat had just gone back down again...on the day I boarded a plane, and most of the trip my window seat showed the tops of the clouds below.  Then...ah, there's a ground below and sun shining on it!

Asheville is served by a low cost airline, which flies non-stop to the vacinity where one of my sons lives...and he gave me a late Christmas present!

Seeing the Tampa skyline across the bay was wonderful!

The Courney Campbell Causeway links Tampa with the Pinealas County side of Tampa Bay, and Hillsborough Bay.

 About to land in St. Pete, and having smiles all over my face to see that greenish blue water!

An uneventful short flight, without any plane changes.  This woman liked it VERY much.

I lugged my various breathing treatment devices in my baggage, and it wasn't a very long wait to pick it up at the St. Petersburg FL airport.

 I didn't get to see more of this bi-plane in the baggage claim  area, and unfortunately I won't be going this way when I return in a few days.  So I don't know much about it, but it did catch my eye, while most people were oblivious to it.

I'm such a happy duck!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Blooming lavender in August!

Sunday summertime, the third Sunday of the month...enjoy remembering it!

 Lavender frames a cloudy day at Lake Tomahawk in August.

Today's quote:

Evolution of your soul is a natural fact of life and becomes a potent motivational force when celebrated. Madisyn Taylor

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Bowl detail

A beautiful carved bowl by Geoff Bird, one of the teachers at the Clay Studio at the Center for the Arts...with some slip designs that give reflected light, fools your eye into thinking they are also more cutouts in the clay.

Weekend Reflections

Friday, February 16, 2018

Enjoying the water

Water water everywhere!

I've always lived near water...and enjoyed the fun of playing it it, and eventually learning to swim as well.  Here are some family shots of water play...(not sepia but from the past 25+ years!)

 Me and 2 little grands making sand castles at Clearwater FL

Same grands with my oldest son at Siesta Key, FL

My youngest son jumping into water off a sailboat outside of Seattle WA

Youngest son and girlfriend on sailboat, Seattle WA

Granddaughter playing in surf

My first visit to Hooker Falls, NC Feb 2009

Old path along Little River to Triple Falls, Brevard National Forest, NC 2009

Triple Falls, NC 2009

Back in the day when a suntan was sought by moi (date way back when)

Middle son and youngest on Cumberland Island, GA in 90s
Youngest son on r. and a friend rock hopping in Smoky Mountains National Park, TN in 90s
Youngest son waving in Smoky Mountains National Park, TN in 90s

A calm day in the Atlantic with daughters in law, youngest son between them, and most of my grands on r. (I'm taking the pic!)

Granddaughters wading after dinner in Inland Waterway of FL
My three sons and myself on my 70th, outside the restaurant after a feast, overlooking the Inland Waterway, FL (and don't miss my grandson in blue photo bombing us!)

I'm sharing this with Sepia Saturday this week! Check out this link to see what others came up with related to this photo!

SEPIA SATURDAY 406 : Saturday 17 February 2018

Like all our February prompt images, the one for Sepia Saturday 406 (post your posts on or around Saturday 17th February) comes from the Flickr Commons collection of the State Library of Queensland. There are the obvious theme possibilities of swimming and water available, but you might also want to investigate the possibilities of standing around and - like the child at the end of the diving board - hanging around.

Today's Quote:

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in the quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.
Mary Jean Irion