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Around here, it's finally getting to be boating season...
This little gem pictured above is my neighbor's handcrafted wooden boat, Madere, which he built himself, and named in honor of his wife, (My Dear...i.e. "Madere" to their grandchildren). I took this photo last winter (with his camera) and then recently tweaked it a little on my new favorite Iphone tool, Snapseed. I thought the photo was fitting for a Friday. The boat can also be seen in the back of the May 2013 issue of Wood Boat Magazine.
While shooting Madere, I became completely enamored with and distracted by this heron below which was only a few feet away. I'm so excited that summer is almost here and will usher in more time for "distractions" like this.
Do what needs to be done, but don't forget to treat yourself to a few distractions. They're worth every second of joy they bring. Now, go have yourself a Fabulous Friday.
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It feels good to be back here. I haven’t had even a minute to work on my mosaic art, but was able to squeeze in a little photo time while hosting some company this past weekend. (Thanks, JFK, as in King not Kennedy).
My friend wanted to tour a nearby lighthouse, so we took advantage of a beautiful day and checked it out. These photos were all taken with my Iphone 4S and then edited on my phone with an app called Snapseed. The app has quite a few pre-programmed bells and whistles, and you can adjust other photo elements, but many times I simply use the "automatic" button to let it fine tune the coloring just a bit.
We climbed the beautiful iron spiral staircase with its 177 steps in our bare feet since flip flops were not allowed. This presented us with somewhat of a “yuck” factor, but there were probably just as many germs lurking for us on the handrails which we had clenched in a tight death grip. I really was fine, but my friend has vertigo and a fear of heights, and she bravely made the fifteen story trek anyway.
The lighthouse had several windows from which to view Pensacola Pass. I snapped a few shots on my way up, and then took in the fantastic view of the Gulf from the widow’s walk.
This excursion reminded me that I need to explore and take advantage of the area even when I'm not playing tour guide. As a local, I do enjoy the bike trails and the waterways, but tend to ignore some of the other tourist attractions, though I now vow that complacency within my surroundings is one "trap" I will still try to avoid.
The Deep South all too often gets a bum rap, with a reputation as tarnished as a salty old sailor's. I think we should choose to look for the good-that seed of the positive. Pecan groves, cotton fields, cypress bayous, and picket fences are all waiting to be discovered.
You can't beat Southern hospitality served up under a canopy of mossy live oaks. Thank you, I'll skip the salt and take my sugar in these famous white sands, freshly brewed tea, and the sugar-coated accents of my born and bred neighbors.
No matter where you call home, get out and live a little, and explore-- a lot.
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