One Word Sunday: Feelings

Sweet Water Strand, Florida Everglades

I was looking for calm and quiet – I found it. You may register other feelings at the 25-30 alligators we observed along and in the road.

Taken on Loop Road (off U.S. 41- Tamiami Trail) in the Big Cypress National Park.

One Word Sunday: Feeling

Morning Weather Report – Light Fog and Sunny

Lily Pond and River of Grass – Naples Botanical Garden

I have spent so many hours standing on the boardwalk going across the lily pond, taking photos of water lilies, lily pads, cannas and irises, rice plants, reflections, and ripples. What intrigues me in this area is the River of Grass that you see beyond the lily pond. This was planted to educate visitors about the river of grass that makes up the Everglades. The next photo was taken along the Tamiami Trail (going from Tampa to Miami) as the sun was rising across the grasslands of the Everglades.

It as been a while since I went to the Everglades in the early morning – I’m thinking it would be a safe excursion I would like to take sometime in the next couple of weeks. The longer I wait, the earlier I will have to get up to make the drive in the dark to meet the rising sun.

Love the Morning Light

The Lens-Artist Photo Challenge this past week has been focused on “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow” from Anne. I’ve been slow to get my post together because of a busy week that include cataract surgery on my first eye. But I found time to go through my files for some of my favorite photos taken in the morning light while on photo shoots down dirt roads.

Some of my photos were taken in June – meaning that the time inprint on the photos of 5:45 am was accurate. The sun comes up early in Michigan at that time of year. The sun’s allure is pretty strong to get me up at 5:30 to catch those first rays of gold.

I had great fun watching some swans on a small inland lake doing their equivalent of our morning shower. Look for the feathers floating on the water as they preen.

Capturing the Setting Light

 

_DSC0078We see and I photograph lots of sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico because we are only a few minutes from the beach. This brings me joy because during our summers in Michigan we only see the afterglows of sunsets because of the trees growing around us.

I was excited when I learned that the botanical garden will be open late on Wednesdays so people can watch the sun set over the natural preserve area of the garden. A couple of weeks ago Jim and I went for a stroll through the garden and had supper at the Fog Cafe. I had great fun exploring how the landscape catches the late day sun, so different than how it catches the early morning sun during my normal Tuesday morning visits.

 

 

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