Rainy Days

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CLIMATE

Most afternoons during the summer months in Florida there will be a rain shower. These showers could last a minute or two or maybe the entire afternoon. You will always find people peering around doorways wondering if they can make it to their cars or even just the next awning before becoming drenched, or should they just wait a few minutes for it to stop. I can’t tell you how many times I just went for it only to have the rain stop as soon as I got in my car.  – Diane

A Day in the Clouds

Kerry Beach

Moody by Kim O’Neill

On our trip to Ireland, we were all looking forward to driving the Ring of Kerry.  Unfortunately, it was our only rainy and foggy day. We (of course) made the best of this and went on a total adventure taking a ferry and driving down very narrow roads with 6 feet high greenery on either side.

 This shot was taken near the lighthouse on Valencia. There was a charge to see the lighthouse with a giant wall around it, so we passed on that, but took some shots of all of us on the beach. The look was moody but we were off to the next adventure!

 

Baynard Ruins

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SCENIC WONDER

The Baynard Ruins are located on Hilton Head Island, SC. The ruins were once a grand and beautiful plantation house with slave’s quarters built by Captain Jack Stoney in the 1790’s. Around 1840 Captain Stoney lost the estate to William Baynard in a poker game. In 1861 Union forces invaded the island and the Baynards fled the area. The house was turned into Union headquarters during the Civil War. In 1862 there was a fire that destroyed most of the estate and gave us what we now call the ruins. The photo above shows a corner of what was the grand plantation house.

Contemplative

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CONTEMPLATIVE

Since this is a theme from last year (I’m a little behind), I thought I could use an old photo since I wasn’t entering it on Photo Friday. This is a photo of my mom probably taken by my dad in the early 1970’s. I love everything about this photo. The pose (although I believe it was just a candid shot), the style, those great sunglasses, and of course how beautiful and young my mom looks. This is one of my all time favorite photos. I’m glad I found a theme where I could share it here with you. – Diane

Strike a Pose

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Photo Friday Theme – From Nature by Kimberly O’Neill

If you can’t find it in nature, visit your nearest nature center!

This ibis’ habitat is at Flamingo Gardens in Davie, Florida. My fellow blogger and photo enthusiast Diane took this photo field trip with me. It was great to go to an attraction with a fellow photographer as we are in the same mindset.

Symbol of Freedom & Resiliency

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Photo Friday Theme - BIG by Kim O’Neill

The Freedom Tower soars to a whopping 1,776 feet high (104 stories big)!

One World Trade Center is America’s tallest building and a new symbol of our country’s freedom and resiliency. This New York landmark was designed by David M. Childs of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The 3 million-square-foot building includes office space, observation deck and world-class restaurants.

I took this shot recently as my friend Lana wanted to see the memorial pools and the new Memorial Museum. It was the first time I’ve been to the pools as an open park (not waiting in line and security)

The Museum was very subdued, respectful and informative on all we lost on September 11, 2001.

Information found on www.wtc.com