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

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

Bird On A Wire

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SOLITUDE

While waiting for the sun to set and the fireworks to begin, I found this bird perched on the mast of a yacht. Just one solitary bird. I started thinking about how nice and quiet it must be way up there out of the crowd of thousands. He also had one of the best seats in the house for the fireworks and when the show was over, he would be able to just relax or fly away instead of sitting in the traffic for an hour trying to get home. When I snapped this shot, I was jealous of his peaceful solitude. – Diane

 

 

So Soft

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TEXTURE

Sometimes inspiration hits at the strangest times from the strangest places. I spent an entire day trying to capture texture. I tried flowers, shells, fruits (I learned I can make an orange look pretty darn disgusting), a braided rug, animals (both birds and reptiles) but nothing was really working for me. Today I knew I had to try again but wasn’t really in the mood. I passed my dresser on my way to the closet and saw my kissing pigs. They have sat on my dresser for years. (If you don’t know by now, I collect pigs and no, I don’t have a real one. Have you heard the noise they make…) They were just sitting there full of texture, staring at me. Time to dust off (and repair) the light box.  – Diane

The Blood Moon

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GLORIOUS

A full eclipse of the moon couldn’t have come at a better time with the weekly theme being glorious. I grabbed a chair, my tripod, and of course my camera to head out into the front yard to watch the lunar eclipse. I set a timer to go off about every 15 minutes for 3 hours so I could get shots of the process of the eclipse. I’m glad I was able to get my act together and figure out what camera settings were working best before the blood moon appeared. Where I live, the glorious event took place between 2am and 5 am. This is one time I didn’t mind having some insomnia working on my side. – Diane

Hey Good Lookin’

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REFLECTION

Let me introduce you to Little Foot, my daughter’s bearded dragon. I am not a reptile person but I will admit this little guy grew on me. She was only home with him for the weekend but I can’t wait to have them both home for the summer. Little Foot will make a great model for me. He stays where you put him and he doesn’t hardly move. I have already gotten tons of ideas from all the cute instagram animals. (Cute BuBu the chinchilla is a favorite along with a hedgehog I forgot the name of.) I wonder if Little Foot fits into Barbie clothes? Just kidding…but the possibilities are endless. – Diane