Saturday, July 21, 2012

Weed grasses, Jax Beach

Manhole cover, Jax Beach

This didn't look like that hard a puzzle, one line, two pieces, but somebody missed it.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Rope and piling, dock, Roscoe

I'll be back with regular pictures in 10 days. I am the secondary minder for my 10 year old granddaughter and have precious little photography time. Well worth it.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

White coleus leaf, garden, Roscoe

Fig leaf, backyard, Roscoe

I've been fooling around with the newest version of Silver Efex Pro and liking it a lot.

Old shells, sideyard studio, Roscoe

I was inspired by Kirk Tuck to set up a studio. I have no indoor room, so I bought a background stand and two muslin background cloths. I put them against a north wall put a stool out with them. I also got an LED light which I haven't used yet. These shells needed a portrait.

Old shells, dock, Roscoe

Most people collect "perfect" specimens of shells, but I like the worn ones with all of the nibble marks and erosions.

Chair and bricks (detail) PVIC

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Umbrella and shadows, PVIC

Two chairs, PVIC

They looked happy together.

Sea grass. PVB

Sea oats (uniolia paniculata)

I have been amazed by these plants since we moved here. In the 1990s people routinely tried to keep the beach and dunes in front of their seaside properties clear of vegetation. The dunes were very prone to erosion. Florida passed a law the prohibits injuring these plants in any way. They have incredibly deep, complex root systems, love a salt water environment, and soak up the heat. They have covered our dunes in the last 20 years and they are all but stormproof now. A hurricane hitting directly would take them out but anything less has little effect. At this time of year their seedheads are a lovely yellow and do resemble oats.

Sea turtle nest.

Around this time of year large sea turtles come out of the ocean at night and lay their eggs in our (their) sand dunes. We have a turtle patrol that goes up and down the beaches every day looking for the telltale tracks and marking them so people will keep away. We have had a large number this year which is great.