Christmas Eve Florida style

Living on the Florida Gulf Coast has its own perks. One being that on Christmas Eve it’s perfectly normal to go to the beach, especially when it’s such a beautiful day. Yes, the sand really is that white; and yes, the sky really is that blue. The temps were in the high 50s, a little breezy, and I had the beach almost entirely to myself. These photos were taken at Gulf Islands National Seashore near Navarre, FL. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season… “The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.” ~ George Carlin (Photos shot with a Nikon D60, using an 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 20mm f/2.8 wide-angle, 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, Nikon CoolPix S205 and/or iPhone4) For more photos, please visit my Flickr photostream. More Weekly Winners photo galleries can be found at I am Lotus. Please leave a little comment love for our lovely hostess and the other

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Happy Holidays

Both of my kids are home for Christmas break, so I didn’t get out much to take photos. There were cookies to bake… Lights to display outside… And, a tree to decorate… There are more cookies to bake and a few more boxes to wrap. I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season. Give thanks, give hugs, and keep peace in your heart. (Photos shot with a Nikon D60, using an 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 20mm f/2.8 wide-angle, 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, Nikon CoolPix S205 and/or iPhone4) For more photos, please visit my Flickr photostream. More Weekly Winners photo galleries can be found at I am Lotus. Please leave a little comment love for our lovely hostess and the other WW photogs. To see other city scenes from around the world, check out Unknown Mami’s Sundays in My City. Don’t forget to show the love to Mami and the other City contributors.

Without pier

The weather was gorgeous this week. Cool temps, cerulean blue skies, and wide open spaces. I took an afternoon and spent some time on the Okaloosa Island Pier and surrounding beaches near Fort Walton Beach. Fishermen (and women) were out casting for trout, and pelicans and herons were fishing for leftovers. The birds were huge, much bigger than you might think. The herons were at least four-foot tall, neck extended. They have become so acclamated to humans, I could get close enough to pick them up… but I am smarter than that. Pelicans have a sharp, pointed tooth on the tips of their beaks and herons have talons any predator would be proud to have. My view from the pier… (Photos shot with a Nikon D60, using an 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 20mm f/2.8 wide-angle, 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, Nikon CoolPix S205 and/or iPhone4) For more photos, please visit my Flickr photostream. More Weekly Winners photo galleries can be found at I

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Setting sun

It’s been a long while since I’ve taken the opportunity to watch and photograph a sunset. I’m a little biased, but I think sunsets at the beach are especially spectacular. Here is a series of shots taken during a recent gloaming. Other than adding a watermark and resizing, these shots are all Straight Out of Camera and in chronological order. I shot in Aperture Mode at f/11 and ISO 100. (Photos shot with a Nikon D60, using an 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 20mm f/2.8 wide-angle, 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, Nikon CoolPix S205 and/or iPhone4) For more photos, please visit my Flickr photostream. More Weekly Winners photo galleries can be found at I am Lotus. Please leave a little comment love for our lovely hostess and the other WW photogs. To see other city scenes from around the world, check out Unknown Mami’s Sundays in My City. Don’t forget to show the love to Mami and the other City contributors.

In and up

Walked around downtown Pensacola this weekend, taking in some of the interesting architecture along Palafox and Garden… looking in and up. (Photos shot with a Nikon D60, using an 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 20mm f/2.8 wide-angle, 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, Nikon CoolPix S205 and/or iPhone4) For more photos, please visit my Flickr photostream. More Weekly Winners photo galleries can be found at I am Lotus. Please leave a little comment love for our lovely hostess and the other WW photogs. To see other city scenes from around the world, check out Unknown Mami’s Sundays in My City. Don’t forget to show the love to Mami and the other City contributors.

Rust and iron

Spent some time around train tracks this weekend near Mossy Head, FL. There is something very appealing to me about rust and iron. (Photos shot with a Nikon D60, using an 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 20mm f/2.8 wide-angle, 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, Nikon CoolPix S205 and/or iPhone4) For more photos, please visit my Flickr photostream. More Weekly Winners photo galleries can be found at I am Lotus. Please leave a little comment love for our lovely hostess and the other WW photogs. To see other city scenes from around the world, check out Unknown Mami’s Sundays in My City. Don’t forget to show the love to Mami and the other City contributors.

Distracted

Saturday morning I woke from a dream crying. I couldn’t remember the details of the dream, but the rest of the day I felt, well… unsettled, and on the verge of more tears. I tried to distract myself by going out for my usual weekend photo walk, but all it did was illustrate how preoccupied I was. No rhyme or reason, just a bunch of stuff with absolutely no connection. (Photos shot with a Nikon D60, using an 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 20mm f/2.8 wide-angle, 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, Nikon CoolPix S205 and/or iPhone4) For more photos, please visit my Flickr photostream. More Weekly Winners photo galleries can be found at I am Lotus. Please leave a little comment love for our lovely hostess and the other WW photogs. To see other city scenes from around the world, check out Unknown Mami’s Sundays in My City. Don’t forget to show the love to Mami and the other City contributors.