Thursday, March 2, 2017

Wintering in Sunshine

In the past, I would have been sharing winter scenes this time of year.  But not any more. Aside from a ski trip or two out west with The Professor, I will happily be spending my winters in glorious Florida sunshine. 

The cool thing about living part of the year in here is that there is a local photo club which I have joined.  It is a very active group of several hundred individuals. Some with little experience and others who earn a living at their craft. They host monthly meetings, focus group outings, feedback sessions, and too many other activities to mention.  Needless to say, I am in hog heaven.  Sunshine, beaches, amazing critters and all to be enjoyed through my camera!  (Which has been greatly neglected over the past year.)

In January, the photo club had a fun excursion in Ybor City, a historic neighborhood of Tampa. Although I had been there before, it was fun to see it through my lens.

“ Ybor City was founded as an independent town in 1885 by a group of cigar manufacturers led by Vicente Martinez and was annexed by Tampa in 1887. The original population was mostly composed of Cuban and Spanish immigrants who worked in cigar factories.' 

Ybor City was unique in the fact that it was entirely populated and owned by immigrants. Nowadays, its a mixture of an entertainment and night club district amidst offices and residences.  

A cool place to photograph with its Spanish, Cuban and Italian architecture. The lady below, as you can see, was none so please as I quickly snapped a shot.

We had lunch at the Columbia Restaurant, which is the oldest restaurant in Florida, owned and operated by five generations since 1905.  It was delightful as well as meeting new folks and talking camera talk at lunch.

This past month, we enjoyed the Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions.  I'll share next time.  Until then, my friends!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Winter Slumber

She closes her eyes to the falling snow
as daylight dims
in preparedness for night

the ghostly silence
of each singular flake
amasses to uniformity
upon one another
covering the sleeping earth
under a blanket of promise

like the dove
the crocus sleep
knowing their time
for flight will come

once again

Thursday, January 12, 2017

She Returns!

Hello my friends.

I have been absent from here a bit
A long bit
I could list many reasons for my absence

Creative juices interrupted
By doggie walks
with free licks
                 and barks and play

Maine summers
with harbor sunsets
Lobster bakes
                 and sunset sails

Philadelphia winters
                 and Sarasota sunshine
Knee replacement
                with grueling rehab

Family weddings
and visits
               and a new grandson
to spoil

Travels .....
to grandchildren baseball games
              and Graduations

To the canals of Venice
and hikes in the Alps,
              to the Rolling hills of Iowa

And yes.
There were naps
And laughter and tears
and joy and wine
              and more wine

Just living life

One day at a time!

P.S.  I hope to share here a lot more often!  My goodness, it had been so long I had forgotten how to post photos here!  Ugh!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Winter Wars


a drizzle from the previous evening
has formed an ice crusted 
the pups walk gingerly with each step
as an occasional 
foot breaks through
the brittle surface

it does not make
for fast yard play

my dogs are stick eaters
they hunt and search
for any piece of twig
breaking the white

I have no idea
what twigs taste like
perhaps I should try one
they apparently are delicious
delicious enough to fight over

wars have been started
over lesser reasons

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Gift from Key West

Today I am sitting in Key West.  There is a warm gentle breeze that rocks the palm's fronds back and forth as if to say hello.  The lush landscape is splashed with red begonias and other flowers which I do not recognize.  Such a contrast from the world up north which is blasted with bitter cold and in some areas, knee deep in freshly fallen snow.

I am quite happy to be here.  And not there. 

There is not much on my agenda for these few days while here. The Professor has some meetings to attend.  We have been to Key West numerous times, so there is not much we haven't discovered.  The famous Duval street is a-flush with tourists and we loathe to spend any time there.  Instead, we enjoy leisurely strolling around on our bikes on unhurried back streets, seeking out interesting photo ops, sitting on our porch reading, or napping poolside.  Sounds delicious, doesn't it?

It's been a while since I've done a post. Sometimes a break from routine is quite nice and required to assess where one has been and where one is going. 

I've been blogging for 4 years now. Not very long in the world of bloggers, but for me, seems quite long.  I have enjoyed meeting and learning from many of you along the way.  It is such an enriching and supporting environment!  And I thank you. 

For this post today, I'm testing out the Blogger app on my iPad versus using my Macbook.  All photos are from my iPhone 6+ with edits from the Aviary app.  The app seems to function quite easily (so far), so perhaps I'll be encouraged to post more frequently.  From anywhere, anytime!

But for now, sitting here with The Professor on this porch, listening to the nearby waterfall with a light breeze tickling my cheeks is just perfect.  I inhale the moment.  I acknowledge the gift. 

Until the next time, my friends, 
Have a safe and wonderful upcoming Thanksgiving.