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The Shrimp Boat

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Shrimp Boat 2017

I went to the beach not knowing what to expect.  My purpose was simple – take photos.  I’ve been in a creative slump for quite some time now.  Over a year.  So I MADE myself go out and MADE myself take the camera,  The good one – not my phone.

The light was so odd, which for me is a blessing as I love odd light anywhere.  Especially at the beach because a sunny beach is frankly pretty boring.  I’m not a sunny beach girl.  I’m a moody beach girl.  So the beach was moody.

And sort of calm.  Waves were symmetrical and long, rolling in in regular fashion like a string of pearls.  I notice flocks of gulls to the north, which usually means a boat.  A shrimp boat comes into view.  It’s closer than they normally are and the light threw it into silhouette.  That odd steel blue sky, the silhouetted shrimp boat and gulls and that oddly yellow green sea was very calming.

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Rain on the Beach

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June 10, 2018

This is the shower I loved.

As I shot the sunrising to the northeast

(because the sun moves in that direction from my vantage point in summer),

this shower was approaching from the south.

 Tiny drops announced its arrival.

Tiny drops became bigger drops.

I ducked under a walkway and sat down at the base of a sand dune.

It felt good, the wind and light rain.

Cleansing.  Refreshing.

I laughed watching the pelicans, terns and gulls

feast on the running bluefish

as the rains kept them company.

The shower was short lived.

Pulling myself out of my lair I continued my camera-play.

Sunrise is fun.

Afternoon of Bluefish

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Under a blanketed, soft, silvery-light afternoon sky I sat alone, in my chair, reading.  Snuggled close to the dunes I didn’t want interruptions.  Just peace. The peace of being surrounded by the white noise of waves breaking with a soft light great for reading.

However, the bluefish were running.  Small, oily, silver arrows darting through the sea sheer numbers of them attracted sheer numbers of seabirds.  Gulls and pelicans and terns were circling over boiling schools of bluefish.  Once I noticed I couldn’t stop watching.  Pelicans dove from on high, coming back up time and again gulping down wriggling fish.  Gulls, scavengers and “rats” that they are, were observed landing on the pelican’s backs, trying to steal their meal.

Birds and fish.  Green sea, blue sky, muted clouds.  It was a great day.