Captured Moments

It is amazing to me that I can look a a photograph that I took months or even years ago and be instantly transported to that moment. That sense of freezing time and capturing a feeling is what draws me to photography – moments stitched together representing lives lived.

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I see contentment and joy. What do you see?

Captured Moments will be published each Sunday.  

 

 

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Thursday Doors

As a newcomer to the world of Blogging, I continue to make new discoveries almost daily about this vast cyber territory. This week I discovered “Thursday Doors.” Being a huge fan of doors, windows, tunnels, steeples, churches, barns and graveyards, I had to participate by sharing a couple of photos. The only thing better than a weathered old door or one painted in a bright color is said door with a pretty girl standing in front of it.

Whenever we travel with our daughter, I gently encourage coerce her to pose at every opportunity. Sometimes she obliges and we get photos like these, which I took a few months ago in Paris. You can read about that trip here.

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We were across the street when the color of these doors first caught my attention, then as we got closer, I realized the scale of them. This is the entrance to a courtyard, not a cathedral. There must be another way in, I cannot imagine having to pull that open every day!

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This type of door is more common in Paris, but it was the way they were weathered at the bottom that intrigued me. Being from Florida, I know nothing of snow, but I am guessing that might be what caused this.

So many doors, so little time….

 

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Preparing For Hurricane Irma – The Down-Side of Living in Florida

While we love living in Florida, we admit that summer brings a lot of uncertainty along with the heat and humidity. That is the down-side of living in paradise for nine months of the year. While we have not had a serious hurricane since 2004, when both Frances and Jean hit our coast, we have had a few close calls. Last year we prepared for Matthew, which was to make a direct impact on our coast, but mercifully skirted up the Atlantic Ocean without making landfall in Florida. Nevertheless, we took every precaution to be ready. That is simply what we do when a threat arises. Preparations can take hours or even days, depending on the type and location of a home. Continue reading

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Sunrise at Wakodahatchee

In between road trips and extended travels, we love Treasure Hunting where we live. There is an abundance of natural beauty and nature to be enjoyed within minutes of our home in South Florida. We love to get up close by riding our bikes or paddling our kayak, but the best way we have found to view nature is on foot, through the lens of a camera.

There are any number of state parks and botanical gardens in our area, but one of my favorites is Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach. The park covers over fifty acres of wetlands that are maintained by the Southern Region Water Reclamation Facility in Palm Beach County.  The half-mile boardwalk which incorporates a couple of covered rest stops, has an elevated walkway for viewing the inhabitants of this man-made wetlands. On any given day, you will find photographers, and bird watchers striving to peacefully co-exist with throngs of daily walkers and casual on-lookers. Ultimately, everyone is here for the same reason – nature. Continue reading

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Chautauqua Vineyards and Winery

On a recent road trip to the Emerald Coast of Florida, we discovered more than just the emerald waters of this beautiful coast. Just off Highway I10 in Defuniak Springs is Chautauqua Vineyards and Winery, a jewel in its own right. We regularly enjoy wines from all over the world and while we are very enthusiastic wine consumers, we have absolutely no credentials for judging what is good. We simply know what we like, and we like Florida wines. Maybe it is because we suspend expectations, and maybe it’s because they are really that good. One thing is for sure. With twenty-three certified wineries in the State of Florida and growing, they are here to stay.

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