It is rare for me to post twice in one week, but Terri’s Sunday Stills has challenged us to share our favorite landscape photographs. Be careful what you wish for Terri, and get ready to scroll.
Malcolm and I love to travel, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s a short ride to the beach, a few hours to another part of our beautiful state, or across oceans. We value each experience and do our best to capture moments that reflect the beauty and character of each destination.
We live in Florida, which has an abundance of picturesque landscapes, starting with our own back yard. The Atlantic ocean is a short 20 minute drive from home.
If you have been following Picture Retirement for any time at all, you will already know that I am enamored with this beach. It is our favorite Friday night (or any night) date spot. Two beach chairs, a bottle of wine…..it’s all good.
The two photos above are from Miami. We lived there for over twenty years and still have connections to the city. While we are too old and too impatient to live in the city anymore, it is a great place for a quick get-a-way and the cruise port has been our gateway to the world for many years.
One of the best things about being retired is being able to hop in the car and go – anywhere, anytime. The photo above is from a road trip that we took last year to Georgia to visit Cumberland Island. This little beach was an unexpected discovery, courtesy of a traffic detour, near Jacksonville, Florida.
I have written about this magical place several times. If you’d like to know more about Miramar Beach, read this post. Topsail State Park (and the dune lake in the top photo) can be found just a short walk down the beach from Tops’l Beach and Tennis Resort, our home away from home for a couple of weeks each year. It is a summer place for most visitors, but we like being there in the off season, when the beach looks like this every day.
Florida has a lot to offer, in terms of natural beauty, and when we are not visiting a coastal region, you will likely find us paddling one of its pristine springs or riding bikes along the many trails throughout our state.
Throughout the years, we have visited many beautiful places in the world. My preferred method of travel is by cruise ship, and Malcolm enjoys planes, trains and rental cars. Somehow, we make it work.
Although international travel will be off-limits for a while longer, we can always hop in the car and find a wonderful ‘landscape’ nearby. Next up, Jekyll Island, GA. We will celebrate Valentine’s week there and hopefully bring home an island treasure – or at the very least, a few photographs that tell the story.
An Unsolicited Tip
I am still very much a novice, but I did learn early on that when shooting landscapes, you need to look at the scene from different vantage points and choose a central focus. When you look through the view-finder or at the display screen, make sure you have ‘framed’ the picture. That means, check all four corners, the top and the bottom, making sure your have included, or more importantly, excluded anything detrimental to the photo.
The idea is to come home with a few well-composed photographs, not thousands of vacation snapshots that will bore even you. If a shot looks too busy, zoom in on something interesting within the scene and shoot just that. Trust me, you won’t miss anything by taking a little extra time to take your best shot.
Anyone may participate in Terri’s Sunday Stills challenge. It does not matter if you take photographs with a camera or a phone. It’s all good. Visit her blog, Second Wind Leisure Perspective to read the rules and view her monthly prompts.