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May 3

First day home after a great
working vacation in Florida,
overcast, cooler than I like,
and I spent the day catching
up with financial stuff, paying
bills, getting prescriptions filled,
refilling the travel first aid kit
(which we discovered in Florida
was, like, totally expired)...not
my favorite things on any day!

I wonder, can you get jet lag
flying South to North on the
same meridian? Or would they
call this out-of-sorts, short-fused,
unfocused discontent, some-
thing else? Florida-i-tus? Sun-
shine hang-over. Some kind of
good weather and too much
photographic fun withdrawal?

Whatever. I wonder.

Do they have a cure for that?
(Short of moving to Florida.)




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Backlit Cattle Egret in breeding plumage
For most of the year, the Cattle Egret is the stumpy, chunky, shambling, recently immigrated, relative of our native Great and Snowy Egrets…not much to look at, and still on probation as a US citizen as far as birders are concerned. But for a few short weeks in spring, during nesting season, I think the Cattle Egret is the most beautiful of our resident egrets. The orangey-brown crown features and stripe down the back, as well as the bright orange bill, set of the white plumage to a turn.

This male was guarding the nest while his mate when out to feed. St. Augustine Alligator Farm wild bird rookery. Nikon P900 at 880mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom.

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This will do for both the Pic for today, and For the love of landscape today. Dawn on the beach across the road from our AirBnB in St. Augustine FL. Last morning here. We have an 11AM flight so there was really no excuse not to get out and catch one more sunrise on the beach. :)
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great picture..wishing I was there...thanks for posting....👣
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May 1

I am feeling pretty fit these days
for an old man and a heart attack
survivor, what with my daily qi gong
routines, careful eating,  and my pile
of pills morning and night, so I
decided to climb the 219 steps
of the St Augustine Lighthouse
just for the view. Yeah right!

I made it up two flights, 50 steps,
before my body betrayed me.
"No way" said my lungs, "Unnh unh"
said my heart, "not happening!"

So I climbed back down, struggling to
accept defeat with a measure of grace
commensurate with my advancing
years. It was the better part of an
hour before I felt fully recovered.

The View from the top of the Light-
house is undoubtedly spectacular,
but, all things considered, the view
from tomorrow is bound to be better.


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Flight! Happy Sunday.
“If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!” Jesus

I was back at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm wild bird rookery yesterday morning early to have one last crack at flight shots. The birds are so close, and there is a lot of coming and going so there are not many moments when there isn’t at least one bird in the air. Great place to practice…or just to appreciate the beauty of flight. These are mostly big birds. Great Egrets and Wood Storks predominate…and both are great flyers. Graceful, elegant, with beautiful plumage. When you catch one, as I have here, with the light behind it, it is as beautiful a sight as I hope to see in this world.

The persistence of flight dreams in our kind, and our general fascination with flight, when taken with our images of angels, might lead us to think that there are wings in our future. I actually find no indication of that at all in the Bible, and it is certainly not in the Gospels, but that does not stop us from dreaming. Flight, we seem to think, would be the final freedom. Personally I would like to be able to love as well, and as naturally, and as beautifully as a bird flies. I think that would be the final freedom! When I look with my generous eye, I do not see you or myself with wings, beautiful as that might be…I see you (and myself) as a unconditionally loving person. That is the generous view. Leave the wings for the birds. I will admire flight, and give it its due as beauty, but give me love any day!

Happy Sunday.
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Truly said, "The Generous Eye," Stephen Ingraham!!!
"If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of Light." Our Lord, Jesus!!!
Let our Light shine for others to follow the right Path that leads to the "True Light - Jesus!"
Yes... we may dream about having wings like this bird, but let us leave the wings to them...
We can fly in due time when we meet Jesus!!! The freedom from what bonded us here on earth...
We can soar the skies... graceful as this Bird... we are One with Jesus...
Thank you for sharing beautiful thoughts... so inspiring...
soul fulfilling... uplifts the Spirit...
Thank you, my friend, in Jesus...

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Wet savannah, GTM Estuarine Research Reserve, St. Augustine FL. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom. 
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Coquina rock sea sculpture at the beach in Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, Florida. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.
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May 2

Working now on our third round
of delays at Philadelphia Airport,
on the way home from Florida to
Portland. It was a long layover to
start, and now it stretches, in 15
minute increments, inching slowly,
inevitably, toward infinity. Generally
TripIt let's me know before the flight
board, and I am growing sensitive
to the vibration of the phone in my
pocket...it has taken on the tone
of a dentist drill, and I wince and
flinch every time it goes off again.

And all the time the plane sits at the
end of the jet bridge, unattended
mocking us, empty, as they wait
for a crew. Ah, the Captain has
landed and is making his way
through the airport, they tell us,
then the safety check, then boarding,
then taxi (a typically long Phillie taxi)
but it begins to look like we will get
home, if not for supper, at least to
sleep once more in our own bed.




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This will do for both the Pic for today, and For the love of landscape today. Dawn on the beach across the road from our AirBnB in St. Augustine FL. Last morning here. We have an 11AM flight so there was really no excuse not to get out and catch one more sunrise on the beach. :)
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Florida has great skies. Looking up the Matanzas River from Washington Oaks Garden State Park. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom. 
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+Nityanandi Nityanandi If you choose to see an evil government conspiracy in this beautifully natural sky...that is your choice. 
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April 30

I woke from a dream this morning
totally disoriented. In the dream I
had lived this whole different life,
with different relationships and
different people, and I dreamt that
I woke and could not remember
which life was real and which the
dream...and then I found that I
had wandered outside and could
not remember where I lived, in what
town, on what street, in what state
even, and from my position in the
yard I could see nothing familiar,
and I could only think "that is not
my house...this is not my life", and
all the time I was fighting so hard
to remember where I lived, where
home was, I and had such a sense
of loss...such a sense of separation
from myself and all I love...and even
in the dream I was wondering if
this is what Alzheimer's feels like?
if this is, somewhere down the road,
what I have to look forward to? (of
course no one in my family has lived
long enough yet, though some
of the women lived into their 90s,
to experience any form of senility,
so odds in my favor)...but still
it took me an hour, my full qi gong
routine, and breakfast to shake the
desolation of that dream. Even
now, most of an active day later,
I am still not completely comfortable
in my own skin, in my own mind...
I have not fully settled or forgotten
that feeling of being lost to myself.

I am not eager to sleep tonight, just
in case that dream is there waiting.


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I know, there were probably a psychoses messing with your mind, that's what I'm told happened to me working in denim and leather in sweden, you probably didn't but I'm sure that s what people are saying... It's fucking retarded, I wish the people nagging you are dead within an hour. 
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Landing. Egret
Coming in for a landing, calling all the way. Great Egret, St Augustine Alligator Farm wild bird rookery, on St Augustine Florida. A Great Egret is one of the most graceful of the big birds in flight…not so much in landing. 🙂

Nikon P900 in my custom Birds in Flight mode. Shutter preferred. 1/1250th @ ISO 125 @ f5.6. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Coolage.


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