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Tom Long
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tree huggin', guitar pickin', gizmo cravin', book writin', wave ridin' pilgrim (trlong.com)
tree huggin', guitar pickin', gizmo cravin', book writin', wave ridin' pilgrim (trlong.com)

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The glancing light of the rising sun almost makes the beach look as if it were lit from within. #SonyAlpha
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Who doesn't love a blue sky? But clouds often add that je ne sais quois. And when the sun pierces through an open slot in the clouds to highlight the neighborhood pier? It's almost enough to make an old man believe in magic. #SonyAlpha
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"No man is an island." But a woman on vacation? #SonyAlpha
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As anyone familiar with my photography would know, I am entranced by that magical period as the sun rises or sets. But our skies aren't always pink or orange or yellow here. Sometimes, our skies are blue - and still every bit as beautiful. Our country will continue to be beautiful so long as we are willing to make the necessary sacrifices to protect our environment. #SonyAlpha
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Our beach faces south. As winter turns to spring the sun moves from rising over the water to rising over land. This morning the sunrise was on the landward side of the Oak Island lighthouse. #SonyAlpha
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It's coming on neap tide so there isn't a lot of beach at high tide. As the sun came up this morning at high tide, that meant there weren't the usual number of people out walking. Also, it was a bit misty until the sun got high enough to burn it off. But that didn't stop this fellow from getting out to do some surf casting. #SonyAlpha
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Different people recharge in different ways, of course. My wife loves to acquire old furniture and turn it into something special. I like to take pictures and strum my guitar. This Sunday I went for a walk on the beach and shot some video of the seagulls as they fished in the shallows. When they saw that a wave was going to break before it got to them they would flutter just above the wave and settle back down to resume fishing like it was no big deal. I also took some still images. As I started to piece the video and pictures together into a video I wondered what would make a nice background song. I’ve always been a fan of Jimmy Buffett’s “Back to the Island” and that song came to mind.

I had such fun last weekend learning a song that I decided to take a few hours to learn “Back to the Island” and record it. Then I added it to the soundtrack. Jimmy’s job is surely safe from any competition from me, but I found the whole project to be so satisfying. I hope you enjoy the video imagery. Remember, that if you need to you can always mute the sound!

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Wonder is the word for today. The beauty of the colors of this sunrise created wonder. The fact that from one day to the next the hues of sunrise can very from this brilliant orange to a crisp blue is also wondrous. I hope today you will observe something that stirs wonder in spirit. #sonyalpha
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Last weekend our granddaughter came up to visit from Myrtle Beach. She has been here before, but this visit was her awakening to the wonders of the ocean. She kept running to the window to point at the beach and wanting us all to come look. After standing with her out on the cold deck, Grammy brought her in to get warm and she cried to go back to the beach. But she wasn't the only beach baby there that day. This immature (note the lack of white on his head) brown pelican flew in and landed on the beach. For a couple of hours he just stood there as tourists came by and took pictures. One guy came at him too fast and he reared up and cocked his wings in a fighting pose. He might be a baby, but a baby pelican is still a very big bird. That dude backed himself up! At the time of his own choosing, our pelican flew away. #SonyAlpha
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It was cold this morning. Not just cold by my standards. It was in the 30's (0 degrees C). But when I looked out the window and saw the sun on the water I was still dazzled (literally and figuratively) by how beautiful it was. There is no season in which I don't want to be here. "It's all good." Here is a picture of the winter's morning sun from just a couple weeks ago. #SonyAlpha
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