Hilton Head Island sunrise reflections

Wish I could always start my day like this.  You have to get up early, but it is worth it!

My favorite part of our stay at Hilton Head was when we would walk over to the beach and watch the sun rise.  At this particular time, the tide was out and the color of the sky and the clouds overhead were reflected in the water on the beach.  It’s almost like having two sunrises at the same time.

Hilton Head Island
Palmetto Dunes Beach Park

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
16mm @ f/16 – 1/3 sec – ISO 100

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Wishing I was back at the beach

This week has been a real challenge weather-wise.  It has been too cold and too dreary for me.  I know, there are other places that got snowed in and where it is really very cold but I was so ready for spring and summer weather that this is just not fair.

It’s only been a couple of weeks since we traveled down to St Augustine but I’m definitely wishing for this kind of morning over what I see out my window.  Gotta say, watching the sun rise over the waves at the beach would sure be nice right now!

St Augustine sunrise at the beach
Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
70mm @ f8 –  1/250 sec – ISO 400

I can always hope for a rainbow

As is true of most of the Eastern United States right now, the weather has turned cold and ugly.  I was really ready for warm weather and it was looking like we were headed that way and now this.  Oh well, maybe it’s like the weather we had on our trip to St Augustine.  Even on the days that looked bleakest, you could find good things like this rainbow.

I know the weather will turn back quickly and it won’t be too long before I’m complaining that it is too hot.  Hopefully, I will be able to get beyond the things that seem bad and will be able to find the bright spots wherever they may be.  So, even though it is still technically winter, I guess I need to just keep my sweaters ready to go and try not to freeze when I venture out this morning.

Hope your day is bright and sunny or at least that you can think sunny thoughts!

Rainbow at St Augustine Beach
Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
86mm @ f9 –  1/250 sec – ISO 400

Good Morning

Of the days we were in St Augustine, this was the one morning that was not rainy.  We were planning to sleep in but woke up early anyway and went out to walk the beach.  It was still a little misty on the horizon but the sunrise was really nice.  I got this shot of the sun rising through the pier with a nice reflection off the wet sand and that told me it would be a good morning.

Sunrise at St Augustine Beach pier
Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
24mm @ f29 –  1/125 sec – ISO 100

Meeting the Locals

Life is always more interesting when you get to talking to people.  We were walking along the beach in St Augustine, Florida when this guy appeared and started feeding the gulls.  I snapped a couple of shots with the birds flocking around him and thought, that’st-augustine-7586s interesting and then proceeded to look for other subjects.

The next thing I knew, here comes the same guy, walking right up to me and he strikes up a conversation.  Where are you from?  He says.  So, we told him and he proceeded to give us history lessons on St Augustine and nature lessons on the different types of gulls you see here and a short history of his life which turns out to be pretty interesting.

st-augustine-7581The really amazing thing about this is that my wife and I both saw this guy and were immediately reminded of our good friend, Jim Waters, who passed away just a couple of months ago.

He was just that great, quiet, free-spirit type of guy who would have been very much at home just wandering the beach and talking to people.

We sent a message to  Jim’s wife Jan and she said it’s just another instance of Jim walking back into lives of his friends.  I can’t agree more!

 

 

 

 

Florida Gulls on St Augustine Beach
Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
18mm @ f7.1 –  1/200 sec – ISO 400

What to do on a Rainy Day at the Beach

Well, I am back on my theme of making the best of unfriendly weather.  We arrived at St Augustine Beach ready for Florida beach weather and were greeted with gray skies and rain.  All the locals were happy because they have been in drought conditions but don’t they know we’re on vacation?

For some people, bad weather is good news as you see with the surfers out on this ugly day.  The waves were breaking all around which made for good surfing even if the rest of us were wishing for sunny skies.  Things have gotten more to our liking and we’ve been able to see lots of interesting stuff but on this day, I had to look hard for a good subject.

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
110mm @ f16 –  1/100 sec – ISO 400