Full of Hot Air

Pat and I were at the launch site a little before 6:30 AM (yes AM!), but the balloons weren’t ready to launch. The pilots were looking at maps to try to figure out what to do. The usual launch site was at the west end of an open area, but today the winds were blowing east to west; contrary to the usual prevailing winds….

Beach, Bar, & Surf

Before returning to the dock, our bus took us to the the northeast corner of the island of Cozumel. There was a pull off from the road to a small scenic overlook. Here some entrepreneurs from the area had set up some crude kiosks and a very tiny bar hunt. The structures were made from driftwood, wood from pallets, and plywood. Along with the…

Cozumel

Like most cruise ship ports of call, Cozumel welcomes visitors with stores, kiosks, and music; all seeking your money. Once we found our guide and bus (air conditioned!), we went to visit a Mayan historical site. The roots of Mayan culture are found in Guatemala from early in the second millennium BC. The culture spread northward as far as southern Mexico. The peak of…

Lines, Angles, and Curves

A good photographer will pay attention to the lines, angles, and curves in their image captures. These seven photos use lines in various ways (not always for the best). Look at the images and concentrate on where your eye is pulled. Is that where the eyes are intended to go? Which lines (straight or curved) are used well? Which could be better? Your thoughts…

“It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature”

In our meanderings through counties near us, Pat and I are both drawn to the beauty of old barns, houses, and sheds. There is an inherent beauty in weathered wood and the worn wrinkles of age. We are reminded that the forces of time and mother nature are strong enough to being down once proud structures. And even crafted metals fall prey to the…

Morning Outing

I was able to step out into a mild and sunny day yesterday morning. I went to one of my favorite locations to focus on some morning reflections. Swain Lake is the start of the Falling Waters Trail that runs some ten miles from Concord into Jackson, Michigan where it connects with a three plus miles city trail. Walkers and bicyclists use the trail…

Garden Flowers

The Naples Botanical Gardens is a wonderful treasureland for photographs; beautiful flowers in accessible settings. Here are some of the images I liked. My next post will feature a lubber and some other visitors to the Gardens. And an image of me before my morning coffee.

Water Flowers

The Naples Botanical Gardens (naplesgarden.org) occupies over 170 acres (including parking and a 90-acre natural preserve). The 2.5 mile walking trail leads the visitor through seven different settings for flowers and trees. Today’s images from the gardens focus on water flowers; both lilies and shoreline flowers. The last three photos remind us that flowers – while beautiful – are also food for many animals….

Naples, Florida

Naples, Florida is one of the wealthy cities in the U.S. with a per capita income in excess of $60,000 and the percentage below the poverty line at about 3%. I saw Maseratis, Jaguars, and Rolls Royces as well as many BMWs. It is also populated with both modern and classic convertibles. Houses along the coast sell for more than $40 million. We saw…

Everglades’ Alligators

There are both alligators (more rounded nose) and crocodiles (more pointed nose) in Southern Florida, but the most common are alligators. The pictures below are of some of the alligators (and maybe one crocodile) I saw in my trip through 25 miles of the Everglades. Alligators usually try to blend in with their surrounds (like posing as floating logs for example), but they also…