I recently created this dreamscape from Redington Shores. The last shot I posted was facing north, however this faces in the direction of my home which is about twenty miles south as the gull flies. Not that gulls fly straight, but I digress.
Right now the weather is perfect, not too hot or too cold. But in winter the waters of the gulf have cooled. It's a good thing because warm water in the gulf creates severe storms. Seven months of that in summer is enough. Winter is a break from all the thunder and lightning.
You can always tell the visitors, they're the ones in the water. I prefer the water in summer when its warm like a bath. But then we always have to be on the lookout for the rapid formation of thunderstorms. I've grown soft living here. When I used to live up north I'd consider the cooler water in winter perfectly fine.
There is always something to see when walking along the beach. One thing I do a lot of is take pictures of piers. There is something about a leading line ending in the sea. Another metaphor perhaps, one that I find intriguing. This is a different perspective. The pier provides a sense of distance and perspective.
This image is a common theme I repeat from time to time. It's about solitude in an idyllic setting, something just beyond this world. Of course it can mean anything you like it to be. But for me it's about something just out of reach. This is what I call a dreamscape.
I don't know what I was thinking when I showed up early one morning at Lido Key. By Florida standards it was freezing with a cold wind. I almost turned around to leave but forced myself out of the car to get a few images. I ended up liking this image enough to save it from the dust bin.
Normally this is a beautiful beach, a secret hideaway. Its close to an inter-coastal inlet and has trails and mangroves to explore either on foot or kayak. And being at the end of the key it's less crowded. All that aside there was not a single soul in sight on this morning.
I took this early in December, ever since then we've had warm weather, so I just picked a bad day. I'll come back and look again for a nice sunrise shot from here. Persistence is my co-conspirator.
Even though this somewhat remote, its just a few blocks away is the Ritz Carlton and St Armonds Circle. That's the nice thing about Sarasota, it has a mix of low key and upscale. You can pick and choose what you want.
In any case, I'm posting this image to remind myself to come back on a warmer morning and try again for that perfect sunrise shot.
I took this on a train to Anchorage Alaska as I stood on the platform of a rail car just behind the engine. It is fair to say I got a good dose of diesel fumes that day, especially in the tunnels. But I wouldn't have traded it for anything, it was an awesome experience.
The more I ride trains the more pictures I have of coming through tunnels. It invariable evokes the metaphors of pulling through and the light at the end. These are things we all experience and it's natural to find corollaries in the world to represent our inner thoughts.
As such I wax philosophical about images because sometimes I find it more interesting that what my camera settings were or what I was doing at the time. I'm interesting in interpretation and how we relate to images.
I prefer to find a hopeful meaning in an image. For me it's important to be open to the possibility of good things. I think good things are not by chance, rather a state of mind; that's what optimism is.
I am fortunate to have traveled the rails on a high mountain pass and experience re-emerging into the light from a tunnel. It is at once visceral and metaphorical. What more could I want?