This is a typical scene from the South Jetty in Venice Florida. People showing up to watch the sun go down is a Florida pastime. It's a natural thing to do especially if you come visit from somewhere else. Most people in Florida are from somewhere else, even if they live here. Florida is one of those places where people are migrating to.
As for myself, I was born and raised in California. It used to be that everyone relocated to California from somewhere else. I was born there and relocated in the other direction. But California is a beautiful state to visit, I love going back and as a photographer I see so much more than I did growing up.
Other than the sound of the waves and the sunsets there is not much resemblance between California and Florida, they both have their own unique beauty. But waves and sunsets are a good thing to have in common.
I did a short hike through the Tongass National Park in Ketchikan Alaska. Despite the northern latitude this is a rain forest and Ketchikan receives the second highest amount of rainfall in the world, second only to the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. It goes without saying that the predominant color was green in all directions.
In fact it was raining during the hike, a light pleasant rain, however it was warm at the same time so a light poncho was all I needed.
Tongass is the largest national forest in the US and I visited only a sliver of it. There predominantly Cedars that are used for a lot of different things including making of musical instruments. The cedar from here is also used in the brewing of Cedar Top beer up in Skagway. Don't bother looking it up (I just tried), it's a local brew only. I know because I tried it at a bar in Skagway. It took a pint to get used to the flavor and after that it was smooth sailing on pint two.
Beer aside, I stopped on the trail when I came to a clearing and took this image. It just seemed kind of mystical with the low clouds over the mountainous terrain. And of course I was wondering how they got those cedar tops into the beer.
From a photographic sense I love the summers here in Florida because we get storms during the day. That means in the evening the clouds break and we have sunsets with a lot of colors in the sky. For this shot I grabbed my camera and headed over to a nearby rest stop along the highway. I've taken many pictures from here but each one is different in some way. I love gradients in the sky like this. I guess you could say this is a remake of a previous photo, it's new perspective on a familiar scene.
The other day I wrote something to the effect that photographs are not so much from a place as a state of mind. Each time I go to the same place to take a photo I see and experience it differently. Even if some of the same objects are in the frame, the image reflects a completely different experience. And of course, the time of day, weather and lighting all contribute to that. But the main thing is that if I'm aware of these things, each time they will combine in a different way.
When I'm aware of what's around me then each moment is different and so this is not so much a picture of the bridge but a snapshot of a moment when I experienced this scene. That's why photography for me is a state of mind. It's not so much the location but the things I notice and see when I'm present in the moment. Whether it's something truly new, or something I just noticed for the first time, each time is a new experience and a new image, even if it has some of the same old things.