This is a shot of palm trunks on Egmont Key. At the far end of this deserted island is a forest of dead leafless Palm trunks on the beach. It's an unusual sight, I'm not sure what happened, but there they are, poking out of the sand, remnants of a past event.
Perhaps it was a hurricane, about ten years ago we had several. I know of another place along a different beach with a bunch of dead tree trunks from past hurricanes, it's a little erie and beautiful at the same time.
As I write this the there are massive forest fires in Canada and I was thinking how they are similar to hurricanes. Hurricanes destroy almost everything in their paths and the scars on the land and communities remain years later. The force of wind from a hurricane defoliates everything in its path leaving the land bare and exposed. Eventually new growth takes hold and the cycle begins again. While it's little consolation to anyone in the path of forest fires, eventually the land will regenerate in a similar manner.
Anyway, I think the trunks, while a reminder of a past event, have a beauty all their own.
This is another long exposure of the public pier at Anna Maria Island in Florida. It was just before dawn and as usual there were already a few people milling about, mostly fishermen or those who came only to watch the sunrise; another typical morning at AMI.
Probably because of where I live I'm fascinated by bridges and piers, we seem to have a lot of both. How they make these piers, one piling at a time is amazing. To me its counter intuitive to think that you can build a solid structure into the floor of the sea. Even though it's only a few meters deep it's submerged. How they drill and then make sure the piling is stable is something I'd like to understand.
Pilings are big business here on the gulf coast because there are a lot of companies that specialize in it. It seems there's always construction in the water and most of it is concerned with pilings. On the other side of AMI, facing the gulf, they are building a pier. It seems to me that the work is super slow, they've been at it for almost a year, but I suppose that's the nature of the job. You don't want to leave it to just any Tom, Dick or Harry.
Anyway, thanks to the folks that make these pilings we can sit on a pier and wait for dawn as though we hadn't a care in the world.
I took this last January and as usual it was raining in Vancouver. Even so I spent most of the day outdoors taking pictures. The scenes, energy and images are so different from my home in Florida, I easily get carried away and forget the time. When I finally got back to the hotel both me and my camera were soaked. When I tried to dry it off it didn't want to work. I should have known better. I laid it on the desk, changed into some dry clothes and went for dinner. By the time I got back the camera was fine. But I made a mental note that if I ever see a nice camera rain cover I should pick it up. I just did from Peak Designs so here's the link in case your interested: https://goo.gl/rkJXeH
We get rain here in Florida also, but it's not the same by any stretch. In the summer we get crazy tropical thunderstorms and the lightening gets a little scary. Basically you don't want to be outside when lighting is in the air, yet it creates all kinds of other artistic opportunities.
Rain is good for photography, if you take the time to look you'll see all kinds of unique compositions. For street photography the rain puts everyone a little off center and so they are carrying umbrellas or running for cover. If you're doing landscape photography then it means the clouds will be full of drama. Either way rain is good for photography yet maybe not so much for cameras. My advice is to get a shell to save your camera so you can worry less about the equipment and concentrate more on the scenes in front of you.