Friday, January 05, 2007

Honeymoon Island

I’ve been going through images from previous Januarys lately, as evidenced by recent posts here. Well, the trend continues. In January 2004, I went to a conference in Tampa. I took my trusty Kodak LS-443 pocket camera, and found a couple moments during the week to escape and see some "natural" Florida. First was Weeden Island, then I found a few hours to discover Honeymoon Island, just NW of Tampa. Here’s some photos, most of which have never been published before now (wow!)

Out at the end of the island, I hit the jackpot, finding a hiking trail!! And the perfect length for a late afternoon excursion. IIRC, I only got a little lost… Aside: one of my favorite things about digital is that you can snap a quick shot of signs and such, to help keep track of where you are. This is particularly useful when reviewing those quick stops in a busy week, from 3 years ago!
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There were lots and lots of Osprey on Osprey Trail. But none got close enough to allow my poor point’n’shoot to capture well.
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The pelicans would cruise along the shore, not as distant as the osprey…. It still takes a pretty agressive digital zoom (or in my case crop) to get "close"
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Throughout the walk, I kept hearing rustling in the underbrush, as I was scaring off critters. Finally I saw one, it was an armadillo! I never knew they were in Florida! I saw lots of them on this hike. They weren’t very good at posing, though, this was the best photo, as most were rear views as they scurried away.
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I had high hopes for this when I shot it. Coming out of the "woods", where the trail turned to sand… over the dune to the water. But the harsh lighting is a killer....
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The moment was spoiled just a touch for me when I reached the beach, and could gaze across the water to the buildings of the Gulf Coast… But only a little. It was a really nice break from the grind, I’d recommend it to anybody who makes it through the Tampa St. Pete. area.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love those breaks in the work schedule. When we travel for work we always try to schedule a few extra days to see what there is to see and unwind before jumping back into the Real World.
Point and shoots can be frustrating to say the least but most of the time I'm satisfied with my results.