Morning…


 

Mid-morning at Anglin’s Pier, Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

 A new morning

Same but different

Always in motion

Never still

Ever changing

Yet

Continually the same.

Sea grass blowing in wind. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Boater managing thier way through energetic ocean. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

 

 

Strong willed…


Herring Gull at the shore’s edge hunting for breakfast. They are one of the larger gulls in the Ft. Lauderdale area. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

This Herring Gull was not intimidated by robust morning waves in his pursuit of ghost crabs.

Patience required as the tides act as obstacles when searching for food. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Patience required…


This Great Egret, aka American Egret, patiently and slowly moved in on something tasty. It was hard to believe that such a large white object could go unnoticed in the otherwise green swampy environment. It reminded me how relatively easy us humans have it as far as procuring our meals.

Stately Great Egret. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Great Egret observing its prey from a distance. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Slowly moving forward without moving. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Realizing the meal got away. Persistent patience required. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

 

Durable, beneficial, loveliness…


This delicate bloom can withstand the harsh shoreline environment including winds and waters. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

This delicate bloom can withstand the harsh shoreline environment including winds and waters. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Time on the beach, for me, includes checking out the plants on the inland edges. My newness to the area had me assuming that this thick, prolific mass was native to the area. Closer study has taught me this is not the case.

Natal Plum (Carissa macrocarpa) is the African relative of Florida’s native Coco Plum. Both species live on the sandy shores. Both have edible plum-like fruits. Natal Plums’s invasive character includes spine tipped leaves which are oft overlooked with focus going to their graceful year-long blooming white flowers and reddish fruit.

After flowering the Natal Plum fruits emerge here, still too unripe for eating. The “plum” is the only non-poisonous part of the Natal Plum. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Ready to eat Natal Plum. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Wandering attention…


Driftwood resting temporarily on the shore. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Sunrise is blocked by thick clouds while father and son share quality time. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

Rules can be broken. Artists, including photographers, know that light objects draw the most attention in a scene. Careful composition makes sure that subjects are either the lightest item in a scene or they are placed inside the lightest area to insure the viewer clearly knows who/what is most important. These two images break that rule; both images have the subject very dark with lighter areas away from the subject.

The effect of placing the subject outside the brightest area forces the viewer to look at the entire image. Eyes will wander through the image and finally rest on the dark subject. These both are complicated scenes, with multiple interest areas to be viewed and enjoyed. Despite these complicated scenes, the primary subject in each image is clearly evident.