Stay safe everyone in Irma’s path. Midwesterners are credited with strong health and stamina because they deal with multiple seasons and weather events. But those that live on a sea coast are the most determined to be resilient against nature’s energetic presence. Prayers for wisdom and calm as you deal with Irma’s invasion.
These images share the subtle beauty along Florida’s seashore.
Hunker down in a secure location fellow Floridians. God be with you. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg
The beauty of the coast shall return. Nature is healing as well. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg
Power and brilliance. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg
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
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.
Ibis resting on a one leg. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg
Imagine my excitement to see this Ibis resting on a chain-link fence at the edge of a Best Buy (electronic store) parking lot. My Midwestern self considers such birds as exotic tropical specimens represented in zoos. It is a foreign idea to consider them common wild birds of the neighborhood. Ft. Lauderdale has been called the Venice of the U.S.; though respectfully I doubt that Venice calls itself the Ft. Lauderdale of Italy. What I’m meaning to say is that waterways are prevalent in Ft. Lauderdale.
I “assume” that it is resting between fishing activities in contrast to Chicago parking lot fowls. Chicago parking lots are inhabited by pigeons and much to the surprise of coastal residents, seagulls. Some explain the seagull’s presence with our large water body, Lake Michigan. But many of the seagulls in Chicago prefer the food left in grocery and mall parking lots. No fishy diet for them.
‘Tis a joy to capture the wonders of the continual harmony between the earth, sky and water.
Day of many white caps and rip tides. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg
The science teacher in me is taken by these images all taken on the same morning a few weeks ago. They unintendedly show motion in three forms of matter: solid, liquid and gas. The “liquid” image stops the dramatic motion of an energetic Atlantic Ocean. The “solid” image is evidence of past motion of the sand. And the “gas” image shows seagulls and clouds aided by the winds above the Atlantic Ocean near the shoreline.
Too practical and sterile for the appreciation of God’s wonders for you? Me too. So I wish you a wonder-filled day as you enjoy the images for their grace and beauty.
The eternal winds move both clouds and gulls. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg
Waves of sand, courtesy of the winds and ocean waves. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg