Saturday, May 24, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Mother's Day Beach People Mystery

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Mother's Day Beach People 8 Mystery
A mystery indeed... at least for a nosy and inquisitive mind. It's Mother's Day. It's almost ten o'clock in the morning, which means it is getting hot. Then I spot this young lady walking down the beach dressed in black. Not just a black bathing suit, or black shorts and t-shirt, but in long black pants and a black top... and carrying what appears to be an overnight bag.

I must live a terribly sheltered life, or read too many Sherlock Holmes mysteries, that I find this so intriguing. Was she visiting someone down the beach overnight? Was she arriving to enjoy the beach after being out all night? Was she simply enjoying the beach dressed the way she likes to dress for the beach? Needless to say, I have no idea. What's more, it really is NONE of my business. But wouldn't it make YOU wonder?
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Friday, May 23, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Beach People 7

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Beach People 7
A little glimpse of Mother's Day on Clearwater Beach. Not the year's best day for enjoying the beach, but a very nice day just the same.

I couldn't help but wonder if it was just coincidence that I saw few unaccompanied 'mother types' on the beach that day. Just about every woman of childbearing years seemed to have either a husband-looking person with her, or adoring children, or even a whole family. That's just the way it should be.

Well... except the cell phone glued to the man's ear. But then, perhaps he was calling HIS mother!
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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Man Overboard: Hiding In The Flotsam

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Man Overboard: Hiding In The Flotsam
It's the beach, and DW and I love shells, so of course there is lots of looking down. Well, down is where you find the flotsam that has been left behind by the last high tide.

You never know just what might be hiding among the seagull feathers and seaweed. DW spotted the retired soldier man laying here amongst the flotsam. Eagle eyes.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Shorebirds On The Sand 2

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Shorebirds On The Sand  2
Did I mention that I really, really like birds? Yup, I really like birds. I like to see 'em, and watch 'em, and snap 'em, and list 'em, and all that. So you can imagine how much I was enjoying getting a chance to photograph these beauties among the sand and waves of Clearwater Beach!

I only just barely managed to get this one as he started to run away. He appears to be a youngster, and I think the camera lens probably spooked him a bit. Or maybe it was me? :) I'm still not sure what kind of bird it is, there are lots of possibilities: Dowitcher, Willet, Sandpiper, Dunlin, Curlew, Red Knot, Godwit, and Yellowlegs. I will have make more observations, and see if I can figure it out.
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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Shorebirds On The Sand 1

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Shorebirds On The Sand  1
This quiet little bird was going about his business on Clearwater Beach one day, when I stopped him with a snap of my shutter. I love when I have the time and presence of mind to slow down and see more of the world around me. These little shore birds are almost invisible otherwise.

Have you noticed the other worlds swirling about you? Are you able to slow the manic pace of life once in a while and experience the REST of the life around us? I hope so.

Happy Tuesday.
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Monday, May 19, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Abandoned Drift-Flower?

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Abandoned Drift-Flower?
It was a beautiful flower at one time. Even now, as it fades back into the sand where it lay on the beach, it has great beauty.

I know nothing about the recent history of this flower. I don't know if it was thown away by someone on the beach, or if it was cast adrift on the waves. I do know that we have sea funerals here from time to time. Perhaps it was involved in a final goodbye at sea?

No, I don't seem to know much at all, do I? But that's okay. I have lots and lots of questions. Was the flower discarded in haste or bitterness or anger or love or what? Was it an accident? Did some poor woman slip and drop her bouquet over the rail? It goes on and on... until I find something shiny to distract myself from the questions. :D
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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Sun, Sand, Waves And Seashells!

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Sun, Sand, Waves And Seashells!
You may have noticed that some of the people in yesterday's post were looking down. This is why. Seashells. Many, many people are smitten with the shelling bug. The intensity of this condition can vary wildly. Some people cannot get back to their cars without three pounds of seashells in their pockets. Others are happy to pick up one or two interesting shells and be done with it. It's fun, and I have the bug myself.

Which brings me to another point I feel the need to mention. The beach is a place that many different people enjoy, for many different reasons, in many different ways. In particular, I see lots of people who strap on their running or walking shoes and travel smartly down the beach in pursuit of fitness. I applaud them. BUT... if you are one of them... PLEASE LOOK DOWN! There are distinct areas of the beach where the shells lie... WALK OR RUN OUTSIDE THESE AREAS!

I find few things as distressing as the sight and sound of some fitness buffs running or walking down the beach CRUNCHING THE CRAP OUT OF ALL THE FREAKING SHELLS!

Thank you.
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