I Saw The Light

Like the Beatles said, “It’s been a long cold lonely winter”

Actually I haven’t been lonely at all, thanks to my wonder dog, and most loyal friend Uschi. She takes me on walks, and she gets full credit for this picture.
We went for a walk after one of the many, “Ice Episodes”. That’s what the news and weather people on television call them. I don’t remember which one. I’ll have to ask Uschi when I get done writing. She’s smarter than me, and her memory is better too.

I don’t want to hear any comments on that.

I do remember trying to capture a good shot of the ice on the twigs and branches. It’s the same picture nearly all of us who live north of Tampa, have been trying to get for months.

I wasn’t satisfied with any pictures that day, especially with the ice, and snow on everything, and the sun so bright and the sky so blue. One stood out.

Where did this light come from? Were Aliens taking off from deep inside the earth, like a discarded chapter from a Jules Verne novel? Is this something like Paul saw on the road to Damascus that brought on his conversion? In the summer we have firecrackers. Do we have snow crackers in the winter, that I don’t know about? Did someone long ago see this same light, and it became the inspiration for a Gospel song?

If no one comes up with an explanation, then I’m going to take credit for some never before discovered photographic light trick. This could revolutionize Photography.

O.K., I’m getting delusional. I’ll leave the technical lighting effects to you shutterbugs who know what you’re talking about.

One thing I can say though is,…..



Destin : Juxtaposed

Destin  : Juxtaposed

We are home now, and Destin, Florida is in our rear view mirror, along with about a thousand million, fourteen thousand and five hundred and seven Snowbirds like us. According to the Highway Patroll statistics only twelve of us could actually drive. From what I experienced they over estimated somewhat. The speed limit from Mobile to Birmingham was seventy miles per hour. We averaged 24.4 miles per hour. Those Interstates are a modern miracle aren’t they : and so GREEN!! Puke!!!
Sorry about that but we just survived a cloverleaf yield situation with a semi up our tail going sixty in a 35 mile per hour zone. It’s kind like a Pitbull on a Yorkie ; watch ya gonna do?
Thankfully there seemed to be no major injuries, only a bunch of jerks tailgaiting and running into backsides and losing track of the road. The result was one lane roads for tens of miles going slowly and often standing still.
We finally made it home safe and sound and had great weather for a couple days until the Great storm came. covering much of the country, thus the pic in the prior blog.
Now we have seven inches of snow not counting the drifts. It’s 27 degrees outside.
My wife checked her I phone and it’ 72 degrees in Destin right now. Flip those numbers. That’s juxtaposed. You can’t make this stuff up. I guess you can, but you don’t have to.
Take a peek at the fire too. It’s for real and was taken within sixty seconds of the outside pics.
Talk about juxtaposed!

Destin : I miss you

Destin  : I miss you

We got back from Destin, Florida last Sunday.
I thought I was just exhausted on the way down, since we left at eleven p.m. and drove all night By the time we arrived it was clear, illness was upon me. My wife had the bug the week before, but since I am Superman , there was no way it would affect me.
The first three days were spent trying to sleep to heal for three hours at a time, and then stumble around like some one just released from a prison camp, trying to have vacation fun. After that it was back to bed for three hours or so and then stumble around for a couple hours or so pretending to enjoy myself.
My wife was of course completely fooled. That’s a total fabrication, since we have been together since before Dinosaurs roamed the Earth. She was as patient as she could be, with a man like me who cannot suffer alone, but finds it necessary to make sure everyone with nearby zip codes knows how I suffer.
The day before our return my come back began just as my wife had predicted. Nurse Good Body doesn’t know me much better than I know my self.
Oh : did I mention it was thirty six degrees when we arrived. Are you serious right now. I’m sick and shivering and it’s bordering on freezing. Wow : this is great fun!
The day before our return life began to flow through me again, with energy and enthusiasm, and a wonderful vacation it was after all. The temps were in the sixties and the fantasy vacation became a reality.
The picture you see was taken today. That’s not white sand, it’s snow.
Destin I miss you!