Photos: 6.26.17

In the lanai, a rosemary plant happily shares pot space with a pathos. It recently bloomed. Such tiny, delicate little flowers!

I frequently stop by the nearby lake to see if I can spot the ‘gator currently hunting there. I’ve been told ducks have vanished at an alarming rate. When they’re gone, the ‘gator will no doubt move on.  Continue reading

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Photos: 6.23.17

I am unbelievably frustrated when it comes to shooting backyard birds from inside my house. The problem? The lanai is screened. Ever try to shoot through that stuff? You can almost do it if it’s that fine screening for windows, but the stuff on the lanai is heavy duty and thick.

If I drag a chair out to the big tree behind my place, the birds get shy and won’t come in to feed. I even bought some camo cloth to drape over me in an attempt to fake them out. Hasn’t worked so far.

I’m still working on a solution to this problem. In the meantime, I did attempt to shoot through heavy screen, and this is the best I came up with. You can vaguely see the screen markings on his head and wings. This is unacceptable, but I did like the bokeh effect. 🙂 For those of you unfamiliar with the term: In photography, bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light.” Imagine how good this pic would have been if I could have gotten past that damn screen!  Continue reading

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Short Story: Ten Years Later, Part 2

Read Part 1 first.

 

Ten Years Later
Part 2 of 2

Louis: Where are you tonight?

Me: Another hotel room. Germany this time. I can’t wait for this tour to be done.

Louis: You’ll come and see me after?

Me: Depends. At your country manor or the flat in town?

Louis: Anywhere, any time.

Warmth spread in my chest. I wanted him, like I’d always wanted him. Nothing had changed.

Me: I’ve rented a guesthouse at Musha Cay, Bahamas, for after the tour. The place David Copperfield owns?

Louis: What happened to Jamaica?

Me: Not this trip. I hesitated a moment, then texted, Join me? Continue reading

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Short Story: Ten Years Later, Part 1

This story will be posted in two parts because it’s longish for a blog. First part today, second part Monday, so you don’t have to wait long to finish it.

A friend was telling me about Harry Styles’s new album. He used to be in 1D (One Direction). He may still be, but he’s apparently taking a break to work on some of his own stuff. Anyway, I got to thinking about what it might be like for him and Louis ten years from now, and this story is the result.

You do not have to know anything about them, the band, or their relationship to read and enjoy this. All the info you need is in the story.

Author’s note: A big shoutout and my thanks to JC, who was extremely helpful with 1D tidbits I would never have known, and to Allison and Helena, for beta’ing this.

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Ten Years Later
Part 1 of 2

I stopped by the hotel bar for a drink, turned around, and there he was.

For a moment I couldn’t believe it, then my stomach plummeted like it did when I rode the roller coaster, making me feel that odd combination of sick and exhilarated.

He was talking to a woman, smiling and relaxed, and memories rushed through me. Even all these years later, I wasn’t ready for this. I ducked my head and slid away. Fuck the drink. I’d open one of the mini bottles in the room.

“Harry?”

I froze, pasted on a smile, and faced him. “Louis. Imagine running into you here.”

“Weird, eh?” His delight at seeing me seemed totally natural. “I’d heard you were doing a gig tomorrow night.”

I nodded, still wishing I was elsewhere. “On tour. Sometimes it seems endless.”

He nudged me. “You always loved being on stage.”

So had he, and he wasn’t any longer. He’d given up performing several years ago. Hell, he didn’t even sing anymore. Someone told me he’d bought a place in Doncaster, was writing songs, and raising kids. Continue reading

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Photos: 6.12.17

If you follow me on FB or my South Florida photo collection on G+, you’ve seen a couple of these already, but I’m posting them here because many of you only see my work on the blog. Besides, you wouldn’t mind seeing them again, right? 😉

Let’s start with the common moorhen, a bird I don’t think is common at all. They’re striking, in fact, with that red face shield and yellow on the beak. The bird looks particularly happy in this shot.  Continue reading

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