Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light!

Let there be light! Many of you already know that the photo in photography means light. More often than not, though, we shy away from actually showing its source in our photos.

“The gospel of Jesus Christ is the brightest light and the only hope for this darkened world.”

– Dallin H. Oaks

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Light

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Direction (Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote)

“Life doesn’t always go according to plan.  Sometimes heading in a new direction can be scary until you realize you’re headed toward a new and exciting destination.”

–Susan Gale

iPhone 5; Camera 360 App

iPhone 5; Camera 360 App

Train Tracks

Original; iPhone 5

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Unexpected

The Daily Post photo challenge this week is to capture something unexpected. You can also interpret the theme in other ways: a street scene or landscape that just doesn’t look quite right, an impromptu portrait of a loved one, or any other image that reveals a sense of surprise.

We were walking along the West Orange Trail in Winter Garden one morning and happened upon the scene in the picture below.  Here in Florida, the Florida State Seminoles and the University of Florida Gators are heavy-duty football rivals.  I have no idea how long this has been here.  I’m not much into sports but I definitely agree with the message on the sign:

Tough Times Don’t Last

That’s something we should all remember as we go about our daily lives.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

Layers. Layers can reveal, conceal, and make something more complex. They can vary in size, texture, color, or functionality. Each layer can have its own story, meaning, or purpose. They can overlap, blend, or be distinctly separate. A layer doesn’t have to be a part of a single object but can even be a slice of a multifaceted image or scene.

Dallas 1983

Dallas 1983

Mushrooms

Mushrooms

September 2013

September 2013

Layers: A person or thing that lays -- and my cats are definitely layers! Moxie & Charlie 2010

Layers: A person or thing that lays — and my cats are definitely layers!
Moxie & Charlie 2010

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Silver Springs State Park, Florida

Entrance

It had been probably been about 35 years or so since I had visited Silver Springs. I had some really pleasant memories about the place. The scenery, the animals, the glass bottom boats and everything that went with it. So, when we decided to go there a couple of weekends ago, I was really excited and looking forward to it. You know that old adage about how you can never go home again (because things always change and it’s never the way you remember)?  Well, it’s true. I’m afraid I was really disappointed. Don’t get me wrong. The scenery is still pretty. But the animals are gone. Apparently, the company that used to operate the park, sold it to the State of Florida. Unbeknownst to us, the State took over the operation of the park on October 1, 2013. Based on our visit, it’s my guess that the park must have gotten really run down and the State hasn’t had an opportunity to renew it. But I did take lots of photos and decided to share. I’m not trying to discourage anyone from going. I probably would have liked it more if I didn’t have my memory reference from years ago.

We went on a Thursday to avoid the crowds. Well, it certainly worked. The place was practically deserted. I think I saw more park employees than I did attendees. We got there right around lunch time and decided to go ahead and eat in the park. The only shop that was open was one restaurant so we opted for that. We went and bought our tickets for the boat ride. I asked them if they had any brochures and was told they were in the process of being printed. So I asked him if they had any old leftovers and he said they did not keep them. Bummer. So, after buying our tickets we then went back to the restaurant and had lunch. The food was good. And there certainly wasn’t a wait. We were the only four people in the place. I didn’t have to worry about angling my camera around to avoid people because there weren’t any! After lunch, we took a short stroll along one of the paths.

Shops

Paths Paths2 Paths3

We then took a ride on one of the glass bottom boats. They were so old and the glass and acrylic was scratched and made it difficult for photos.  Below are some of the pictures I took of critters along the shoreline as the boat passed. There were a few birds, a gator and lots of turtles.

Loading Dock Glass Bottom Boat Birds Birds2 Birds3 Gator Turtles Turtles3 Glass Bottom Boat2

The boat ride was a lot shorter than I remembered. My sister-in-law remembered seeing monkeys in the trees and our guide said they used to also have what they called a jungle cruise. I didn’t remember that but I did remember the animals they no longer had. Our boat was piloted by Captain Roosevelt. Turns out he had been working at Silver Springs for 57 years! Can you imagine that?Capt. Roosevelt

I took a few photos through the glass bottom. One of the things I was looking for was where they had the statues and stuff that was used in the filming of some episodes of Sea Hunt and I Spy. A lot of you probably wouldn’t even remember those old TV shows from the 60’s. When I saw the statues in the 70’s, I’m sure I remembered seeing more of them and you could actually tell what they were and they still had color on them. Oh, well. I’ll let you see if you can pick out the picture with the statues. The picture with the log is cypress. I learned that as long as that cypress log was underwater it would never rot. Wonder if I’ll ever be able to use that knowledge for anything!

Underwater Underwater2 Underwater3 Underwater4 Underwater5 Underwater6

I took a few more pictures of various things in the park. A cabbage palm, a bronze statue of Chief Osceola, and some signs for your reading pleasure!

Cabbage Palm Chief Osceola Steamboats First People Florida's Springs

In spite of my personal disappointment with the park, all in all it was a good day with family. And that’s really all that matters!

A Word a Week Challenge: Two

Pooki & Punkin 1985

Pooki & Punkin 1985

I ran across this old photo showing my little party poodle, Pooki, and my Yorki-Poo, Punkin, from the mid-80s.  They were only six months apart but you can tell from the picture that Punkin was probably only around three months old at the time I caught them in the open fridge!  Don’t worry, that’s not the food I feed my animals today!

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