The Fair

23 02 2016

Back in November, I spent an afternoon/evening at the Jacksonville Fair. So much to see! Finally uploaded my photos…procrastinating as always.

This sleepy little guy, just hatched, was one of my favorites:

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He’s going to have a companion soon….

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I always go to the animal area first, because I love seeing the baby pigs! They’re so playful:

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Next we went to the Exhibition Hall, where they have…exhibits, obviously; a large plant sale (where I bought a cute kalamancha – no pictures yet); and this year, an interactive butterfly area.

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They asked for donations outside, which we were happy to contribute to. Then you go into this enclosed, netted area full of butterflies and plants. They invite you to take a sponge brush that’s been dipped in some kind of nectar or sugar water and “feed” the butterflies.

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First you hold the brush near a butterfly, seeing if it’s hungry. If so, it’ll wander onto the brush and you can carry it around for a bit – gently, of course.

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Very cute to see kids enjoying this! Next we went outside to catch a show from Robinson’s Racing Pigs (so cute!)

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Unfortunately, my view was of the back ends, but still cute. The best part was the swimming:

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Up they go…. they race across…and then: a shake to dry:

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They’re rewarded with crushed oreos. 🙂

When night fell, I got some shots of the rides:

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Definitely a good time!





Sunrise Over Jax Beach

17 02 2016

Crossing one off the bucket list, finally woke up on a weekend early enough to catch a sunrise over Jacksonville Beach. (By the way, even in FL, a beach in January is COLD!)

Upon arrival:

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It even looks cold in the picture! But just for comparison, below – pre and post sunrise shots of a beach cactus:

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Quite the difference! Anyway, we spent maybe 30 minutes on the beach in total, freezing the entire time. By the end of it, I could barely move my hands.

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Love the one above. The sea foam looks like some kind of floating ice.

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As the sun came up, I was impressed with this guy that managed to stand there in the water watching it. Caught him in the right of this picture:

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It’s up! And the birds are awake:

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What you don’t see here that I found interesting were the other people on the beach there for the same thing. Well, maybe not photographing it, but watching the sunrise all the same. Not a large number of people, but enough to notice, quietly, reverently observing. Beautiful event.





WIP – Novel Characters

5 02 2016

More playing with the tablet and experimenting/learning with lights…maybe it’s too blue for a flashlight, but I like it.  The other side of the image is orangey-red.

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