Lighthouse on Anastasia Island- St. Augustine, FL

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The Lighthouse Keepers House

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“At the top, the original, first order Fresnel lens still serves the beacon, but today is lit by a 1000 watt bulb, and maintained by the museum and volunteers. The St. Augustine lens consists of 370 hand-cut glass prisms arranged in a beehive shape towering twelve feet tall and six feet in diameter.”

from the Lighthouse Story

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Our selfie in the mirror with the lighthouse.

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219 stairs to the top on your own power.  We walked up one flight and went back down.

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We could barely lift up this oil bucket and it was empty.  I can’t imagine carrying it filled up all 219 stairs every night.IMG_0679.JPG

Sea Glass -Guest Blog

Remember Joanne sent the beach glass yarn the other day? She contributed the Nova Scotia posts this past week, the Loonies and Toonies Store in Lunenburg.

She wrote and mailed some photos below after I asked her about the glass she finds on the beach in Florida.

Joanne says 

1. I walk the beach almost every day, and I’m always on the lookout for sea glass – this was a lucky day because often there is none to be found. Most common   colors are clear, green, and brown. Least common colors are cobalt blue, red and purple.

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2. Here’s my collection of shells and sea glass. The tiny colorful glass in the lower right hand shell on the table comes from a beach in Spain (collected by my sister). And the tiny glass in the upper right hand shell on the table comes from a beach in Nova Scotia. All the rest from the beach here on the Atlantic Ocean side of Florida. 

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3. My friend Celia separates her sea glass treasures by color and displays them on her kitchen counter.

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4. Since Hurricane Matthew, Celia and I find lots of large shards of glass, bottles, and lightbulbs among the debris on the beach. Celia collects this for a future art project she calls “Hurricane Glass”.  img_0842

 Link below to Jessica Blaney’s ETSY Shop below if you need handcrafted sea glass jewelry

Sea Glass Jewelry Created ByBlaney in Cornwall UK  

A Schoolhouse in Scottsbluff Nebraska 

Thanks for the beautiful photo, Shuey. (The guest blogger today). 

Shuey is headed to Prudhoe Bay Alaska.  

On his motorcycle.

 Did I mention he started out in Nicevlle Florida? 

That’s 4,862.7 miles, I just looked it up. 


A schoolhouse near Scottsbluff, NE

Inadequate to Capture the Full Beauty and Drama of Nature  

iPhone panoramas.  

Trying to capture the moving clouds, the changing water and rich colors.  St. George Island,  Florida. 

When you stand alone on the beach, look out to the horizon and listen to the rhythmic waves lap and splash, lap and splash you are filled with awe snd reflection. 

The iphone camera (or any camera for that matter) cannot truly capture what you see, hear and feel. 

Pick a Photo Pair

Guest blog by Shuey from Niceville, Florida. You may remember his popular guest post of the handsome Barred Owl.

I like both pairs of photographs. Majestic birds.  Thanks,  Shuey.

Snowy Egret or Blue Heron?  

   
 I wanted to share with all of you. 

Shuey wrote Saw the Snowy Egret standing tall out on the lake by our house as I drove home, so . . . grabbed my camera and went back. Still there.

While shooting the Great Egret, the Blue Heron splashed down right in front of me. Beautiful. Just had to share them with someone.

Best wishes for the new year,

Shuey

PS: Of each pair of photos, which do you like best. I would appreciate your opinion.

   
 
Fellow blogger Sylvia https://anotherday2paradise.wordpress.com/2016/01/02/wpc-circle-circles-from-around-the-world/posts gorgeous Bird photos of Egrets and Shuey’s reminded me of her bird photography.