Front Line

Melbourne Beach, Florida

I’m still looking through old images of previous trips to the Florida coast. I went crazy Saturday and switched my wait list request from Disney in Orlando to Vero Beach. I would rather go exploring the space coast to the gold coast. I found this approaching storm coming toward Melbourne. This is looking out over the Indian River at sunset back in September 2016.

Front Line
Olympus E-M1 MK I, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 5s, 15mm, f/16, ISO 400

Melbourne Beach Revisit

Melbourne Beach, Florida

On my second trip to the Florida coast in March of 2016 I stayed with my mother-in-law and used her place as a base for my early morning/late evening excursions. I found the pier in Melbourne Beach and wanted to see if I could use it for a sunset image. My original post about this adventure is here. Although I love the image I have always thought it was a little flat and unsaturated as well as slightly out of focus. The big draw for me are the colors.

Staying with the “wanting warm images” theme while I sit up here in cold Central NY I decided to rework this image a little. Nothing drastic! A little more contrast, a little improvement on the focus and a slight color boost. I’m feeling a little warmer already…

Melbourne Beach Pier Sunset – Redo
Olympus E-M1 MK I, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1.3s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200

Wake-up Call

Juno Beach Pier, Florida

It is -10 F this morning with a wind chill making it feel like -20 F. Why am I still here?

Now would be the perfect time for a trip to a warmer setting. Actually, I originally planned on being in Disney next week for the Festival of the Arts, but due to starting a new job I cancelled that trip. I moved that trip to June (well, planning any way) but now I think I know what I need. It isn’t Disney, which I’m still having an internal conflict over, it is the ocean. Sunrises on the beach! Waves crashing against the sand!

I was looking through my Lightroom catalog again this morning, searching out places to visit along the Florida coast. It has been three years since my last trip to the ocean. I wish I could have another year like 2016 when I made four trips to the Sunshine state and the ocean. In November of that year I visited Juno Beach for the first time. The weather didn’t always cooperate but I did have one good morning at the pier.

Wake-up Call
Olympus E-M1 MK I, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/13s, 23mm, f/16, ISO 100

Insect Wood Henge

Griffiss International Sculpture Garden

When I first started going to the sculpture garden a few years ago, this sculpture was more accessible. The idea was to create a place for the insects and allow people to commune with nature. You could walk into the center of the sculpture and sit on a stump in the middle. I loved the wild flowers growing all around the sculpture. In recent years it appears nature has taken over with thistles over growing the wildflowers. You no longer can walk through the garden into the sculpture. I miss the way it was.

Insect Wood Henge
Artist: JK “Koos” Buist
Olympus Pen-F, M. Zuiko 17mm f/1.8, 1/40s, f/11, ISO 200

Unfreezing

Wordless Wednesday
Delta Lake State Park

Unfreezing
Olympus E-M1 MK III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/125s, 14mm, f/11, ISO 400

Pick a Side

Delta Lake State Park

OK, I have had a few days of wishing for the sun and reliving a few trips to Florida. Yesterday the temperatures reached a balmy 19 F so I thought it would be a good idea to visit Delta Lake. There were clouds from the coming winter storm approaching but I like a little drama in the sky. My first stop was at the entrance to get the view across the frozen pond. I decided to go hand-held as I didn’t feel like holding on to the cold tripod. There was plenty of light so I knew it wouldn’t be an issue.

The park added benches around this pond at the end of the season last year. I can’t resist using a bench as some foreground interest. Which bench would you sit in? The one on the side of the clear sky or the one with the orange dramatic clouds?

Pick a Side
Olympus E-M1 MK III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/320s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 400

Sounds of Silence

Silent Sunday
Melbourne Beach, FL

Sounds of Silence
Olympus E-M1 MK I, M. zuiko 40-150mm f/4.5-5.6 R, 1/15s, 100mm, f/16, ISO 200

Bring on the Sun

Cocoa Beach Pier, Florida

I’m sitting at my desk this morning wondering if I’ll even venture out today. It is currently -7 F with a wind chill down to -25 F. The high today will be a whopping 7 F. Tomorrow is expected to be warmer, but then late in the day a winter storm will cruise through. Depending on who you want to believe and exactly where you live, we could see anywhere from 7 – 18″ of snow by late Monday. I need some warmth!

My thoughts turned to the Florida coast. I haven’t visited the east coast of Florida (around the Melbourne area) since late in 2018. I’m not even thinking about Disney, I want the beaches, the piers and the ocean crashing against the sand. I could spend days, heck probably weeks working my way down the coast exploring and photographing everything. I’m hoping I remember I misplaced a large pile of money somewhere so I can jump in an RV and live the life of a photography nomad…

Here is a morning view of Cocoa Beach Pier. I love when I can get the reflection in the wet sand.

Bring on the Sun
Olympus E-M1 MK II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/13s, 19mm, f/16, ISO 200