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“Game On” (Hopscotch Court, Kimball-Haskell Park) Playground Series (#9), Nikon D300, 95mm, F/5.6, 1/1250s, ISO 200, ‘Old West’ Toning Action

Continuing on with the Playground Series, we come to image #9. 

When I was a kid, I loved playing hopscotch with my sister Lynn and our friend, Charlene, who lived a few houses down. We’d draw the court out onto the driveway with chalk and hunt around for stones to use as markers. It was the perfect game to play when mom sent us outside in that hour before dinner. 

Children visiting this playground are lucky enough to have a permanent court! Now granted, they might have to negotiate for court time when the bigger kids want to shoot hoops (all in the same area), but isn’t that simply part of the ‘learning to get along’ process? 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!🙂

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We may have started out with snow this morning, but boy-oh-boy when the clouds lifted, what a day! 🙂  

"Crash Point" (Waves Crashing Against Rocks with Hospital Point Lighthouse) Nikon D300, 32mm, F/16, 1/400s, ISO 400

The Nor’easter may be gone, but we are still feeling the effects! Our churned up seas continue to pound the rocky shoreline of Beverly Harbor, with Hospital Point Lighthouse standing proudly by, as it has since 1872.   

I could have watched this all day long…

Last night’s storm was fierce! The winds were pretty scary at times (gusting up to 67 mph!) and driving around today, I saw considerable damage to property, power lines, trees, fences and signs. Tree crews are working all over the city to clean up the damage. It’s a mess out there! 

In addition to wind damage, there is flooding everywhere. (Sump pumps are working overtime, for sure). At one house, their front lawn looked like a pond! And, yes, if ducks had been swimming in it, I wouldhave taken a photo. 🙂 

“Drain-O” (Water Drain in Stone Wall, Lynch Park) Nikon D300, 70mm, F/10, 1/60s, ISO 250

Not wanting to deal with all the mayhem, I headed over to Lynch Park to watch the waves. And watch was pretty much all I could do as the rough surf and wind made it too treacherous for me to attempt any real photography. Shame, the waves were incredible. 

So, I continued to walk around the park and came upon a drain in a stone wall that usually puts out little more than a trickle. 

Not today… 🙂

Not five minutes from our hotel, on a back walkway leading to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we came upon the most striking water bird we’d ever seen!

“Bask” (Anhinga, Female, Sunning Wings) Nikon D300, 70mm, F/10, 1/50s, -0.3EV, ISO 400, Built-in iTTL Flash, +1.0EV

“In Repose” (Anhinga, Female) Nikon D700, 95mm, F/6.3, 1/160s, -1.0EV, ISO 250, Built-in iTTL Fill-Flash, -1.0EV

A female Anhinga was drying her plumage and warming her body on the rocks in the late afternoon sun and didn’t seem to mind us one bit when we stopped to gawk and, of course, take lots of pictures. 

Native to Florida, the Anhinga’s body is mostly glossy black-green, with the wings, base of wings and tail being a glossy black-blue streaked with white. Factor in a vibrant yellow beak and ‘Tiffany’ blue eyes and you’ve got one gorgeous bird! Quick research confirmed her to be female since the head, neck and upper chest are a light buff brown and not black as in the male.

Wow! What a fabulous start to our vacation! 🙂

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