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Yesterday was the first day of the annual Heritage Golf Tournament. Ray and I traditionally get tickets, and went up on the first day – just to scope it all out to see what would be there, check out the merchandise tent, have some lunch, and take photos. Cameras are only permitted prior to the actual beginning of the tournament on Thusday, so yesterday and Wednesday are my only chances. (I am not going up today). Not much was happening at the tournament itself, so most of my photos were of Harbourtown, as one walks through this “tourist town” to get to the Harbourtown clubhouse, where one enters the tournament. There are lots of shops, the harbor is full of yachts, the Harbourtown Lighthouse stands above, and of course condos surround it all.  So – today’s photo will be from our walk to the tournament. I hope that I get photos inside the tournament on Wednesday.

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365 photo #100 – the marina with the Harbourtown Lighthouse in the background

Bonus photos – all photos can be clicked to see them larger in Flickr:

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1. colorful shops line the marina
2. The Liberty Oak — with seating – where there are often concerts in spring and summer
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1. Pa-li-ne – yacht – probably the largest yacht moored there. For some reason I’ve gotten a lot of hits on this blog using the search word “Pa-li-ne Hilton Head” – so this yacht has some kind of interest – though I am clueless as to why! I know nothing about it, except that it’s huge!
2. The Harbourtown Golf Links clubhouse — where you enter the tournament

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The condos which surround the marina

Today Ray went up to the tournament to work at the Rotary concession booth, so I decided to stay home. Today’s photo is an alligator in our lagoon. As I was going outside to check on the Great Blue Heron nest, I heard this splash not too far from me — a young alligator (he’s not all that long) splashed back into the lagoon from where he was sunning on the bank. Alligators are to be taken very seriously. Yet — they have just as much fear of us as we do of them. He could sense my movements – even from the distance I was – and moved away.

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365 photo #101
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I’ve been a bit negligent on posting, but I have not neglected taking photos. So – to continue the photos of the day from where I left off….

The following photo – From Friday – is a simple one — a minuscule, delicate weed – barely noticeable, but oh so intricate and lovely. It’s the way life is — the smallest things are often beautiful, but it requires one to have an unhurried mindset to notice. It’s times like this when I wish I had a macro lens… I was also practicing using the manual setting on my camera and experimenting with some of the camera settings to see what combination would make a good photo. After several false starts – this is the one I kept:

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365 photo #69

On the next day (Saturday) – Ray and I went up to Harbourtown, to get out and take advantage of the lovely day. We stopped in some of the shops, then walked past the Harbourtown Lighthouse onto the dock. On a pier wall next to the dock there were some pelicans sunning, which are Saturday’s 365 photo. I love the way some of them were sleeping — all curled up with their beaks in their feathers. While photographing the pelicans, I met another man there who was using the exact same 100-400 mm lens – also taking pelican pictures, too! I wonder how his turned out?

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365 photo #70

Bonus photos (click to make them larger in Flickr):

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1. a few of the shops in Harbourtown
2. The Harbourtown Lighthouse – as seen through the trees as we approached the dock.

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1. kayaks along the edge of the water (Calibogue Sound)
2. a little gull on a post

On Sunday Ray and I went to Hilton Head’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, so my 365 photo will come from there. Here’s a leprechaun who started the parade:

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365 photo #71

Bonus Photos:

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1. I was SO not ready to take this shot, so this is as good as it got. It’s a cheer leading group, and they did all sorts of tricks along the route. To see it clearly, click to see it larger
2. reflections of parade goers in water by the side of the road. It wasn’t just the parade I photographed! 🙂

Today (or – considering the time I’m posting now – yesterday!) I took more photos of the azaleas which are at their peak now. This photo is of some white azaleas with the blurred background of the many colors of other azaleas and green leaves!:

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365 photo #72

bonus photos:

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Azaleas of many colors. The different color azaleas were planted together so that they now are intermixed!

I’m not sure what has happened to me, but I’ve gotten bogged down with this blog.  I’m having some trouble determining just why, especially because I think about writing here at some point every day.  But I don’t.  Even though I can’t say that I’m gifted in “written expression”, it’s in my blood.  When I’m unable to do it for a few days, I get antsy – longing a block of uninterrupted time to immerse myself into putting my thoughts and feelings into sentences and paragraphs.

I have another blog besides this – a more personal one on Live Journal, which is locked to “friends only” which allows me to write about things which might not be appropriate to be public on the internet.  However, even that one has suffered over these several weeks.

With that being said – I’m playing catch up in this entry.

Since I last wrote, I’ve had two sets of house guests, and outings with friends which have given me great opportunity for photography.  Also, Ray and I went to the Verizon Heritage Golf Tournament at Harbourtown Golf Links, and I have photos from the pre-tournament days of Harbourtown, itself as well as some of the tournament, itself  (One cannot take photos during tournament play)

Where to begin?

Maybe that’s why I’m not updating?  Overwhelm.  If I don’t know how to start, I run, thinking at some future time I’ll know.  Sometimes you just have to begin….

The Verizon Heritage Golf Tournament

the Verizon Heritage Golf Tournament is played each year in mid-April Harbourtown Golf Links up in Sea Pines on Hilton head Island.  This year it was from April 12 – 18.  It’s been a long standing tournament, begun in 1969, and won in it’s first year by Arnold Palmer.  At first, it was played in late November, but later was changed to this time slot, as this is more the golf season.

The first part of the tournament is devoted to practice rounds, and two Pro-am tournaments, a lesser one on Monday and a more “important” (read: more expensive to play) one on Wednesday.  Tuesday is Youth Day and more practice play, as well.  The atmosphere is more casual from Monday – Wednesday, and cameras are allowed on the course then — and I didn’t miss that opportunity.

Ray and I tend to only go up for afternoon play, so, in general, we would leave the house at about 11 a.m. or noon to arrive at the course about noon or 1 p.m.  Because parking at the golf course site would be too unwieldy for that many spectators, they have about 5 large parking areas in another area designated for parking, and large Greyhound size buses take you to the Harbourtown shopping area where it’s an easy walk to the golf course.

As we walked to the course, I always took photos of Harbourtown, the lighthouse, the  marina, etc….

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1.  The shopping area of Harbourtown, all decked out for spring with Geraniums, etc.  The lighthouse and a little of the marina is also visible in this photo
2.  The Liberty Oak — benches to sit when there are concerts.  As we were leaving on several days, we’d see bands setting up to play there.  Ray’s parents used to live up in the Harbourtown area when and when we’d visit, we’d occasionally go up for a concert that would be under the Liberty Oak.
3.  The Harbourtown Lighthouse.  This lighthouse is sort of a disappointment to me.  I’m not even sure it’s a working lighthouse, but only built for “show”.  Again — not sure about this, but Ray and I have nicknamed it “The Tin Lighthouse” because it seems so “cheap” in comparison to the Montauk Point Lighthouse near us on Long Island

Got Yachts?

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1.  This is one of the two huge yachts that we’d see daily along the way.  As I was passing this yacht and taking a picture of it, this man stopped me to point out the name of it:  “Pa-li-ne”.  If you click on this picture to see it larger in Flickr, you will see the name more clearly.  His humorous suggestion was to remove the E off the end – and guess whose yacht it would belong to then?  *shaking head*
2.  Another huge yacht docked right beside the Liberty Oak.  As far as yachts go, many turn into party boats late in the afternoon on tournament days – and all can view the festivities as you walk by!

The walk to – and from – the course was always pretty.  I know I annoyed Ray with my constant stopping to snap pictures.  But – oh well *g*

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I am so behind!  I guess there are times when one lives life to the expense of writing about life.  However, even for a blogger, this is often a good thing, as I believe the writing will have more depth after fully immersing oneself in living.  This may be one of those times.  I have a total of 3 photo entries “backed up”, needing to be written, but time has gotten away from me.  So – let’s just start with my trip to Sea Pines…..

On Tuesday of this past week, I finally hooked up with the friend I met on Flickr, and we decided to go scout out photo ops.  Our destination:  Sea Pines, a gated community at the other end of Hilton Head from where I live.  It’s a more “public” gated community, in that it is not closed to only residents.  In other words, you get to pay $5.00 for the privilege of entering!  Yet – I don’t have to.  My community and Sea Pines have a reciprocal arrangement, so my car’s resident sticker allows me to slide on through the gate!

There’s lots to see inside — one of which is Harbourtown, where the lighthouse, shopping area, and the marina is located.  The 18th Green of the Harbourtown Golf Links is right there, too, where the Heritage Golf Tournament will be held the week after Easter.  My Flickr friend and I first went to Harbourtown to see the sights there – and catch a bite of lunch.  I didn’t take too many photos.  The brisk, unseasonably cool sea wind kind of put a damper on hanging out too long.  But, here are a few…

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1.  The lighthouse — taken from the pier
2.  Pelicans, etc. lined up – posing for me
3.  Sea gull in flight
4.  I’m not sure what kind of bird he is – but he’s cute 🙂

It was quite a windy day when we were out – – and I was surprised to see so many people kayaking on the bay

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1.  Mother / daughter (I’d guess?) kayakers
2.  Colorful kayaks lined up along the beach

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