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After the 4th of July, it was time to pack for a quick trip to Hilton Head to pick up Ray’s 2003 t-bird, which was still down there, and needed to come back to New York to be inspected. On July 6th we drove south together to accomplish this task. This would not be a long trip, and definitely was not considered a “vacation”. We planned only to spend two days there to rest up before returning north again, with Ray driving the t-bird and me driving our Ford Edge. Of course I took the time to take some photos while we were there…

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1. Front Yard – Hilton Head Island
2. Sego Palm branch
3. Sego Palm

We didn’t do all that much during the two days there in order to rest for our return trip. The weather was hot — triple digit hot — so we limited our outside activities unless absolutely necessary. However, I connected with my friend, Kim – and we took a sunset photo walk on a beach up in Sea Pines the night before we left. It was hot and humid – even at that hour of the day, but the breeze was stiff which tempered the heat.

However, I ran into an interesting problem when I tried to take photos. The temperature and humidity difference between the air conditioned house and car and the hot sticky beach was great and my camera’s lens totally fogged up – – so much so that when it was at it’s worst, there was no way the camera would auto focus on anything. When I looked through the camera, it was like looking through my own foggy eye glasses when there is a change in temperature from cold to warm, so I understood what was going on. It’s not as if this was the first time this has happened to me with a camera, either. However, it seemed to take an unusually long time for the lens to finally right itself. Kim wasn’t having issues, and was taking photos, which worried me some. I didn’t know if I should intervene and clean it – but my instinct told me not to mess with that inner lens – especially on a windy, sandy beach where sand particles could get inside. Thankfully, right before the sunset, it finally cleared out – – just in time!

Here are pictures as taken through the foggy lens once it would auto focus:

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1. The first picture my camera took with foggy lens of sea debris
2. Oddly beautiful — eerie – facing into the sun.

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1. Professional photographers often use the beach as a backdrop for formal family photos, and this family is organizing for their picture. I think the choice of turquoise is nice contrast to the color of the sand.
2. The water is “liquid gold”!

The Sunset
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Sunset – far away and close up

If you wish to see any of my photos larger, click on them to see them in Flickr.


Yesterday was another day for a photo outing with a good friend. Our first destination was to a lighthouse I’d never realized was there, The Leamington Lighhouse. It’s been decommissioned and is not a working lighthouse, but up until 1932 it was — guiding ships into Port Royal Sound. It is located on Arthur Hills Golf course in the middle of a gated housing Community, Palmetto Dunes. However, non residents can go see it if they tell the person at the gate they want to go to the lighthouse, which is what we did. We got lost, despite directions at the gate, as the lighthouse is somewhat shielded from view by trees.

From there we decided to go into Sea Pines to have some lunch at The Salty Dog, a kind of touristy kind of place, but it’s lots of fun to “Play Tourist” sometimes! It was warm enough to eat out on the deck, as the temperature was probably about 70 degrees. Amazing for February 1st…!

We asked the waitress for directions to the ocean, and it was only across the street and a few blocks from there. Again, there was a nice boardwalk entrance to the beach – – which brings me to my 365 photo which was taken here. The day was crystal clear, and the ocean – and even the beach – had a slightly blue cast as the sky was reflected everywhere! It was also “sand piper, sea gull” day at this beach, and there were tons – all sunning themselves on the warm sand, or feeding in the surf:

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365 photo #32

And … we have to have some bonus photos for yesterday to show the lighthouse, as well as more from the beach walk… As always to see the photos larger, you can click on the image to take you to flickr:

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Today’s photo of the day is taken ’round home — on “our” lagoon. Today was “ibis day” – -as there was a flock of them hanging out on both the golf course, as well as the lagoon edge. They were quite far away – so I decided to walk softly – and get closer:

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365 photo #33

And — of course I have one bonus photo … of the entire ibis convention!

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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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