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Those Were the Days

September 26th, 2016

Good Morning from the Sunshine Shine state! I writing you from the sun coast where I just attended my 45th High School Reunion, Leto High School Class of 71.

There is the old saying that, “If I had known I was going to live this long I would have taken much better care of my body!”  I have had the pleasure of being able to keep in touch with some of my closest friends through out the years but I I look at each and every reunion as the icing on the cake. It is truly heart warming coming together and renewing friendships from classmates that you shared 4 years of youthful experiences with that you do not get to see very often. As the years go by and we get older I think you begin to value those experiences much more no matter how much or how little you can remember correctly. This year seemed to be even more special for those attending and we all appeared to have had an extremely fun time reliving the days of high school. Most discussions were centered around  catching up on our successes and failures since roaming the halls of Leto High School but many reverted back to the days of our youth. It was very emotional recognizing our classmates that have passed away but truly heartfelt spending time with those that made the effort to be there to share our glory days. Like most reunions there were some of us that maybe enjoyed it a little too much and like all other reunions it was over in a blink of an eye.

From there it was off to St. Petersburg, FL. to spend time with a few of my college schoolmates. Like I said previously, as I have gotten older I have become much more aware as to how important maintaining these friendships are and I try to say hello every time I come to the area. It also goes without saying that I have acquired a new affinity for St. Pete and enjoy the time I get to spend here catching up and photographing the beautiful surroundings. I love heading south on the interstate and going to out to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. I generally find a slew of windsurfers and kite boarders with their very colorful sails out on the water but today was a somewhat windless day and I was just left with capturing the majestic beauty of this iconic architectural structure.

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Once accomplished I headed back to the city to spend the afternoon capturing the essence of this once very sleepy town now turned into a thriving entertainment and business community. When I was growing up, St. Petersburg was known as the retirement capital of Florida but in its current state it is anything and everything but that. I liken it to becoming a “mini South Beach.”

While photographing in one of the harbors, the very large Sir Winston motor cruise yacht was finding its way in through the plethora of smaller vessels. It was like a semi tractor-trailer maneuvering in and around a Walmart parking lot. The vessel is a 128 feet dinner cruise yacht that boasts over 16,000 square feet of living and entertainment space and can accommodate up to 370 passengers. I can only assume it was coming in to dock for another excursion of fine food, libations and a sunset cruise. I was amazed to learn that the yacht is up for sale for a mere $3,900.000.00. Now if I can only find 369 of my closest friends to invest.

Happy Monday to you all ….. Enjoy!!!!!!

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Moon Dancing the Night Away

September 19th, 2016

A very happy Monday morning to you as the rain showers just keep on coming. I want the weatherman’s job, no matter the how wrong they are off with their predictions they still get paid. Where else can that happen?

The Land Trust of North Alabama hosted its 17th Annual Moon Over Three Caves event at Historic Three Caves Saturday evening. After 16 years, they have perfected this evening to a fine tuned party machine with the bowl of the caves being transformed into a huge outdoor banquet hall filled with great music and great food. Many in attendance have been more times then they can remember and with the local crowd favorite Kozmic Mama returning to rock the night it was another slam-dunk. How could you go wrong with Chef Chris McDonald and Washington Square preparing dinner for the expected 700 plus. The only thing standing in the way of a memorable evening was the not so good on and off weather forecast.

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The weekend started with a 10% rain shower prediction on Friday that progressed into a 70% chance over night only for us to get all 100% of that 70% Saturday morning. The great news is, as the day progressed the weather forecast brighten, the skies cleared and the sun finally peeked through the clouds. So for the 700 individuals that were looking forward to the evening, the gates were opened and the party began. Moon over Three Caves is the Land Trust of North Alabama’s premier fundraiser held at its most premier property, Historic Three Caves. The evening offers great food, great music, an exceptional silent auction and a signature libation to toast the night away called Moon Beam. Of course the most important part is the sheer fun everyone has while seeing old friends and enjoying the evening.

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There is nothing like dancing the night away under the stars and there is no better band to do it with then Ms. Carla Russell and Kozmic Mama. The band is legendary in the local music scene and they have been a staple for past Cave events. Once the music started it was hard to find an empty spot on the dance floor. It was truly a monumental evening for all those attending and another successful fund raiser for the Land Trust. I had “volunteered” to be the co-chair along side of this year’s chairman, Ms. Sally Warden and what an honor it is to be part of this evening working along side the incredible staff and volunteers that put this event together.

Its never too early to start planning for next years event … Tables await you!!!! Until then, you may want to consider becoming a member – http://www.landtrustnal.org/

Enjoy!!!

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Patriot Day

September 12th, 2016

A very happy Monday morning to you. Just when you thought it was safe to put your umbrella up for the season and we get a deluge like we did Saturday evening. The good news is we had outstanding cooler temperatures on Sunday.

Yesterday was the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on our country and like most, I spent the day reflecting on how much our country has changed and remembering all that lost their lives. It was a horrific tragedy and a day of images that we will forever have etched in our minds. I was backpacking in the southern Sierras with friends and totally unaware of the events that day until we exited out of the mountains 3 days later.

Memorials are held all over the country commemorating the day and honoring those that lost their lives. Last year I was fortunate enough to be visiting family and had the opportunity to visit one of the most stirring memorials I have had the pleasure to witness, the 9/11 Healing Field in Tempe, AZ. Over 3000 flags are strategically placed around Tempe Beach Park, representing each of the victims of the 9-11 attack at the World Trade Center. One of the most riveting sites were the hundreds of boots placed under the flags representing military victims and the yellow ribbons attached to poles representing first responders.

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As I walked through the park last year trying to grasp the enormity of the display, I could not help but notice the many visitors who were visibly over come with emotion as well. My only thought was how hard might it be to actually known someone that had lost a family member or friend on that day.

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As my visit to the memorial was coming to an end, the sun broke through a bank of clouds and I could not help but think how GOD always finds a way to help put things in perspective. It has been 15 years since that horrific day that changed our nation forever and it is memorials like this that continue to help mend our hearts.  In Tribute to those that lost their lives ……

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Labor Day

September 6th, 2016

Good Morning to you all. If you headed south, I hope you weathered the rains and high water aftermath from Hermine. If you stayed in town like myself, I hope you found time to get out and enjoy the holiday weekend.

My week and weekend was pretty laid back. I had commercial shoots that kept me local. This Labor Day weekend, I chose to stay close to home in anticipation of the start of College Football and not get out with the fans. I must say it has been a long 8 months waiting for College Game day to once again start my Saturday mornings and with so many great games set for the weekend, I just strapped in and waited for the BBQ to be delivered. So many games and so few TV’s but I did what I could to watch my grandmothers’ Georgia Bull-Dawgs pull out an impressive win over North Carolina and then sat back to see what was predicted to be a real collision, Bama vs. USC. For those that wanted a boxing match, it was a knockout!!! BAMA basically fired up the coals and the freight train ran over the Trojans. Roll Tide!!!

Luckily for all of us that stayed home, the weather had slightly changed to almost fall like temperatures and the weekend was just fabulous to be outdoors. My Tennessee Tombigbee boat mates, David and DeAnn had gotten married a few weeks back on their boat with the great plan to come ashore and back to Huntsville Sunday for a Alabama wedding reception. It was a fun filled evening for David and DeAnn and all the family and friends that attended.  I had the pleasure to document a different “journey” for the Captain and First Mate as they danced the night away. I present to you – Mr. and Mrs. David Milly!

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For all of my friends that did decide to brave the elements and head to the gulf coast I am so very glad that the worst of Hermine had passed by and hopefully they were able to make the most out of the last weekend of summer. For my friends in the Outer Banks of North Carolina Labor Day Weekend seems to be the weekend when hurricanes and tropical storms come knocking. They got a double dose of the storms but it appears that the island was spared and they weathered the storm as well. Hurricanes and Mother Nature create some magnificent imagery and from the view of outer space, it is the beauty and the beast. I found this image on NASA’s website. Enjoy!!!

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Summers End

August 29th, 2016

Good Morning to you all. I hope you weathered the rain soaked weekend and were able to find a dry spot.

We hear it over and over again but the old saying fits with Labor Day coming up, “Where did the summer go?” We are just a few days away from putting an exclamation mark on the remaining days of summer and looking to the fall with the expectation of cooler temperatures.

When I lived in the Outer Banks, Labor Day weekend was the last weekend for the onslaught of tourists and the weekend that we hoped to do a major portion of our retail business. After that, the roads became easier to navigate and the grocery store aisles opened up. Statistics indicate it is one of the most heavily traveled weekends of the year.

I haven’t made it down to the coast this year as much as I would have liked to but I do plan on making up for it in the next couple of months when finding a peace of heaven all to your self becomes a little easier! For those that are traveling this week, I say “safe travels” and try not to get your burn on!!!!!! Go find your personal space with that umbrella.

Enjoy!!!

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