52 Weeks Of Ann's Life

Ann's Photo Challenge


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Splash!

Splash
Once again I went down to my trusty spot at the jetty to check out the waves. They were pretty high, and made a marvelous show of hitting the rocks. Of course I wasn’t satisfied with taking a shot from the parking lot. I decided to get a closer look and proceeded to climb along the rocks toward the middle of the pile. Often times we see children doing this, I was amused by the looks of the people sitting in their cars watching me as I clambered around to try to get a decent foothold and get a nice shot. Just as I felt like I had gone far enough, and found a steady rock on which to situate myself, a wave hit. My reflexes were just quick enough to get the shot – unfortunately these same reflexes were not quick enough to save me from a soaking. Desperately I held the camera over my head to save it and took a final photo. That is the one I have attached. The amusement left my face, and was quickly transferred to those sitting by watching my adventure.

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A6. Animals At Play

mom & babydolphin
Labor Day weekend was full of surprises! I ended up travelling down to Captiva Island and staying with one of my absolute favorite people and her husband at South Seas Resort. The trip was relatively unplanned, and just pretty much fell in our laps. While there, we spent time along the waters edge (both the shore and in the marina) trying to coerce fish into thinking that the bait on the end of our hooks was just what they ordered for lunch. Unfortunately, they loved the bait, but were not interested in the hooks (can hardly blame them.) After I decided to quit feeding the fish, I went for a walk along the marina to enjoy the view. To my surprise, a family of dolphin appeared. These are the shots I was able to get of them. Wild animals do not appear to understand direction by a photographer! One is of the male, who had come to the edge and was splashing and rolling around in the shallow clear water. I was lucky enough to catch mom and baby swim by as they watched the male be silly. I went fishing….but didn’t catch a fish – caught something much better.

13. Hearts

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13. HeartsSeveral weeks ago I drove my daughter to the airport to send her off to her last year at the University of Virginia. Now you’d think that I would be used to saying goodbye, with all of her world travels and constant hopping on planes – but, I am not. Every moment with her has become a little gem to me because of their becoming more and more rare. I have a tendency to try to hoard each one as if it was priceless. While in the airport gift shop, (Of course we went into the gift shop, you never know what you will find!), I spied these little key chains that were full of sparkle. They represent the moment for me in such a perfect fashion; they are hearts which are a symbol of love and they glittered like jewels – rare little precious moments, when love shines and tears glisten.