SQUARES – Perspective – Crowded?

Toto, I don’t think we are in Kansas anymore!?!

I took this photo several years ago at a Heart Walk fundraising event in Tampa, Florida. Quite the turnout, but are we seeing this today? In most places, no! While the riots are still going on, yes! The sad part about this perspective is no one needed to worry about wearing a mask, keeping their social distance or whether or not they would survive another day!

I’ve added a video clip to in hopes you feel like this is all make believe! Will we ever get over the rainbow?

Day 28 – Squares – Perspective

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SQUARES – Perspective – Boat Docks

Storm moving in and the Gulf of Mexico is beginning to get churned up. Some of these older docks don’t always withstand hurricanes, but they often get rebuilt until the next time. It is really nice to be standing out there feeling the breeze on your face, smelling the impending rain heading your way.

Day 27 – Squares – Perspective

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Also for Jez’s Water Water Everywhere.

Song Lyric Sunday – Hello

This week Jim Adams has prompted us with choosing songs involving Same | Different for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday.

I went outside the box on the theme this week and chose “Hello” by Lionel Richie and Adele. The same title, two completely different song melody and lyrics. Each song was written by their singer, respectively. Not feeling well today so this will be short & sweet.

Both songs and artist hold their place in the musical history books!

SONG FACTS – Lionel’s Hello

  • Written by Lionel Richie
  • Topped the charts all over the world in 1984. Reached #1 on three U.S. Billboard charts (Pop, R&B & Adult Contemporary). Reached #1 in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Switzerland & the UK Singles chart. Top 10 in Belgium, Germany, Norway, Poland, South Africa & Sweden.
  • It was the 3rd single on Richie’s second solo album “Can’t Slow Down” released in 1983.
  • Certified Platinum in Belgium & Netherlands.
  • Certified Gold in the UK & United States.

“Hello” by Lionel Richie

I've been alone with you inside my mind
And in my dreams I've kissed your lips a thousand times
I sometimes see you pass outside my door
Hello, is it me you're looking for?
I can see it in your eyes, I can see it in your smile
You're all I've ever wanted and my arms are open wide
'Cause you know just what to say, and you know just what to do
And I want to tell you so much, I love you
I long to see the sunlight in your hair
And tell you time and time again how much I care
Sometimes I feel my heart will overflow
Hello, I've just got to let you know
'Cause I wonder where you are and I wonder what you do
Are you somewhere feeling lonely or is someone loving you?
Tell me how to win your heart, for I haven't got a clue
But let me start by saying, I love you
Hello, is it me you're looking for?
'Cause I wonder where you are and I wonder what you do
Are you somewhere feeling lonely or is someone loving you?
Tell me how to win your heart, for I haven't got a clue
But let me start by saying, I love you
I love you
I love you
Is it me you're looking for?
Hello, is it me you're looking for?
'Cause I wonder where you are and I wonder what you do
Are you somewhere feeling lonely or is someone loving you?
Tell me how to win your heart, for I haven't got a clue
But let me start by saying, I love you
I love you
I love you
Hello, is it me you're looking for?
Is it me, is it me, is it me
Is it me you're looking for?
Is it me, is it me
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Lionel Richie
Hello lyrics © Brockman Music, Brenda Richie Publishing

SONG FACTS – Adele’s Hello

  • Written by Adele Laurie Blue Adkins / Gregory Allen Kurstin
  • Released on October 23, 2015 by XL Recordings as the lead single from Adele’s third album, “25”.
  • Cleaned up on the awards trail but won the most prestigious of them all, 2017 winner of 3 Grammys for Record of the Year, Song of the Year & Best Pop Solo Performance.
  • Reached #1 on 53 charts all over the world.
  • Certified Platinum in 9 countries (many multiple times).
  • Certified Diamond in the Canada & Mexico.

Hello” by Adele

Hello, it's me
I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet
To go over everything
They say that time's supposed to heal ya
But I ain't done much healing
Hello, can you hear me?
I'm in California dreaming about who we used to be
When we were younger and free
I've forgotten how it felt before the world fell at our feet
There's such a difference between us
And a million miles
Hello from the other side
I must've called a thousand times
To tell you I'm sorry
For everything that I've done
But when I call you never
Seem to be home
Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I've tried
To tell you I'm sorry
For breaking your heart
But it don't matter, it clearly
Doesn't tear you apart anymore
Hello, how are you?
It's so typical of me to talk about myself, I'm sorry
I hope that you're well
Did you ever make it out of that town
Where nothing ever happened?
It's no secret
That the both of us
Are running out of time
So hello from the other side (other side)
I must've called a thousand times (thousand times)
To tell you I'm sorry
For everything that I've done
But when I call you never
Seem to be home
Hello from the outside (outside)
At least I can say that I've tried (I've tried)
To tell you I'm sorry
For breaking your heart
But it don't matter, it clearly
Doesn't tear you apart anymore
Ooooohh, anymore
Ooooohh, anymore
Ooooohh, anymore
Anymore
Hello from the other side (other side)
I must've called a thousand times (thousand times)
To tell you I'm sorry
For everything that I've done
But when I call you never
Seem to be home
Hello from the outside (outside)
At least I can say that I've tried (I've tried)
To tell you I'm sorry
For breaking your heart
But it don't matter, it clearly
Doesn't tear you apart anymore
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Adele Laurie Blue Adkins / Gregory Allen Kurstin
Hello lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

SQUARES – Perspective – Florida Palm Trees

Sun is beginning to set stationed just behind the left palm tree over an inlet of the Gulf of Mexico near Fort Myers, Florida a few years ago. This is paradise! Until a hurricane comes around. Enjoy it while you can because it will look totally different during a tropical storm or hurricane. Take the good with the bad!

Day 26 – Squares – Perspective

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CEE’S BLACK AND WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE – Backs of Things

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Kaela climbing a rock wall.

In Tampa, Florida, my daughter, Kaela was climbing a rock wall at the Florida State Fair with Flat Stanley on her back. Flat Stanley was sent to us by my nephew in Texas. We had Flat Stanley for 2 weeks and took him on all sorts of adventures. c.2006. “Flat Stanley” is a children’s book by Jeff Brown that began as a bedtime story for his sons which recounts the adventures of Stanley Lambchop after he is squashed flat by a bulletin board while sleeping. It was originally published in 1964. In 1995, Dale Hubert, a third grade school teacher in London, Ontario, Canada began “The Flat Stanley Project” which was designed to improve reading & writing skills in elementary school students. More about that project here and the reason we got lucky enough to take him on some of our adventures.

Wood Storks building a nest at the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, Florida.

Elephants at the Jacksonville Zoo a few years ago!

Backside of a Little Blue Heron.

Kids being kids! I miss those days!

Anhinga drying out it’s wings.
Frank just ahead of me on Little Talbot Island.

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SQUARES – Perspective – Ponce Lighthouse

For April Squares I posted the bottom photo of the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse for Becky’s Top Squares. Now perspective comes around and I have several photos to present of the lighthouse on a different day and from different perspectives. If you ever travel to Florida, I encourage you to stay in New Smyrna and visit this lighthouse that is located at 4931 S. Peninsula Dr., Ponce Inlet, Florida 32127. Ponce de Leon Lighthouse is the tallest in Florida at 175 feet (53.34 meters) high and the second tallest in the United States behind the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in North Carolina. It is equipped with a Third Order Fresnel lens and shines out 17 nautical miles (32 kilometers or 20 miles).

Full View

For a small fee, visitors can climb to the top of this lighthouse plus walk around all the buildings on the grounds. One building has a seating area where you can watch a video about the history. Don’t forget to check out the Lens Exhibit building. On your way out, you can visit the gift shop with all kinds of nifty souvenirs.

It was a bit cloudy on this day that we visited.

Day 25 – Squares – Perspective

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SQUARES – Perspective – FOTD – Chrysanthemum

How about this beauty? This gorgeous sweet smelling mum (the flower) was part of a bouquet at my mom’s funeral 6 years ago, but I found this photo while scouring through my archives and thought how pretty! I find the layers of this flower show the perspective of the living organism within.

As an added bonus: (Mum | Mom – Depends on your perspective of where you live).

Day 24 – Squares – Perspective

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Bird Weekly – Photo Challenge – Black & White – Sepia

Welcome to Week #7 of the Bird Weekly Photo Challenge. Week #7 challenge is Any bird (your choice) in black & white or sepia tone. Post as many or little as you choose. Have fun with your settings, filters or get creative in Photoshop. Leave a splash a color if you would like as long as the majority is black and white. Upcoming challenges can be found on my Bird Weekly Challenge Page.

The feature image is a Sandhill Crane. They are a tall lanky bird often found in pairs. If a chick survives, you may see three or four together depending on whether one or both chicks make it. They are known for their dancing skills. Courting cranes stretch their wings, pump their heads, bow and leap into the air gracefully with a wonderful energetic dance.

Wood Stork

An important fact about the wood stork is they will regurgitate water over their nestlings to keep them cool. Just like going to a water park! These birds are found along the coast in Florida, South Carolina & Georgia.

Laughing Gull

The Laughing Gull can be found at the beach mostly. I’ve actually seen flocks fly over my house in town. If you are enjoying a picnic, they will find you! The male and female will build their nest together. Talk about an equal partnership. If a male cannot find a mate, he may start building a nest platform to attract a female. Nothing wrong with having a good handyman around!

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Herons can hunt day and night because of a high percentage of rod-type photoreceptors in their eyes that improve their night vision. Move over Mr. Owl, there’s a new Sheriff in town!

Yellow-rumped Warbler

The Yellow-rump Warbler tends to forage with other warblers such as the Palm, Magnolia and Black-throated Green Warblers but get aggressive around the Pine and Blackburnian Warblers. Guess there is a pecking order in the Warbler species afterall.

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Herons are common in the wetlands all across North America. They do most of their feeding at night. They spend most of their day hunched on a branch or in trees at the water’s edge. They are easy to find if you know where to look and a wonderfully photogenic!

Tricolored Heron

Tricolored Herons are sneaky and while fishing, they will sneak up behind Double-crested Cormorants or Pied-billed Grebes snapping up fish they stir up. The juvenile (teenagers) are much like human teens…they will often lunge and snap at their parents when they arrive with food. To appease the youngsters, the parents greet them with a bow. This isn’t the only species that does this, but was worth a mention.

Tweety posed up on some driftwood!

Until next week…Week #8 – Birds at the Feeder.

Bird Weekly Round-Up – Week #6

Week #6 challenge was WOODPECKERS | SAPSUCKERS | FLICKERS. Had some real peckers this week! LOL!

I encourage you to visit their blogs and see what amazing things they have going on. If I missed your post or there was a problem with a pingback, please let me know and I will be glad to add you to the list. Remember to pingback from my post of that week and not my page. Liking my page is encouraged!

Next up: Week #7: Any bird (your choice) in black & white or sepia tone. This week’s topic was inspired by Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge.

VISIT MY BIRD WEEKLY PAGE FOR A FULL LIST OF UPCOMING CHALLENGES AND RULES!

I look forward to seeing your creations this week!

SQUARES – Perspective – Fort Matanzas

Fort Matanzas is a part of the National Park Service and was built from coquina, a local shellstone. Work started on the tower in the fall of 1740 by the Spanish to guard the Matanzas Inlet which was at the mouth of the Matanzas River and could provide a backdoor to the City Of St. Augustine. St. Augustine’s primary defense system was centered around Castillo de San Marcos, the main fort in the now historic district of St. Augustine. The British and their Indian allies tried to stop the progress and attempted several attacks, unsuccessfully. You can read more stories here.

Today, the fort still stands and is a great place to visit and learn some Florida history, however, the visitor center, ferry service to the fort and all nature trails have been closed since March due to the pandemic and have no reopen date at this time. Take take a virtual tour here.

Take your pic on perspective for this one. Colonial life? Humans wage War? Having a Defense on lands vs. virus? COVID-19 Rocks our World? Travel has ceased for the most part?

Day 23 – Squares – Perspective

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