Lighthouse copyright Toni Hooper 2013 photo app used is SimplyHDR HD
The lighthouse tower stands 175 feet high. The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse began as the Mosquito Inlet Lighthouse with the purchase of ten acres of land on March 21, 1883. The lighthouse tower design was based on Light-House Board standard plans with modifications made for the specific site. The lantern room was based on the design used at Florida’s Fowey Rocks Lighthouse. Tragically, Chief Engineer Orville E. Babcock and three others drowned in the inlet when construction began in 1883. Depsite this setback, the tower was completed three years later in 1886.
The drive from Ormond takes about 20 minutes down A1A. We aren’t doing much this trip. We’ve been sitting on the beach and taking it easy. Last night we went to see the greyhounds race, fun but no winners. Today we took a drive to the lighthouse. Interesting trip. After climbing around 300 steps we got to the top. What a view, worth the steps. Then back to the condo to relax and have a cocktail as the sun sets on the water. Another day in paradise.
Look closely and you can see the people below. What a view.
Just sharing some of nature’s beauty! Enjoy!
All photos copyright Toni Hooper 2013
Pink Feathers Soft
Ancient Aliens Fly
Picture Correct Photography is a great site. Anything you ever wanted to know about photography. I get an email tip every day and yesterday’s tip was photographing birds in flight. I’m at the beach, there are lots of birds! Easy? Not really. They are faster than you think. The 70-200mm lens is heavier than you think! I’m out again this morning, camera in hand, looking for birds.
Seagull in Flight copyright Toni Hooper 2013
We can learn from the animals if we take the time to look and listen to what they have to share. Animal totems are everywhere. We all have them. Aren’t there some animals you just love and you really resonate with their energy? And what about the ones you don’t like? Perhaps they exhibit qualities that you don’t like about yourself. There are countless numbers of books and websites that help us understand the spirit animals. I will leave that exploration to you. It is a personal journey.
Look at the spirit of the seagull. Most people don’t give it a thought. It appears to be a loud, slow bird that waits on the beach for handouts and leftovers. Look closer friends.
I rise on spirit wings.
Like the sea gull, I soar over the waters of life.
I glide to Otherworlds
Where the powers of the Old Ones are strong.
I open my heart and mind to the gods.
Their messages are clear to me.
The sun rises in Daytona Beach at 7:34am. The beach is quiet right before sunrise. Just me, the jellyfish and a few gulls. The ocean is dark and the waves glisten as they meet the shore. No matter how many times I watch the sun come up, I am always in awe of its beauty. I have camera in hand as I wait for that first tiny red spark on the horizon. The glow quickly gets brighter and suddenly there is the big ball of fire that sustains life on this planet. It’s easy to take it for granted, after all it’s always there. Today, take a minute, feel the life giving rays of the sun, and say “thank you.”
Vacation: a period spent away from home or business in travel or recreation.
I am on vacation with my husband! The Florida beach is not crowded this time of year. It’s quiet and there’s not a lot to do. That’s what we like. Sometimes you just have to take a break from the world and create your own private, quiet, make believe world. I think that’s healthy. Great for the mind, body and soul. Connect with Mother Earth and connect with your higher self.
Fascinating, elegant, and mysterious to watch in the water, take a jellyfish out of the water, and it becomes a much less fascinating blob. This is because jellyfish are about 95 percent water.
Lacking brains, blood, or even hearts, jellyfish are pretty simple critters. They are composed of three layers: an outer layer, called the epidermis; a middle layer made of a thick, elastic, jelly-like substance called mesoglea; and an inner layer, called the gastrodermis. An elementary nervous system, or nerve net, allows jellyfish to smell, detect light, and respond to other stimuli. The simple digestive cavity of a jellyfish acts as both its stomach and intestine, with one opening for both the mouth and the anus.