Friday, July 20, 2012

Foto Friday . . . vacation part V, That's a Wrap



"No matter what happens, travel gives you a story to tell."

- Jewish Proverb


Yes, yes it does.
If you have followed our vacation travels, you know that it rained most of the way there,
(we drove), it rained a lot when we got there, we were restricted by double red flags on the beach for many days, and I had a little trouble with frustration from expectations. But the sun eventually came out, and the
double red flags lifted, and I got over my frustrations.

We enjoyed the turquoise blue surf and white sand beaches, some beautiful gardens with ancient (600 yr old) oak trees and a turn of the century mansion, and even traveled to see the Florida State Capitol and Old City Cemetery in Tallahassee.

On our last day, and a vacation to Destin wouldn't be complete without it, we ventured over to have lunch at Fudpucker's and then to the Wharf at sunset. And we packed all of this fun into just five days, which is why...


"No man needs a vacation so much as the person who just had one."

- Elbert Hubbard



{ Shoot.Edit.Submit }

This was our last view of the beach . . .


. . . . before heading out on our last day. We had gotten up early and gone to the Eden Garden State Park, here, and after walking around in the heat we needed a reprieve and some food. So, it was off to Fudpucker's for some food and fun.


And well, the best part about Fudpucker's is Gator Beach....yep almost one hundred of them! They sell special bait food that you can feed them, and you can have your picture taken holding one. Oh, you know I waited my turn to hold one . . . what an amazing creature! A prehistoric creature, virtually unchanged for the last 150 million years. I wasn't so much interested in having my picture taken as I was just getting my hands on one. I mean, how often does one get to hold and really look at an animal like this. Oh my, how soft . . . I did mention amazing didn't I? 


{ Summer Daze - Project Alicia }

After spending a few relaxing hours over at gator beach and a little lunch we ventured over to the Wharf to check out the chartered boats coming back into dock and their catches of the day. The docks were bustling with people just getting back from a day of fishing and waiting for their captain to clean and fillet their catch.
And check out "This Sale" on the gas pump, OUCH!


They weren't the only ones waiting . . . 



And then out of the blue, a rainbow just appeared!


{ Photograph life - water }

And then the evening came to a close . . . for Photo Art Friday our theme
is light. I chose this silhouette I took at sunset and used French Kiss texture Ancient Urban, Pixel Dust Photo Art texture Orange Foam Overlay, and Kim Klassen texture Be Still. I went back and forth feeling like it needed one more thing, another element, but every time I added something it didn't feel right.  


And finally for Flower Art Friday, a Gerbera Daisy with French Kiss Rosy Script and Kim Klassen Peony.
The background on this image started out black....


Oh, almost forgot, I did stop someone and ask them to take our picture...sad but I can't remember when we were all in the same picture together. We were pretty much all melted by the end of the day!!


"If we would only give, just once, the same amount of reflection to what we want to get
out of life that we give the question of what to do with two weeks' vacation, we
would be startled at our false standards and the aimless procession of our busy days."

- Dorothy Canfeild Fisher


I think we should live each day like a vacation day, relaxed (after of course you dump the expectations),
ready to explore what is right in front of us, and willing to share the story of it. And the best thing . . . there is no packing required in that!

Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you for letting me share with you!!
Love, Kim
XO

** P.S. - stop on over at my collaborative blog today, Focusing On Life, where we are sharing ** 
some fun facts about ourselves only you have to guess who they go to - AND there is a prize for the most guesses!!








 
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30 comments:

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Beautifully captured. Your family is beautiful too. Hope you have a great weekend.

Jeanne said...

Kim, you shots here are fabulous. I love the angle that you caught this bird, then , there is that amazing rainbow, and that beautiful flower, and the patterns on the sand. Lovely post as usual! Makes me want to go to the beach.

Sherri B. said...

Wonderful shots! I LOVE the one you captured of the bird with the fish in his mouth! I'm glad the rain finally went away for you and your family, and Fudpucker's looks like a very cool place. Your PAF processing looks lovely to me - very vintage. Thanks for sharing, Kim!

June said...

Beautiful post, Kim! You certainly packed a lot of wonderful stuff in that last day! Love the quotes!

alicia said...

Well, I'm glad the sun came out for you. Your pics are gorgeous! That sand in the first pic is unbelievable. And your texture work is inspiring. Thanks so much for sharing and linking your fun trip pics to our Summer Daze Photo Party.

P.S. We love Fudpuckers too.

Gina @ Gigi Marie Photography said...

Oh what amazing things to see!!!!!!! Love the view in that first one!

Ida said...

Wonderful shots from your vacation, I've enjoyed going on the journey with you through your amazing photographs.
Your PAF and FAF photos are wonderful. Great subject material and perfect use of textures.
Thanks for sharing your talent.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

A beautiful collection of holiday photos Kim. You really know how to work the light and colours just right. Holidays and expectations....yes, one can ruin the other before it begins. Love all your quotes and hope you have caught up at home in a relaxed way.

Pat said...

Love the silhouette shot!

Dotti said...

Hi, Kim! When you're in the throes of it, it seems hard to believe but I think it's true, that old saw that says, "A bad day on vacation is still better than a good day at work." Or some such. All the photos are really lovely but there's something about the first one that takes my breath away. It would make a stunning canvas wrap.

:-D
Dotti

Bonnie said...

You have such a great eye Kim and capture the best photographs. Just love the first and the one of the heron? with the fish.

The one featuring light and textures is gorgeous. Love silhouetted landscapes like that.

Thank you for sharing your talents with Photo Art Friday!

Jean Baardsen said...

All great, but the heron with the fish was beyond incredible! What I wouldn't give to take a picture like that! Also enjoyed the quote about how aimlessly we spend our days. Too true!

Gunilla said...

Beautiful photos! My favorites are those of the beach.

Rosemary Aubut said...

Wow Kim loved going on vacation with you and your family! great series of photos. I will definitely have to visit Destin Florida now ! it is the second time I have heard of it in 2 days! My cousin will be visiting there next week!
Enjoyed my visit here as always!

MixedMolly said...

Love this series of photos, especially the bird shot.

kkkkaty said...

Great photos for your family album and for us to view..all from an artist's eye..

Deanna said...

These are all truly amazing. The one of the beach with the white sand and blue umbrellas is right out of a travel magazine. Love the bird snatching up the fish and it's so fun to see your whole family. Thanks for sharing your vacation with us!!

Carola Bartz said...

I love all your photos (looks like a nice vacation), but your Photo Art Friday and Flower Art images are gorgeous!!!

The Artful Diva said...

I was in Destin not long ago and enjoyed the beautiful beaches there too. I particularly like the photo of the heron (?) picking up dinner!

Kathryn said...

Love the name Fudpuckers!!! Beautiful photos, so in love with that bird shot and you and your family are gorgeous.

Ellen said...

Oh My Gosh Kim!!! I soooo loooove the bird photo. My jaw dropped. And great family photo too! But that bird....

Marvett Smith said...

Wow Kim! Just wow! I love that first image. Your vacation looks amazing!

Liz said...

What a beautiful series of shots Kim! It looks like your vacation was lovely. You have so many great shots here, again it's hard to choose a favourite but a few really caught my eye...
That first shot is divine, so peaceful & calm. And your family shot is gorgeous!

lorik said...

Great shots - such a variety of styles and images. I would love you to share your work on my orange photo challenge -Mandarin Orange Monday :)

lorik said...

Great shots - such a variety of styles and images. I would love you to share your work on my orange photo challenge -Mandarin Orange Monday :)

LeAnne said...

What a lovely family you have! Love the tones and texture in teh floral piece you shared with us at Flower Art Friday. I'll check out your collaborative blog. Sounds like fun!

lorik said...

Thanks for visiting and posting on Mandarin Orange Monday. I just love the image you chose. I must get myself some of those textures - I have only been using the default ps filters. Thanks again!

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Lori said...

Wow, these are so beautiful! I especially love the first one!

Thanks for sharing with Foto Friday,
Lori

bailey k. said...

I love these. And I love the rest of your vacation posts too. Looks like you guys had so much fun!

I'm starting a new link party on my blog that is exclusively for traveling and experiencing different places. If you could hop on over and link this post or any (or all!) of your vacation posts, I would be so grateful! Thanks so much!

http://letbirdzfly.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-places-youll-go-travel-party-2.html

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