Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ocean Stairs

Ocean Stairs, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
A most inviting walkway leading to some very nice eye candy. Beach access in the Jupiter area is easy, parking is free and the landscape is devoid of condo towers. Thank you to those forward thinking city planners of yesteryear.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Hitting The Brakes

Gull flight, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
Snowbirds have plenty of company down here. This guy appeared to "slam on the brakes" as he noticed our fish being cleaned! He certainly expressed an interest in our discards......

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Cloudy Shoreline

Cloudy Shoreline, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
Just to dispel the myth: it's not always sunny in the sunshine state. But...sunny or not the views can still be impressive.

Friday, January 27, 2012

River Entrance

River Entrance, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
Another view of the navigational access to the Loxahatchee River...The Loxahatchee is an extensive boating venue as it meanders some 9+ miles well into the expansive and forever wild Jonhathon Dickinson Park. Upsteam the river is a wilderness playground for kayak and canoe users, the shores seemed filled with abundant wildlife (and more than a few alligators!).

Thursday, January 26, 2012

For Oliver

This photo shows the navigable entrance to the Loxahatchee River from the Jupiter Inlet portion of the intracoastal waterway. AND....the purpose of this post is to entertain my grandson, Oliver. As a four year old budding engineer, Oliver is most interested in the mechanical workings of the world around him. (Try Christmas shopping for a four year old fascinated by elevators!) Drawbridges and railroads are at the top of Oliver's list and I'm sure that this shot that combines both will be a real attention getter that might give Sesame Street a little competition today!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Traffic, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
Boat traffic shares the road in south Florida. Numerous drawbridges along busy highways such as US1 cross the Intracoastal waterway resulting in the marine equivalent of a traffic jam. Many bridges open "on demand" while a few have scheduled openings only on the half hour. These boating bottlenecks can provide some entertainment for spectators as large vessels continually maneuver while waiting in the wind and current.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Vocal Egret

Egret, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
It sure seems to me that a good number of the birds in Florida are aware of photographers. This egret not only posed at length, he showed off his vocal range squawking about one thing or another for an extended period of time. Much of the wildlife in southern Florida is rather approachable. I know fellow photographers who wade through a chilly Jamaica Bay Preserve hoping to get a long range shot of wading seabirds.

Monday, January 23, 2012


Handful, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
That is a handful for sure that friend Dave has there. During his visit we decided that an ocean fishing trip was in order. Funny thing about "fishing" is that when a fish like this bonito hits your line you are in for a serious fight and the "fun" part of fishing starts to cramp your arm. Soon into the struggle your hand begs for mercy and you begin to think that maybe today was a good day to go bowling.
It was a very good day as my very sore shoulder continues to remind me. Lots of fish came over the gunnel...Life is good!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sandbar Sunday

Funny thing about boaters, as anxious as they always are to "get out on the water" they always seem to be searching for a spot to get off the boat. On Long Island it's Fire Island that many boaters have on their radar as a popular spot to disembark. Down here in the land of sun and fun it's the local sandbar that gets the action. Low tide draws a crowd, the frisbees fly, the dogs run and the beer bottles are opened. Life is Good!
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Monday, January 16, 2012

Point Of View

I have been a neglectful Blogger...and this view is to blame. Nesting snowbirds busy with the minutae of creating a new home, we have had little time behind the camera or in front of the computer. After a few weeks of chaos and living on beach chairs, there is light at the tunnel's end. Life is Good.
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Friday, January 06, 2012

Cool Beaches

Jupiter Rescue, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
Empty Florida beaches as the "Siberian Express" blows across the peninsula. The locals have a real problem with these cold fronts that drop evening temps into the 40's and keep daytime highs in the low 60's. To this northerner it just feels like delightful early Spring weather! Life is Good.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Return Flight

Return Flight, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
Ahhh...back in the warm! After too many winters in New York you gotta love the sunshine state!