Morning Walk

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I walk almost every morning. It’s great to walk at Lay Lake. I’m in an area that isn’t too built up and there is still a lot of nature left.

I appreciate each of you. Your visits, likes, and comments help me feel meaningful. Stay safe and well out there in the CCE. Follow my exploits on Vero, Twitter and Instagram #maya #bekind #fulltimer #resist #covid #ice_o_lation #lila #cce #mylife #thankful

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Occasional Project V.6


Most mornings since March I have been taking sunrise pictures at about the same time from about the same location on Lay Lake.

As an experiment, I’m going to post the ones I get this week. If it works well, it may become a weekly series.

August 16

August 17

August 18

August 19

That’s all for this week. Life got busy and I wasn’t able to walk down to the pier. I have been out of town.

I truly appreciate you coming by for a visit. You lift my spirits. Stay safe and well out there in the CCE. Peace Love Light

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The Rebel Heart

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How is your rebel heart today?

An outlaw, I hope. A warrior ready to romance the unknown with the creative and resilient expression of your soul.

If you want to walk on water, sink your ships and burn your bridges. If you want to live an extraordinary life, get rid of your Plan B and start acting like Plan A is your only option.

Plan A is terrifying and excruciating, yes. No ground in sight when you first jump, but that’s when creativity can operate most freely and build you homes (and hope) on your way down.

Andrea Balt

Magnolia Branch Wildlife Preserve Atmore AL. Taken with an iPhone 7 Plus


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A short walk from the RV, at the top of the putt putt golf course, there is a bubbling fountain.  Just before dark one evening I walked up there and took these four pictures.  I could have stood there a long time.  No two images are the same.

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Here are a few pictures from our visit to the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.

We are at the intersection of La rue des Insects and Lovers’ Lane.

I love the rare blue crawfish.  They are so pretty.

Jesse loved the water and the fish.  The Koi were hoping he had some food.  I was hoping he didn’t fall in the pool.  He didn’t.

His favorite at the Insectarium is the Love Bugs.  The windshield has a projection of a road and landscape.  He loved driving through it.  He remembered it from our last trip.  This time he played and played there.  When other children came along he got out and let them have a turn.  No prompting.   We weren’t in a hurry and eventually he had enough and we wandered/wondered to the next thing.

Oddly, a New Orleans butterfly garden is not complete without some alligators.

Talk about excellent marketing.  You can’t exit these places without passing through the gift shop.  rofl

Christy and Jesse shopping for souvenirs.

Back Story

Christy, Jesse, and I took the Amtrak Crescent from the train depot in Anniston AL to New Orleans for a week of adventure and photography.  This train station is a classical revival depot and is listed in the National Registry of Historical Places. Jesse loves to ride the train.  Heck, we all love to ride the train. We left August 8, 2013 and returned August 14th. Unfortunately Jeremy couldn’t go this time. He had to work.
Christy’s father was kind enough to drive us to the train station and pick us up so we wouldn’t have to leave a vehicle parked there for a week.
We stayed at our usual place, the historic 905 Royal Hotel in the French Quarter. The 905 Royal was built in the late 1890’s.

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A Day at the Creek


Christy, Jesse, and I went to Weogufka Creek.  We visited the underwater bridge and Horse Stomp.

I forgot Spaz.   She went with us too.

We were all excited, but nothing compares to the excitement of a child.
Christy and Jesse shared some really fun mother and son time.   Of course you can’t suppress an addicted photographer.  She got some good shots of Jesse while they were playing.

We had a nice picnic lunch. Christy packed juice, Mountain Dew, Corona, Pringles, chipolata  spread, and sandwiches. Yummy!  We had to eat in shifts.  One ate while the other played in the creek with Jesse.  FUN!

One of the coolest parts of visiting here is all the butterflies.  We saw so many: big, little, yellow, black, and blue.  They are almost always there except in the coldest parts of winter.

Adventures morph into new adventures.  We headed home to hook up with Jeremy and have a delicious Christy made dinner:  rotisserie chicken, mashed potatoes, and salad.

Pictures were taken with a Lumix GF3 sporting an Olympus 40-150mm lens.   Editing was done in CS3.

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