The First 24 Hours On The Island

As I anticipated, I struggled to decide what to document and what not to document.

I drove the whole length of the island yesterday.  As expected, Holgate was a quieting sight.  The fact that no life was lost is a testament to how well the preparation for the storm was executed.  In addition to that, what struck me most was every block or so …were holes.  A blank spot where a home or business or trees stood. These holes are pockets of devastation of dreams.  But for every dashed dream that lays in ruin, there are scores more dreams being rebuilt around it.  There is definitely a spirit of enthusiastic renewal that permeates the island.  It was all overwhelming.

The island has been evolving constantly since I first visited in the 1970’s.  Business come and go, small capes evolved into piered monstrosities and the huge homes north of Ship Bottom slowly became less and less visible from the Boulavard as landscaping and vegitation grew to provide desired privacy.  These were slow changes…every season brought a “Wow, look at what they built there” or “Dang, they closed?”  But this season, A slow ebb and flow of life.  Sandy has brought with her instantaneous change.  A revolution of events and environment that is palpable.

But as has been said before and more eloquently than I can, LBI is Alive and ready for visitors. 

I had a fantastic dinner last night at The Black Whale. The places was rockin’.  A wait for seats both in the dining room and the bar.  I met a lovely couple from Doylestown, PA who were on “a reconnoissance” trip down to see if renting this summer would be feasible.  They are so excited…I imagine they are booking their rental now.

Tonight, I sampled the Pinziminio Trattoria.  A terrific dinner of scallops and salmon with Tuscan flair.  My waiter, Robert and I had a really nice conversation about the recovery efforts and about the spirit of the island.  They are working very hard down here to make sure more good times are head for locals and visitors alike.

As I mentioned, I struggled with what to document.  I sat on the beach for a spell today and noticed all the wild life going about there business and realized that capturing this beauty was the best thing to show.  The life and love that renews us all.

The water is blue and clean.

A little asphalt bathing in the water

This little one was soaring and showing off for me.

Wings Down

Wings Up

Hello There

A different bird in the sky

Oh yeah, Mr. Plane?

I can fly too!

We both can!

A perfect day for a walk with your best friend

A pier-less day…get it, pier…that’s a joke, gag that is.

The breakers point-of-view

Just a stunning day

Hey, hey…don’t forget about me.

A new pecking order

I don’t know what this was…but it was beautiful…all pink and turquoise

I wish these were treats instead of shells.

Up Close and Personal

 

More to come…

iBeach

A collection of images from my vacation I took using my iPhone.  I was inspired to post these because Joe McNally talked about “The Best Camera Is The One You Have With You“, by Chase Jarvis on his blog.  This book is a collection of amazing images all taken with the iPhone.  Not only did Chase Jarvis take them all on his iPhone, but he created this amazing app to allow you process your images and email them directly from your iPhone!  The app is of the same name “Best Camera” which houses a series of sophisticated filters to heighten your iPhotog experience.  The app costs $2.99 which was enough to make me hesitate, but then I decided even Dunkin Donuts coffee can cost more than that so I went for it.  I was so glad…these really were amped up by the app.

Tracks

Mustache Bill's

Whisky Shrimp

September Sunset

My iPhone is one of the best point and shoot cameras.

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Fisheye Day


No Parking

No Parking

Today, I received my rental fisheye lens from lensrentals.com.  So when I took Beau out for a spin, I took the lens out…This is my first experience with an ultra-wide.

 

 

The ubiquitous looking up a tree shot

The ubiquitous "looking up a tree" shot

 

Purple Perspective

Purple Perspective

Pure Pink

Pure Pink

 

Simple Crossroads

Simple Crossroads

 

Reaching Yellow

Reaching Yellow

 

Glorious Gold

Glorious Gold

Al what?

Al what?

 

Twig

Twig

 

Coming Home

Coming Home

 Speaking of FISHeyes…how are the challenge images coming along?  

I have received four entries…you all have until Sunday to get ’em in!

Because…

When I travel my parents usually come down to watch my sweet boy, Beau.  Unfortunately, this week my Dad came down with bronchitis and could not watch Beau.  Beau’s walker, Doug, offered to take him tonight.  Now, I know my little guy is in kind loving care…but this is the first night since we adopted each other that a family member is not with Beau.  So he is on my mind.  Working on his picture was a form of being to reach across the miles and stroke his little brow.

I can’t wait to be home tomorrow night and do the real thing.