Bag of bones

This weekend I headed back to the Boneyard. It was cold and windy, and it felt like a driftwood sort of day.

I got a late start on my hike Saturday, so I stayed at the beach for sunset. It seems that the colder it is, the more brilliant the skies.

Aside from the relics scattered along the beach, I like this venue because it’s part of the nearby Eglin Air Force Base reservation. A permit is required to even be there. That cuts down on the number of people I may encounter. I think in all the time I’ve been living in the area, I’ve only seen one other person there. I was feeling anti-social and left without getting out of my car. I’m friendly like that…

It’s not that I’m truly anti-social, but it seems that if you’re at the beach taking photos with anything other than a tiny point-n-shoot, or smartphone, then you’re a magnet for sketchy people… chambray and khaki clad families, blue-haired snowbirds seeking a pet photographer, or nosy people who apparently have never seen a tripod and want to touch and breath all over my stuff. So, yeah… I prefer solitude, or at least personal space.

I’m trying something new, so please let me know how you like this feature… for this week’s photo hike I’m presenting the shots in a gallery. You can click on any image to see a larger photo, or the series as a slideshow.

(Photos shot with a Nikon D60, using an 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 20mm f/2.8 wide-angle, 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, Nikon CoolPix S205 and/or iPhone4)

For more photos, please visit my Flickr photostream.

Unknown Mami

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17 thoughts on “Bag of bones

  1. I like the gallery, it looks great. I also like your usual set-up too, so I say do whichever strikes your fancy. Chambray and khakis are not my thing.

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  2. Tara – Gorgeous as always. I’ve been so missing the ocean lately that all of your shots trigger my craving for a deep breath of salt air. Love the pelican shot, so hard to capture birds in motion where you want them.

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  3. Good work. I like the birds skimming near the surface of the water. I don’t worry about nosy people as much as thieves in my part of the world. I need to see some beaches again in Honduras. I have only been one or two places that are not known are their beauty, We have areas that are magnificent. Need to check them out.

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  4. I visited Eglin when I was in Air Force. It was a short visit and I didn’t make to the beach. I recall they were having war games going on. I don’t think you want to be roaming around while they have exercises. But you might end up with a different type of picture.
    I like the tree buried. It appears to be escaping from the sea.

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    • If the base is holding exercises, they close potentially affected areas. Living away from the base, I can still feel the munition concussions inside my house. I would definitely obey any access restrictions.

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  5. I could use the beach right now. It’s so cold and windy in my neck of the woods. I never heard of getting a permit to visit a place. I understand what you mean about not wanting people around while you are taking pictures. Nature shots are more peaceful looking without a wandering tourist in the background.

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    • Since this stretch of beach is military property, visitors have to have permission to be there. I’ve actually had a state trooper stop me before to check my credentials. They’re serious about making sure only authorized people are on site.

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