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    So many of the people I see on the beach when I go are there as visitors, and may never come again. Often, we take vacations that cost a lot of money, and may only go to a place once in a lifetime. So, I wonder what kind of memories some of the folks are bringing home with them. Did they spend leisurely days or weeks wandering the beaches, casually relaxing and enjoying the warmth, and sea breezes, or did they rush through a frenzied weekend, simply taking a pit stop between the impossibly long lines in Mickey's domain, wearing their plastic mouse ears, and zooming over to the other side of Florida to ride roller coasters and see white tigers? Was it so crammed full of sights that the only relaxation they really had was a couple of moments like this one on the beach of Ponce Inlet, having a picnic, or even racing like madmen until they had time to sit down and review their vacation photos, somehow sopping up the memory that seemed slower and more lingering because it was preserved in a photo album?

    Pictures can be deceiving, as can memories. Does this scene look blisteringly hot? It was. Does it look as though everyone might be running for cover in about a half an hour? Most likely, they did. I left before then. I took my memories, gathered hurriedly before the storm, and went home to save them and share them.

    My lack of skill with this camera makes me cringe. I am glad I know what I'm doing when I edit the pics, because until I learn more, I'm sure it will take a lot of editing to produce some photos which don't need any adjustments! I'm not sure I would even like them if I didn't alter them some, anyway. As with vacation memories, what I see in my mind's eye when I walk along, capturing shots to share with you, isn't always the same as what the camera seems to see. After all, isn't there more to life than bleak reality?

    People are complex creatures. We not only see, but we feel, hear, smell, and touch things, and then there is that certain sense that we have that is undefinable- the instinct to sense mood and atmosphere. All of that is processed in our brains when we perceive the world around us. So, I think I may always have to present my photos to you at least slightly abridged. This is how that particular moment seemed to me. It might not be your cup of tea, but I liked it very much!

    1. altamons 70 months ago | reply

      Very nice processing Chris!!

    2. Philip Kuntz 70 months ago | reply

      Wonderful words and image Chris! You express yourself so eloquently. Each camera can't exactly match each of our eyes. So how can it get it exactly as we saw it? I tweak each image to bring back the magic and joy I felt when standing there. Particularly helps with landscapes, adjusting the skies and adding depth and clarity. Keep experimenting with your camera. But don't feel bad about adjusting them to bring them back as you remember them. Plus, it's fun, challenging and creative.
      Have a fabulous Friday!

    3. clive_morrisau - Home Is Where The Heart is . . . 70 months ago | reply

      I agree with Phil here Chris - memories are a personal journey as we all know and I have often wondered the same thing when visiting a place or what do the visitors think? Love your rendition above!!!

      A fave for me!!

    4. yrmeydanci 70 months ago | reply

      Wonderful words and image Chris!

    5. Don Briggs 70 months ago | reply

      Love what you did with this one. Gorgeous.

    6. Chris C. Crowley 70 months ago | reply

      Thank you, my friends!

    7. Mary Alice Bowles 70 months ago | reply

      Love this, but I love your writing even more!
      Have a blessed day my sister..

    8. qprettybird 70 months ago | reply

      rich and beautiful ,photo and writing!!!!

    9. Chris C. Crowley 70 months ago | reply

      Thanks, Mary Alice and Cindy!

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