Comment, Digital Image, Gulf of Mexico, isolation, Outdoors, Photojournalism, Seasons, Travel

Dreary Sign of the Times

Portable sign at the edge of a highway with notification that all beaches on the Gulf Coast are closed.Not a terribly scenic photo, but it is a sign of horrible economic times in south Alabama. All Gulf Coast beaches have been closed since March 27. Most businesses have closed and tourist rentals stand vacant. There were no spring breakers, no Snowbirds and the Hangout music festival has been cancelled. This portable sign sits at the edge of the Foley Beach Express about ten miles north of the Gulf of Mexico beaches at Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

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Art, Digital Image, forest, isolation, Landscape, Nature, Outdoors, photography

The Chair, a broken fence and an ancient Oak

Photograph of a director's chair in front of a fence and an old oak tree.
…the fence blocks socialization, the tree doesn’t participate in any kind of conversation; I can only guess at its stories, its past, who visited before, the pain it must have felt when the fence was nailed to its side.

Isolation – it’s a bitch. In my next life, please, don’t let me be a tree.

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Digital Image, Entertainment, Everyday, Gulf of Mexico, Journalism, Outdoors, people, photography, Street Photography, Travel, Weather

Winter Reprieve

Elderly folks sitting along the promenade next to the Gulf of Mexico beach at Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA.

GULF SHORES, AL; March 6, 2020 – It was 68° F, there was no ice on the water, but it felt as if there could have been. Young folks were down at the edge of the shoreline, a few wading, some playing volleyball, many just lying in the sun, determined to get a tan before the end of their vacations. But elderly folks sheltered themselves from the northerly wind behind a public building, soaking up the sun’s warmth, glad for the reprieve of shoveling snow back home.

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Dreary Winter Day on the Gulf of Mexico

Black and White photograph of the Gulf of Mexico beach at Gulf Shores, Alabama.There were a few people walking barefoot on the beach, but they were wearing their winter coats and avoiding the frigid water.

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cooking, Digital Image, Dining, Entertainment, Everyday, Food, photography, Still Life

A Most Righteous Dish

Close up photograph of quinoa with tomatoes and celery.This recipe has been in my family for at least an hour now. I wouldn’t hesitate to serve it at the second coming … any subsequent comings, too.

Start off with one very dirty Martini, two might be excessive, but not outrageously so.

Prepare your quinoa with an adequate amount of chicken stock, a pinch or two of salt, zest of a lemon and juice from same lemon. I’m thinking a clove or two of garlic would be good, but this recipe hasn’t been in the family all that long and I did start off with a second Martini.

Dice up a couple Roma tomatoes, chop a couple sticks of fresh celery; use the most tender, tasty stems from the center of the stalk, and mix tomatoes and celery into the still hot, cooked quinoa.

Oh my gosh. Too good not to share.

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