Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Flagler Beach Visit (Part 1)

A lone figure under an umbrella on a mostly abandoned stretch of beach around S. 15th St. ,Flagler Beach, Fla., 2:42PM, Sept. 6, 2010.

This weekend featured a new Moon, so the high and low tidal differences were exaggerated, as I saw in Flagler Beach. For comparison, see the bottom picture in this entry -- it was taken at the same spot at high tide.

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OK, I'm back from my trip to Florida to see my dad. It was overall a very good visit.

I also have potentially as many as 75 cellphone pictures to post. More likely it will be closer to 65 pictures. This entry features about a dozen of the highlights and without any commentary.

I plan to post the bulk of them including reposting some of the ones in this entry. This is probably going to take me two or three entries -- and I'll do my darnedest to not get distracted.*

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The view from my window seat descending into Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB), 5:46PM, Sept. 4, 2010.

The pier visible in the image is the Daytona Beach Main Street. The Halifax River / Intracoastal Waterway is visible on left. I walked over the northern (west-bound) span of the Mason Street / Seabreeze Blvd. Bridge into Daytona Beach. My dad was at a small recording studio making another CD. We met up a few hours later.

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*Naturally, I'm already distracted by the ultra-dry, no rain, overheated, only Doug Hill / Sue Palka / and the LWX crew could be happy with this crappy weather of the Washington, D.C. area this damn endless summer, although it looks like the 95F+ heat is over for the time being, and maybe for good.

HOWEVER, barring something disastrous -- such as being fired for my job or other catastrophe -- I will try my best to remain focused with no bitching about D.C. weather or politics.

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My dad in his backyard standing in a watermelon patch, Flagler Beach, Fla., 10:55AM, Sept. 5, 2010.

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The view from my dad's front yard along S. Central Avenue near S. 15th St., Flagler Beach, Fla., 10:56AM, Sept. 5, 2010.

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This is my 92 year old great Uncle Haywood standing in his screened in back porch in his house DeLand, Fla., 2:15PM, Sept. 5, 2010.

Uncle Haywood is my great Aunt Rose's husband. Aunt Rose, who is a spry 90, is my paternal grandfather's youngest and last surviving sibling. I had only seen Aunt Rose a handful of times in my life, most recently prior to this visit in 1994,l as she left New Jersey for Florida circa 1936 and lived in DeLand all her life, rarely heading back north. I only saw Uncle Haywood once before on that same 1994 visit. Uncle Haywood is a deep Southerner (east Texas, Georgia, and Florida). He and Aunt Rose are about to celebrate their 70th (!) anniversary.

Sometimes I forget I actually have ANY remaining family, other than my parents.

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Yours truly laying comfy on the couch watching the ending of the 1953 movie The Long, Long Trailer starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.

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This is a picture of my late Uncle R. (left side), for whom I was named, and my dad. It was taken in Long Branch, N.J., probably in the summer of 1945. R. would have been about 18 months old and my dad was about 4 years old.

R. died in March 1963 at age 19 from complications due to an operation related to his severe cerebral palsy. My grandma never got over that. I was named for him when I came along 6-1/2 years later.

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Hotels near the Daytona Beach Main Street pier as seen from the tepid, gentle surf looking west on a brilliantly and intensely sunny day, Daytona Beach, Fla., 2:39PM, Sept. 7, 2010.

The Hilton and the twin building of the Ocean Walk are visible. I had to wear a lot of suntan lotion as I burn too easily.

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A towering cumulus cloud brilliantly illuminated by the setting Sun that rolled in silently -- like a massive cloudy mountain -- from the sea at dusk with the ocean at an astronomical high tide, Flagler Beach, Fla.., 7:30PM, Sept. 7, 2010.

This cloud brought a brief downpour about 45 minutes later.

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OK, that's it for now. My plan is to post the bulk of the pictures -- including possibly some of the same ones above -- in my entry or entries this weekend along with running commentary.

--Regulus

7 comments:

krzysztof said...

You take nice pix with your cell phone cam. Mine never look so good. What's the secret?

Regulus said...

A drop of sunshine, love and, oh, never mind ...

I went out with J. tonight way too late (I'm getting to bed at 1245AM), but he's going to Chicago-Land for a few days.

I realized tonight that he reminds me -- in particular when he tells and intense story and his overall personality of -- my dad (!).

He really likes you -- and I'm glad about that.

к.нео.физ.де.му said...

i am glad your visit went well!

send me links to your dad's songs - i am kinda curious...

fifi said...

Hello
I was thinking of you yesterday afternoon when I came out of the Art Gallery of NSW and saw huge cumulus clouds over the harbour and here you are posting cloud pictures over the sea!
That's a lovely one, the last one.
Glad you had a nice holiday

Regulus said...

Hey Mike -- The songs are on a CD. I don't have an electronic copy nor is it otherwise online.

Fifi, dahlin' ...

It's wonderful to hear from you. I didn't think I'd get any more comments from you on my blog. I miss your comments and visits.

I do appreciate that you've been chatty with Damon on his blog. He is the proverbial stranger in a slightly strange land, even if he doesn't realize it. I hope you guys get to meet at some point. Even if I never get to meet you, I'd be quite happy if one of my friends did.

Did you take a picture of that big cloud rolling off the harbour?

fifi said...

you know I was going to take one on my phone as I thought you would like it, but I realised that it did not look so dramatic if I removed my sunglasses, and my phone camera makes everything look rather small.
So i went back into the art gallery and into the symposium which was on Charles Darwin's influence on art.
Yes I have been interested to see what damon says about Australia, but it seems such a different place. I dont think he likes it too well.
But then again, I never have to travel on public transport, which I think is a completely different experience of a place...


I actually came back here to ask you a question: did you swim on this holiday? i will be very displeased if you did not.

Regulus said...

Yes, I went swimming in the ocean both at Flagler Beach and in Daytona Beach about 18 miles south of there. So I was in the ocean twice in the 4 days I was there.

Re. Damon, he is there on a strange sort of post-doc at the Univ. of Newcastle in (I believe) the math department that involves developing a mathematical model related to coal production. I'm not exactly sure of the details.