Around the Bend

Happy New Year everyone! This is officially my first post of 2013. And this image was shot on the first day of the year!

For my first outing of the new year I decided to go for a bike ride. I wanted to see something different so after researching the Florida State Parks website for bicycling activities, I chose this area: Cross Florida Greenway – Withlacoochee Bay Trail. Situated in Crystal River, Florida the trailhead starts at Felburn Park. The trail runs 5 miles out to the Gulf of Mexico along an old barge canal. There are pavilions along the way with tables and benches where you can sit and relax with a beautiful view of the water.

The day started out as kind of a gray cloudy day. I prefer blue skies with puffy white clouds, but you have to use what you’re given. I stopped along the way to the Gulf at the different areas to see what I could shoot. I wasn’t really feeling inspired so I continued on.Β  I did get to see a family of deer run across the trail right in front of me which was pretty cool!

When I got to the Gulf area, I saw the most beautiful God rays I had ever seen. And they lasted for quite awhile. I hope to post one of those shots on the blog real soon.

When I started heading back I was watching the sky and noticed that there was some blue color trying to show through. With eager anticipation I kept looking upwards and decided to stop one more time. I finally got to get what I was hoping for.

Please click on the image below to view full-screen.

Around the Bend

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. Please consider leaving a comment as I always enjoy hearing from my visitors! πŸ™‚


22 thoughts on “Around the Bend

  1. Hi,
    What a stunning photo Michael, I can only imagine what it would of been like coming across this beautiful place. I love the patterns of the clouds that are mirrored in the water, it is totally different from what I have seen before, a beautiful shot. I love it. πŸ™‚


  2. I’m not often jealous of Florida’s weather, but I’ll admit to thinking it mighty nice to be able to go for a bike ride on January 1. I’m glad you stuck it out to get the shot(s) you did, Michael!


  3. This is a beautiful blog, bold *and* subtle. I like the story of the “family of deer” which is so encouraging. And good photographers wait well. You waited well and were graced with a mesmerizing shot of God’s rays and reflections. *Thank you* for sharing that grace and your gifts.


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