Monday, April 28, 2008
  A crooked pic of Gretchey

"Where you going?" :(, originally uploaded by estacey.

Today I went to the Everglades. Well, first I went to Robert is Here and bought an assortment of fruit and Doritos and took pictures of the sunflowers, a bunch of which I stopped later on my way home to buy. They're pretty.

I walked for a very long time. I took some pictures. I had the D70 there, as well as the D300, and I just gotta say - great camera and all, but holy shit is it hard to use the D70 now. The tiny LCD is a killer. There are other things (such as the focus points), but the LCD was what makes it so hard... You take your pic and you really can't see the result! Also, the D300 seems to figure out lighting a lot better. I used to have to compensate -7 with my 70-300 lens with the D70. I don't typically find that I have to compensate at all with the D300. That's huge!

Anyway, I'm too tired to put any pictures up, or even get them off the camera for that matter. I doubt I got much, but I am happy I captured a picture of the little anole that was hanging out with me for a while on the Gumbo Limbo trail. I found a "solution pond" and had a seat on the ground so I could watch the absolutely-nothing. Soon after, I realized there were tadpoles in the pond. And then a little turtle head popped up!

But anyway, the mosquitos and flies (biting flies!) were INSANE on this trail. They were everywhere. I was glad Chris wasn't with because they would've just carried him off, never to be seen again. As for me, they bit and bit and bit. I killed a fly and it fell to the ground and an anole darted out of the bushes and ate it. The anole must've realized he had a few meals coming because he just stayed there with me, the whole time, just a couple of feet away. At one point, he jumped on me and ate a fly off me! I told him he was a good boy and offered to rub his belly, but he didn't seem interested in that, so instead I just started dropping him all the mosquitos I killed.

Yes, I am way too easily amused. This is why it is a good thing I take an alone day to go to the Everglades sometimes, because I don't know if a half hour at a solution pond watching tadpoles while being eaten alive by mosquitos and biting flies is anyone ELSE'S idea of a good time... :D

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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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