A Photographer on Vacation...Does the camera stay home?

We can find beauty even in the roughest conditions. Sometimes, it just takes us a minute or two to consider that beauty might exist.  The winds were so fierce, the gulls were all flying with legs down - I assume for stabilization.  "Air Dancing" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2016. Panama City Beach, FL. 

We can find beauty even in the roughest conditions. Sometimes, it just takes us a minute or two to consider that beauty might exist.  The winds were so fierce, the gulls were all flying with legs down - I assume for stabilization.  "Air Dancing" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2016. Panama City Beach, FL. 

Of course not...

at least, not for me.  Some people will complain, or tell you to step away from the camera...be in the moment.

But, this is what I have found; being behind the camera allows me to document and appreciate beauty.  Beauty fills my soul and gives me comfort.  Beauty allows me to feel hope despite the depths of darkness.

And...I am in that moment.

This little guy was the only wildlife we saw in the conservation park.  It seemed all the critters had scampered for cover from all the rains. "Lizard Buddy" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2016, Panama City Beach, FL.

This little guy was the only wildlife we saw in the conservation park.  It seemed all the critters had scampered for cover from all the rains. "Lizard Buddy" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2016, Panama City Beach, FL.

Enjoy

Since I am on vacation, I'll keep the words short and share what I've seen and experienced over this past week.

Enjoy the photos.

"Beach cats" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2016, Panama CIty Beach, FL.  To the left we have "the guardian of the stairs". Does anyone else hear Gandolf in their head, saying, "You shall not pass!"? To the right we have the invisible cat, as in "you can't see me if I don't look at you."  These fur buddies are part of the ambience.  The personnel leave food and water out for them and a few others.

"Beach cats" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2016, Panama CIty Beach, FL.  To the left we have "the guardian of the stairs". Does anyone else hear Gandolf in their head, saying, "You shall not pass!"? To the right we have the invisible cat, as in "you can't see me if I don't look at you."  These fur buddies are part of the ambience.  The personnel leave food and water out for them and a few others.

"Beach Exodus" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2016, Panama CIty Beach, FL.  We were overly optimistic.  Despite the stars and open skies of the early morning, today was another stormy day with double-red flags on the beach.  Double-red flags mean the surf is filled with rip currents and you are to stay out of the water.  This is the line of people hurrying to leave the beach as the clouds opened with another downpour.

"Beach Exodus" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2016, Panama CIty Beach, FL.  We were overly optimistic.  Despite the stars and open skies of the early morning, today was another stormy day with double-red flags on the beach.  Double-red flags mean the surf is filled with rip currents and you are to stay out of the water.  This is the line of people hurrying to leave the beach as the clouds opened with another downpour.

"Moonshine and Clear Skies" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2016. Panama City Beach, Fl.  We hoped with the clearing skies we would see those "150/hour" Perseid meteors - no such luck.  The quarter moon was brilliant in the night sky and lit the clouds.

"Moonshine and Clear Skies" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2016. Panama City Beach, Fl.  We hoped with the clearing skies we would see those "150/hour" Perseid meteors - no such luck.  The quarter moon was brilliant in the night sky and lit the clouds.

A Word of Warning

I offer the following information.  The rip currents have been ferocious over the last five days.  The water was so unsafe that beach patrols drove up and down the beaches, telling people to stay out of the water.  Airplanes flew overhead dragging banners that read "Dangerous Rip Currents. Stay On Shore."  Local news outlets warned of the rip currents with every news cast and weather update. 

Sadly, two people perished in the waters; one young man who tested his fates, and the Good Samaritan who tried to save him.

And despite all the warnings,  the shoreline was dotted with people like the couple in the photo below.  Horrifically, many were small children with no caretakers at arms reach. Even parents carrying infants waded into the waters.  They don't understand that even "knee-deep" in the water can be life threatening.

"Testing the fates". (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2016. Panama City Beach, FL.  Despite double red flags, beach patrols with loudspeakers, airplanes with banners, these folks (and many others) wandered out into the waters.

"Testing the fates". (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2016. Panama City Beach, FL.  Despite double red flags, beach patrols with loudspeakers, airplanes with banners, these folks (and many others) wandered out into the waters.

The skies cleared, the seas calmed...

"Grown-ups play in the sand, too." (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2016. Panama City Beach, FL.

"Grown-ups play in the sand, too." (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2016. Panama City Beach, FL.

"I like swimming in the sea. I like to go out beyond the white breakers where a woman can be free.  I like swimming in the sea."  Adapted from, "Beautiful World" by Colin Hay.   (It's a great song.)

"I like swimming in the sea. I like to go out beyond the white breakers where a woman can be free.  I like swimming in the sea."  Adapted from, "Beautiful World" by Colin Hay.   (It's a great song.)

Happy August

And may the rest of your summer be filled with sunshine, gentle waves, laughs, good friends, and a whole lot of love.

Expect the best. Anything else is an adventure.

Rebecca

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