My husband and I visited St Petersburg, Florida last weekend. We are not your typical tourists. While others are basking in the sunshine or frolicking in the surf, we go in search of nature – seashells, birds and shade. We found respite and red dragonflies along the quiet ponds of Bradenton’s Botanical Park, got up-close-and-personal with owls, pelicans and herons at the famed Seabird Sanctuary, stopped for some yummy seafood at Crabby Bill’s and enjoyed the hijinks of egrets on Pass-a-Grille Pier. All-in-all, a lovely trip. The Gulf waters were especially pretty, with bright blue sky and wispy clouds lending a lovely background to my pictures.
I set out on my Savannah walk early Friday morning, my destination – Forsyth Park Fountain. By now, I know the route pretty well and was eager to stop at the many squares along the way, and maybe sit on a bench or two. As I stepped out of the hotel, something stopped me in my tracks. I heard the loud singing of a mockingbird! Wahoo! Wherever I am and whatever I am doing, I stop to listen to a mockingbird. And it was beautiful. And I captured it on video. What a way to start the day!
Meandering my way through the streets, I decided to stop several times just to soak it all in. I talked “shop” with another photographer and was asked several times to take photos of tourists with their iPhones (which turned into mini photo shoots). I passed by giggling graduates from the Savannah School of Art and Design, a man on a bicycle blaring out, “I did it my way!”, found some treasures stashed in a hole in an oak tree (went along with the mockingbird theme, love the book) and thought several times to myself, “Phew, it sure is hot in April in Savannah!” The magnolias, confederate jasmine and gardenias were so showy and beautiful. It was like passing by someone wearing your favorite perfume, very unexpected and pleasant. Very southern.
Forsyth Park Fountain just never disappoints. Against a blue sky and the blooming magnolia trees it was as magnificent as ever. As always, I wished for less people to get in the way of my photos, but as my new photographer friend said, “It just adds to the experience.”
To see my Savannah photos, for sale on Pixels.com, click HERE.
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To listen to my serenading mockingbird on my YouTube channel, click HERE.