Friday, August 19, 2011

Venice Venture

Pack a lunch, bring some chairs, and settle back on one of the beaches in Venice (Florida, not Italy). It's summertime - the living is easy, the weather is hot and humid, and the tourists are few. You'll almost have the beach to yourself.

We sat in the shade of the Australian pines and did what you can only do when it's 34C/94F - nothing. Well, we did walk out on the jetty to see what the few fishermen were catching - not much, besides plenty of sun. And we took in the beauty of the place.

(10-22mm  f11  1/320 sec  ISO400)

the view from my chair
(70-200mm  f8.0  1/2000 sec  ISO400)
 looking west down the jetty
(10-22mm  f8.0  1/1600 sec  ISO400)

view across the inlet to North Jetty Park
(10-22mm  f8.0  1/1600 sec  ISO400)

in the shade of the Australian pines
(10-22mm  f11  1/250 sec  ISO400)


Katherine said...

Now that sounds like an invitation Rick & if distance wasn't such a huge issue I'd be there. I'd love to come and sit by the water there with my husband, you & you're wife and share a bottle of red! Sounds perfect! Your photos are gorgeous.
If the weather is good this weekend I intend on doing pretty much the same thing. Have a wonderful, restful weekend. Cheers from the Land of OZ!

Su said...

dear friend, what beautiful views from your chair... I have been so busy here with my work but this morning Im happy to be here and feeling the peace that your pictures bring to me from this window...

I hope everything is fine with you.

Hugs from here!


Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I can feel the heat coming off of your photos, Rick. Perhaps I can send you some of our cool rain today? Lovely photographs.

Marty said...

des paysages superbes, de l'ombre et l'eau ! que demander de plus quand il fait si chaud !! (37°hier à lyon)
summer is nice, life is beautiful !
que ton weekend soit doux et joyeux avec tous les bisous que je t'envoie !

imac said...

Wonderful Rick, but Im not coming unless I can bring some beer with me,lol.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The scenes look pretty amazing,so why leave the comfort of a shaded chair.

Elizabeth Grimes said...

That's beautiful. Seems like it would be a lot busier with tourists...I'd be there if I could!

mariiana capela fotografia said...

Good work!
I love the third picture :)

Rick said...

Katherine - that would make for a wonderful weekend - although short what with 24 hour flights to get here ;-) We'll make it a virtual get-together then. Hope you enjoy your weekend getaway !

Hi Su and thank you for your warm words. Some days are better than others as we take a bit of a break from 'normal'. I trust you will have a wonderful and peaceful weekend. Hugs and many beijos for you !

Ha ha - thanks, Nancy. The coolness might be appreciated but we had 3" of rain in a couple of hours yesterday, so will have to decline that offer ;-)

Merci Marty, and ou la la - 37C !!! Cela est très chaud !! I hope you were able to stay a little cool, non ? If not, I send you some very cool bisous for a wonderful weekend !

Rick said...

Stewart - if you come, I'll have the cold beer waiting !!

It was comfortable there Ruth in the shade with a little sea breeze - we only walked to the end of the jetty to see the fishermen, then back to the chair !

Ah, you're enjoying summer in the city (hopefully not a la Lovin' Spoonful) Elizabeth. And yes, in the winter season, Venice is crawling with tourists.

Thank you, Mariiana !

Soraia Brito said...

Beautiful place and photos :D

Farmchick said...

That third picture is just stunning.

Leslie said...

oh good, i'm glad you have some australian pines to shade you - quite necessary this time of year. the park services are killing the aussie pines around here - i guess they're a "non-native" species, but sheesh! they are SO beautiful, and we need all the shade trees we can get!

Fábio Martins said...

I love the photos number 3,4 and 5!
Good perspectives

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Ahh ... we just got back from the beach and the whole idea is to just sit ... watch the people, birds, and sunsets. We had a great time. Hope you did too.

S. Etole said...

The colors and perspectives in these are awesome.

Saz said...

Wow, those are some stunning photo's! I would absolutely love to go there! There are so many places I want to visit in my life, haha.

Sorry for the lack of comments, been trying to get used to juggling around time to comment on blogs as well as work and such.

teca said...

The photographs are extremely beautiful! Nature view by your lens is even more wonderful.
Have a week full of joy and peace, honey.
A very warm hug and a special beijo.

Rick said...

Obrigado, Soraia !

Thank you, Farmchick.

Hi Leslie - yes, we heard that they're being removed; what a shame ! How long do they have to live somewhere before they can be considered 'native' ? We sure enjoyed their shade !

Thank you very much, Fábio.

Absolutely, Laura ! We did that too, although we left before sunset time (however, we made up for that tonight !).

Thank you, Susan !

Ha ha - add this place to your bucket list, Saz ;-) Thank you. And I know about trying to find time for blogging, commenting, work ... Hope you have a great week !

Rick said...

Thank you very much, Teca ! So nice to hear from you - I hope you're doing well, and I send warm beijos your way (in case spring hasn't yet arrived ;-) Have a marvelous week !

lisa said...

Sounds and looks like a wonderful place to be!
The sky in the first shot is absolutely gorgeous.

Lisa RedWillow said...

Beautiful photos Rick. Love the location. It has to be so very hot.