Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Yes, I have been away from blogland since last year. But I haven't been focused (ouch) on just relaxin'. I've also been doing lots of R&R, as in research and reviewing. And I'm happy to announce that as a result, I'm expecting a new arrival shortly. And you'll have to bear with me, 'cause I expect I'll be doing lots more learnin' as I get better acquainted with her once she's here.

Now with all the traveling and visiting over the Christmas/New Year season there wasn't much opportunity to share some of the (photographic) fun I had prior. Let me share a few shots I made at the local Coconut Festival a month ago.

And whether you're Irish or not, here's a blessing for you for the new year just begun:

May the raindrops fall lightly on your brow.
May the soft winds freshen your spirit.
May the sunshine brighten your heart.
May the burdens of the day rest lightly upon you.
And may God enfold you in the mantle of His love.


Lúcia said...

The colours of the ferris wheel are great!
Are you getting new gear? :)
Happy 2013 for you and yours Rick!

Buttons said...

Incredible photos. My Gramma was Irish and I love that little poem. Congratulations. B

Stephanie said...

Nice colourful shots!

Amelia said...

Hi Rick, how you doin'? Gorgeous click, your photography skill is excellent.

Are you getting a new "toys"? Can't wait to see your new arrival. :)

Have a great week ahead, regards.

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Een heel gelukkig nieuwe jaar voor jullie allemaal daarzo. Dikke kus en knuffel van mij.

And wowzers love these shots. Did you use a tripod? Must have. Amazing I wanna learn more about your settings in the last two ones.
So we'll catch up soon about learning more skills it seems.
What new arrival are you talking about...a 'her' ... a new camera perhaps? Do fill us in.
for now happy days my friend.
Hugs Dag

ju-north said...

Great shots! Don't feel guilty about R and R - it's called refuelling! New arrival? can't wait!

magda said...

Ooo my dear friend Rick
Your photos are FANTASTIC!!!!!!
Many greetings

Muffy's Marks said...

Its about time we see some of those fantastic photos again!!! Your fireworks photos are absolutely stunning.

Pamela Gordon said...

Wow those are great fireworks shots Rick. Glad to see you back. Blessings, Pamela

imac said...

Wow Rick, fantastic work my friend.
2nd thoughts, you're too good for a Headbanger lol, not really, any time my friend.

papillon said...

Great fireworks, captured beautifully in your photos.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Interesting.I was just thinking about how I had not seen a post from you in a long time.Love the photos and is that perhaps a new camera in the wings?

Rosemary said...

Wow! Awesome pictures, makes me want to celebrate something :)

joey said...

Love the fireworks! Happy New Year Rick :)

darlin said...

Yup, you've been missed Rick, it's awesome seeing you back again and your shots are out of this world. I see you've got a new header, I have to go back and read more of it next time I'm in the neighbourhood, it's interesting! ;-)

Now I'm curious who she is and will be watching for her. I can't even take a guess, you have me stumped on this one but I'm sure it's all good... oh wait a second, you said she! Could this be a clue or a hint...possibly a boat? Just a wild guess.

Have a wonderful weekend Rick and don't keep me guessing for too long k?

joyce said...

I didn't know the first one was a ferris wheel till I got the end....and those fireworks....so sharp!! Amazing! And, it will take quite a few visits to read all the little signs on your header...looks like fun!

S. Etole said...

Such great colorful shots.

MARTY said...

I wonder if it's easy de passer de la neige au soleil si vite !
ça vaut bien un feu d'artifice !
your shots sont très réussies !
yes ! I love fireworks !
wish you a weekend de feu !
bisous frais de France

Karin / Southern Meadows said...

Very cool shots! It is good to relax and take a break from the routine! Holidays usually force that upon us but I have had a slow start to the new year. I would like a little more relaxin' time :)

Betty Manousos said...

fantastic work, rick!
i haven't tried to photograph fireworks so far. i still need to know how!

loved your photos!

hope you have a great weekend~