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Florida Dilema

October 04, 2016

I've always been more of an winter/autumn person.  I just don't really like the hot weather.  Mountains over beaches, always.  Dad's down in Florida now permanently, but does it differently than most.  Florida for the spring and fall months, winters teaching skiing in Colorado.  I've been down to Florida before in July/August.  Going to the beach when it's 105 degrees and high humidity is just not fun for me.

 
Decided to do a quick weekend to visit my dad before my big October mid life crisis disconnect trip.  He was thrilled that I showed up.  Weather was not as bad as I thought it would be, so a few days at the beach, plus some river kayaking was the perfect itinerary for a weekend trip.  Evidently this time of year is Florida's rainy season, so there were some pretty awesome lightening storms that I got to witness from a distance.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Crazy weather.  I'd be on the beach where it's bright and sunny, and 10 miles off in the distance there are repeated lightning strikes and downpours.  I tried my last afternoon to set up for some lightening pics, but I realized I had no clue what I was doing.  Setting 30 second exposures with ND filters didn't seem to pick up any lightening, although my shutter was open for it.  I'll have to do some research on how to go about catching lightning shots.
I swore to stay away from Florida in the summer months, but with clouds like this and constant lightning storms in the afternoon, I think I could get some pretty good shots down here and learn to deal with the heat.
 
 
Food isn't bad either, but again that's just me and my insane vacation food intake reasoning. I'm going to be out of touch for a few weeks. Got some good travel coming up. Picked a destination that has always been on my list, but this time rather than keeping it on a list, I'm going.

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