Friday, February 3, 2017

Fourteen Years and 364 Days

This is really a two day typecast.  Mrs. and I spent yesterday together for one of our special days together.  I started it last night.  Got tired and quit.  Finished it today.

We are parked beside the dune to watch the ocean. I decided to take a photo looking North toward Flagler Beach

A perfect day to be on the beach.  Not many people at some areas.  Many of these areas are sparsely used in the summer also.  At about 80 to 81 degrees F and a breeze being on the beach yesterday was great.  Going into the water...probably not that great.  Then I have gone into the ocean in February already and the water is quite fine.

The ocean was quite inviting yesterday.  I was too cheap to rent a boat.  Maybe next time the water is this calm.

The greenery is not green yet even though some of the flowers are blooming.


We stopped North of Flagler Beach to watch the ocean and some trawlers that were out. I decided to show how crowded it gets.  At least until summer when the road is really crowded.

This was my first project typewriter. It arrived with a bent frame, damaged platen, and a few other things that needed repaired.  This one was made in 1966.

This is my first Hermes 3000.  When did Hermes change from the round body typewriter that typed really nice to a square body that is not that great of a typewriter?  1966!  This one is from 1966 too.
Here is how the round body Hermes started out.

I did not get any photos at the Preserve.  Since Mrs. is handicapped and the preserve is not handicap accessible we stayed near the parking lot and the hard surfaces behind the Environmental Center and Library.  I could have taken photos of scrub palms, scrub oaks, and very tiny birds.  I use a pocket camera that is not good enough to photograph birds.  I did take my 35mm to use if I got close enough to use a 500mm lens.  Even 500mm is not long enough.  To properly photograph birds I need a good 1000mm to 1500mm f1.7 or better lens. Good lenses like that are out of my budget.  I miss working for the company where I had access to all kinds of great photography gear.

I thought about taking some photos in Flagler Beach and of the damage to the dunes.  All of that can be found on line already.  If I had before and after photos of the damaged dunes I would have posted them. 

The grassy dunes and the cactus all got washed away during Hurricane Matthew.  Most of the little picnic pavilions along the road and many of the pedestrian cross-overs all got washed away. 

We miss the little picnic areas. They were only large enough for one or two tables and over the winter they are great little places to go and have a picnic lunch.

I mis-spelled Lyonia Preserve in the typecast. Here is a link to the website.


  1. Happy Anniversary! Man, I can't even imagine how much a 1500mm f1.7 lens costs. I'm happy if I can push my 500mm out to 1600 with an f rating somewhere in the 30's :D

    1. Thanks Ted. Those lenses start near ten grand. I had the privilege of using one that I think was f1.5 or f1.2 when I worked for ISC. Their photographers have some very very impressive equipment. I'd settle for the f1.7 if I ever win the lottery.

  2. Belated happy anniversary Bill and Mrs M, sounds like you had a lovely day doing things that you both enjoy. The cost of a good lens can often be more than the camera itself and that's a powerful lens you're talking about.. I buy one lotto ticket a week and keep hoping 😊😊