After all these years I decided it was time to try out the video capabilities of my cameras. Geez, I hope I get better with time.
Brody and I took another of our middle of the night adventures and drove across the state to Sanibel Island.
The mission was to photograph the Lighthouse with a backdrop of a beautiful sunrise. It’s a good thing we got there early because once the predawn light burned off there was nothing. No sunrise color at all!
Having said that, I know from experience, when sunrise is a bust just turn around and shoot to the West and continue to enjoy early morning light.
The Sanibel Island Lighthouse or Point Ybel Light is t 98-feet tall. It was first lit on August 20, 1884 and has a central spiral staircase beginning about 10 feet above the ground. It is located on the eastern tip of Sanibel Island, and was built to mark the entrance to San Carlos Bay for ships calling at the port of Punta Rassa, across San Carlos Bay from Sanibel Island. The grounds are open to the public, but the lighthouse itself is not.
The beach around the lighthouse is filled with shells and other debris that has washed ashore and Brody loved it! He couldn’t sniff deep enough or fast enough and lost all sense of good manners dragging me around as he explored.
Once he got himself under control, I was able to explore the lighthouse a little more and noticed an Osprey had taken up living quarters in the chimney of the old care takers house. That was kinda cool.
In typical fashion, this was more of an exploratory trip and now that I know the lay of the land, will be planning some future trips to explore the lighthouse and plethora of shorebirds that were flying around in the early morning light.
Once we left the lighthouse area we went to J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, It’s one of the few Nature Reserves I’ve seen down here that welcomes puppies. The refuge is amazing and large but pretty much has the same wildlife as on my side of the state. The difference is near me the refuges are small and you can get pretty close. Ding Darling is huge and close contact is less likely. A great refuge nevertheless and Brody and I will be back here as well.
For Christmas, my son gave Brody this Kurgo Winga Disc Thrower. On the order of a Chuck It launcher you can throw a frisbee a country mile with this thing. But, Brody’s not one of them fancy leaping dogs that can snag a frisbee out of the air while doing 3 flips off his master’s shoulder. He’s a hound built with the endurance to run all day chasing rabbits around in circles. While he can and does jump to pluck his orange ball out of the air from time to time, he’s at this happiest when he running the thing down as it rolls and bounces along the ground.
So, I modified my throwing technique to enable the little hound to give proper chase. Instead of throwing it on a traditional horizontal plane, I throw it with the frisbee vertical to the ground.
For anyone who has ever shot Sporting Clays, this is a Rabbit toss. And by golly it works really well. If I throw it high it will sail about 40 yards and when it touches down roll on it’s edge off to the left or right another 10 yards or so. If I throw it low it’s fly about 20 yards and then roll on it’s edge another 20 or 30 yards for it falls over. Brody loves it.
Just like chasing a bunny.
Of course, when he catches it, it’s not always the most graceful thing to see.
And then there’s those times where for the life of me I can’t figure out what he was thinking.
But, I always laugh when he brings it back. I can’t never figure out exactly how he can see where he’s going.
In any case, if you have a puppy who likes chasing things, this is a good product and makes a great alternative to his little orange ball. By alternative I mean, something different for me to do. He never tires of his little orange ball.
Ok, we are at a milestone moment. After this, I’ll no longer be able to count Brody’s age on one hand. To help celebrate this momentous occasion, Brody has a playmate staying over for the weekend.
Hector is my son’s girlfriend’s dog and when they go away, like to Colorado skiing as an example, Hector stays here.
He and Brody are good friends so it’s pretty cool that he has a playmate to celebrate his fifth birthday with him.
The trade off though, is we can’t go on any epic adventures for his birthday.
So, I decided to do something I’ve never done for any of his other birthday’s. I bought him a birthday cake.
Well, it’s more of a birthday cupcake.
Actually, it’s a birthday biscuit with yogurt icing. But, they had fun with it.
Eating it though, was a little challenging. Neither pup could fit the thing in their mouth so it became like a hockey match with them pushing the puck-cake all over the floor.
It wasn’t too long before my floor started to get painted with blue icing, so that was the end of that. Actually, I just carved off pieces of the cake for them and put it in their bowls where they could get a better handle on it.
I won’t give Brody his birthday present until Monday, which is his actual birthday. But that didn’t deter him from breaking out the Christmas toys to continue the party well into the evening.
Gift giving is going to be a little tricky come Monday. I got him a replacement ball which I hope he’ll accept. He absolutely loves his glow in the dark ball, but it’s completely worn out. The other day, when he wasn’t looking, I threw it away in the laundry room garbage can. A few hours later, he sat down in front of the laundry room door and kept howling until I gave it back.
Brody hasn’t been on any adventures lately so I promised him that Sunday we’d correct that.
The plan was to drive over to Lake Worth Beach and photograph the sunrise. I figured since it’s been cold, for Florida, the air would be crisp and clean and we might see good color. So, at 5:30AM we hit the road, drive 20 minutes, park the car and promptly discover all the camera gear was left at home. Brody thought that was a pretty good deal. Since that cold, crisp air also holds the the scents on the ground and he didn’t have to follow me around with the camera, he could smell to his hearts content.
Once we got that out of the way, I decided we should go to West Palm Beach and get some morning cityscapes of the city. So, home we went, grabbed the gear and turned right around to drive past Lake Worth Beach and north to WBP. As luck would have it, just as we were coming into the south side of the city, a bunch of trailers were pulled over unloading antique cars. Apparently we found a staging area because as soon a car was unloaded and cleaned it drove off to wherever the actual car show was going to be. So, we pulled over and for the next 1 1/2 hour we had our own private carshow. Pretty cool…
It starts with that long wait for Santa on the eve of Christmas
And that pretty much sums up Christmas morning in Brody’s world.
The hound thought was an curious request since he is the star of the show and I frankly wondered how I was ever going to be able to teach the beagle how to use the camera.
But, this is “The Adventures of Brody” and the little pup is always willing to try new things, so off we went.
First order of business was to teach Brody how to use the camera. This was surprisingly easy as he’s a pretty smart little feller. After that is was just a matter of compose and shoot. And after all that, we have two photos of me from Brody’s perspective. By the way, I never promised that Brody was a good photographer!