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Fish and Pics

Larry Mingledorff
Larry Mingledorff

My alarm clock is buzzing, it is dark outside---something must be wrong, I am retired. Oh yes, I promised to take my grandson fishing. Of course my preference is to catch fish that sleep late. Then I remember, as a photographer, the best time of day to photograph is dawn and dusk. Thus, true photographers are sleepy and hungry. So off we go to Bing’s Landing. We meet our guide for the day and begin our journey down the Intracoastal Waterway. I immediately began to visually take in the beauty—the early morning sky, various birds starting their day, marsh foliage, moss draped oak trees along the waterline, and the waterway itself. I knew at that point that I would try to capture the beauty in photographs while grandson was fishing---I did remember to take my camera. After a beautiful ride along the ICW we found a small cove to anchor. As my grandson began to fish I continued to take in the natural beauty of the water and surroundings---a photographer’s paradise. To add to the fun my grandson began to catch several varieties of fish. I was excited for him and selfishly excited as a photographer with an opportunity to capture special moments and the beauty. As we began to drift slightly in the water I was struck by the morning sounds of nature---water lapping against the boat, birds feeding nearby, and the occasional splash of a fish. What a great way to connect with the natural environment of Flagler County. At that moment, a large raccoon saunters past on the edge of the marsh. Another great opportunity to connect with nature and capture the beauty through photography.