The “product name” for Daytona Beach can probably be used for several miles up and down the coast, but there is only one “true” Daytona Beach and this is it. Why? Because it is located IN Daytona – well, on the beach anyway.
|Guess where the beach is?|
To use the parking meter, you can use cash or your credit card, push buttons for the amount of time you want to stay and the machine prints your ticket showing paid and time expiration, which you then place on the driver’s side of your car dashboard. No more of this nickel/dime/quarter parking any more. They had the same type of parking meter machines on Tybee Island near Savannah. Never saw a meter-maid or officer, though.
|The view from my parking space - Joe's Crab Shack - very famous.|
|The weather was fair, but not great and tourists pushed themselves to get their visit in.|
|The ultimate beach cliché - the "lone surfer" takes his wave, shoots the curl as the tide rolls in.|
|This seagull was really determined at having this carelessly discarded champagne cork.|
I do like to photograph indigenous animal life. I didn’t see any crabs. I guess between the restaurant and the seagulls the crab situation was pretty well handled. Seagulls like to watch the waves come-in just as much as people do. A little farther down the beach, I spotted some more wildlife and I really, really wanted to get the shot, but I had to act nonchalant. I pointed the camera behind the subject, to catch the waves. (yeah, right). I admit to taking several shots – just to be sure I got a good one.
|That girl - probably not from Ipanema. Nice waves action, too.|
|The Beachcomber - What a life! I wondered if he was a local guy or a visitor here.|
|Two kids on these tricycles deliberately scatter the seagulls.|
As I had reached my journey’s end to the farthest end of the southern beach area, I turned around to catch the view. Many times, when taking landscape or scenery photos, we pick a selection of the scenery ahead never realizing the scene directly behind our camera position can be equally beautiful – at least different. Perspective .. its all about perspective.
|I just love photographing wildlife.|
One of the best Kodak film ad campaigns ever ~ “Remember the day in pictures.” Remember going to theme parks and standing in front of the little signs that read, “Kodak Picture Spot” and actually taking a picture there? I know I certainly did – Kings Island, Disney World, Disneyland even.
|This is part of the "basement" of Joe's Crab Shack aka, the Daytona Beach Pier.|
I continued my pilgrimage, keeping a watchful eye on my cell phone to check the time and other things. I’m retired now and have no need of a wristwatch. It only gets in my way. Today, life seems to revolve around the cell phone, but this day, my world revolves around the beach. Just on the other side of the pier is the amusement center – rides, games, plushy stuffed animals that you can win .. maybe, bad fair-type food and all. I guess it wasn’t open just yet. If it was, it wasn’t very busy. Maybe the anticipated weather had something to do with it.
|How would you like to take that Slingshot Bungee ride ... just once?|
Moving along among the ocean-goers, a few cloudy-day sun worshipers and beach umbrella rental trucks, I happened to record the Lifeguard station during the shift change. Pick one up, drop one off. Have a safe shift. Ocean temperature today: 75 degrees.
|Not "Baywatch", but beach safety is important everywhere along here.|
|Artificial snow makes Snowbirds feel right at home outside Bubba Gump's.|
|Fishing is serious business at the pier.|
I spotted this fisherman who was prepared for anything. This wasn’t a guy ‘going down to the fishin’ hole with his cane pole for a lazy afternoon’ type of operation. This was serious fishing. He was obviously expecting to catch some big fish – maybe even a small shark.
|Mr. Casual, here, maybe waiting for a handout or a grab & snatch.|
I didn’t know if it was starting to sprinkle rain or if the ocean breeze was blowing water, but looking at the sky made me wonder. I wasn’t prepared for rain and neither was my camera. I thought it prudent to head back to the car and check the parking meter. I though my time was just nearly up. If it wasn’t, it was going to be just he same. I had walked in my shoes instead of barefoot. My feet hurt a little bit.
Even the view toward my parked car was good. I’ve got this “thing” for palm trees, don’t-cha know.
The sun did peek through the clouds for a brief time and I got a glimpse of a small piece of rainbow in the sky above the ocean. It was very faint and I could see it better than I could record it. I wondered why, but I couldn’t ponder that for too long. I got in the car just as a few more raindrops hit the windshield, then made myself comfortable, took one last view through the windshield glass, then slowly headed back to camp. I thought about what I saw, what I wanted to see and did I get every shot that I could. I still had two minutes left on the parking meter.
Good timing, I’d say.