Sunday, March 6, 2005

Saturday ...

   

 I Spent the day with my friend Mary Lou yesterday, we both had different ideas about what kind of plans we should make. She wanted to go to the Hard Rock, I wanted to go to Calle Ocho in Little Havana (Miami), yep ... Latin Carnival (Mardi Gras) bright colored costumes, 40 stages with top name Latin bands, food and people from around the globe. (I didn't win this time!)      We decided to compromise and start the day off without any plans and wait to see where we end up!

     I met her at her place, it's a 4o minute drive for me. While she was finishing up a few last minute details and phone calls I went outside to take a few photos.

   

     Mary Lou lives on the intercoastal so there's always plenty to see. As I was taking a few upclose shots of flowers, I heard a grumbly voice call down from above ... Him- "you're wasting film." I looked up on a balcony and there stood a man holding a huge white circle. No doubt that even the voice from the balcony above would have to agree that the two shots above were not a total waste, but I decided to play along.

     Me - "these flowers are beautiful, but maybe you've got a better idea, do you think I should be taking photos of you?" Him- " No, you couldn't afford to take photos of me." Me- "Okay ...  what do you think I should be taking photos of then?" He holds up the big white circle Me- "should I take a photo of that?" Him- "No you would be wasting film!" Me - Okay, then what should I photograph?"

 

He turned the circle around ... it was a brightly colored table top that he had painted. Him- photograph this. Me - Okay I will. Him - Did you get it? Me - yes and you are right ... that was not a waste of film, thank you. He walked back into his condo and I continued what I was doing.

     As you can see, many of the neighbors have boats ... nice ones!

 

     It was a busy day on the water ... boats, boats, boats! Mary Lou lives by a draw bridge, it's a high boat traffic area. 

     In the photo on the right, I was having a little fun with Photoshop (new skills from my Wednesday night classes). I actually used parts of 5 different photos that I took all within a few minutes of each other. I added an additional boat (the one up front) to the already brisk boat traffic photo, I also added the floating Pelican, the flying pelican and the GoodYear Blimp ... all from different photos. Kind of cool, right?

    

     We ended up spending a large part of the day at the Palm Aire Resort and Spa with all of the Snow Birds escaping the relentless winter in the north! That darn groundhog!

     Mary Lou gets and employee discount so we went for the royal treatment at the spa ... steam, sauna and a totally relaxing massage, ahhh ...we love employee discounts.

     It was a leisurely, rejuvenating afternoon and then we did end up driving to Hollywood to the Hard Rock. I go there frequently but she had not been since they opened the huge shopping area. (she so owes me Calle Ocho next year) 

   

     I'll give you a tour of the Hard Rock in another entry but I did want to share the photo of my frosty friend from the north, that was outside in the courtyard. I really thought she was a statue ... then I saw her move, it was very few huge animated movements, there were only 2 of us in the huge and very crowded courtyard that saw the little dance ... we stayed for at least 15 minutes to see if she would move again and that girl did not even bat an eyelash. Quite artsy but that's one job that I would not want.

                                *** Coy ***

  

28 comments:

suzypwr said...

I have seen 'statues' like that in Las Vegas. They do an incredible job!
Good Photoshop work!
xoxo

theresarrt7 said...

Wow, looks like such fun.  My husband would be very jealous, seeing the boats.  He is crazy about boating and can't wait to get back out on the water.  It's still all frozen around here.  Great pictures.  

cneinhorn said...

Coy, you live in Paradise!  Would love to see photos of "your" HardRock, considering I just photographed "mine" last week!  great photos, very pretty flowers!  nice boats...how nice that must be to have in the backyard huh?  oh yeah, party time! ;-)  

~JerseyGirl
http://journals.aol.com/cneinhorn/WonderGirl

ryanagi said...

Wow...Mary Lou lives in my idea of heaven. How pretty is that view! I'd never get tired of it.

boiseladie said...

Love the flower photos, they are gorgeous!  Looks like you had a blast.

sunflowerkat321 said...

What a nice day!!  The pics are great and you seem to be mastering photoshop!

Aren't those "living statues" awesome.  I've seen similar performers before.  I can't image how thay stand SO completely motionless for so long.

jcole16757 said...

Sounds like a great day!  The photos are awesome!

sunnyside46 said...

what a great place to live
Marti

realitycheckmco said...

I would KILL for that tabletop!!!!!
So eclectic and fun!
M

luvmort said...

Beautiful shots of the flowers. The table is hardly any comparison, he's a bit precious comparing himself to the glory of nature. Men are like that, though.

nanmm11 said...

Love the edited picture!! new sotware? or actual classes for the know-how? The color "green" comes to mind when I'm looking at the water,weather and those lovely boats lol.  and not to mention the "spa" treatment to add to the mix. sounds like you had a purrrfect day going on. Enjoy!!!

sanforized6 said...

Oh how I wish I felt like doing something fun. It's an effort just to comment, BUT, I'm getting better, slowly but surely! Liked your "collage" pic, and the whole day! rich

fasttrack58 said...

Wow!! What a great day! I always enjoy your photos... Linda

kristeenaelise said...

Wow - you're a PhotoShop goddess!  I'm just a baby - I just started using touch up and crop.  Your photos are gorgeous, and I don't think any of them were "a waste of film".  (I'm still giggling - apparently he hasn't heard of digital, but that sounds like something my Grandpa would say!)

=) kris
http://journals.aol.com/kristeenaelise/thedailypurge

mommysquiettime said...

Wow...those pictures that you took of the flowers are beautiful!  I'm just so impressed.  And, the table that the man had painted was definitely not a waste of film.  As far as I'm concerned, anything that you take pictures of, is NOT a waste of anything!  You are talented beyond belief!
Micheyle
http://journals.aol.com/mommysquiettime/RedFlannelPajamas

astaryth said...

Nice Pics! What a nice way to spend a Saturday!! Which Photoshop are you using... Regular, CS, or Elements?? I've been working with Elements some. Can't afford the full professional version <g>, but Elements seems to have most of the things I need/want. You are obviously doing well in the class!!
http://journals.aol.com/astaryth/AdventuresofanEclecticMind

bookncoffee said...

Oh, what a cool entry.  Odd about the man with the circle, although it was very good!  And so funny the pic where you added things, I was thinking - man there is a lot going on in that once space - what a busy waterway. I'm going to have to check out this photoshop thing!!!
I enjoyed your pics as always.  It looks so warm there.  It's going to snow here in Tennessee this week.  I want to wear sandals so bad and I am sure you have been in yours since February if not before - LOL!
Sonya

deveil said...

VEry cool, you look like the two of you had a wonderful time!

Derek

stormie4851 said...

Sounds like a fun day, love the pic's...................Stormie

hadonfield78 said...

Your pictures are simply excellent. I forgot how great Miami was.
Havent been in a long time.
Thank you for sharing those.
They are great. They perked my night up.

mykesmom75 said...

Sounds like you had a great day!!! the pics are wonderful as usual.....ave a good night...                                            * Debbie*:)

delela1 said...

Beautiful...love the hibiscus photo!  What a lovely day you had!  ~Dona

lamove04 said...

Mr. Condo Tabletop guy was... interesting!

I always enjoy hearing about all your artsy adventures, Coy... you seek out color and inspiration as much as I do.

Checked out the Fairy site in your previous entry-- some beautiful artwork.  I don't know why, but I just can't completely get on board with the Fairy thing.  (other than Disneyland employees and SF residents: I laughed at Michael's comment!).  Some of my art ideas are just a little too dark for Fairyland...
--Albert

judithheartsong said...

loved your interaction with "him". I saw a mime much like yours on the hill in MontreMartre in Paris. You brought back a great memory:) judi

indigosunmoon said...

Absolutely gorgeous photos!!!
Your so lucky to live in such a
gorgeous area!
Love ya,
Connie

sonensmilinmon said...

Oh your interaction with the condo man was too funny!  Sounds like you and Mary Lou had a great time. :-)

Monica

sonensmilinmon said...

Oh your interaction with the condo man was too funny!  Sounds like you and Mary Lou had a great time. :-)

Monica

alphawoman1 said...

I love the Little Havana section of Miami....I would have wanted to there too!