In December 2019, I visited Jacksonville, Florida. While there, I had several opportunities to take photos in nearby state parks, on the beaches, and at a pier.
The Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier is nearly a quarter of a mile long, but only approximately 625 ft. is currently open while repairs are made to a storm-damaged section. This local landmark offers visitors close-up views of the Atlantic Ocean and gives anglers access to deep-water species of fish. For photographers, a pier presents many options and challenges. Open to the public from 6 AM to 10 PM, it offers a concession and bait shop, restrooms, and is wheel-chair accessible.
The rose garden inside the Colonial Park in Somerset, New Jersey, is named in honor of Rudolf W. van der Goot, the first horticulturist with the County Park Commission, as a tribute to his efforts in designing and developing the garden. It is only one acre in size but contains more than 3,000 roses covering 325 varieties. From late spring through fall, these roses present an unending variety of colors, fragrances and, above all, appearances.
Photographing roses also presents unending opportunities, especially after a rainy night or while it is drizzling. The park being very close to my home, I visit often. Recently, I went once while it was drizzling and again on a bright sunny day.
During Thanksgiving weekend, my wife and I went to Boston for a family get together. On our return to New Jersey on Friday morning, we decided to stop in Newport, Rhode Island, and visit the mansions.
One of the most popular attractions there is the Cliff Walk Trail, a 3.5 mile path between the sea and Newport’s famous Gilded Age mansions. Made a National Recreational Trail in 1975, the Cliff Walk gives you views of the mansions and the striking shoreline along Newport’s southeast coastline.
All living creatures are born with instincts. Out of all of those instincts, a mother’s love for her babies is the most unique, powerful and amazing. She naturally wants to protect her offspring, teach her babies how the world works and how to use their own biologically-inherited instincts to survive. Love, tenderness, nurturing and protection—all are often on display when you see mother and child.