Chimney Swifts on the Beach

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I had one of the best beach days with my son this weekend!  It's not normal that my almost 3 year old little boy will entertain himself for any amount of time.  Well, let me tell you......he entertained himself for THREE solid hours on the beach.  Yes, you heard me right.  Three hours!  I couldn't and still can't really believe it.  He usually doesn't even like the beach that much.  He never wants to get in the water and the sand sticking to his fingers drives him crazy.  All the stars and planets must have been in perfect alignment because he was such a little trooper, and dare I say, he even had fun! We made it to Rum Point early in the morning and the beach was still shaded, breezy and cool.  We camped out under some casurina trees and proceeded to get casurina needles stuck to every single thing we brought with us.  I packed only the essentials......snacks, water, a bottle of Coke for me, cell phone, camera, balls, trucks, buckets, shovels, towels, extra clothes, a blanket, magazines, sunblock, bug spray, sunglasses, hats, wipes........uh, you get the picture, oh, and a new book I actually got to read!  If you or anyone is starting a business, I think it's a must read.  It puts to rest the myth that only certain people can succeed in business and only in a certain way.  It's called ReWork and it will make you think completely different about business.  Just the word business sends chills up my spine.  I have visions of charts, graphs, endless meetings, annoying coworkers and BOREDOM dancing through my head.  Read it!  Personally, I think it's a good read for anyone that has any kind of job.  Next on the list is The Tipping Point.

The pictures I captured from the day seem to emulate my mood. Mellooooooooow.  All shot with my super-fun Lensbaby!

Oh, and I have to mention the Chimney Swifts!  They come this time every year.  I'm convinced they are the same swifts that live in my moms chimney in Illinois.  I even called and told her they were here, and sure enough, she said they had recently left, about a week ago.  I've always loved those little birds.  They swooped right above our heads eating up mosquitos and twittering all morning.  If you see them swooping on the roads, give them a break and slow down.  They're fast, but not that fast.  By the way, my son did not hit that bird with a stick.  Just sayin'.

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Tytia Habing

I am a self taught, natural light photographer, with sixteen years of shooting experience under my belt. Back in the day, I learned to shoot with film, developed it and printed my own photos in my darkroom. I've since moved to digital, but film holds a very dear spot in my heart that I just can't seem to shake. I was supposed to be a horticulturalist and landscape architect...at least that's what my degree's tell me. I followed that path for some time, along with a few other paths, but photography won my heart. Plants and beautiful mother nature is, and will always be, a great inspiration to me. If at all possible, I prefer to shoot outdoors and somehow incorporate nature into the scene. I'm originally from the Watson, Illinois area, but the majority of my adult life I spent living in the Cayman Islands and only moved home to Illinois with my husband and son a few short years ago. I grew up on a small working farm, with acres and acres of natural areas at my disposal. It gave me a great appreciation for the world around me. I roamed wherever I pleased, built forts in the woods, picked wildflowers in the pasture and caught craw-daddies in the crick. My son is taking over the jobs of fort building and craw-daddy hunting, but I'll never give up the picking of wildflowers.