On parenting…..

The past few weeks have been tough. I would say the toughest yet as a parent. The {not so} simple task of moving Emily from a crib to a toddler bed has turned our world upside down with less than four hours of sleep per night, a lot of trying to convince her that sleeping in good, and some not-so-happy moments of despair that this will never end (usually happens around 2:30am). While pondering if she might be one of the Keifer Sutherland’s vampiric Lost Boys from the days of my youth, this photo popped up  and made me smile. Reminds me that the dark moments are overshadowed by the light, even if we cannot see it at times. This too shall pass.As free as only a two-year-old can be

A night out

A much needed night out with a good friend in downtown West Palm Beach. Here are some photos of the night…. 

In other words don't leave the goods where thieving eyes may see them. Always good advice!

In other words don’t leave the goods where thieving eyes may see them. Always good advice!

Dogfish 90

What better way to start a night than with a Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA!

The chairs are so anxious they huddle in excited anticipation of the oncoming crowd of raucous party-goers!

The chairs are so anxious they huddle in excited anticipation of the oncoming crowd of raucous party-goers!

Even Facebook needs protection (while it still shamelessly advertises and tracks your every move, even right now).

Even Facebook needs protection (while it still shamelessly advertises and tracks your every move, even right now).

This man hates Leica. I guess it may have turned into a violent encounter if he saw me shooting him the with X1!

This man hates Leica. I guess it may have turned into a violent encounter if he saw me shooting him the with X1!

Regardless of how many beers one has had, it is still a long walk.

Regardless of how many beers one has had, it is still a long walk.

Even baristas need to take a moment to see the newest wave of Ice Bucket Challenges.

Even baristas need to take a moment to see the newest wave of Ice Bucket Challenges.

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He must still be angry at Leica..

He must still be angry at Leica..

From the shadows comes a photo of a guy on his scooter.

From the shadows comes a photo of a guy on his scooter.

Should we stumble across this dark alley or avoid trouble and go straight to the vehicle? My sense of adventure had waned by this point, but I managed to grab this shot regardless.

Should we stumble across this dark alley or avoid trouble and go straight to the vehicle? My sense of adventure had waned by this point, but I managed to grab this shot regardless.

Ray Lamontagne at the Fillmore Miami July 12, 2014

This is my first time seeing Ray Lamontagne live, even though I have been a fan for quite a while. It was certainly worth the wait as the show was amazing. I would have love to have had a press pass to get up close, but I will take what can be had. Not amazing stuff but not too bad for a 36mm f2.8 lens 30 rows deep!

If you get the chance to see Ray Lamontagne live, do so. If you have not heard his music stop by his website and check it out. Great music by an amazing artist that has made my life a better place!

A special thanks to Bert for getting those chatting girls behind us to leave in peace, and for joining me on an incredible evening!

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Cormorants take Biscayne Bay

Cormorants take Biscayne Bay

As the current swept me out to Biscayne Bay, these cormorants showed me it was no big deal to be heading into deeper waters. That, and a friend from the Wildlife Research Team (thanks, Donna!) helped me get through the day hopelessly adrift in a canoe.