Aquarium in a Pyramid

The largest of three pyramids at Moody Gardens, the blue Aquarium Pyramid is approximately 12 stories high. The massive pools that are housed in the pyramid contain approximately 10,000 marine animals from fish, sharks, seals and penguins, representing different regions of the sea: North Pacific, South Pacific, South Atlantic and Caribbean.

The Galveston Causeway is in the distance, just to the left of the pyramid.  It carries traffic over Galveston Bay and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. 
 

The largest of three pyramids at Moody Gardens, the blue pyramid is approximately 12 stories high. The massive pools that are contained in this pyramid contain approximately 10,000 marine animals. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Evening Pyramids

I have had the fortune to stay at the Moody Gardens Hotel a few times. Each time I stay, the fog has been terrible in the morning and evenings. So much so that you could not see the pyramids from the hotel, even though they are just across the parking lot. On my last visit, the sun was setting and I was able to take this one view. The next evening, when I actually had more time to shoot, the fog prevented any view at all. I was lucky to get this one opportunity from the window of my room.
 

On my last visit to the Moody Gardens Hotel, the sun was setting and I was able to take this one view. The next evening, the fog prevented any view at all. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Morning Ride

One morning while on vacation, I rose early to capture a sunrise while in Pensacola. I made my way to a surf side park I had found the day before and expected to be the only person there. Much to my surprise, there was already a large group of people jogging and exercising around the park. When shooting photos from a pier in the early light, I had to wait for the joggers to pass, so as not to shake the tripod.  As the morning brightened, the joggers left, replaced by this lone cyclist. 
 

One morning while on vacation, I rose early to capture a sunrise while in Pensacola. I made my way to a surf side park I had found the day before. Much to my surprise, there was already a large group of people jogging and exercising around the park. As the morning brightened, the joggers left, replaced by this lone cyclist. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Calling It a Day

After a day on the water, it’s both a relief and let down to return to the pier. The fun is over, but the memories will last long past the day. This was taken at Shaggy’s on Santa Rosa Island in Pensacola, Florida.

After a day on the water, it's both a relief and let down to return to the pier. The fun is over, but the memories will last long past the day. This was taken at Shaggy's on Santa Rosa Island in Pensacola, Florida. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Sunset Through the Fence

The holiday break was in and school was out. It was dreadfully cold as I drove home from work, but the sky looked interesting enough to run home for the camera, then back out to see what might develope. As sunsets go, it wasn’t bad, but things really didn’t take shape until I was walking back to the car. I thought it might be interesting to peak through the ball field fence. Though the sun was gone, the fence seemed to frame the colorful clouds nicely. 
 

Though the sun was gone, the fence seemed to frame the colorful clouds nicely through this ball field fence. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Goodbye 2013

Some years are better than others and some years can be a bit more challenging. 2013 for our family was a mixture. Like most of you, we had our times that tested us in more ways than I care to recount, but there were also many great times I will look back on fondly. 

Last year this time, I mentioned that the present is a present. I try to remember this while understanding that I can not control or fix everything too. The popular Serenity Prayer (reprinted below) is something I am trying to recall more often.

From a photographic standpoint, I have made some great friends that I enjoy shooting with and hope to continue our photo excursions. My friends keep me motivated, challenged and shooting. Thank you for joining me as I continue this photographic journey and I hope that 2014 will be a happy, healthy and prosperous year for all.

Goodbye 2013. Hello 2014.

 

The Serenity Prayer
 by Reinhold Niebuhr

God grant me the serenity 
To accept the things I cannot change; 
Courage to change the things I can; 
And wisdom to know the difference. 

Living one day at a time; 
Enjoying one moment at a time; 
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; 
Taking, as He did, this sinful world 
As it is, not as I would have it; 
Trusting that He will make all things right 
If I surrender to His Will; 
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life 
And supremely happy with Him 
Forever and ever in the next.

Amen.

Shaggy’s Sunset 2013

Last year, our family had dinner at Shaggy’s the evening before we left Pensacola. As it turned out, we did the same this year. And once again, we were treated to a great sunset as we watched from the back deck above the pier. It was such a relaxing way to end the day, and our trip, enjoying some great seafood with family as our vacation drew to a close.
 

Once again we were treated to a great sunset as we watched from the back deck above the pier at Shaggy's in Pensacola. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.