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Here are some pix from Delray Beach on Friday evening in the wake of Hurricane Irene. Sorry about the noise in the photos, I got to the beach pretty late and ran out of light. It was beautiful out there…

The waves were still coming in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Hurricane Irene continues to bring good surf to Delray Beach Florida

Surfing on Friday evening after Hurricane Irene passed.

Surfing Delray Beach on Friday evening after Hurricane Irene passed.

Surfing in Delray Beach Florida on Friday evening, still feeling the effects of Hurricane Irene.

Surfing in Delray Beach Florida on Friday evening, still feeling the effects of Hurricane Irene.

Surfing in Delray Beach Florida on waves compliments of Hurricane Irene.

Surfing in Delray Beach Florida on waves compliments of Hurricane Irene.

Surfing in Delray Beach Florida on the day after Hurricane Irene passed.

Surfing in Delray Beach Florida on the day after Hurricane Irene passed.

Surfing in Delray Beach Florida Friday after Hurricane Irene passed us by.

Surfing in Delray Beach Florida Friday after Hurricane Irene passed us by.

Delray Beach Florida Friday after Hurricane Irene passed us by. Goodnight Irene!

Delray Beach Florida Friday after Hurricane Irene passed us by. Goodnight Irene!

I ran out of light, but the surf and surfers kept on! Keep on keeping on!

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Two Waves Collide

A wave collision.

I’m hanging on to the hope for a miracle for all those in the path of Hurricane Irene. Be safe! Come to Florida. Hurricane Irene brought some incredible surf to Delray Beach, Florida. We don’t see surf of this magnitude very much, so this is unique and beautiful. Sadly many sea turtle eggs and hatchlings were destroyed, and we’ve lost a good portion of our beach.

Hurricane Irene Offshore Delray Beach, Florida

Hurricane Irene passing by Delray Beach, Florida

Forceful waves approach Delray Beach Florida as Hurricane Irene passed by.

Forceful waves approach Delray Beach Florida as Hurricane Irene passed by.

The Fury of Hurricane Irene

Passing by at 200 miles offshore Hurricane Irene had quite an impact on Delray Beach Florida.

Hurricane Irene battered the coast in Delray Beach Florida with powerful waves.

Hurricane Irene battered the coast in Delray Beach Florida with powerful waves.

The sky lightened but the waves were still packing quite a punch.

The sky lightened but the waves were still packing quite a punch.

Toward evening Hurricane Irene had moved far enough north to take the clouds with her, and for a while we saw sun.

The surfers enjoyed the big waves that Hurricane Irene sent our way.

The surfers enjoyed the big waves that Hurricane Irene sent our way.

Surfing the big waves brought to Delray Beach Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Surfing the big waves brought to Delray Beach Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Hurricane Irene brought the daring out to ride her waves.

Hurricane Irene brought the daring out to ride her waves.

Hurricane Irene takes a bite out of coastal Delray Beach Florida.

Hurricane Irene takes a bite out of coastal Delray Beach Florida.

Look close, I sent Maxine in to duke it out with Irene!

Look close, I sent Maxine in to duke it out with Irene!

Although beautiful from this vantage point, I know what a hurricane can do physically and psychologically. May all be safe as Hurricane Irene unleashes her wrath. I’m hoping for a miracle! Please, everyone, respect the power of nature.

The osprey after one of his dives into the water.

The osprey after one of his dives into the water.

My friend Norah and I took a walk along the beach this evening. The sun hadn’t set yet but it was getting ready to. It was still so very hot out, not much of a breeze either. We’re hoping things will cool off down here in South Florida soon, real soon. I know, no sympathy from those freezing up north.

Of course I brought my camera along, just in case I saw something that intrigued me. We weren’t too far into our walk when I noticed an osprey fishing with wild abandon up ahead of us. This guy was throwing himself into the water time and time again. He just could not catch a fish, but it sure wasn’t for his lack of trying.

Male osprey flying high above the beach looking for fish.

Male osprey flying high above the beach looking for fish.

I was hoping to catch the osprey in a dive. I’ve seen one dive, but I’ve yet to photograph one successfully, and tonight was no different. I got some great shots while he was flying and starting the dive, but the final descent is so fast, and the bird reverses and hits the water and pulls himself out so fast that every image I shot during this time is totally out of focus. I was shooting at 1/1000, that was clearly way too slow a shutter speed. I can see this is a challenge I will have to overcome.

The osprey beginning his dive toward the water.

The osprey beginning his dive toward the water.

Further down the beach we came across a crab that was quite busy by the shoreline. When we approached he turned right around and came after us, both claws raised. He meant business…..don’t come any closer ladies, I predict pain! I imagine having the two of us and a great big lens staring at him was pretty scary from his perspective. I did notice that crabs have eyelashes. Yup, little hairs growing out above those crazy tubular eyes. Check them out.

This crab has eyelashes, he does! Take a look.

This crab has eyelashes, he does! Take a look.

Well that’s it for today. Until next time I will be trying to catch that elusive osprey diving into the surf photo.