After saying good-bye to our friends in Orlando, we hit the road again down to see our family in Miami. My father-in-law lives on an island named Key Biscayne. We’ve been there a million times, but I had yet to go with he and my wife to visit the island’s lighthouse. Apparently, the island, as well as the lighthouse, has a lot of history and played a key role in the Second Seminole War. You can read more about that here if you like:

So, Erin (my awesome wife) and I had to take some photos. She, with her new Nikon D800, and me with my DJI Phantom quadcopter.

Later that week (or maybe earlier… my sense of chronology is pretty awful), we were able to get back out of the house once the kids were in bed and head out to a small fishing spot right off the bridge to Key Biscayne to take some more photos. I didn’t have my quad with me at the time, but it was still a blast going out after dark to shoot the downtown Miami skyline. We pulled off the exit and turned down a shadowy road and parked in a small parking lot directly under the bridge itself. Mind you, I’m from Ohio, and Miami… is nothing like Ohio. So justifiably or not, I’m super on my guard, looking around for sketchy characters and making sure this fun photography outing doesn’t go sour quickly. Fortunately, the only sketchiness we encountered was an overwhelming smell of urine that punched us in the face as we stepped out of the Batmobile (read mini-van). We quickly grabbed the tripod and gear and got out into the open air by the sea. There were quite a few other people there that made me more at ease. None too suspicious, just fishermen, lovers, kids and other photographers taking in the sights and wonderful night air.

That was a really memorable  night for me, because Erin and I had just gone to a photography seminar in Fort Lauderdale hosted by National Geographic, so we were on a mission to put our new knowledge to good use. So today, I’m thankful to have Erin as my partner in crime for this crazy journey called life.

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