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Sunset on the Boardwalk

Owning the Dream

I began taking photography seriously about six years ago, when I purchased my first Canon Rebel…. Read more

Couples raising roses in celebration

Saying Yes to Gay Marriage in Delray Beach Florida

The dream was delivered for marriage equality in Florida…. and I was there!!!
Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller, Sharon Bock, opened the historic mass wedding by reciting these immortal words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

“The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.”

Clearly recognizing the significance of Dr. King’s words, the crowed erupted in cheers as marriage equality was legally ushered into the Delray Beach Courthouse at 12:01 am., Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

There were at least 70 same-sex couples married in the large ceremony.  I stood only inches away from four couples who exchanged vows, rings and tears of joy.

I will never forget the joy and the love in that room – in that huge courthouse atrium where hundreds gathered to express their love for one another while others, like myself, were there to rejoice and be a part of history.

Financial guru (and all-around wonderful human being), Suze Orman attended the event with her partner. She lives in the Delray Beach area and attended in support of her personal friends.

What a night! What a dream!

Here are a few photos:

Balloons on the steps into the Delray Beach Courthouse

Balloons on the steps into the Delray Beach Courthouse

The Joy could not be contained

The Joy could not be contained

Stickers shared with the crowd

Stickers shared with the crowd

A Super Happy Couple talks to the Media

A Super Happy Couple talks to the Media

Suze Orman and Media

Suze Orman and Media

Suze Orman and the Media

Suze Orman and the Media

The Crowd and the Couples Gather

The Crowd and the Couples Gather

Couples line up in the hallway prior to assembling for the ceremony

Couples line up in the hallway prior to assembling for the ceremony

Couples raising roses in celebration

Couples raising roses in celebration


Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

As usual, I’m busier than a bee.  But, I do want to post a picture of this week’s photo challenge.  The word is “Inside.”

Hope and Honey Bee, by Andrea O'Connell

By Andrea O'Connell, 2012

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming!

The weekly photo challenge for this week is “Dreaming.” Read more


Weekly Photo Challenge: Close

This week the photo challenge word is close.  I’ve chosen to use “close” as in close-up, or macro photography.  I shot this last week:

This is my cat, Beau.  I love his eyes!  He’s jet-black with white whiskers!  When I can get him to sit still or wake up, he’s a good subject:

Photo by Andrea O’Connell, 2012


Weekly Photo Challenge One Week Late: Friendship

I just realized I used the Macaws for another photo challenge!  Here’s the one I was going to use originally, anyway:  My niece and her friend seeing how their friendship necklace fits together:

The weekly photo challenge from two weeks ago was to post a photo that speaks about friendship.  I chose these two Macaws.  They are big buddies and have such fun together…. Such lovely birds, too.


I’m still here!

I know, I know…. It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve popped in to blog – I even missed the last two Weekly Photo Challenges…. Horrors!  I plan to do those momentarily.

I’m having this battle with myself about taking time to blog.  I feel guilty taking the time when I have so much work to do….  I’m working from home now – doing Instructional Design consulting.  Yeap.  I took the plunge to work for myself!

I’m working on a website and two business blogs right now – it’s a huge task.  I have them all set to go as far as how they look and feel, but still developing the content, which is the major task.

I haven’t been following the Casey Anthony goings-on, but have heard that a movie, based on Jeff Ashton’s book,  is in the works.  Good for him!  I’m glad he’s doing so well.

I heard through the grapevine that Jose Baez has a book out, or has one coming out – I’m not sure which it is.  I’d venture to say few people will want to read it.  What can Jose Baez say other than “I told ya’ so!” (Which no one in their right mind believed was possible at the time.)

It still floors me.  We all thought, no way can such an inexperienced trial lawyer win that case!   Hah!  He did it.  We all wore eggs on our face after that, big time.

I’m amazed that the Casey Anthony story continues to generate news!  It’s so crazy!  I get Google-Alerts on the topic of Casey Anthony and it never fails that EVERY day, somewhere – someone is talking about something related to that trial.  It seems to be a foregone conclusion that little Miss Beautiful Life is going to have a perpetual OJ Simpson-like reputation for life.

Well, life goes on, doesn’t it? It doesn’t change much, but it goes on!

Here’s a little gift from me:

A Wave Crashing.  Photo by Andrea O'Connell 2012

Weekly Photo Challenge: Today

The weekly photo challenge word is was “today.”

Lately my “today’s” have been sans camera in favor of the computer and work-projects.

I shot these photos on a today that happened last month!

There’s a “today” certainty and strength in nature, especially in the sea…. it flows through every today …. the waves, so much like music…

Anyway, I love a today with ocean in it.

Click on an image to enlarge it.


weekly photo challenge: Summer

The weekly photo challenge word is “Summer”.

Holding the string, at the other end of this kite are a couple of boys and their Dad.  The kids were thrilled when the kite caught the wind and really took off.  It was a beautiful sight; and seemed the epitome of summer.

(Click to enlarge.)

Photo by Andrea O’Connell

A Butterfly Holds A Child's Hand.  Photo by Andrea O'Connell

Weekly Photo Challenge: Hands

The word this week is: Hands. Read more


Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue

I know, I know…. The “Blue” challenge was last week… suffice it to say, that blue week was a busy one for me – though not at all blue.  On the contrary, it was a lovely week because half of it I spent soaking in the sights and sounds of the blue sea.

I met this woman in blue on the beach.  She was staying in the same hotel I was in.

(I don’t know how to spell her name, but it sounds like Iah.)

She’s from Somalia and was so friendly, with a great smile even though I didn’t capture it fully in this photo, unfortunately.

Anyway, she saw me taking photographs and asked if I’d come across a key she’d lost – her hotel key.  I hadn’t but I offered to help her look for it until I saw how she was looking – picking up the seaweed, shaking it and shuffling the sand that the seaweed had been sitting on.

I’ve seen too many creatures in the seaweed to get too close.  So, I found a stick and helped.

We never found her key, but we chatted a bit.  She asked me to take a picture of her with a handful of seaweed.  I said sure (later I captured more photos of her scooping through the weeds that I was too wimpy to touch).

She asked if she could have copies of the picture and so I gave her my email address to contact me,. but she never has. Maybe she’ll see this post…

A Friend in Blue. Photo by Andrea O’Connell

Man-O-War creature sitting in the seaweed.  They about kill the human unfortunate enough to touch one.  I was stung as a kid – horrendous pain.

Man-Oh-Man-Oh-Man-O-War. Photo by Andrea O’Connell

Here she is using her hands to dig through seaweed with who-knows-what kinds of horrible creatures in it.

Somewhere In There is a Lost Hotel Key. Photo by Andrea O’Connell

And here’s the beautiful blue of the sea in its glory.
I’m blue now….. missing this beach.

So Blue and Inviting! Photo by Andrea O’Connell

pink in the sky

I love the sunrise

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused

The word for this week’s Photo Challenge is “unfocused.”  Certainly an easy one for me as I have many photos that fall into that unsightly category. :)

I’m like a photography hoarder, I keep the even the blurry and goofy pictures!

This pretty fella, the bright Peacock, moved just as I clicked.


The second photo is the effect of theatrical lighting on aluminum scaffolding.  Not only is it blurry, it’s also distorted! Two features for the price of one with that photo!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Together

Last week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge was to post something that says “together.”

Well, I’m a bit late with this – haven’t had my act together!

Here are two colorful Macaws who are having such fun together.  These kids are hilarious when they’re together!  They seem to love each other, but they fight like cats and dogs, too!

Here are two lovely butterflies doing what butterflies do when they’re together.

Clouds Chasing the Sun.  Photo by Andrea O'Connell

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun

The challenge this week is to capture the sun!  I usually battle with the sun when developing images…. When there’s too much sun-glare it can wreak havoc on an image.   So, it’s nice, for a change, to have an occasion to relish the sun!

A Roseate Spoonbill sun dance:

Sun Dancing. Photo by Andrea O’Connell

Clouds chasing the sun:

Clouds Chasing the Sun. Photo by Andrea O’Connell

An orange flower drinks in the sun:

Drinking in the Sun. Photo by Andrea O’Connell


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