Atlantic Beach, FL

Between Beach and Sky

Anne Bonfert
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Beach Life. It’s summer. It’s happy vibes. It’s people. It’s family meetings. People relax and just let go of all the stress they have been through. It’s been a tough year. And it feels good to just come together. Collect strength for the upcoming year. Find hope and motivation to look forward again.

This week I continued again with the contrasts in the photography challenge. Two photographs taken the same day. Somehow representing some differences.

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Memories are what I value in life. Material things are only adding to one’s worries.

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Today we set up camp and had a lovely lunch with the family on the beach. The men tried their luck with fishing while the women were tanning in the sun.

Later that day my partner and I drove further up the coast choosing a spot far off the main road. Setting up the camp for the night we sat around the fire listening to the ocean.

Seals were surfing the waves right in front of us. Some of them were even coming out of the water looking curiously at our camp. The one on the picture was quickly escaping as I came closer. Back to the ocean.

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The next morning we wake up to the roaring sound of the waves. Jackals were spotted in the distance. We found their tracks all around the camp. They were looking for some food. But that was all hidden inside the car.

After breakfast in bed with a view onto the sea, we slowly packed up and drove back home.

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I started today a ground school. Training students to become skydivers. Lots of theory and practice on the ground is necessary before I can go up with them. Spending all day in the office and on the ground explaining how a parachute works I didn’t have time to take a picture.

Back home I was exhausted. From all the talking I did. From all the questions they asked. Remembering my photographic documentary I quickly picked up the camera.

Sitting on the couch I took one picture from inside the house, focusing on what was on the window sill. And one of what what was outside the window. The beach. Right in front of the house.
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Day two of the training course. Sometimes your training takes longer than usual. Some students have lots of questions, are doubting everything you’re saying, and drag out the whole course.

Something you have to deal with as a teacher. Being patient but strict at the same time is sometimes a real challenge. I enjoy the process of teaching which doesn’t mean that it can’t be frustrating at times too.

Looking at my parachute I called it “one-way use” because I can only come down with it. Down from the sky. The plane in comparison we can use to go up and down. The shot was taken after the course when high clouds were covering the late afternoon sun.
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Today I went up with one of the students on his first jump. Together with another instructor we took him on a skydive where he had to and did pull his parachute himself. He got nervous when we reached the door but still did a great job.

After that one jump, the student was overwhelmed and tired from all the concentration and decided it was enough for the day.

When leaving the airport I took those two pictures half an hour apart. The setting sun can create such diverse pictures in the sky.

This has been my week. A week between the beach and the sky. I was busier than expected since I got this training course in which occupied me for three day days. Including the jump.

It was fun being back at work for a bit and also fun jumping over the desert. I always enjoy those views.

What have you been up to this past week? Any action going on in Atlantic Beach?

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I am a traveler. Photographer. Writer. Teacher. Skydiving instructor. Adventure enthusiast. Nature lover. And fell in love with the African continent. My stories go around travel, nature and all kinds of adventurous activities.


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