Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.  ~Alphonse Karr

I was thinking of titling this post “Making the Most of a Long Layover”, or maybe “Why You Should Never, Ever, Ever Put Your Camera Into Checked Baggage”, but then I thought those two things matter only if you have a positive attitude.

Layovers are inevitable, and depending on the length of time you have, you can either take a nap or take advantage.

I recently had the opportunity to indulge in a long, planned layover in Miami.  The Hubs and I were on our way to Spain and stopped to visit a friend who had a surprise for me:  lunch at my namesake’s restaurant!


To get there, we took the scenic route. We parked near the “Birdcage” area of South Beach. You know, from the movie?  Those beautiful buildings along Ocean Drive that remain a loving nod to the Art Deco movement?  It looked and felt like the set of a movie.


IMG_1918The sky! + The clouds! + The architecture! = Visual feast.  I could have spent hours there, but we were hungry and had a limited budget of time.

After walking along the busy street, we opted to finish our walk southward along the beach.  And what a beach!

It wasn’t what I expected.  I really don’t know what I expected, but it wasn’t anything I imagined.  The pictures don’t do it justice because I had to tone them down to get the colors to look somewhat normal.  Everything was so bright, it was like the sand and the clouds were real-life blown-out highlights.


There were small dunes that gave my eyes some relief.



IMG_1923All told, this little excursion took about 3 hours away from the airport.  I can’t believe what I would have missed by just sitting and waiting!  And I guarantee I couldn’t have gotten this at the airport:

Best oysters I've ever eaten!!
Best oysters I’ve ever eaten!!

I would highly encourage you to take advantage of your next layover, especially if it’s a long one in Miami.

Happy Shooting!


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