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Downpour

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Photograph Copyright © 2009 Matthew Ratajczak. All Rights Reserved

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May 26, 2009 at 4:44 PM

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I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire…

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Photograph Copyright © 2009 Matthew Ratajczak. All Rights Reserved.

Photograph Copyright © 2009 Matthew Ratajczak. All Rights Reserved.

Can you guess what this is?

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May 22, 2009 at 12:35 AM

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Solitude

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Photograph Copyright © 2009 Matthew Ratajczak. All Rights Reserved.

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May 19, 2009 at 4:22 PM

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Natty Dread

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Photograph Copyright © 2009 Matthew Ratajczak. All Rights Reserved

Photograph Copyright © 2009 Matthew Ratajczak. All Rights Reserved

I’ve been photographing the brush fires in Indiantown, Fla., for the last few days. Came across 67-year-old George James and his crazy dreads. I’ve never seen anyone wrap them around the forehead like this. Makes me feel itchy. Sitting in the shade under an Australian pine tree, George recalled watching the fires come just feet from his modest home on Lincoln Street Sunday evening, Mother’s Day, the day of his 67th birthday, keeping him from his birthday party across town. Thankfully, his home, and his dreads, both survived the flames. Jah bless.

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May 14, 2009 at 11:17 AM

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One Bachelor, Five Friends, a Boat, the Ocean, Cold Beer, Six Dolphin Fish and One Hammerhead Shark. Good Times

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A group of us took our good friend Alex Boerner out this past Saturday for a day of off-shore fishing, tons of beer and not so healthy food to celebrate his upcoming sentence, I mean marriage, to Deborah Silver. The weather was perfect, the seas were smooth and the beer was cold. Couldn’t ask for a better day. There’s something about drinking a cold beer and eating fried chicken at 8 a.m. 15 miles off-shore with a group of great guys.

 

Alex reeling in his dolphin fish, a.k.a. Mahi-mahi

Alex reeling in his dolphin fish, a.k.a. Mahi-mahi

 

That's me, reeling in my dolphin.

That's me, reeling in my dolphin.

Landing my dolphin into the boat with help from the captain.

Landing my dolphin into the boat with help from the captain.

 

Me and my fish.

Me and my fish.

During a lull in the fishing, Some of us decided to jump overboard for a quick swim to cool off and refresh ourselves. It felt great until someone on the boat told us to get back in, that there was a shark. Of course Alex thought they were just playing around. But they weren’t. We all climbed back in and saw the 10 to 12-foot hammer head circling the boat. Pretty exciting. The photos below are not great, but show our friend looking for its next meal. Or maybe he was just curious about all the noise. I think he wanted to eat us. It makes for a better story. 

 

Hammerhead looking for lunch.

Hammerhead looking for lunch.

 

Hammerhead shark near the surface.

Hammerhead shark near the surface.

After getting beat up by the salt and the sun and who knows how many cans of Coors Light and Heineken, we made it back to dry land, cleaned the six dolphin we caught, grilled some of it over at Steven Martine’s crib and ate probably the freshest, tastiest fish I’ve ever had, all washed down with cold Newcastles. Deliciousioso!!

Congratulations Alex! Sorry we never made it out to see those dancing girls. Another time my friend.

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May 4, 2009 at 2:07 PM

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