Sometimes, things just need to be reduced to their simplistic elements.


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Silhouettes in the Sunset

Driving towards the beach I figured This is Florida. Sunset’s on the beach or intercoastal waterway is always nice. I didn’t make it quite as far as the beach.  There is a small park on the way to the beach that I figured I’d stop at. There is, after all, a unique looking small bridge.  As I circled the park searching for a parking space, I saw a Great Blue Heron standing on the sea wall.  The sun began to sink lower in the sky, turning from a bright yellow to a soft orange. The haze from a brush fire blowing in from the Okefanokee National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia gave a unique glow in the sky. Being that I only have an 18-55mm lens for my camera, any wildlife photography is rather difficult and tries my patience. In order to get a good shot, I had to creep up slowly, step-by-step, moving directly towards the bird when it was looking away. I was able to get within 20 feet (more or less) and get a couple shots.


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Tipping the Scales

Happy Mother’s Day. Ok, so this post really has nothing else to do with Mother’s Day than the date. Sorry, couldn’t get anything today to be all sentimental.  I will say, this project has opened my eyes to at least 1 truth so far: There is an amazing world surrounding us, you just have to take the time to look at it closely.  Whether it be something large like the decoration on the side of a building or the tiniest insect crawling across the sidewalk.  So looking up and looking down you can find some amazing works of nature (or sometimes man).

This post comes courtesy of a snake. Or, what the snake left behind once it shed it’s skin.  Enjoy

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A Mother’s Care

Today was different. I didn’t scramble trying to get a photo before sunset for once.  Today at lunch I went across the street from my job where there is a boardwalk around several man-made lakes. Off to the side, semi-protected from the boardwalk were Common Moorhens and their chicks.  All I could here was *peep*peep*peep* from the hungry little fuzzballs as they waded through the water searching for tiny morsels of food.  Every so often, one of the mothers would help a baby with a little beak to beak feeding. So, though the photo was done early for once, the editing had to wait until after I got home. But, here it is….

Mother's Care

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Macro Grasshopper

Ok. So my first plan for today’s photo failed miserably. But I’ll keep trying that one, maybe on a weekend when I have more time.

So in desperation, I went outside to see what I could find just outside my own home. All I can say is, damn it was hot. But, on the way back in, while shooing the cat back into the house, I noticed a small, juvenile lubber grasshopper. This was smaller than ones I have photographed before, and well before it molted.  So I ran inside as fast as I could, grabbed the macro filters and tripod, ran back outside and tried to get as close as I could without scaring the little bugger (no pun intended).  These bugs can typically grow up to 3 inches long. Once they molt, they become an orange & yellow insect. Here are a couple photos I have taken in the last couple years

So, tonight, here is one of the macro shots I was able to get. Sweet dreams!

Juvenile Lubber Grasshopper

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