Godspeed, John Glenn




In lieu of another astrophotography post today, I’ve put together this tribute to John Glenn, who passed yesterday afternoon. John Glenn was a national hero, certainly a hero to me. I remember watching his historical orbit of earth in 1962, from my elementary school classroom. Seemed like fiction at the time, but in the decades […]

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Fun Friday: Don’t Step on That Gator!




Today’s Fun Friday post is two more photos taken at an alligator pool in Myakka River State Park, Florida. Among the seemingly endless number of alligators at this small water pool, birds were busy foraging among the gators as if they weren’t even there! Although today’s images seem to show a Great Egret stepping on/very […]

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Wanna Go Swimming?




Probably not in this pool! While hiking around Myakka River State Park (Florida) in 2014, I came upon an amazing sight … a small pool of water with what seemed to be hundreds of alligators! Gators appeared everywhere. And interestingly, the wading birds were not too afraid of being in the water with the gators […]

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The Lumbering Dinosaur




In my last photo trip to Florida (winter 2014), I captured some of my favorite Florida residents, the American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis). Resembling dinosaurs, you mostly see these large amphibians either sunning along the banks of water pools, or with just a head sticking out of the water. However, I was able to capture a […]

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Limpkin




Today’s post comes from my 2014 Florida trip. When I travel to Florida for photographing nature, I always try to find some time to stay in Myakka River State Park for a few days. Besides lots of gators, Myakka River has a wide variety of birds. One such bird is the Limpkin (Aramus guarauna). This […]

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Fun Friday: Me, and My Shadow




Today’s Fun Friday post comes from 2014, while photographing in the beautiful Myakka River at Myakka River State Park in Florida. This image was captured late in the afternoon, as sunset was starting to occur. I love photographing the critters on the Myakka River at sunrise and sunset … the river takes on the beautiful […]

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Fun Friday: Birds At Rest




Today’s fun foto is from my winter trip to Florida. While photographing birds at the beach in St. Petersburg, many of the Black Skimmers (Rhynchops niger) dropped to the ground and sprawled out on the sand, making for a comical sight: I’d never seen this behavior in the birds before. Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 1D […]

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Fun Friday: Anybody There?




Wading birds, in particular the herons and egrets, can be comical to watch. As in the case with this Great Egret (Ardea alba), they will often cock their heads at an angle, conjuring up all sorts of possible captions! In reality, they are simply working at minimizing the glare from the water so that they […]

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Fun Friday: Hangin’




While in Everglades NP this winter, I came across this Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus), hanging upside-down from a tree along the Anhinga Trail, just hanging out: Sex of this bird can be determined by it’s midcrown color … males have a red midcrown, while the female has a tan midcrown. Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 7D […]

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Whoa, Watch Your Step!




While in Florida, we had a unique opportunity to attend a “Raptorfest” at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, a local nature preserve in St. Petersburg. It was a wonderful experience to see some awesome raptors, up close and personal, as well as some flight demonstrations. I was especially awed in watching a Peregrine Falcon speed demonstration […]

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