Bok Tower Gardens, Part 2

Today’s post features the most unique feature of Bok Tower Gardens … the tower, itself (In Part 1,“Bok Tower Gardens, Part 1”, I featured a few images of the garden landscape). The tower consists of multiple levels (all closed to the public). The entrance to the tower consists of a beautiful, brass door. On one […]

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Bok Tower Gardens, Part 1

Today’s post, part 1 of 2, features a wonderful garden that I visited for the first time, during my recent trip to Florida. The Bok Tower Gardens is located in Lake Wales, Florida, and is 130 acres in size. The gardens were established by Edward W. Bok. During visits from their Pennsylvania residence to their […]

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Thinking in the Future

Been busy looking at a long term photo schedule. After little hesitation, I decided I needed to go back next winter to Florida … catch some rays and also some beautiful birds, like this Great Egret I captured during my last visit to the Venice Rookery: And yes, the Venice Rookery is on my list […]

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Cattle Egret Dispute

Today’s post comes from my recent (February 2018) photo trip to Florida. While kayaking around Bird Island (a rookery near St. Petersburg), I captured a series of images of a couple of Cattle Egrets that were busy in a nesting territorial dispute on the island: During nesting season, you must always be ready for the […]

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2018 FOY Roseatte Spoonbill

Today’s post features some new photos I captured of a Roseatte Spoonbill, my targeted species of my February trip to Florida. The Roseatte Spoonbill is one of my favorite birds to photograph. I just love the beautiful pinks/reds of this magnificent bird. I only wish we had some in Missouri! While photographing at the Venice […]

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Fun Fri: Ready or Not, Here I Am

Today’s Fun Friday post comes from the Venice Rookery (Florida), where I captured this beautiful male (in fantastic breeding plumage) calling out loudly as he approaches the rookery nesting site: Coming up: more Florida travel images and some woodland wildflowers. Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 7D Mark II body Canon 500mm, f/4 IS lens Bogen 3021 […]

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A Regal Bird

Following up to yesterday’s post on the regal Great Egrets carrying nesting materials back to their nest in the Venice Rookery, today’s post features some of the birds returning to the rookery without nest materials. I love photographing these white beauties, especially in their colorful and frilly breeding plumage: Coming up … more images from […]

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Home Construction

When I visited the Venice Rookery (Florida) this past February, there was tons of activity by the Great Egrets. Besides the one pair of egrets that were being incubated (in last Friday’s post), all of the other egrets were busy attracting mates or collecting sticks and building their nests. Here are a few of my […]

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Fun Friday: Eggs-cuse Me …

… but please watch your step! This image was captured during my 2-day photo outings to the Venice Rookery, in Venice, Florida. Most of the Great Egrets were busy building nests (will be covered in another post) and a couple of pair even mating. But this was the only nest that was busy with parents […]

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Fun Friday: Family Dispute

Today’s Fun Friday post comes from the Venice Rookery (Florida) and features a pair of juvenile Anhingas having a sibling dispute in their nest at the rookery. While most of the birds at the rookery were busy building their nests, and a few even involved in mating, the Anhingas, along with the Great Blue Herons, […]

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