birds, dragonflies, Florida wildlife, nature, photography

Newton Park…

Lake Apopka is a great place to take bird photos, or so I’ve heard. About an hour away I was told. An 11 mile loop trail around the lake. So I was off yesterday and I headed out for what turned out to be a 2 hour drive at the end of which I discovered that the trail is closed until they get it all cleaned up after Irma made a visit. I had pulled into a parking area thinking that it was a place to get on the trail, but it was just a little dock. Lucky for me a personal trainer was there, working with a client, and he told me to try Newton Park, which was close by. There were lots of bird noises when I got there, so it sounded like a promising site, despite the “Do Not Feed The Alligators’ sign. And then the mosquito sprayers came by and chased the birds away.

So you’d think it wasn’t a very successful day for pictures, but things do seem to work out most of the time. But I’m not sure I would have noticed the osprey if another visitor hadn’t pointed it out to me.

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birds, nature, photography, sunset, simple things, Pine Island, natural wonders, solitude, pelicans

Pelican sunset…

Not too long ago I wondered why I wasn’t seeing pelicans when I was out for sunset photos.  I had enjoyed seeing them on my first visit to this area when my son got married here, a very long time ago.  Then I noticed one here and there, but last night they were everywhere.  It seemed like every sign had a pelican or two perched on it.  And to see them flying low to the water and dipping their bill was fun, but it all happened too fast to try to capture in a photo

.  Maybe I need a better camera, or a better photographer.  Still, it was a nice Pine Island evening.  With an extra photo of the sunset from the night before thrown in.  Is that cheating?  Maybe…924sunset3This is from the night before.  I thought I must have adjusted it out of all reality, and then I saw a photo by my friend Rosie, taken the same night from the neighboring beach, and this really is what we saw.

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A Not-So-Ordinary Sunset…

Once in a while, on a day that was ordinary, or maybe you are feeling a little blue, you might walk out and see something that would change your perspective completely.  Like finding a beautiful rainbow just outside your door.rainbow

And that puts you in the mood to go to Pine Island for the sunset, despite the drizzle, and the clouds that seem to want to take over.  But, as with the rainbow, you find that nature has another boost to your spirits waiting for you when you get there.

Dolphins haven’t been part of the sunset scene before.  I could hear the people around me exclaiming that it was a mother and baby, and saying, “Isn’t he cute”, but I was too busy trying to take pictures to look for those kinds of details.  I’ll take their word for it.  The kids in the water were treated to close up dolphin sightings going in both directions. A mom was yelling to them to be quiet and stay still, but that seemed to be impossible for them.  Still, they got a closer view than I might have expected.

And then, as I was loading my cameras into the car and turned to see the last of the color,  paper lanterns started rising into the air.  They were probably two feet across, and the flame inside was clearly visible, so the fact that kids were running with them seemed a little bizarre, but they added another element to a not so ordinary sunset.  Mother Nature is a pretty good therapist.dolphinsunset5

life, live and learn, old dogs new tricks, photography, unintended consequences

Far from normal…

Normal, I seem to come back to that word a lot. I realize this because I’m not just thinking my thoughts these days, I’m writing them down. One thing I want is a normal month. No surprises. No hurricanes.  No breaking a tooth and needing a crown. No hitting a hidden tree stump with your lawnmower, twice. And no especially tragic surprises… like running over your iPhone…

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Sunflowers and Bees…

This was the title of a photography class I took a few weeks ago.  We made a vintage sunflower and bee image in photoshop, a process that didn’t seem too daunting in class but I haven’t been able to create another one that I like as well since then.  sunflowerandbeessuebarleysmall

In the meantime the sunflower photos that we took against a black background are still sitting in the computer, asking to be set free.