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At John Chestnut park…

An early morning errand brought me almost to John Chestnut park, so of course I dropped by to see what I might see. I found lots of dog walkers, a few photographers, joggers pushing baby carriages, and more. Wait, let me show you…

There were deer along the road as I drove into the park, and some very cooperative dragonflies along the boardwalk.

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Sunbathers…

Many adorable birds thanks to the sunflower seeds that someone had left along the way. And squirrels of course, always squirrels.

Wildlife of another variety entirely…

I heard him pecking, so I stuck around until I spotted him. This was my first photo shoot with a pileated woodpecker, who paid no attention to me at all. He gathered a small crowd before he finally flew away.

I have spent probably too much time lately coloring in a fun book that features gnomes. Maybe that’s why these cypress knees looked to me like a mysterious gathering of gnomes in the woods.

Of all the activities I saw going on in the park I think I liked this one the best. A woman taking a moment to rest and enjoy the view.

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Into the woods…

I tagged along with my friends into the woods at the Chassahowitzka Wildlife preserve yesterday, which always involves lots of fun. And bugs, lots of bugs. We took pictures of some of them and swatted many more.

And not only bugs, we also found a deer, a fox squirrel, and we had to search but we did find the baby alligators we were looking for. I can almost say that they are cute, but they are alligators so they won’t be cute for long. And they were calling for their mother, I think we were distressing them. We didn’t see her though, but chances are good that she wasn’t far away.

You do have to wonder what happened here. Maybe someone was extra anxious to jump in the water at Eagle’s Nest for some scuba diving. Or something like that…

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Believe it, or not…

You can’t believe everything you read. Or anything your weather app tells you about the weather, even the current weather, even the weather right outside your door. That that the sky outside the front door didn’t actually seem as clear as the app made it sound didn’t stop me from heading to Safety Harbor for the sunrise. It was supposed to be clear there also, but it wasn’t. And it was way too windy to be fun to be out taking pictures. Of course we did dodge not one but two hurricanes in my area of Florida today, so maybe I shouldn’t complain and just be grateful, and count my blessings, but not my calories. Not while I’m sitting home with nothing to do, which makes me want to bake, and eat…

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A beautiful morning…

When you finally wake up to a morning without the threat of immanent thunderstorms you quickly figure out somewhere to go to get out and enjoy it. For me it was John Chestnut Park, a place that I always feel like I can count on for wildlife, even if it’s just little birds and squirrels. It’s a pretty park, I love the stone and wood structures, even if they are just picnic pavilions or rest rooms.

But on this day the wildest wildlife happened to be the people out playing on the water. I guess I wasn’t the only one wanting to get out and enjoy the weather.

That water skier was some serious eye candy, but this little guy was pretty darned cute too.

I also found a butterfly section that I hadn’t seen before. No butterflies though, only a couple of very big bees landing on little purple flowers and then waving in the breeze making getting a photo next to impossible. But I had to try.

Eventually I moved on to Anclote River park, where I found a lawn blooming with morning glories. That’s the feature photo, if I ever manage to figure out how to add a feature photo to this post. And an Osprey on the hunt.

My last stop was just up the road at Anclote Gulf park where I had a nice chat with another photographer. It was very low tide, and we were both surprised to see white shapes in the shallow water, lots of them. At first I thought manatees, and then it dawned on me that they were stingrays. I hadn’t seen them there before, or at all really. Plus a little blue heron and a limpkin, shaking his booty.

As I’m writing this post I’m hearing thunder. I’m glad I got out when I did!

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Florida sunset…

I said I was trying to get back to normal, but I forgot that ‘normal’ includes fighting with the desktop computer, which doesn’t get along with Lightroom anymore.  Just because you asked it to make a 16 photo HDR panoramic photo it objects by shutting itself down a time or two.  Even a normal HDR photo will cause a hiccup.  But I did go out for photos for the first time in a week so that’s something at least.  It’s a start…08-12-20HudsnBeach208-12-20HudsnBeachreflection

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The big picture…

Of course I can’t resist a close up view of creatures that you would never be able to see in detail other than in a photograph.  It’s a challenge to try to get a sharp image like that.  But I also like landscapes.  Open spaces.  My very first trip to Florida was thirty years ago, and I wasn’t impressed.  I thought it was too flat, but that’s not how I see it anymore.  I see gorgeous skies, and I still marvel over the palm trees.  And the sunshine that lures you out your door…05-21-20view405-21-20egret05-21-20view205-21-20view105-21-20view305-21-20anhingaview05-21-20cameratotersA photographer will recognize that the woman in this picture is toting a big camera/lens combination.  As were half the people we saw at Circle B recently.  Sunrise at the B would be fun to do, but at two hours away it might be better easier to wait until daylight savings time.