Feb 20: Two Ospreys, Before/After

Luminar 4 replaces ordinary blue skies with ones that are spectacular, and it does it really well. The program has built-in skies you can choose from, but it’s best to use your own (for obvious reasons).

I was driving around this morning when I noticed two ospreys in a nesting box in the middle of a field next to the road. I guess it’s that time of year. That nest was faaaaaaaar away, but I had the Sony 70-350mm lens on the camera, so IĀ  pulled over and took a few shots. I got lucky! One of them spread its wings while I was shooting.

This illustrates the distance between me and the nest. Original, right out of the camera.

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Feb 17: Cool Mix

It’s been a colder-than-normal winter in central Florida, and for a lot longer than usual, too. The first time I lived here, back in 2001, I was renting a duplex in Largo, which is a stone’s throw from Clearwater and St. Pete. Nice place. Heavily residential but only minutes from all the conveniences. Lots and lots of traffic on the main roads, which had three lanes on either side, but quiet in the neighborhoods.

I got in the habit of taking long walks or bike rides, and even late at night I felt safe. My first winter lasted three days. I am not joking. It happened in January, and I remember I had to wear a jacket for thirty-six hours. It was fabulous! My idea of the perfect winter. šŸ™‚

My second winter, I was living in Land O’ Lakes, near Tampa. Winter lasted a few days, I think. When I say “winter,” I mean the nights cooled down but the days stayed warm and sunny. One morning I woke up to ice on my windshield and tree leaves, but it was gone by ten.

The weather in Florida has definitely gotten more squirrelly in the intervening years, and we all know why. I don’t mind the cool temps–it’s a nice break from blistering heat and humidity–but I do miss the warm sunny days. I’ve experienced a lot more overcast days than I expected to.

I feel bad for the tourists, who come here expecting a beach vacation and get clouds and cold. RememberĀ Home Alone 2? Kevin’s family goes to Florida for the holidays, and it rains the whole time. That’s crap. The rainy season is in summer. There’s no way it rains all day, every day in Florida in winter, even now, during climate change.

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Feb 13: Landscapes

I drove down a dead-end dirt road one morning, which led me to an outfitters place. Just before that was a large fenced area that supposedly offered a path to a hammock, which is a “shady habitat containing a rich diversity of trees, shrubs and wildlife.” On the map it looked interesting. Standing at the opening in the fence, my first thought was this is where the bodies get buried.

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Feb 10: More Sunsets

Florida is known for its gorgeous sunsets.Ā 

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Feb 6: Macros

These were taken when the weather was still hot and insects were plentiful. Florida has had a cold fall and winter, and they’re not so easy to find now.

The one thing everyone notices is not around right now? A mosquito!

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