Photos: 5.26.17

I’m back at Heron Pond today. I like that area during the day, when people are at work and kids are at school. I have a feeling it’ll be much busier in a few weeks, especially on weekends.

First bird I saw was the anihinga, perched on a branch above the water on the opposite shore from me. This photo came out better than I expected, given the distance I was from it.

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Photos: 5.22.17

I was at Heron Pond, which is only a short distance from me. Rode the moped so I could explore more thoroughly. It’s a wonderful wildlife area, full of birds, dragonflies, and other things. I did not see any ‘gators, though I looked for them before cautiously entering a new area. If they’re there, I suspect they’re in the marsh area, away from the part often visited by people.

Spotted this fellow practically at my feet. He was as curious about me as I was about him. He’s likely a brown anole, considered an invasive species in Florida. 

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Photos: 5.19.17

It was shady. I didn’t have my diffuser, which means the flash is pretty much useless, because it’s blocked by the barrel of the zoom lens. But I took some pics anyway, hoping maybe one would turn out. It’s such a pretty insect!

Alas, none of the photos were very good, but I couldn’t bear the thought of throwing them away, so I chose the best one and ran it through some filters in PS. This is what I got. You can still sort of see the insect’s basic structure, but now it’s ART. (That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.) Continue reading

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Photos: 5.15.17

Spring, and the plants are springing. 😉 Okay, that was lame, but it’s true new life is appearing everywhere. Most of these pics were taken a month ago; it’s taken me that long to get around to posting them, thanks to the pirate story.

Lately it seems I’ve focused more on visual art than my writing. There are reasons for that, but I haven’t fully explored them yet. Suffice it to say, I’ll be doing both on the blog: photography and writing. Creativity takes many forms, and I’m happy to explore our world in any way that brings me satisfaction.

Back to the macros today. The flame plant sprouted a new leaf, and I captured it at exactly the right moment. The next day, it had unfurled and looked like any leaf. That yellow tip really stands out against the background of a red leaf, doesn’t it? Fortuitous positioning!

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Photos: 5.12.17

The camera’s been getting a workout since the moped got fixed. I can’t stand to stay home anymore. Spring in Florida brings all kinds of interesting creatures to my area as they migrate. One of the best things about photography is never knowing what you’ll see next. The joy of discovery is a constant motivator.

Birds are always fun to photograph. First, they’re a challenge to get close to. Every time, I move as close to them as possible; if I can’t best myself, why bother? My trash can is full of pictures I threw away. Perfectly good in many respects, but they revealed nothing new or weren’t special in some way. Dragonflies may be the only exception to this rule; I never tire of them.  Continue reading

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