Jan 16: Great White Egret and Great Blue

I’ve had multiple chances to shoot them lately. Always elegant, always beautiful. This one was enjoying the sunset. Just standing there, gazing at the dying light.

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Jan 13: Squirrels and ‘Gators

Squirrels are convenient photo subjects. There are a lot of them around. Strip the hair off their tails, and they’d be rats, but they’re somehow endearing and definitely cute. It’s probably the big eyes. Humans love creatures with big eyes.

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Jan 9: This and That

The next several months are going to be busy with work, but I still have photos you haven’t seen yet.

The anhinga is maybe my favorite Florida bird. It’s just so unusual, the way it can fly and swim. 

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Before/After: Great Horned Owl

It was Christmas Day. Suki and I stayed home because she picked up fleas somewhere, and I couldn’t chance giving them to R’s three dogs. We’d just returned from her afternoon walk when I heard an owl hooting.

It wasn’t the first time. I put Suki inside, fetched the camera, and tracked it down. I quickly narrowed the location: in the woods, nearby but not close.

Turns out it was farther away than I thought. I had to bludgeon my way through vines and palms and weeds and I don’t know what else to get to a place where there was enough clear space to shoot. I worried about snakes and poison ivy. Florida woods are nothing like those up north. There are things there that can kill you. I made a lot of noise for the snakes and hoped it didn’t scare off the owl.

And then I saw it! Perched on a branch.

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Brand New Year: 2020!

I hope 2020 is better than 2019. I’m talking politically and globally, as the world shifted toward fascism and climate change wreaked more havoc. I’d like to see improvement on those two fronts.

Personally, it was a pretty good year. There were ups and downs, like always, but overall, I made progress in several areas.

I moved, and I own, not rent. It’s not the greatest place, but it keeps me dry and warm. I took a lot of pictures. I bought two new lenses and learned to use them. I discovered new wildlife areas to explore. I met one neighbor who is a real sweetie and will be there if I need her. I met another who is a complete bitch. Then I met the one who trusted her god would save her from the hurricane; we don’t talk much. 😉

I dealt with roof rats and raccoons invading my space. The editing jobs are coming in regularly (unlike 2018, which sucked), and I’m writing again, albeit slowly and sporadically. Suki at 16 is still doing well, and I couldn’t be happier about that. She’s a part of my heart.

The local park at Istokpoga is one of my favorites. There are good walking trails and a nice mix of lake, pond, and marsh. I see a lot of different things there, but at this time of year, it’s mostly landscapes, as the bugs are hibernating (or elsewhere), and the birds are getting ready for spring.

That does not necessarily mean boring! A wild rabbit made an appearance.

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