Fishing and Silhouettes

A chance observation of fishermen off the harbour arm at Shoreham from the beach at Kingston Buci. I was intrigued by the juxtaposition of key elements to these shots and the silhouettes of the turbines, harbour arm and fishermen. The use of a 600mm zoom telephoto lens has foreshortened the depth of field in order to make the key elements appear closer to each other. The turbines are around 8 miles out at sea and the harbour arm is around 1/2 mile from the camera. Continue reading Fishing and Silhouettes

Hello World

It was my privilege to be present today at Gatorland in Kissimmee when at the breeding marshes two egrets hatched in front of our eyes. Mother was very attentive and cleaned up by throwing out the empty eggs almost immediately and by supplying food in the form of an oversized fish for the kids. We couldn’t get to close and finding a decent angle to take photographs wasn’t that easy as she kept sitting down on them and twigs from the nest build were in the way of getting clean shots without being a contortionist.. Here a few images to … Continue reading Hello World

Spoonbill Antics

It’s intriguing to watch Roseate Spoonbills in the trees and on the ground at the rookery in St.Augustine. The juveniles zoom about the place squabbling and playing at let’s try to avoid being devoured by a big ugly old alligator or gathering oversized sticks for a play nest. I imagine those bills are pretty dangerous weapons if you happen to get bashed at one the many melee’s. The rookery is alive with egrets, herons, wood storks and roseate spoonbills building nests, courting, squabbling over space and of course mating. Continue reading Spoonbill Antics

Rookery at St.Augustine

Just a few of the images taken today at the Alligator farm and rookery on Anastasia Island St.Augustine. A great opportunity to see old friends and meet new. I’ve been popping in here for quite a few years and it never seems to change. A place where a large number of heavyweight photographers prowl the boardwalks looking for that elusive shot. Armed with massive camera systems and expensive tripod heads that they lug around from one shooting  position to another. The sound of shutters actuating at great speed, sounding like machine guns with mufflers fitted fill the air. They haven’t … Continue reading Rookery at St.Augustine

Birds and Wildlife – Episode 1

Anyone who visits coastal Florida or the lakes and rivers, or the great Everglades wetlands, is sure to see a rich variety of birdlife. Not to forget the American alligator, sometimes referred to colloquially as a gator, a large crocodilian reptile endemic to the southeastern United States. These are just a few images from around Lake Tohopekaliga today. The weather, warm but a little overcast with ideal light for outdoor detail photography. Continue reading Birds and Wildlife – Episode 1

Packards and a Studebaker

Just out from Brooksville I happened upon a number of the Florida Packard club members and their magnificent classic cars. Most of these vehicles date from between 1929 to 1955. All Packards with the exception of just one Studebaker. They had travelled from all around the State to meet with old friends and attend a private conference. Packard was a luxury automobile marque built by the Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan, United States. The first Packard automobiles were produced in 1899, and the last Detroit-built Packard in 1956, when they built the Packard Predictor, their last concept car. … Continue reading Packards and a Studebaker

Travelling North to Weeki Watchee

A few images from today starting at the Sunshine Skyway bridge over Tampa Bay, it surely is an impressive structure considering it supports a 6 lane highway. With a rest stop and fishing pier at either end allowing for the tourist to take in the sights. Hudson beach just north of Port Richey, a small beach community, west of U.S. Route 19 in Pasco County. Canals crisscross the area with a lot of the residences having canals in their backyards. Beachfront is on the Gulf of Mexico and a favourite place for viewing dolphins and water birds. Now at our … Continue reading Travelling North to Weeki Watchee

Sarasota – Journey

Departed Naples this morning after a brief tiff with the management of the Quality Inn and Suites Golf Resort about not cleaning our room yesterday while out. All sorted, we should be receiving 8,000 extra reward points for the inconvenience so they will come in handy for a free rewards night later on this trip. Made a quick stop at Port Charlotte, that’s about 30 miles north of Fort Myers for sustenance at the local Publix supermarket. Decided to purchase a lunch consisting of a Boars Head super sub, actually an “Ultimate” as it’s named, anyway a very big and … Continue reading Sarasota – Journey

Naples – Florida

Spent my first full day of my spring break here in Naples a city on the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida that’s known for high-end shopping and golf courses. The Naples Pier, first erected in 1888, is the city’s symbol, and is a popular fishing and dolphin-spotting destination. It’s flanked by miles of beaches with calm waters and fine white “sugar” sand, including those at Clam Pass Park and Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park.   Continue reading Naples – Florida

It’s that time of Year again!

Bah-humbug, a descriptive term that has become more prevalent in describing someone who just doesn’t like Christmas. It’s not that one dislikes it really or is tight, ie. not spendthrift but I think a term to describe someone who’s just got bored with the commercial, shove it in your face mentality of the retail traders. Advertising and store promotions seem to begin earlier every year. Starting late September or early October is not unusual and by the time December arrives, well some of us are just fed up with it. In my opinion, a good walk in the country air … Continue reading It’s that time of Year again!