The other day,  I had the good fortune of going to Merritt Island to photograph and attend several workshops at at the  Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville, Florida.  I was there from sunrise to sunset, and what a day it was!  One of my instructors, Milton Heiberg, mentioned that you need to love your subject more than your camera.  I have given this a lot of thought and see the wisdom in the words.

With those words in mind, I will share a few shots that I took while looking through my lens at subjects that I love.    The sunrise, sunset, and the birds: Spoonbills, American Avocets,  and White pelicans totally turned me on!  Ha ha..White Pelicans, Avocets and Spoonbills.......jpg

There is something to be said about loving your subject when photographing something.  When you love your subject,  it will show in your work, I think. I hope you can see the love I have for nature and joy that you can receive in just being there.  Thank you for stopping by to share the beauty with me.  Have a great day!

Milkweed Dispersing Seeds....

Yesterday,  I noticed seeds being dispersed by my milkweed plant.   I ran in the house and got my camera, and decided to use my old 50 mm lens for this shot.  Well, I was pleasantly surprised at the result.  The image was a close up with nice detail.  The bokeh in the back of the seeds really helped the subject POP, I think.  It had been a long time since I had used my 50 mm lens, but I think it is time to bring it out of the closet and start using it again.  Even though it has no image stabilization or zoom,  I just love this lens.  Am so glad to be reconnected to it!

Have a great day!

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When one choses a subject to be photographed, it is such a personal decision.  What we photograph is a personal decision of what we feel is worthy of our time and energy, whether it is a crab trap on the shore, a personal moment, or event.  The connection to our soul and essence is there in that photograph.  How fortunate we are to be able to express ourselves with such a media.


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Thoughts come to mind as we celebrate Father’s Day today.  It takes teamwork and each family member plays an important role for sure.  How wonderful when teamwork works together for the best interest of the family as can be seen in my Great White Heron image.  Both parents are working for the family in different ways and it works.  The baby birds survived and life continues.  The circle of life is satisfied and life is sustained.

Just a few thoughts today.   Hope you are having a good one, where ever you are.

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Well, the magnolias are blooming on the Gulf Coast spreading their beauty for all to see.  Here is a close up that I took from a young magnolia tree.   It was so nice to be able to get up close and personal with this pretty blossom.  🙂

Then, came the rain.

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It poured for a while before the sun came out again.

That is all for today.  Hope you are having a good day!~

The last time we went dancing, someone played a trick on us.  The DJ started eliminating dancers as to how many years  folks had been married…We were at my son`s wonderful wedding at the time,  with lots of younger folks on the dance floor.   Needless to say, we wound up being the last couple on the dance floor which was quite embarrassing.   Being good sports, we smiled thinking that would be the end of it.

Unfortunately, the DJ came over and ask us what was our secret of staying together so long.  Oh brother,  what to say….Well, I said, “If you are kind to each other, that certainly helps” and my husband said that you needed to be “honest”.   These answers worked for the moment.

But later, we started thinking about what makes a couple stay together for “such a long time”,  and what would have been better answers to the question.  We came up with other things that help folks stay together,  such as commitment, laughter, determination to make it work. and having fun together.  We think folks give up too fast these days.  You do have to work at it to make it last, but it is worth the effort.  I`m glad we did.  Hope we are still the couple that lasted the longest in about 50 more years.  🙂

Just thoughts along the way.


Little Manatee The other day, I had the good fortune to see many manatees at Blue Springs,  Florida.  Due to colder weather, many manatees had collected in the springs to warm up a bit.  What interesting mammals they were, so large and gentle, and yet they survive with people taking over their water homes, and trashing the waters with pollution.  Not to mention driving over them with their boat propellers spinning. I was humbled to think that some manatees persevere human`s stupidity and uncaring actions with such a soft and gentle approach to survival.

It is my hope that folks will act on being kinder to nature and our earth.  Our earth and it`s creatures are really  worth saving and protecting.  I certainly hope this little blog will make a difference. Even if just a few folks stop by to read the message.

About three months later:  For some reason, I didn’t publish this blog.  I’m ready to share it today.  Thank you for stopping by and I hope you are outside in beautiful Spring weather somewhere.

White Butterfly on Flower

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