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Nature photography is amazing and to share the experience with other likeminded friends is amazing. When I look though my camera lens and see the beauty that surrounds us, I can forget about everything else going on in the world. In that moment I can experience the joy and beauty of our good earth. Do not ever take nature for granted. It is one of our greatest gifts given to us in this lifetime of ours.

That is all I have to say about that!

Have a good day!

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On a trip to Blue Cypress Lake, FL, we had the good fortune to see a Barred Owl in a tree.

The bird had a sleepy look but was very alert noticing our where abouts at all times. She/He kept an eye on us. We were respectful and for a short time we just enjoyed each other’s company.

After a few minutes, our time together was over, and we went back to separate lives. It was OK.

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The butterflies flitted here and there from flower to flower.  The sun was shinning and the day was cool.  As all this was happening the cardinal stood by silently gazing at the action with little reaction at all.

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As I sit here at my computer, the reality of the corona virus settles more deeply in to my life.  A neighbor’s daughter has a confirmed case, so it is hitting our neighborhood and the worst is yet to come I am afraid to say.

So, we will try our best to avoid social contact and stay home as much as possible. The reality is that we all will be exposed eventually.  We will hope for the best outcome and the safety of our families and friends.

On a more upbeat note, this isolation period has given me time to write a blog and share some beautiful places in Florida that I have had the good fortune to visit earlier in the year.  I will share a few spots with you.

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This is Blue Cypress Lake.  There are many birds and old Florida beauty there.  I was thrilled to visit and go with “Steve” our local guide for the day.

So Many Egrets

Another place I visited for photography was Joe Overstreet Landing.  We again went out in a small boat to look for wildlife and birds but it was just pretty walking around the landing.

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The Snail Kites had migrated to the area, so that was a special treat to see as well.067A6620

Of course closer to home was Merritt  Island which is just down the road from us and usually we can find something to shoot. A few days this winter, we really lucked out and saw an eagle praying ( Probably preening ) and an owl with chick nesting.

Hopefully, there will be more fun shoots in the future.  It is always so fun to get outside and enjoy the views.

Take care everyone, and BE SAFE!

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While visiting Williams, AZ, I found a field of yellow in the countryside.  For many years I had envisioned a field of yellow in my mind’s eye.  When I saw this field,  I had to photograph it because it was so uplifting to me. The camera was handheld using a 100 to 400 mm lens on a windy day, but you can get an idea of the beauty that I saw.

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IMG_1000-2Thank you for stopping by to view my world on this beautiful AZ day in August, 2018.

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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!

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How often do we take the time to take a closer view of  life?  There is beauty all around us.   It is there for the viewing, but you have to open your eyes in order to see it.  As a photographer, capturing the beauty  is a mission in my life.  I think I found some beauty in these beautiful yellow hibiscus that I saw in my neighborhood.    Being able to share the beauty with you, makes it  worth the effort of taking the picture.   Simple beauty is a great thing indeed.

Closer View... Yellow Hibiscus.........

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Look up, not down…Look forward, not backwards….Good advice for us all….Have a good day.

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Well, I don’t know about you but I am craving nature these day.  Beauty is all around us for sure but we have to get out to see it.   I think I am actually giving myself a pep talk, because I am dying to go back to some of my favorite wildlife places such as Merritt island, Florida,  Yellowstone and the Teton’s.  The reality is that we have to stay home for a while for various reasons including economic at this time.  So, discounting the aggravations of real life, I can go outside in my neighborhood and see some pretty amazing sights as well, such as birds, vegetation, and pretty flowers.  In reality, I am feeling pretty rich and uplifted with the local sights that I am seeing but I do wish a big moose would stick his head in our back yard some day.  

Have a good one!

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