A few of my favorite moments from last year


All we are is dust in the wind – Count your blessings – Go take more photos

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Breaking the rules…

Unlike laws rules are guidelines established as starting points they are meant to be bent or broken. On a recent outing I made the decision to shoot landscapes with a macro lens and I shot macros with a super zoom.1 landscape w macro 1-2 landscape w macro 3-9186-23 macro with super zoom 2-53634 thistle blooms-5517

Do you break the rules or bend them?

All we are is dust in the wind so count your blessings and go take more photos.

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Taking a knife to a gun fight

Having a landscape lens when you come up on wildlife is like taking a knife to a gun fight. I chose a landscape lens on a river boat ride knowing full well there would be wildlife while using internal reasoning that I didn’t want to lug around heavy equipment – after all this was a leisure trip.

Guess what… yup, entering a cove there was a troop of monkeys 😂

What did I do?  What any gunfighter would I took the shots knowing I’d gone to a gunfight with a knife.

All we are is dust in the wind so count your blessings and go take more photos.

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Love is in the air…

Birds are like people when it comes to looking for a mate they use pretty eye coloring and put on fancy feathers with hopes to fine the love of their life (at least for 1 season).****GREAT EGRET BREEDING FEATHERS/ GREEN LORE/ PHONESCOPE-9654Great Egret

****CATTLE egret breeding plummage head feathers up*-2640Cattle Egret

****tri color heron breeding eye 2-2557Tri-color Heron****PURPLE GALLINULE-2488 copyPurple Gallinule


****gbh WITH BREEDING FEATHERS /phonescope-9602Great Blue Heron

All we are is dust in the wind so count your blessings and go take more photos.

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Photo Retrospective part 2

Finishing up the photo retrospective from pics I took in 2016 I managed to whittle the list down to 12 for this post. I hope you enjoy the views.  


All we are is dust in the wind so count your blessings and go take more photos.

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A photo retrospective

Each year is filled with challenges and 2016 was no exception. Without faith family friends and photography I don’t know how I would have gotten through this one. The original thought for this post was to share twelve of my favorite pics from 2016 on this poor neglected blog of mine. By the time I got to May I was bogged down with so many favorites that the plan was revised (😂). So today I will share a bunch of my favs in no particular order or size and at some point in the future I will share some more.

Thanks for stopping by I hope you enjoy the views. Cheers to all, we will see what 2017 has to offer. Keep in mind that all we are is dust in the wind so count your blessings and go take more photos.

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I’ve been Explored

Recently two of my photos have been selected by Flickr Explore. What is Explore and what does it mean to me? Approximately 2 million photos are uploaded daily to Flickr photo sharing site so the chances of people viewing your photos other than friends and family that follow you are slim. Flickr has an algorithm that selects 500 interesting photographs every day that go into a special stream giving them an higher than average chance of being viewed, fav’d or even commented on by more people. You may be wondering why I’m writing about Flickr in my blog post. Well, because it’s been fun having my photos selected and seeing how many thousands of views they have gotten after all I post them there to share with others, plus it’s been a little bonus to my ego 😊.

These are my photo’s that have been Explored I hope you enjoy and can view them on a large monitor:

foggy morning on the marsh

horse in water

I’ve been working on longer term projects that tell a story rather than posting random pics which is why there are fewer posts here. It’s easier to do the shooting than to put together a story that has taken weeks or months to compile into an editorial manner. I’d much rather be out in nature rather than sitting in front of the computer culling pictures and writing cohesive blurbs to add to the post. For those that have stuck with me here over the years I say thank you and many thanks for continuing along on my photographic journey as it unfolds.

We’re just dust in the wind count your blessings …now go take more photos!

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A birds eye view

Photographers often visit and revisit certain locations. One of my favorite places to photograph again and again is Circle B Bar Reserve. After hiking countless miles over many years photographing the landscape and wildlife I took to the sky for a birds view.*1 Liftoff 0555


The Discovery Nature Center complex is where visitors begin their experience at the reserve. The lake looks close by the center and it is as the crow flies but when walking the  trails you discover it is quite a trek.*1a discovery ctr 1a-0383


Above the treeline where Alligator Alley and Shady Oak trails meet was disorienting because at ground level the tree canopy is so dense not much light gets through. It took a couple passes overhead before I was orientated to where we were on the property.*1b treelined trails 1b-0370


Soaring over Lake Hancock the observation platform is below, it was at this very moment I felt I was seeing the view as a bird does.*1c observation platform 1c-0450


Heading into the Banana River marsh area is the intersection of Heron Hideout, Alligator Alley and Marsh Rabbit Run trails one of the easiest locations to recognize and most traveled on if you are a regular visitor to the reserve.  *1d iconic trail 1d-0464


This is one of my favorite views on that day even with the hazy sky because it shows the expansiveness of the marsh area and this is only a partial view of it.*1e majestic marsh 1e-0463


Eagle Roost trail reveals a landscape of upland habitat that is so different from the lake and marsh areas with its long leaf pines, sand and grasses it’s a no wonder why National Geographic wrote about Circle B’s diversity.*1f diverse landscape 1e-0467


In a flash it was time to head back to the base so I took one final look back at the fabulous vista from an unseen vantage point unless you are in the air. *1g last look 1g-0483


Back at the base landing on water is much softer than tarmac landings in a 2 seater plane. Many thanks to my pilot Luke who without his skill I would not have viewed this wilderness area from the sky.*1h back at base 1h-0546

This wraps up a glimpse from my adventure into a birds eye view at my happy place. If you are a regular visitor to Circle B you will recognize familiar sights and if you have not been this is an overview of the lay of the land that is teaming with wildlife.

*1i free ad 1i-0302Now a little well deserved free advertising, if you ever considered a sightseeing flight in central Florida I highly recommend Brown’s Seaplane in Auburndale, their staff is friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating.

Special thanks to my husband for his thoughtfulness to arrange this outing for me on our anniversary.

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A Limpkin family chronicle

Limpkins are found in swamps and marshes in Florida they feed primarily on apple snails. The photo below shows an apple snail on the trunk of a bald cypress tree. The pink clusters on the tree trunk and the reed are eggs that the snail has already deposited.apple snail laying eggs-4765

Limpkins nest on floating vegetation or in trees, this nest is in a tree. Incubation time for their eggs is approximately 27 days.1 - sitting on nest-9309

8 chicks hatched from this nest, getting a family portrait was impossible with the chicks exploring their new world.  3 - limpkin family-4000

This chick stood a away from the family pensively watching and learning.4 - 3 days new watching and learning-3991jpg

Meanwhile theses three amigos formed a close knit bond that endured up to the time they matured.5 - 3 amigos _DSC3995

Adults hunted apple snails and fed the insatiable appetite of the chicks for weeks.6 - adult feeding apple snail to chick _DSC4004

When it was time to move from one location to another the adults would carry a snail shell knowing that the chicks would follow.7 -  time to cross the marsh - follow us_DSC4538-28 - follow me _DSC4541One by one the chicks entered the marsh waters following the adult.9 - chicks following parents across the marsh _DSC4544Is this where the saying “keeping your ducks in a row” comes from? (Yes, I’m aware these are not ducks 😀)

Once on the other side of the marsh this little Limpkin takes its iconic place close to the adults mouth waiting for food.10 - safe on the other side of the marsh _DSC4512-2

At 2 weeks the parents continued to bring the brood to the same area to feed, the water level hadn’t receded after a heavy rain and neither the adults nor chicks were happy to have wet feet all day long.limpkin chicks 2wks after 5" rain pin feathers beginning to show-5089 Note the downy feathers fading giving way to pin feathers at 2 weeks. limpkin chick 2wks  pin feather-5329

At 3 weeks of age the chicks have more than doubled in size and the pin feathers continue to fill in on their wings.  A couple of the chicks have disappeared from the family however, the dynamic bond continues with the amigo siblings sticking close by one another while the chick in the foreground remains a solitary creature.limpkin chicks 3wks pin feathers 3 amigos-6145

At 6 weeks the Limpkin chicks are nearly the size of the adults and they are learning to find food for themselves yet they don’t pass an opportunity to slip under a parent that is hunting in hopes for a bit to eat.classic limpkin position 6 wks-7510limpkin chick 6wks being fed 2-7478

By the time 7 weeks passed only four chicks had survived. I wondered what happened had an alligator or snake or bird of prey taken them… I choose not to dwell on the loss because it is the other side of wildlife and nature the cycle of life and my main focus is on the beauty and wonder side of the cycle.

I observed this Limpkin family for 2 months watching how the parents cared for their young and taught them how to survive. It was interesting that when the chicks were displaying signs of sibling rivalry the parents didn’t intervene they let the youngsters work it out on their own.  During the chicks growth there were moments that I felt a personal pride watching their accomplishments it was they were a part of my own family. But as all good things come to an end so did the chronicling of this feathered family, they grew up and went off in their own separate directions. I hope you have enjoyed the chronicle of this Limpkin family and are encouraged to discover nature for yourself. Now go take more photos!📷📷

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