A photo retrospective

Each year is filled with challenges and 2016 was no exception. Without faith family friends and photography I don‚Äôt 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 (ūüėā). 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.

Do You See What I See…  © PC PHOTO 2017 All rights reserved

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.

Do You See What I See…  © PC PHOTO 2016 All rights reserved

In a hammock

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Have you ever heard of blue sky lightening? Lightening can strike within a 15 to 20 mile radius of a thunderstorm. Many people are struck by blue sky lightening when it isn’t raining. Why am I telling you this? I was bike riding this week when a storm formed near the area¬†I was riding. I got back to the car before the rain started but chose to wait out the thunder and lightening to pass before loading the bike on to the car to leave, I’m not much of a gambler and didn’t want to tempt fate. The parking area was in an oak hammock and this is one of the views I had to gaze on while waiting out the storm. Not a bad place to pass time, right?

Do You See What I See…

© PC PHOTO 2015 All rights reserved

Night Sky Valles Caldera

 Valles Caldera volcano bowl, Jemez Springs, New Mexico1 night shot 2  LR NR valle grande-3761
2 night shot LR NR valle grande-3765We drove up at sunset hoping to see elk feeding in the volcano bowl. We saw one elk coming down a ridge on the ride back to the hotel, it was too dark for a photo.

Do You See What I See…

© PC PHOTO 2015 All rights reserved

Is it any wonder why they call it Grand?

sunset Grand Canyon South Rim-Grand Canyon view from the south rim. The weather threatened rain all day yet the sunset was magnificent with the muted colors. 

Sights between Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon.Aspens:Here comes the sun:Flagstaff AZ -Aspens showing off their fall glory.

Snow Capped mountain with clouds clinging to the top. Snow capped mt AZ

Do You See What I See…

© PC PHOTO 2015 All rights reserved

A new year and a new photo challenge

Wow here we are trying to remember to write 2015 instead of 2014. To say time flies is an understatement. It seems the more I try to get organized and move along at the same pace as the days on the calendar the further behind I manage to get. With that being said I have just added the Elements Village Challenge Blogroll for 2015 here on my site.  It is good to see familiar names returning for another go at it and exciting to see new people joining in the photo challenge for this year.

I am so glad I stumbled on to the Elements Village Forum when I did because this group has helped me unravel the spaghetti strings of digital photography. Having the opportunity to see what other photographers are doing and asking questions as to their techniques has increased my visual creativity and for that I owe the group a big THANK YOU!

Today I received the following notice from Word Press:

Happy Anniversary!