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


UP UP AND AWAY at the Sun ‘n Fun air expo



40th Annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo

 Lakeland Linder Regional Airport – the busiest airport in the world during this air show.up up and away raptor heritage flight3

F-22 Raptor Heritage Flight


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 P-38 Lightning and P-51 Mustang



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F-22 taxiing down the tarmac after demo

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Capt John “Taboo” Cummings 2014 F-22 Demo Pilot


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Cpt Cummings and ground crew member
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Capt John “Taboo” Cummings – a cool name for this cool dude 🙂

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Post demo ceremony with the pilot saluting and shaking the hands of his ground crew

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An outstanding demonstration of speed, skill and maneuvers in the air.

Do You See What I See… 

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Winter is the dry season in Florida which in WEATHER speak means that it rains just not much or often.

WEATHER #1 Brush fire Lake Hancock

This year there is a 7 inch rain deficit that has just rolled the dry season into fire season.

It doesn’t take much for a controlled burn to get out of hand.

Fortunately this fire was not one that became out of control for days.

Do You See What I See… 

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Would you say that Roseate Spoonbill’s have an OFF BEAT / QUIRKY look?

Roseate Spoonbills derive their name because of their QUIRKY flattened bill which they sweep side to side to find food.

3 spoonbills #3  w: high pass1Pale white coloring is an immature, their coloring deepens with age, adults have brilliant pink coloring.

1 spoonbill  w: high pass1  Approximate size 30 inches with 50 inch wingspan.

spoonbill spread wings  w: high pass1This photo series was taken over time this winter at Circle B Bar Reserve located in Polk County Florida.

Post script to What does SPRING mean to you?, the young heron fledged 2 days after I took the photo (wish I could have see that). 

Do You See What I See… 

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