It was a very quiet day for wildlife at Myakka State Park today. There were few birds and they were fairly inactive. Even though it is mating season for the alligators, they too were just soaking up the beautiful weather and enjoying the day. On the drive out of the park, we spotted a mother dear and her doe. We quickly jumped out of the car and managed to get a shot before it went scurrying after the mom. I was fortunate to find this and be able to take a photo.
I attended college in the Washington DC area. Last year I went to my unnamed college reunion and decided to spend a day visiting some of the memorials that were not built when I lived in the DC area. I found the Martin Luther King memorial to be particularly inspiring. The memorial itself is quite simple but it is the simplicity that evokes the emotion. The statue of MLK sits in the center of the memorial and is an overpowering reminder of how far we have come with the civil rights movement in this country. One does to need to see his entire face to understand the power of his message.
There is a very old gravesite in Sarasota which appears to be abandoned and the hang out for some of Sarasota’s homeless. It proved to be a great photo op for a group of photographers that had a very cooperative model. The light was just perfect for a backlit shot. I had asked the model for an emotional pose which she mastered. Of course if you read the inscription on the gravestone, it is obvious that she could not have known the deceased.
An abundance of inclement weather is hard to come by when living in Florida so one has to improvise. I learned a very cool method of recreating a rainy window at a workshop. I know this isn’t truly seasonal showers but it’s so authentic looking I was compelled to use it. The method is to take a piece of clear plexiglass and spray water drops on it and then photograph your subject through the glass. I put my subject behind a window to further enhance the look. I know I will be trying this again with other objects.