This year I attended the F3C workshop in Fort Myer FL. One of the workshops was to The Caloosahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.This is part of the United States Wildlife Refuge System, located on the Caloosachatchee River, beneath the I-75 Caloosahatchee Bridge, within the city of North Fort Myers. The 40-acre refuge was established on January 1, 1921. It is administered as part of the J.N.” ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Complex. Although the animals were caged, each enclosure had an opening wide enough for a lens. It was a great photo opportunity to capture the animals showing their wild side.
Selby Gardens in Sarasota, FL can be a magical place. It always amazes me how the gardens can be transformed with each visit. It can almost feel like a fairyland at times. I know this statue is a mermaid but I gave her wings as it just seemed appropriate to her surroundings. This photograph was taken on a tripod with bracketed exposures. I then processed it in photomatix with tone mapping.
A morning trip to Selby Gardens provided me the opportunity for a white on white photo. These orchids were layered in rows which gave the affect of soft white clouds.
My husband and I have lived in Florida for 17 years. When we initially came to Sarasota from Philadelphia I was pretty adamant about not living in a gated community or a golfing community. We found a charming neighborhood in downtown Sarasota and lived there for 16 years in 3 different homes within a house of each other. We went from 2500 Sq feet to 4000 Sq feet and then back to 2500 Sq feet. I’ve been itching to “go condo” for several years but my husband was just not ready. Finally last year, I convinced him and we did what we hope will be our final downsizing and move. We found a charming complex in the University Park area. I walk to the gym most mornings and was waiting for the perfect light to take this photo. About a month ago at 9AM, it was slightly overcast so I setup my camera and tripod and captured this charming view of our complex.
Bird photography requires much patience (and skill). Getting the bird in focus with the right exposure is something that takes practice. These smaller birds are even more difficult as they disappear from your view finder in a matter of seconds. I was fortunate enough to catch this bird “on the water” ready for flight with both proper exposure and in focus. Now I need to be able to identify this little guy! Anyone know what kind of bird this is?
I love the watching how graceful giraffes conduct themselves considering the proportions of their bodies. They are the worlds tallest mammals. Their necks are 6 feet long and weigh about 600 pounds. Their legs can also be 6 feet long (taller than most humans) and they can look into a 2nd story building without any problem. Aside from their physical stature, one of the most interesting facts I learned about giraffes is that you will never hear them make a noise. This is because giraffes communicate using noises that are too low for humans to hear, according to PBS Nature. Considering the height of this animals it only makes sense that they are able to twist and bend their large necks for eating and it appears in this photo- for affection to another giraffe.
The Chalk Festival in Venice presented me with a unique opportunity to fulfill this weeks challenge – missing piece. The first image is the artists rendering of the exhibit they planned to draw/paint for the Chalk Festival. Take a close look at the drawing which includes foliage at the top of each of the structures. The second image is the actual exhibit where they cleverly left off the top of the structures – intentionally – and used available trees behind their exhibit to fill in the missing top piece. The imagination and creativity used for this exhibit was truly impressive.