June- Still the Month of the Alligator

It’s June- time for hurricane season and more alligator shenanigans. Last month visiting family wanted to see Gators-big ones, so we went to Gatorland, in Orlando. This month I could not resist going again, just to see if I could capture anything different. This time the trip included my sister’s and their families…..I always love seeing kids discover new and exciting things and if I can capture that image forever even better for us.

We had the usual great time, as much as one can have when you feel like your face is melting off- I love Florida :). This day I lucked out and caught a few new types of birds and some very big gators jumping. Yes gators can jump, much too high in my opinion. I still did not get to do the ziplines (Gatorland has 7) but I did get to take a cooling ride on the train, while the rest of the family took advantage of the small water park. As always I hope you enjoy this family adventure.

Weary Wednesday – Finally Working on Colorado Photos

Here Kitty Kitty
Here Kitty Kitty

Happy Wednesday Dear Reader,

    I know the headline says weary, and my salutation says happy…but I am weary and as sad as that sounds happy for it. There is no amount of time that could explain this statement or my own struggles, but suffice it to say that even though everything may not be right in the world…I am happy to just be in it. So today I am finally going to start posting the rest of my Colorado trip photos. I will also attempt to identify the places and things correctly, a side effect of putting things off, and coincidentally my biggest pet peeve, but never the less.

     In the meantime I am currently working on a few more Gurushots. This time it is Fun With Shadows, this is a new one for me, because although I am always aware of shadows and how they can be used to enhance, or ruin a photo, I never really thought to make them picturesque. Not to be undone by any challenge I set out looking for opportunities, to advance my shadow skill set and it did not take long before the setting sun and my kitties (KiKi & Aimee), gave me just that opportunity. As always until we meet again…enjoy!

Happy Hump Day! — The Beginning of What I Saw Today

Well my friends…we have made it to Wednesday, and for that I am truly thankful. I know that I am supposed to be posting Colorado photos, but I had an epiphany, mostly borrowed from my Facebook page. I want to start a new blog series called What I Saw Today.

     You may wonder what has prompted this new-old idea, its called Gurushots.com: Live photo challenges. I really like this site, not just because it is photographers voting and judging other photographers’ work…..but because the skill focused challenges really do help highlight and hone each photographers skills. I know it is helping me learn the lingo and more importantly the abilities and limits of myself and my equipment. Most days scrolling through my fellow photographers submitted photos I could only dream of creating photos as stunning and awe inspiring, but I have always heard use what you have, and that is what I am doing. Lucky you! So here is what I saw today, and what you have to look forward to.

First I came across my neighbors cat exciting the squirrels in the trees. This ferocious Jungle Cat quickly turned into playful kitten when I tried to lure him away from the restless natives.

    The next thing I saw was these beautiful flowers from A Royal Poinciana tree, also known as Flame of the forest. The red spindly petals against the green immediately caught my eye.

This Terracotta fish was found laying among some neglected brush, even it looks good in the morning sun under the Poinciana canopy.

In the early morning light even the wilting gardenias are just as beautiful today as yesterday. I also managed to get a nice morning shot of a small spider web attached to one of the browning buds. Digging around in the brush I managed to find a few small unidentified bugs and quite a few Zebra Long-winged Butterflies. I love chasing butterflies and bugs. The vine with the white flowers is also still unknown. Cannot wait to show you what I see next, I hope you will come back occasionally and see. Enjoy!