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.

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April 1st- and Me All Out of Jokes

Happy April Fool’s Day from the Treasure Coast. Remember to err on the side of safety–too many things can go bad way too fast…. ask Google. Celebrate safe.

Pollen Season is finally over in Florida; make way for the rainy season and 90 degree temperatures. Way back in March  🙂 I came upon a great opportunity to see some gators up close and close to home. My friends and family, who visit, will often ask if I can show them and alligator or a bear…..yes we have bears in Florida. Upon requests like these one could just go to Gatorland (totally The Best)- but its nice when you don’t have to drive into the Big City (Orlando).

So imagine my surprise when I finally went to one of the places, I always say I am going to go and Boom! Small, medium and large- White City Park has them all. This place was enchanting with its blooming bottle brush and Hong Kong Orchids draped in Spanish Moss. I immediately fell in love with its winding waterways, beautiful birds, and White Koi fish. But be careful because in this place gators swim freely. (No fences of any kind) It also has quite a few pic-nick spots and I even spotted one nervy fellow, napping under one of the many pavilions. EEK!

I will try not to overshare as I always do– I have so many photos that I would like to share, I am not sure what I will post next. Until then ,I hope as always you enjoy the photos and adventure. 🙂

 

Happy December – Missing Fall

Happy December.

Can you believe that in a little over two weeks we will be celebrating Christmas? Yes I celebrate Christmas.

I know that I talk a lot about time. It has become very important to me, as it seems to fly by faster everyday. Maybe that is why I feel such a need to preserve mine/our memories, because we never know how much time we all have left together. It gives me a certain amount of satisfaction knowing, or hoping that one day, my photographs will make people smile and remember that time, that place and those people. Just another random thought. 🙂

As I stated in an earlier post, I have only a few random photos to share from my trip up North. This day we are visiting a park in Gladwin, Michigan. This park is particularly close to my heart, as I spent a lot of time as a kid here. Although not a very big park…. it seemed much bigger when I was younger, it is still a great place to take a stroll, swing on the swings or tube/canoe/kayak down the Cedar River. They now even have a campground. Located right in the middle of town, the park is extremely close and convenient to everything. Some of my best memories were made in this park and on the Cedar River. I especially love the White Birch trees that line the river, they cannot be found everywhere in the U.S.

As always I truly hope you enjoy this day in the park as much as I did.

A Walk In The Woods- Northern Michigan

As I finish the last few photo edits from my trip, I can hardly believe that it is already November. I don’t even want to think of another year passing so fast. I trust that everyone made it through Halloween without eating too much candy….I did not. 🙂 But sometimes you have to enjoy the chocolate.

As promised in my last post, today I am sharing a collection of native Michigan mushrooms. Almost the weirdest thing I have ever photographed…you will notice that I did not identify any of the mushrooms by name. I try my very best to attach information to the photos I post; Just in case anyone actually cares, but mushrooms or fungus specifically, are one of those things that you just do not take someone’s word for. Eating or touching the wrong mushrooms can make you sick or worse. So I am not naming these mushrooms, I am going to leave that to the fungus experts.

Recreation Area
Welcome to the Recreation Area

     One of the most relaxing and my favorite thing to do, is walk in the woods. Recently I got a chance to spend some time with my very best childhood friend, and we filled our time getting back to nature.

     I have to say waking up early and walking (our target 10,000 steps a day) did not thrill me in the least, mainly because I caught a nasty bug in St. Ignace, but once we hit the woods, I was forever hooked. My friend and I both dabble in photography and it’s nice when you can share a common interest with someone you love so dearly. The place she suggested turned out to be a treasure trove of beautiful and unique things to see and photograph. Of course we both had our cameras and could not resist photographing anything that caught our eyes. Of all things in wooded abundance, we found the most colorful and unusual mushrooms I have ever seen. Yep…mushrooms. Pink, purple, white….. even mushrooms that look like birds-nest coral (for all my ocean enthusiasts). I have never thought much about mushrooms (fungus) … and know that many of them are poisonous, but I assure you we did not pick any, we only photographed them. Until the next time, I hope you enjoy this walk in the woods with friends. Enjoy!

What I Saw Today- 5/30

Hello Again Dear Reader,

       I hope that all is well with the world today.  It is the weekend again, and although that means much to some, for main stream America it is just another chance to catch up on everything we got behind on during the week. Not much has been happening in my life, and even less has been happening in the photo worthy opportunities area. So this week, not to be discouraged,  I grabbed my camera and set out to find something/anything to photograph. Florida is home to some pretty weird and unique plants and animals, especially birds, so it was not long before I stumbled on my first photo op. Here are a few quick clicks of a pretty sizable flock of vultures that I decided were worthy of an impromptu shoot. (A few other birds too).

      Lucky for you, I  quickly exhausted my camera battery on this flock of vultures because yes, I forgot to charge my batteries before embarking on my journey. So I had to sulk home and see if I could make anything good out of any of my photos. Oh sure I could have just stayed at home and posted the Colorado photographs I have been promising, but I did not. Who knew blogging would actually take time and effort?

     I will however get to them soon, very soon, but tonight let me leave you with these few late evening images of my favorite Royal Poinciana tree blooms. I do not know what it is about this forest beauty that keeps me coming back, but I hope you will accept them for what they are: A gift from me to you.

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!

Updating Colorado Photographs

Hello Again Dear Reader,

     I know it has been awhile, it takes time to pick and edit photographs, as I have so many photos that I want to share with you. I suppose I should just add one or two at a time, but that would take far too long, and I cannot leave even one out, I am so attached. Even so, as always I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I did taking them.

Mellow Mountain Sunset
Mellow Mountain Sunset