gopher turtle 10/21/12

Imagesuch a beautiful day yesterday…the first real day of fall weather in central fl…took a trip to gleason park in indian harbour beach…the man went for a run, and the boy and i went for a walk around the lake…the gopher turtles were out enjoying the sunshine and a bit of lunch…i love trying to capture their faces…i’m fascinated by their tiny little teeth and their expressions…this guy was way more interested in eating his lunch than the fact that I was trying to take his picture, so he didn’t stay still for more than a moment…just long enough for me to capture this portrait…

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beachside

tern @ 2nd light--satellite beach, fltern @ 2nd light–satellite beach, fl

i’d forgotten about this…it was stuck in a file of surfer shots that i took at 2nd light back in march…i’ve said it before and i’ll say it again, i need to work on my workflow organization…awesome shots get lost in the shuffle…sigh…but at least i unearthed this pretty tern…he’s clearly after something, maybe his lunch…maybe he just wants to get away from me…

2nd light–2/22/12

IMG_4694…you lookin’ at me???–ring-billed gull @ 2nd light, satellite beach fl

when there aren’t many people at the beach, the seagulls seem more relaxed, less apt to fly away, easier to photograph…the surfers were mostly all in the water when i was at 2nd light last week, so it was just me and TO and this bird for quite awhile…since our trip was quick and my intent was to shoot surfers, i only brought my 100-400mm lens with me…i use that lens mainly to photograph surfers and wildlife that is fairly far away…but i’m finding that the best images i get from it are the ones where my subject is not so far away…like this birdie…the bokeh is awesome, and the detail is pretty good…like the little bit of red around the eye and mouth…i think maybe another trip beachside is in order for tomorrow…

random awesome things

IMG_5026atlas v rocket, from my backyard 2/24/12

it still amazes me, the things i can see from my backyard…i almost forgot that there was a rocket launching from kennedy space center this evening…but i remembered about five minutes before it went up, just enough time to switch lenses and walk out to the backyard…ksc is probably 40-some-odd miles from my home, but looking to the north, i was able to see this atlas v rocket heading off into space, carrying with it the first of five navy satellites that will be launching in the near future…you can see the glow of the rocket boosters so clearly…i do love living on the space coast…

flora

IMG_2053wildflowers at the wetlands in b&w

usually when i visit the wetlands i’m there to photograph the birds and animals that live there…but it’s hard to ignore the wildflowers…they are surely an easier subject to capture 🙂 …i don’t usually think of them in black and white…but i really like the way this image looks in b&w…it was taken back in late summer…

random awesome things

IMG_3233reflections in the shades

my sister gave my son a pair of sunglasses when she was visiting us in florida last month…they are a little big for him, but he thinks they’re extremely cool, and wears them all the time…of course, with the mirrored lenses he’s sporting, and with my fascination for reflections in my photography, he’s discovered that there is a far greater chance that I will be trying to take his picture these days…to try to capture what he sees through the reflection of his supercool shades…

birds

IMG_1109portrait of an egret–@ gleason park, indian harbour beach, fl

whenever we go to the park, dylan will always ask me if i’m bringing my camera…he knows that if the answer is “yes”, there’s a decent chance that i’ll be somewhat distracted…so i try to make sure to give him his fair share of attention…on this day, his dad went for a run, and we hung out for awhile, walking around the park and having a chat…when his dad returned, I got my chance to shoot a few pictures of the egrets and the turtles that were sunning at the edge of the pond in the park…the light was very nice, and this birdie was quite obliging…all in all, a family outing that was fun for all…