weekly photo challenge…silhouette

This blue heron stood on the boat launch dock at Front Street Park in Melbourne, FL bright and early in the morning a few weeks ago…he was looking for his breakfast, and I was looking at him, silhouetted by the orange glow of the sunrise over the Indian River.


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…


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…

viera wetlands

finally...a river otter! 5/2/12finally…a river otter! 5/2/12

when we pick the boy up from school, we have a ritual of asking how his day went…usually we’ll say something like “did you do anything exciting at school today?” to which he will usually reply “no”…and then he will ask us, in turn, if we did anything exciting during the day…today when he asked, i told him about how i finally, after over a year of trying, managed to get a picture of a river otter at the wetlands today…he listened, and said, “um, that’s great…did you do anything else?” …really, i do know better…he doesn’t get nearly as psyched about this kind of thing as i do…:)

florida sandhill cranes

baby's tired...sandhill crane momma and chick 5/1/12part 1–baby’s tired–sandhill crane momma and chick 5/1/12

“hey, honey–your sandhill cranes are out there”…the man and the boy refer to the crane family as “my” cranes…probably because i am so fascinated by them, still, after three years of watching them stroll back and forth through my yard as they live their day…but in three years i’ve never seen one sitting down…i’m not surprised that the baby would need a bit of a rest, their parents have made them walk a fair bit of the golf course (and adjoining yards) for most of the day in search of food pretty much from day one…but this little one decided that he’d take a break for himself…and good for him…the day was still early at this point, and he probably knew that he should take a breather while momma was busy eating…

nesting season @ viera wetlands 2012

osprey’s lunch–@ viera wetlands 3/12

we were leaving the wetlands after a visit there recently, when out of the corner of my eye i spotted this osprey…i’d noticed it flying around while i was looking at the nesting anhingas and blue herons, and figured it was looking for its’ lunch…apparently, it found lunch…and in this shot, the osprey is waiting for the fish in question to hurry up and die already, so that he can safely fly away to eat it without having it wriggle out of his grasp…we pulled over to watch it for awhile, and i have to say that the fish put up quite a fight…after watching for about ten minutes, the fish still wasn’t quite dead…and the osprey continued to wait, patiently, for his lunch to be ready to be eaten…

florida sandhill cranes

IMG_8411babies’ first breakfast on the golf course–4/12/12

i was sitting at my computer, enjoying the morning coffee, checking on the facebook, talking (listening) to my sister on the phone (…oops, she sometimes reads this blog…if you see this, laura, i really was paying attention to you, promise…just a little multitasking…xoxo) when out of the corner of my eye i caught sight of what i’ve been waiting to see for weeks now…our resident sandhill crane couple with their new babies, out for a morning stroll…i squealed, “ooh, the babies, the babies…gotta go…” hung up on her, grabbed my camera and flew out the door to see…she called me back later while i was editing my images to say, “really? you hung up on me for some birds?” um…yup. sorry, love…you don’t understand. it’s the babies…and i’d been waiting for them…i didn’t want to spook or threaten them, so i kept my distance …not a bad shot, but not perfect…they’re so cute, it almost doesn’t matter so much that they’re just a hair out of focus…but it’s ok, now that they’ve arrived, they’ll be back…and i will be ready with my camera to give it another go 🙂