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About birds n' bugs

Retired, living in SW Florida and spending my time at nature photography in my local area. I volunteer with a couple of local organizations to help my adopted home town. Travelling is now by airplane and car instead of a sailboat but happy anyway.

Benefits of the drought

It’s not often you can find a benefit in something like a drought.  For nature photographers it does have some benefit.  As ponds dry up they get smaller and the critters preyed on by our wading birds get concentrated in … Continue reading

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Misty Mornings

The polar vortex up north has brought SW Florida some foggy mornings.  Not usually good for a photographer.  Looking out across the canal if was difficult to any detail at 100 yards even with the sun well above the horizon. … Continue reading

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Elusive Butterfly – Ceraunus Blue

These are pretty little butterflies.  Their wingspan seldom gets much over an inch at full extension.  You see them as bright flashes of blue as the males fly around but they flicker out and disappear as soon as they land … Continue reading

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A Couple More Sunsets with Boats and Pelicans

Saturday evening, I looked out the window and saw a really fiery sunset.  I made my way to Ponce Park to find that everyone else had gone to watch it too and finding a quiet space without a lot of … Continue reading

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A cloudless sunset

We usually get spectacular sunsets when there are a few clouds to capture color.  Sometimes there is enough haze to get on color over the entire sky. When you get one like this you need something to add to it.  … Continue reading

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An Exhausting Wildlife Safari

As everyone knows, wildlife photographers must risk life and limb lugging heavy equipment in and out of jungles and deserts to get amazing shots of natual beauty. Well, Florida is a little strange.  See Carl Hiassen or Dave Barry for … Continue reading

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From the Rookery

On my way to the Chalk Festival in Venice, I stopped off at the Venice Rookery just to see what activity there was.  One pair of Great Blue Herons was nest building but there wasn’t much other activity.  Things will … Continue reading

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