Monday, March 29, 2010

New Look

Hi All!
Well I have spent the last week or so updating and changing my website. I have given it a new look and have changed the layout some and of course added new photographs. Please take a moment and check it out and let me know your thoughts.
Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Let sleeping giants lie

This alligator was probably six feet long. I photographed him at a place called shark alley which was just outside of the Everglades. This site is 7 miles long. Good place to photograph alligators and birds. Although I didn't travel the 7 miles, only about a mile and saw several gators, but I am sure there were alot more down the trail further. There were no barriers protecting you from these animals. So you really had to use your common sense and be alert. Although this gator was too busy soaking up the sun.
Have a nice day!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Rosette Spoonbill

This is a Rosette Spoonbill. The bird is both beautiful and not so beautiful. The red eye makes the bird seem a little odd. Just the same the bird is striking.
I am still editing photos, and it is taking longer that I had hoped. I have had to do alot of errands the past few days, but I expect to get alot accomplished this weekend. So back to work I go. Have a great weekend all!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Nice to be home

American Alligator

Snowy Egret in breeding plumage

Englewood Beach, Florida with shore birds

Well it was alot of fun in Florida! But it is great to be home. Camping wasn't so bad, I would do it again. I met alot of nice people. And thanks to all who let Lori and I stay the night in a nice warm bed. I have to say the night time temperatures were around mid 40's and the daytime highs were about 60. Fortunately we didn't have any rain while photographing and the drive home was sunny. Thank you God for that. Over all the trip went quite smoothly especially with the dark chocolate and occasional ice cream. Lori and I are planning a trip to Arizona next winter and we will travel my way. My truck and hotels.
I have tons of photographs to go through and organize and edit. This will keep me busy for a bit. I pulled a few for everyone to view. The alligator was photographed at the Everglades, a location called the Anhinga Trail. I have alot of great shots from this location and of course alot of alligators. I must say that this trail was the only good thing about the whole Everglades. Very disappointing, except for the trail of course. The egret was photographed at Ding Darling Bird Sanctuary. What a great place to photograph birds. We saw so many birds I couldn't even begin to count the different species. The sanctuary is located on Sannibel Island. The island alone was beautiful. I had never seen such beautiful blue water. We did alot of seashell collecting on the island and being the collector I am I found some great seashells and I did share with Lori. Those were my souvenirs. The beaches were full of seashells, but you have to get there early to get the good ones. The last photograph is at Englewood beach. Not sure what kind of shorebirds are there I am still working on that. This too was gorgeous! I got some great photographs there too!

Pretty much every where we went we did get some great photographs. And as I edit and organize I will share.

I hope next week to have them on my website I also have to send out more show applications. So I expect to be very busy for a while. I also have a newsletter which I started before I left which I have to get out. Please sign up for it if you haven't already. I will be having a contest in April. The winner will receive a 11x14 matted photograph.
Well this is it for now. I will be posting more.
Have a great day!

Friday, March 5, 2010


Camping thus far has been good except it is still cold. I am sleeping using 2 sleeping bags and still not quite warm enough. It is suppose to be in the 50's here in Florida, but I have yet to feel that mild evening air. In fact it has barely hit the 60's during the day and that is if the sun is shining and it isn't windy. I wonder if we are in Florida? Did we miss an exit?
Any way I had my first critter encounter! Unbelievable! It was the middle of the night and I was awaken by rustling in the leaves outside my tent. Then all of a sudden a large critter stands on my side of the tent right near my head! I thought I was a goner! It was horrifying! I couldn't believe my eyes! I was in a panic and screamed! Then soon realized it was a young raccoon and his buddies looking for some snacks. Lori and I laugh about it. So far that has been my only experience with camping critters. This is my last day camping and I will say it has been a good experience and I would do it again. I just need my air mattress, my pillows, 2 sleeping bags, heavy socks and a bathroom. A real bathroom. We will be heading home Sunday night after our visit to the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine.
I will post more later. Chow