Just got back from Stormville, NY where I spent Christmas with my sisters celebrating my mom’s 75th birthday on Christmas Eve. We had a white Christmas Eve with the snow disappearing right around lunch time. Before it melted, I took a picture of the road outside my sister’s house. I like the way the road leads my eye to the mail box. I used to have this kind of mailbox growing up and still remember how much I loved to run down and check for holiday mail (cards, gifts, catalogs) in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
I took this picture a few weekends ago when the weather was a bit foggy. I like the way the green of the first tree pops out while the trees in the background look very shadowy due to the fog. I amped up the color a bit but did nothing with the lighting.
I zoomed in on this Brown Pelican while visiting Tide Tables Restaurant and Marina for lunch yesterday.
Yesterday, my husband and I went to Tide Tables Restaurant and Marina for lunch in Cortez. If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it. I’ve only been there twice and both times had the Grouper sandwich. I do think their Grouper sandwich is the best I have ever had which echoes many other reviews. We figured it would be pretty busy and it was, the last time we went, we shared a table with strangers and this time around, we sat at the bar. I decided to step away from all the action and take some pictures of the beautiful scenery and birds that were all around the marina. This shot is one of my favorites from the afternoon.
I took this photo a few weeks ago after dinner at the Lodge clubhouse in Country Club East.
One of the first things I did when we built our house 7 years ago in Lakewood Ranch was to post a picture of my new neighbors, the Sandhill Cranes. Since then, I photographed them doing all sorts of things. And gators? Tons of photos, especially from visits to Gatorland and the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine. However, I have never photographed gators and Sandhill Cranes in the same shot. I thought this was a good choice for the theme “fear” as I was afraid I was about to witness a gruesome scene. I am happy to say, the Sandhill Cranes had no fear as they pranced around this gator for about 20 minutes. I recalled photographing a Great Egret going for a ride on the back of a gator during my visit to Gatorland. I guess Egrets and Cranes have some type of animal instinct that lets them know that the gator isn’t hungry.
I photographed this Red-bellied Woodpecker last Saturday on my weekend walk through Country Club East. While it is easy to spot woodpeckers due to the noise they make pecking away (and in this case, a bright red head), I find woodpeckers difficult to photograph, they move often and quickly!
I took this picture of the pond located at the end of my street this morning. I have a direct view of the golf course from my driveway. My favorite time to visit the pond to try to capture pictures of birds and critters is first thing in the morning before all the golfers arrive.