Two weeks ago, I attended the Dali’s “Coffee with the Curator” presentation. The speaker was a friend of mine and I wanted to support her. We got a tour of the Dali library afterwords and I got to see the featured exhibit “Midnight in Paris.” It was a beautiful day and I made sure to take a walk around the grounds before heading back to work. This photo was taken from the back of the museum, you can see the umbrella tables set up by the garden. Definitely a curvy building! FYI, if anyone is thinking of attending one of these monthly talks, leave early! It was packed! I found myself in the overflow room, luckily, I found a parking space before they ran out.
I took this picture two weeks ago at the Sarasota Jungle Gardens. I can’t believe I have lived here for 18 years and yet this was my first visit. While the fascinating Pink Flamingos are certainly the star attraction in my book, I found there were plenty of other photo ops such as these Florida Cooters all lined up in a row. I wish the image was a little sharper but I like this photo because some of their heads appear to be facing the camera.
I took this photo last week at the Venice Rookery. This was my first trip to the Rookery, a place I have been wanting to visit ever since I saw all the other bloggers beautiful pictures. We had other things on our agenda that day so my goal was just to find it so that when I went out on a shoot I would be familiar with were it was. I did not have my tripod or DSL camera, just a Canon point and shoot. This picture of the Great Blue Heron was my best of the 10 minutes I got to spend there. I really wanted good photos of the Black-crowned Night Herons as I never get to see them in my neighborhood. I did get to see them and took many photos but the birds were too deep in the trees and the photos were too dark or shadowy. This wraps up January with N is for nest and kicks off February with F is for feathers.
Yesterday, we made a trip to Venice. We visited the Rookery (next week’s post) and then the Crow’s Nest for lunch. I tried their famous fish sandwich, it was delicious. Anyways, after lunch we took a walk around the marina where I decided to take pictures of the sailboats that were cruising all around. Although I think this picture captures the delightful January afternoon we got to enjoy in Southwest FL, I think I missed the “boat.” Bad pun intended. Had I zoomed in on the Pelican at the bottom of this photo, I think I would have had a great “dive bomb” photo.
This morning, I paid a visit to the Sarasota Jungle Gardens. It was a beautiful, cool morning for walking around with the camera at this popular Sarasota attraction. This Florida water turtle, who I believe to be a Florida Cooter, made a macro shot easy for me as he sat just a few feet from my camera as I was walking by the turtle exhibit. I just had my Canon “point and shoot” with me so I set it to Macro & Mono and snapped away.
This is a follow-up post to last week’s picture of the Double-crested Cormorant swimming in a pond. This is what a first year Double-crested Cormorant looks like. Note the pale coloring on the neck and breast area verses the dark, blackish all over color of an adult. Same pretty blue eyes. Photo was taken at the same pond as last week’s picture.
When I first started photographing birds in my neighborhood, I usually didn’t get excited to see a Double-crested Cormorant. Usually, I could only shoot them from the neck up as they swam around the pond and didn’t think it was worth the effort. It took me a while to realize that they have beautiful blue, almost transparent eyes. Now when I spot them, I always take a shot and can’t wait to look at the eyes. I even entered one in a contest and named it “behind blue eyes.” This picture was taken last week at a pond on Player’s Drive in Lakewood Ranch.