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.