A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Tampa Bay Library Consortium’s 40th annual meeting at Lowery Park zoo. We had plenty of time built in the program to visit the animals. My favorites of the day were the Bornean Orangutans. I could have watched them for hours! I wish I would have got a better shot of the mother, she is a little cut off at the bottom in this picture. I decided to use the vignette tool to try and make it less noticeable.
I love to watch the Herons in my neighborhood. I only have to cross the street to see some amazing birds hanging out by the neighborhood pond. In the last challenge, I posted photos of the Great Blue Heron catching and swallowing a fish. While I did not capture the Little Blue Heron getting a meal, I did get the Heron about to strike. I noticed that right before the Herons make a strike for food, they ruffle their feathers.
It’s been 202 days since we have felt temperatures this cool in Southwest FL. So thankful for nice cool weather! This picture of my Goldendoodle Bergy, taken an hour ago at the Lakewood Ranch paw park depicts exactly how I feel about this!
Just got back from my last trip to the Smoky mountains for the year on Monday. We were able to catch the Fall leaves almost at their peak. Our weekend getaway got off to a slow start as the Asheville airport was shut down for hours due to over 1,000 Starlings hanging out on the runway. Once we finally landed in Asheville, delays in getting an available gate and a rental car made for an exhausting day. It was all worth it as we had a great Saturday night being entertained by an awesome country musician, Matt Stillwell, and then being in the mountains for an absolutely glorious Sunday.
Don’t you love when this happens? I went outside with my camera with the goal of catching the reflections of the trees by the pond at the end of my street in the morning light when I looked up and saw this beautiful Anhinga drying off its wings after a morning swim.
I captured this picture of a male deer two months ago while visiting Rothenbach Park with another photography club. I was not familiar with this park off Bee Ridge road and will definitely return as this is just one of the many deer photos I took that day. There are walking trails where you can spot birds, gators and beautiful trees along the way. I am so glad I participated in this challenge. I learned so much from the more advanced and professional photographers and have been inspired by the beautiful photos I saw all year long. I plan to redo my blog soon and keep posting.
Tricolored Heron. I spotted this bird a few months ago in the pond at the end of my street.