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.
I’ve always been someone that needs “alone time”, even on the holidays. On Christmas morning, after I went on a long walk with my husband and dogs, I went back out again with my camera. Well, Christmas certainly came for this amateur photographer! I only had to go around the block to find the Rosette Spoonbill and the Wood Stork sitting together for me. I have sharper photos of both but this is the best I have of both together. This was not my only present. At the same pond, I got pictures of a baby alligator, Great White Egret and two Great Cormorants sitting side by side making all kinds of interesting motions. Happy New Year one and all!
Last night, my husband and I went to Enchant St. Pete at Tropicana Field. This holiday event is also taking place in Washington and Seattle. We had a good time and were full of the holiday spirit. We even hit the skating rink which you see in the photo. I thought I would get amazing shots even though I only had my iPhone with me. I was a little disappointed that it was so hard to frame the shots without getting the seats, signs, ceiling etc. that screamed “we are at an indoor ballpark, not in a winter wonderland.” This event is 5 minutes from where I work so for us, it was worth checking out. I am not sure I would recommend driving across the state as I am sure there are better light displays to be found and it did not quite live up to the hype in my book.
Doodle #1 and Doodle #2 – They sure make me smile – Hope you do too.
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!