I haven’t had a lot of camera time lately so it’s been a while since I’ve had any postings.
Well, finally got to spend a day out. These are taken at the Botanical Garden in Naples Florida.
So many of my northern family and friends are very tired of snow and cold. Way too much of it. So I hope these colors, blooming plants and sunshine can bring some relief from my eye to them.
Lunch on Goodland Island was my best Osprey watching for the whole season. There was a nest in top of a pine tree just across from the restaurant!! I was glad they weren’t open yet and we had to wait.
A good time to watch and shoot.
By the way, lunch was really good too.
This trip to the beach, I traded in my tennis shoes and socks for some flip-flops so I could finally get some sand between my toes!!
Took my chair too and camped out for the sun to set. I knew where I wanted to be and what perspective I wanted most of the photos to come from. I must say, and I am ashamed of it, that I didn’t let anyone linger in front of me for this one evening.
I owe the boys that ended up in the photo a sincere apology. And must say that their playfulness ended up looking pretty good in the final cut.
The evening wasn’t without some frustration though. Fishing along the beach leaves hooks and fishing line out in the way for the poor birds to get into trouble. Saw one bird actually swallow a fishing hook with line attached. And a Pelican with a hook in its side alluded the beach patrol.
Wish people would be more responsible with our nature.
No photos of affected birds are shown in this presentation.
My hubby and I took the sunset tour on the Naples Princess http://www.naplesprincesscruises.com/ The cruise is through the Naples bay, out Gordon Pass, and just into the gulf. A large part of the tour is viewing the homes of the rich and famous at Port Royal.
Now most people are ooing and awwing at the homes, while I’m aiming my camera lens above, and through them to get the clouds, sun reflections, and the sunset.
Have to admit the actual sunset was while the boat was turning around in the gulf and the turbulence was rough. Impossible to take a sharp photo when I’m having trouble standing up.
Ok, so I also took some photos of some of the more unique architecture. I do hope you enjoy the tour.
This day trip started at the http://rookerybay.org/ Estuary of Rookery Bay.
Next stop is the boardwalk off US 41. Sad to learn that the two Eaglets had passed away and the parents had left the area.
Last stop is the hike and bird watching stand at the 10,000 islands perserve http://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=41555
These photos are of some of the flora and fauna of my retreat from the cold. I love the tropical feel in the winter. My body just doesn’t take Indiana winter anymore.
Naples Florida is my retreat. I am able to be outside. I can see sunshine, ride my bike, swim, and exercise. My muscles feel good and I can do what I love to do, take photos!
I hope you enjoy the view with me.
While in Florida this winter I was not able to get out with my camera as much as usual. But there is a time for everything. This is a trip to the beautiful Botanical Gardens. Just a few years ago the gardens went through a huge expansion. Two years ago they also added several new areas. This visit was just fabulous with growth and blooms. The bird viewing area was not so active this year. Just can’t predict what the birds are going to do. But I did get to observe an Osprey in one of the trees.
I hope you enjoy the tour.
I have to thank Stan for giving me the information about where this eagle nest is located. Just 11/2 block from the beach.
My first trip was futile. Stood there for two hours and nothing. But I was told the eagles were still there. So my second trip I was determined to stick around and watch, observe, and get something for my efforts. I spent four hours this time. Just as I was walking up, the eagle flew off the nest. I wasn’t ready with my camera. I found my best vantage point and waited. In that time I realized that these baby’s are on a two-hour schedule of feed and sleep.
The next two photos are an example of where my artwork comes in. One, it’s an awesome photo (I think) but when a bird fly’s you shoot and sometimes you get unexpected results. Such is the case with this photo. Great flight, but the leaf in the foreground was just too much distraction. So I decided this photo was an artistic interpretation opportunity.
Here is a couple of other photos taken that morning. There is a pair of woodpeckers trying to drill out the underside of the eave on the mobil next to ours. I prefer him on the tree. But getting the two together was nice.
As I get to know more of the neighbors, they are sharing places to go and see. We took a driving adventure