The Shack

Those that have followed my photo blog for some time know that I am partial to zoom lenses that can frame the picture in a variety of ways. Zoom lenses have some disadvantages (like more difficulty in low light situations and their weight) but I have preferred them for nearly 40 years for their ability to help frame the shot. They are especially valuable for wildlife photography.

The images that follow are taken from a stop Pat and I made on the way back from Naple’s Botanical Gardens. Pat had noticed a shack on the way to the gardens and pulled into an empty lot to get a better look. The first four images are taken from the same general spot, but with different size zoom settings from my 55-300 zoom lens. The last picture adds a bit of human interest from a different angle. (Go to the link below to see all pictures.)

If you missed a post ( like my recent water lilies post), or want to see some earlier posts, you can always find them at https://juliemariepics.com .

62mm

A 62mm shot; slightly tighter than a standard 55mm fixed lens.

86mm

Same spot with a 86mm lens.

110mm

With a 110mm lens from the same spot.

240

240mm from the same spot.

human85

Different spot with a little bit of human interest included/

Water Lilies

The Naples Botanical Gardens in Naples, Florida has a vast variety of plant life. This trip I was especially taken by the water lilies. These are my top 10 favorites.

green

A traditional look in the midst of dark green lily pads.

pink

Pinkish flower bud in the midst of reddish pads.

red3

One brilliant flower with muted background.

wsun

One with sunspot and shadows from the shore.

red shadow

One with lily pad and shore shadows.

purpbyfalls

Purple with shadows from shore and clouds.

wclouds

Lily and pad in the clouds.

2pink

Duo.

mixed

Plethora.

wbug

Flower, bud, and bee.

 

 

Birds of the Everglades

It has been a few weeks since I have posted due, in part, to Michigan’s perpetual dark-cloud winter and a fractured collarbone. Last week we were able to visit friend Pat in Naples, Florida. During the visit we were able to take a photo safari to the Everglades. Our trip was focused (pun intended) on photographing some of the unbelievable rich diversity of Everglades’ birds. Here is a bit of what we saw.

blue4

Great Blue Heron

great white

Great White Heron

ibis

white

white2

zing

gator

Yes, this was shot with a telephoto lens from a safe distance.

feather afloat

Floating Feather

 

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