Water Flowers

The Naples Botanical Gardens (naplesgarden.org) occupies over 170 acres (including parking and a 90-acre natural preserve). The 2.5 mile walking trail leads the visitor through seven different settings for flowers and trees. Today’s images from the gardens focus on water flowers; both lilies and shoreline flowers. The last three photos remind us that flowers – while beautiful – are also food for many animals….

Naples, Florida

Naples, Florida is one of the wealthy cities in the U.S. with a per capita income in excess of $60,000 and the percentage below the poverty line at about 3%. I saw Maseratis, Jaguars, and Rolls Royces as well as many BMWs. It is also populated with both modern and classic convertibles. Houses along the coast sell for more than $40 million. We saw…

Everglades’ Alligators

There are both alligators (more rounded nose) and crocodiles (more pointed nose) in Southern Florida, but the most common are alligators. The pictures below are of some of the alligators (and maybe one crocodile) I saw in my trip through 25 miles of the Everglades. Alligators usually try to blend in with their surrounds (like posing as floating logs for example), but they also…

Birds of the Everglades

The Everglades, especially in the rainy season, is a slow-moving river 60 miles wide and over 100 miles long. Shaped by water and fire, the Everglades experience frequent flooding in the wet season and drought in the dry season. While we often think of the Everglades as dense marshlands, there are also expansive grasslands throughout the area. Our (me and Pat) expedition to the…

The Rookery

I got back Tuesday from a wonderful visit with friend and fellow photoblogger Pat, and her hubby. Naples Florida was our home base, but Pat and I did a few photo safaris. One such visit was to the Venice Rookery. A rookery is a nesting area for birds that are harmonious (mostly) with each other. This particular rookery was a small island – maybe…

Sofa, Porch & Deck

The temperatures have been bitterly cold and the lighting dismal, but I have kept shooting. The delay in posting has been due to some out-of-country guests staying in my studio (downstairs bedroom). The first two shots are from Sochi. Actually they are taken from my sofa while watching the Olympics. (Note: these are not for sale and are posted for educational purposes only in…

Quirky, the Sequel

Friday seems like a good day for quirky, so here is the second installment of some rather quirky pictures.

Lights

In reviewing my photos from 2013, I realized that there were quite a few I didn’t share for a variety of reasons (not ready, forgot about, old age, etc.) so I thought I might share a few at a time. These four are all about light. The first two were taken on the same day within a few minutes of each other. One is…

Top Picks of 2013 Pics

Asking a photographer to pick his or her favorite picture is like asking a parent to pick their favorite child; you love them all, but in different ways. Here are eight of my favorites from the ones I posted this year. Which is your favorite? Others posted that you like more? I will be posting my favorite unposted-in-2013 pictures in a few days.

Rust, Rot, & Decay

Despite the rather gloomy title, I find a real beauty in these reminders from nature of the transient reality of everything . . . whether created or man made. The chemical oxidation of metal produces rust that is often rich with reds and oranges as in the railing on a footbridge and the extra character added to a mailbox. The rotting wood from a…