Homemade

These four shots were all taken within a few feet of home . . . three at my home and one on Pat’s sidewalk when I dropped her off at her home. Facebook friends will have already seen the last picture; one with which I am very pleased. I don’t give tips on taking good pictures very often, but I will venture out with two very basic and very important tips. The first is be ready. Be ready with your equipment on hand and your mind’s eye looking for images that attract you. The second tip is take a lot of pictures. The more pictures you take, the more familiar you will become with using the tools at your disposal. Like every photographer, you will also learn from mistakes. Careful analysis of your work will help define and clarify your particular point of view; what it is that you get excited about taking pictures.
Well enough tutorial. Here are four pictures with brief brief, explanatory captions.

From our Deck

From our Deck


Bees in our Flower Garden

Bees in our Flower Garden


On Pat's Sidewalk

On Pat’s Sidewalk


Our Garden Toad

Our Garden Toad

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 Everglades began very early in the hope of getting both sunrise and mist shots over the grasslands. We were successful in our effort as seen in the first two pictures below. We then took a gravel road through much denser swamp areas with occasional openings or “glades”. It was at these small ponds that we were able to get pictures of both birds and alligators (my next post). The captions in the pictures below identify the birds with one exception. If you know the identity of the bird listed as “friend”, I would love to hear from you. I enjoy hearing from you if you don’t know this bird’s identity as well.

Sunrise over the Grasslands

Sunrise over the Grasslands

Morning Mist

Morning Mist

White Ibis

White Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Egret and Friend

Egret and Friend

Great Egret Neck Extended

Great Egret Neck Extended

Anhinga

Anhinga

Reddish Egret

Reddish Egret

Western Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

Black Vulture (much rarer than the Turkey Vulture)

Black Vulture (much rarer than the Turkey Vulture)

Florida Scrub-Jay

Florida Scrub-Jay

Young Great Blue Heron

Young Great Blue Heron

Parting Sunrise Shot :-)

Parting Sunrise Shot 🙂

Fish & Fowl

Met our Michigan sons, spouses and their families (including 3 of our grandkids) at Binder Park Zoo on Saturday. The family pictures are on my Facebook page. My intention (unless I change my mind) is to post animals later this week and abstract/other images this week or next. It was a great day with family and good lighting. Enjoy some fowl and a fish.

Crown Prince

Crown Prince

Whatchyou lookin' at?

Whatcha lookin’ at?

Swan in Shade

Swan in Shade

Yellow Bird

Yellow Bird

Large Carp

Large Carp

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