Tuesday, December 11, 2012

La Chua Trail, Payne's Prairie

Hello again! It has been a very busy Fall here as a photographer. I did a photoshoot in North Carolina and Savannah Georgia. Recently my wife and I hiked 5 miles at La Chua Trail. This is in Gainesville, Florida in a beautiful park called Payne's Prairie. I strongly recommend this for any nature lover who is in north central Florida. Here are a couple of the photos I have processed, but still working on the rest.

                                                                


                                      
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

I am a bad boy!


Well, so much for keeping up with the blog! LOL! I just don't have time to do everything I want to do in life and still keep a timely blog so let me catch you all up with my life the past few months. Let's see, I put up an amateur radio antenna and have been talking to a lot of people all over the world. I have been practicing and playing a lot of chess. We took in another cat, which makes 13 now, and the new cat (Wyatt) is a sweetheart. Most of all I have been taking wildlife and nature photographs all over north Florida.

The photo above is the current me helping to set up our local photography club's exhibit at the Larimer Art Center. I have 4 pieces displayed in the exposition. It runs through May and the reception is this Friday. Frankly I hate going to receptions but they are a necessary evil when you are a professional photographer.

Here are a couple of shots recently taken:






This is a neat view from the top of the St. Augustine lighthouse, showing the shadow of the lighthouse falling on the keeper's house.





and here is a cute great white heron chick staring at the camera.

I have been trekking through a lot of swamps, taking a ton of photos, and generally having a ball. I promise I will try to do better blogging in the future but you know how that goes. Take care, my friends, and see you again soon (hopefully!).


Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Not Enough Time!

Again, sorry for the months of not posting. I have been so busy with taking photographs and life in general I just haven't been able to keep up here. I went to the Everglades, the Keys, and all over Florida this winter taking photographs. Here is one a little closer to home that I took yesterday. Nothing exotic about the subject matter but I liked the interplay of light in the golden sand with rocks. The duck was very curious about the camera so I included him.

I took some really beautiful shots in the Everglades and Keys. Most of them are posted at my website Fine Art America.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Cumberland Island, Georgia

To begin with, if anyone is interested in purchasing a print or greeting cards of my Cumberland Island photographs, including others I did not put on this blog, go to my commercial website Fine Art America Website.
They do fantastic work! You can customize your print by size, type of paper, and even have it framed and matted.

As I always say, commercial wildlife photography is not for wimps! I took a 45 minute ferry over to Cumberland Island, a beautiful Georgia barrier island with a lot of history and tons of wildlife. I braved the heat for the day and took some fascinating shots there.


One of the main attractions on the island is the Dungeness manor ruins. This mansion was used as a winter home by the Carnegie family until 1925. It burned in the late 1950's but you can still see traces of grandeur for a bygone era.


When the Carnegie family abandoned the main mansion there they released their horses. Today there are around 114 feral horses roaming the island from this release. Here is a cute foal relaxing in the shade


and here is a horse who is obviously very happy!


In addition to the marvelous horses on the island there are other wildlife such as this wild turkey roaming around.


Though the land is very dry now we did see a few tough flowers such as this white prickly poppy.

I highly recommend Cumberland Island as a day trip for those who love to explore. If you visit the island I strongly suggest carrying sunblock, insect repellent, and lots of cold water. Conditions are somewhat rugged and amenities are lacking but the animals and interesting ruins make it a worthwhile adventure.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sneaking Up On Me!


Here is an alligator at the edge of a swamp close to my house. As I was photographing him the alligator was busy sizing me up for a meal. I hope he found a more suitable dinner after I left.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

My wife cracks up


While we were walking around a park I asked my wife Karen if I could take her picture. As she was posing rather stiffly I made a very off color proposition to her. This is the result!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Where Does the Time Go?

Sorry I have been neglecting this blog for so long. My photography has occupied a lot of time and I have yet another cat! That makes 13 and we have officially gone past saturation here. A month ago I came home to find a little black cat waiting for me in the driveway. I named her Laila, which means "dark beauty", and I've been working to tame this very shy girl.

Last week I got special permission to photograph some animals at the private St. Augustine Wild Reserve. They normally do not allow photography so this was a wonderful chance to capture some beautiful cats and other animals there. They take in animals that are confiscated or are surrendered by owners. Here are a few nice shots I took there:

A beautiful cougar in a pensive mood.


 An arctic fox once owned by Michael Jackson. Though very shy, she wanted to be friends and she came up and licked my hand.


A rather irritated black panther. I had to watch myself with this one as I suspect she wanted to rip my throat out.


I white tiger in a very playful mood. She rolled over on her back and I snapped this shot while standing over her.


I hope you enjoyed seeing these as much as I enjoyed capturing these magnificent creatures. I will post a few more shots from the reserve in my next post as there were just too many good shots to cram all of them into this post. Until then, all the best to you!