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Posts tagged “Florida

If you’re an arachnophobe, don’t look! 

From Kristin in Florida – guest blogger

“These are everywhere in Florida right now. Both these webs are on my front porch. Large spider is female. Small one male. Yikes!”
Banana Spiders aka  Brazilian Wandering Spiders https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazilian_wandering_spider

(Scientific name: Phoneutria nigriventer)  


Niceville Florida Friend Sent the Blue Heron Photos – Guest Blog

Long time friend from Niceville,Florida, sent these beautiful photographs.  Also, blog readers he is looking to purchase a new camera with a longer lens and some stabilization but great for travel- not too bulky or heavy.  My cameras are all pretty weighty.  Suggestions?

You may remember Shuey or Niceville I love that town name) as the photographer of one of my most popular posts with the most hits- the Barred Owl.

Shuey wrote-

“This Blue Heron is seen frequently around our neighborhood in the ponds and yards.

 Now that it’s gotten warmer, the fish in the ponds are staying out in deeper water (cooler) than is suitable for even this birds long legs, so he patrols the grassy and wooded areas looking for frogs, small mammals, large insects and even other birds. 

Each evening, however, he’s usually seen back in the ponds standing a couple of yards from shore where the local coyote and fox won’t come after him.”

Shuey heron


blue heron1



Thanks for the blue heron photos.

And as far as lightweight, long lens camera I am at a loss.

My full format DSLR cameras are all super heavy with the glass attached. Maybe a blog follower will have a camera suggestion for travel but not to bulky or heavy?


Roy G Biv: Weekly Photo Challenge


I’ve shot a lot of rainbows.


Rainbow Jello I created to photograph

Rainbow Jello I created to photograph




ROYGBIV  is the weekly challenge


Early Bird


sunrise and gull ST George

The weekly photo challenge is Early Bird  The golden hour BEFORE sunrise.  This is just at the moment of sunrise on St. George Island State Park, Florida where I was visiting dear friends last summer.  The last morning we were there we drove and then walked to the end of the Island.  It was a beautiful sunrise.

sunrise St George gull

Another early bird- in  a tidal pool, not at the State Park but by the house where we were staying.

Early Bird

“For this week’s photo challenge, get up early and explore the morning light.”

                                                                                                                                       -Brie Anne Demkiw




Weekly Photo Challenge: Orange Guest Blog Direct from Florida

There’s been a lot of snow, ice and gray photos on the blog lately until today.

My dear friend has escaped the frigid north to sunny Florida for a vacation and

today she sent me some bright orange photos of an Orange Juice Processing Tour she’d been on just yesterday. WOW.

The weekly photo challenge is ORANGE. Perfect timing.

I invited her to be guest blogger for orange and then she sent me the Bird of Paradise flower.

She’s anonymous for now as no one needs to know she’s away and full photo credit can be posted upon her return home.

Thanks for the orange photos.

She writes-

“The oranges are handpicked”  “The oranges are very thin skinned because they are so juicy.” “Very Heavy”

“The marks on the oranges are from the ocean breeze making limbs brush across the fruit as it grows”

“Cutting a Honey Belle Orange”  She says it is the “best tasting”   A small family farm Al’s Family Farms®



Bird of Paradise

Colorado Morning Serenity-Guest Blog

My Floridian friend Kristin is braving the elements and skiing in Colorado.

This is the view upon awakening.   She emailed it to me this morning.

I thought it fit in nicely with the theme of the week- serenity.

Thanks Kristin.   Was the world muffled?

(Almost looks like a black and white photo)

Colorado Morning

Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge


Ben Huberman’s challenge of the week.   He says, “Photos are visual spaces where shapes and lines, objects, and people come together.”

And what classic photo from my Pittsburgh archives could I choose, except where the Allegheny River and the Monongahela River converge to create the great Ohio River?  Three Rivers!

three rivers Pittsburgh

anna and lala converge

Anna and Lala converge at james’ parents’ farm

ocean and sand

Ocean and sand converge at sunrise. St. George Island, Florida

little italy days

Double Yellow Lines converge at Little Italy Days in Bloomfield.

railroad tracks

Railroad tracks appear to converge even though we know they are parallel.  Ohio.

traffic converge

Perhaps this one is for MERGE where the traffic attempts to converge

lines of light

Geometric lines of light, Market Square.  CONGREGATION  kinetic interactive video art installation

The Beatles song Come Together comes to mind


Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

Summer Lovin’ weekly theme by Krista. I love summer.   School starts back August 19th. Savoring every moment.


A mixture of the farm in Ohio and the beach in St. George Island Florida

sunrise dogwalk

Sunrise dogwalk at St. George Island Florida.   I don’t know these people but I liked their silhouettes and  reflections in the  tidal pool.




summer swing

Kim, Anna, Laura and James laughing with Penny.


michael Henry

Michael and Henry in summer rain.  It almost looks as if Michael is riding Henry.

maura smoreMaura eats a s’more



smore making

Learning the art of s’more making




jumping and the corn

Jumping by the corn.  Maddie, Laura and Anna.



in the corn (1)

Mark and Jack and Michael walking into the corn for the experience of it.




family on stumpFamily posing with the stump, well actually the giant log that never was growing out of the ground.




beach panorama

Summer by the ocean.








Photographing Photography at the Beach

watching beach photographers 2

I observed other families and their photographers.  Hurry cause the light is going fast


watching beach photographers 6

See how the light changed in just a few moments




watching beach photographers 4Here is another family following directions from a family member ( I think cause of the matching shirt)






watching beach photographers 8

The light changes so quickly


watching beach photographers 9

I could see this large group from afar. The photographer seemed far away, too.  Used a monopod.


I did find an article on 10 Beach Photography Tips (from Australia)  I did try to take care to not get the fine sand and saltwater on my camera but could see where it could happen anyway.





Here is an anonymous group at the beach at night.

people on beach at night




Because I didn’t get permission to blog the families I photographed at the beach recently, I am posting Berkeley, enthusiastic for the waves.




dog at beach

Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic

Something called the Century Plant is going to qualify as a relic today.

My friend Kristin had been sending me photos of the Agave Americana (known as the Century Plant)   as it was growing in her family’s front yard on

St. George Island.    When I went down for vacation I got to see it first hand. I couldn’t believe how tall it had grown.

It is definitely at least twenty + feet tall!

It was preparing to be in full bloom- and then it will die.  I saw some other Century Plants on the island in different stages of their life cycle.

Kristin sent me these photos on the phone and said, “Wait until you come and see it in person.”  She wasn’t kidding. I took some photos of it too.

How it starts.  The mother plant sends out “pups”

baby plant



century plant


century plant 2Look at the thickness of the stalk


century plant 8

I used a flash at sunset and it makes the buds look interesting.

century plant 6



A shot at night

Agave Americana Agave Americana with the American Flag






American Agave with moon


Someone else’s Century Plant fell over.


century plant 4





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