June 27th, 2010
This handsome Yellow-Crested Night Heron was hiding in the grasses of a shallow marsh along the service road in Eagle Point Park, New Port Richey, Florida. Located not too far inland from the Gulf of Mexico, Eagle Point Park is located on fingers of land that jut out into brackish waters that are influenced by the tides. These brackish waters create salt barrens that are havens for the Fiddler Crab. A fiddler crab is a little crab that has one GIANT claw that is useful in attracting a mate and another claw that is in proportion to its body.
Just before dusk, all of the Fiddler Crabs seem have come out at once and were crawling all over the service road. We could not walk without stepping on a few. This Yellow-Crested Night Heron, also could not resist. He took advantage of this easy hunt and came out in plain sight to catch a few. We were able to get fairly close as he was more engrossed with the Fiddler Crabs and less concerned about the presence of my son and I. A moment of a life time that will always be remembered by my son and I.
June 24th, 2010
This photo offers a feeling pure tranquility as the flowing Steinhatchee River appears motionless underneath its glassy surface which offers a near perfect reflection of the trees along its riverbank. These are the moments that make you appreciate nature and all that it has to offer.
This photo was taken as I was drifting with the Steinhatchee River current back downstream after a hard upstream paddle. A normal river surface contains waves from activity whether it be a boater, paddler, wading bird, jumping fish or even as small as a turtle slipping back into the water. Not often are there moments of pure undisturbed water along a river and I was fortunate to experience this moment and also capture it to bring back and share with you.
June 23rd, 2010
After the time change this past spring I took advantage of the extra daylight hours to hike along the Osprey Trail in Honeymoon Island State Park, Dunedin, Florida. The evening was dinner time for the Osprey and I was fortunate to witness several Osprey bring food back to their nests to feed their young. This was all quite an exciting adventure for me, eventhough many of the birds were out of range for my telephoto lens. With a little persistense, I kept trying and was able to capture this moment in flight. I am still amazed at how this Osprey had this perfectly aligned grip on this fish as he brought it back to his nest.
June 22nd, 2010
This coiled Eastern Diamonback Rattlesnake was the photo where it all started for me in the world of wildlife photography. My best friend and I were hiking in the Okaloacoochee Slough after 13 days of very cold weather here in Florida. After hiking, actually we were bushwacking, several miles on an unmaintained trail, I finally relaxed as I saw the trail turn onto a wide open forest road. Fully engrossed in looking up in the trees for birds, I came within two strides from stepping directly on him as he was sunning himself in the forest road. I saw the snake coil, heard the rattle, and heard my best friend yell “SNAKE” simulataneously! In an adrenaline rush I jumped back 6 ft and began shooting photos with my Canon Power Shot. The next week, I posted it the photo on flicker as part of my hiking experience and it got all kinds of attention. I began meeting making new contacts and meeting new people on flickr and Facebook. I was hooked! I upgraded to a Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR camera, and was wisked away into the world of Wildlife and Nature Photography!