So what else did I photograph during this particular sojourn to Florida? Plenty. I admit much of it was for a special Mars and Darwin book I plan to give to my parents this year, but there were still moments worthy of sharing here.
(As a matter of fact, that is my husband being silly at a playground. Why do you ask? :-))
We explored new places this time around, including DuPuis Nature Preserve in western Martin County. I drove by the place many times in my late teens and early 20s but never actually visited. I finally got there on our last full day in the wang. I also took my husband to the Port Mayaca Cemetery to show him the mass grave for the victims of the 1928 hurricane. I had been there a few times before and was kind of surprised at the changes I saw with the place. It was my husband’s first time there, though, so I set aside my surprise to show him around. By that point, though, I’d already been handed a couple other surprises.
During this trip, we discovered a park in Sewell’s Point that I had no idea even existed; stoppedd by Bayside Marketplace only to find it way more crowded than I expected; and tiptoed around at least a dozen Portuguese Man O Wars. These new adventures provided contrast to revisiting some of our old haunts. We probably won’t return for at least two more years, and that’s a trip I expect to have a lot of new adventures. Until then, enjoy these slices from South Florida.
I have a lot to catch up on, and for the sake of getting it done I’m not going in chronological order. So let’s kick off with something fun. By fun, I mean birds. I love photographing birds. You should know that by now.
Not surprisingly, one of my favorite things to do when I visit Florida is photograph all the birdies I encounter. If my husband and I are at a park, we’ll trail birds as long as possible. Well, I’ll tail the birds, and he’ll watch me. 😀 The birds amuse us both, but our reactions are far different.
We visited a lot of different places in Florida but didn’t see a huge variety of birds. That was a bit of a bummer, but I managed with what I found. Between beach-dwelling pigeons and a crap ton of little blue herons, I had a field day with photographing these little dinosaur descendants. Had I seen more varieties (including cormorants, roseate spoonbills and sandhill cranes) my head would have most likely exploded. On that note, enjoy my birdy shots! I know I have tons of fun with them. 🙂
Happy New Year everyone! I know I have neglected this place. Truth be told, getting anything done in December is a real challenge. I did get some things accomplished, but it came at the cost of not updating this blog. Some of those things do in fact pertain to photography. In the coming months (but definitely before March), I will make my electronic portfolio available to you. I also have plans to revamp the blog’s appearance (and have been testing out some of the changes I’m looking to make).
Likewise, I went on vacation and took a ton of photos. During my venture down to Florida, I noticed that a lot of my pictures ended up being of birds. It makes sense since I was in Florida during the winter. However, it was more of a continuation of a trend of 2012: bird photography. I really began to notice birds last year and focus more on them (ba-dum CHING!). I took so many bird photos on my vacation I felt it was only appropriate to devote an entire post to my favorites. Some of them are softer than usual due to my tendency to push the telephoto capabilities of Cameron (since the camera is only a Nikon P80, for crying out loud). Still, I chose these primarily for timing. I had a lot of luck snapping photos of birds at the right time and getting excellent action in these frames. Enjoy!
While I intend to show off more photos of Duluth, I’m going to take you on a trip south, specifically to Florida. I was born and raised in the southeastern part of the state and got started on photography during high school. Going to Florida is always a trip for revisiting my roots in one form or another, and this was the first time I was there with my Nikon P80.
One thing that becomes very clear is that outdoor lighting is very different in Florida compared to Minnesota. Due to its closer proximity to the equator, the sun in south Florida doesn’t vary as wildly in positioning as it does in Minnesota. Though the sun is always to the south in Minneapolis, it is much higher in the sky in the summer months. (This is determined by the sun’s proximity to due east in each season along with the Earth’s axial shift.) Likewise, the sunset times are not as drastically different. In Minnesota, sunset can arrive at 4:30 PM before the winter solstice and quarter to ten at night during the summer. In Florida, 6:00 PM to roughly 8:00 PM is the difference between the seasons. The reason I mention all of this astronomical/geometric information is to highlight that photography in Florida is sometimes difficult because the sun tends to wash out colors almost every day of the year. In Minnesota, the sun’s always southern angle gives photographers a more consistent color saturation, especially when the photographer is facing north. Even when facing south, photographers in Minnesota can generally work around the sun by tilting the lens up or down to get out of the direct light. None of these angles (so to speak) work as well in Florida because the sunlight is much more direct and changes from south to north during the hottest times of the year. Thus, a photographer in Florida has to be able to adapt to dramatically different lighting conditions year in year out. After not really taking pictures in Florida for a couple years, I learned this the hard way when I returned for the holidays. In this entry, I’ll showcase a few pictures from areas near where I grew up, Indian Riverside Park in Jensen Beach. The next entry or two will bring us to Vizcaya, a photographic and philosophical challenge. Both will be explained in the coming entries. Good times all around.