Saturday, November 21, 2015

Florida Clouds at Myakka River State Park

The clouds in Florida are spectacular at times.  When they are like they were on the day I visited Myakka River State Park,  I think of them as Florida's mountains!  They give this flat state some definite height & character.   

For a photographer, the Florida clouds add another dimension to the image.  When the sky is clear that photo is just not the same.

Myakka River State Park has nature trails, airboat rides, wildlife, camping, boat ramps, fishing and some very awesome clouds & scenery!    It is another terrific Florida state park!  I highly recommend it! 

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Re-enactment Time in Florida

Now that the weather is starting to cool off a bit (really?), it's time to check out the Civil War & Seminole War re-enactments in Florida.   Some of the smaller ones have already happened (not sure how they made it through the battles let alone the day in those wool uniforms & long, high neck dresses in the late heat we have been experiencing lately).  

We made it to one of the newer Civil War re-enactments last weekend.  This one was at the Florida Horse Park  in Ocala. It was the re-enactment of the Ocklawaha River Raid.  

There are always great photo opportunities with the various uniforms and period clothing, plus the camps are full of items to shoot.  The battles are not always easy to shoot but capturing a blast from a muzzle or cannon is always a fun challenge! 

Once the holidays are over the re-enactments will be going just about every weekend through the spring.  I highly recommend these as a low cost way to spend some time outside, learn a little history ( the participants are full of info and love to share) and get some great photo opportunities, all over Florida.   Be prepared to walk a lot as the encampments at some of these are very big!

The FL Re-enactors website has the schedule of most of these events.  Check it out. 

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

A Bit Further... A Week in the Great Smokey Mountains

I am just back from a week in the Great Smokey Mountains, one of my favorite places especially in the fall!   This year, no snow!  Was a bit too warm for that but still got some great shots of the fall colors!   

The elk were on the NC side of the park.  They were very close and were going through some very interesting behaviors while we watched!
We had a lot of rain but did get some fog and great low lying clouds.  We spent some time at various streams and even spent a morning with some elk.   

The Great Smokey Mountains National Park is the busiest national park in the US but even though there were deer jams, turkey jams and even a bear jam with all the cars driving the loop, it is still worth the trip!  We found a few out of the way places that were off the main road to shoot.  But with some patience and good timing even this busy park can look desolate!

This is a destination that every photographer should shoot.  And even non-photographers will enjoy the scenery!
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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Hillsborough River State Park - Time to Check it Out

You know you take the things & places close by for granted some times!   Hillsborough River State Park is only a few minutes from me & I have not visited the park in awhile so I spent a couple of hours there recently.   

With all the rain we have received this summer (sorry to all of you in the drought stricken areas) a good bit of the park was under water but it also created an actual "rapids" in the rocky part of the river which is usually just water flowing past some rocks! 

I was not there at the best time for light, mid-day, so I decided to do some long exposures.   The moving water turns to silk with this method of shooting.  I used a 9 stop variable neutral density filter to get the long exposure even in the bright light. 

With all the green and great tree shapes this was a terrific place to use my Infrared converted camera as well.  
If you haven't been to a Florida state park lately, I highly recommend this one or any other park near you.  You experience the "Real Florida" at these beautiful places across our state!
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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Its Pow Wow Time Again!

The Pow Wow season has started.   There are many small to large pow wows in FL throughout the fall, winter & spring.  

The first one in the Tampa Bay area happened this weekend!    Many more to come!

Check out the schedule on this link....

Here are a few images from the  Back to Odessa Pow Wow!  

Pow wows are colorful, interesting, educational & spiritual.  These events are great for the whole family.  Be ready to walk to check out the vendors and bring chairs to use during the Grand Entry dancing. 

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Butterfly World - Butterflies, Birds & Beautiful Flowers in South Florida

On my way home from Miami a couple of weeks ago I stopped at a place I had visited a few years ago.   Butterfly World in Coconut Creek, FL is an adventure in butterflies, birds & flowers!
There are several enclosures that are filled with many species of butterflies and small birds.  You walk amongst the tropical plants while water flows by and mist rises.   The butterflies & birds are going about there daily routines of feeding and flying about.  

This place is a great place for kids and adults to learn about insects, birds and plants.  I highly recommend that you visit!
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Sunday, August 23, 2015

A Short Trip South to Hot Miami!

Last weekend I joined a large group of photographers for Trey Ratcliff's Miami Photowalk.!  I met some S FL folks and even a couple from the Tampa area!    The best part was meeting some of the folks I have met online only, from The Arcanum!   

The Arcanum is a new way to learn & share the photography experience that +Trey Ratcliff , +Peter Giordano  & +Curtis Simmons started about a year ago!   All three of these great guys were in Miami plus +Ollie Dale!  It was great to talk to them and spend some time with them!   

The Arcanum learning experience is based on the Master & Apprentice setup with a one-to-one learning environment but the component even these smart guys did not see coming was the community.   We are literally spread all over the globe and interact with each other as a family.   I started in a cohort of 20 people plus our Master a year ago.  Now I have increased that family to over 100 people, some I have interacted with online only but others I have met in person and even gone on a photo adventure with them.

This experience has been a life changer for me... I have improved my photography & post -processing skills over the past year but I also feel more confident in my work & my art.   I was really surprised when my original Master, +A.D. Wheeler suggested that I apply for the Path of the Protege, which is The Arcanum's training track for future Masters!   I am working my way through the Path now and at the same time I was privileged to be invited by one of the first Arcanum Masters, +Ron Clifford , to join one of the first of two Sphere 2 cohorts,  which are the next level of learning in the Arcanum.   They are the more intense, challenging & focused levels.  

I would encourage all photographers to take a look at The Arcanum for the learning & the community!

Back to Miami for the Photowalk.   If you have never been on a Photowalk with +Trey Ratcliff it is a bit different!  First there are always a lot of photographers, which is fun and a challenge all at once!   Then during the walk Trey will find a spot he particularly likes and he will talk about how he is thinking about shooting that scene.   By the way, Trey is one of the most friendly and sharing people you will ever meet!

We all met at an art gallery in McCormick Place and then walked through downtown to the waterfront park where there is a fountain.   The skyline was pretty awesome from the park.  Then we walked over a couple of blocks and went back to the art gallery.  

They had several drones flying around filming the walk as well as video along the route so they could put together a highlight video.   They have done this at all the walks so the videos for the 13 cities should be pretty cool to watch once they them all done. 

If Trey does this again, I would highly recommend it!  It was a lot of fun!   Maybe next time we can get him to stop in Central Florida!

Here are some of my images from the Miami Photowalk.   The originals and more images can be seen at

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