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LWRDPC – January Theme “Boat”

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Yesterday, we made a trip to Venice. We visited the Rookery (next week’s post) and then the Crow’s Nest for lunch. I tried their famous fish sandwich, it was delicious. Anyways, after lunch we took a walk around the marina where I decided to take pictures of the sailboats that were cruising all around. Although I think this picture captures the delightful January afternoon we got to enjoy in Southwest FL, I think I missed the “boat.” Bad pun intended. Had I zoomed in on the Pelican at the bottom of this photo, I think I would have had a great “dive bomb” photo.

LWDPC January Theme – Macro in Mono


This morning, I paid a visit to the Sarasota Jungle Gardens. It was a beautiful, cool morning for walking around with the camera at this popular Sarasota attraction. This Florida water turtle, who I believe to be a Florida Cooter, made a macro shot easy for me as he sat just a few feet from my camera as I was walking by the turtle exhibit.  I just had my Canon “point and shoot” with me so I set it to Macro & Mono and snapped away.

LWRDPC – January Theme “J is for Juvenile”

This is a follow-up post to last week’s picture of the Double-crested Cormorant swimming in a pond. This is what a first year Double-crested Cormorant looks like. Note the pale coloring on the neck and breast area verses the dark, blackish all over color of an adult. ¬†Same pretty blue eyes.¬†Photo was taken at the same pond as last week’s picture.IMG_0039

LWDPC January Theme “Something Blue”

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When I first started photographing birds in my neighborhood, I usually didn’t get excited to see a Double-crested Cormorant. Usually, I could only shoot them from the neck up as they swam around the pond and didn’t think it was worth the effort. It took me a while to realize that they have beautiful blue, almost transparent eyes. Now when I spot them, I always take a shot and can’t wait to look at the eyes. I even entered one in a contest and named it “behind blue eyes.” This picture was taken last week at a pond on Player’s Drive in Lakewood Ranch.