Category Archives: Nature

At Wakodahatchee with the “Masters”

I spent the afternoon as the FOTOshoot assistant to Gordon Brown and Steven Nestler. Also along was Ray Gehman. What a treat to “rub shoulders” with these guys. Gordon worked at Kodak (RIP) and had the honor of naming the … Continue reading

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FOTOfusion and Rob Sheppard

It was a great pleasure to be the assistant on Rob Sheppard’s photoshoot in Unbelievable Acres for FOTOfusion. Rob is a well-known nature photographer and author of many photo books and articles in Outdoor Photographer. I have been “following” him … Continue reading

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The Black-crowned Night Heron

The Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), photographed hiding amongst the branches wears a size 45 short (he is a lot more stocky than his other heron brethren). This one appears to be a juvenile – his feathers are a lot more … Continue reading

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The Lowly Grebe

Ah, the misunderstood grebe. Is he a duck or not? Our pied-billed grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) here was photographed at Wakodahatchee on a early winter morning. He has webbed-toes rather than webbed-feet like a duck. This breeding adult is very common on North … Continue reading

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Cormorants in Wakodahatchee

The double breasted cormorant is fairly common in SE Florida and they have been nesting in Wakodahatchee. The first image is a portrait of the bird (which is only about two-feet long). It has the typical hooked bill and orange … Continue reading

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Sunrise in Wakodahatchee

The first photo shows a mating pair of Great Blue Herons caught in the act at Wachodahatchee. These birds usually nest in colonies and there were several groups on one of the main islands. This image was caught with the … Continue reading

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I Spy a Grasshopper

Having her lunch is a female two-striped grasshopper, Malanoplus bivittatus. This insect is damaging to crops and may have been a refugee from a nearby corn field. However, they are also quite fond of flowers – as is our guest … Continue reading

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Echinacea purpurea

I went out in the garden to take photos of some mushrooms that had popped up but to my dismay found that the local squirrels had lunched on them! So, while talking with my neighbor, I saw one of his … Continue reading

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Multiple Manipulations

Here is an IR of trees with the sun backlighting the leaves. After some adjustments in Lightroom 3, I used Nik Silver Effects Pro to convert to black and white. Then I applies the Polaroid Transfer filter from Nik Color … Continue reading

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IR in B&W

Here is another infrared image taken of some small palms in my backyard. The original was taken as a jpg and converted to black and white with Nik Silver Effects Pro. I printed the finished image on RedRiver Paper’s Polar … Continue reading

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