Seems these guys are on the move recently possibly due to the recent rains. Whilst gathering my equipment for a photo shoot of two of these critters I almost stepped on another small one not quite 4" long. Scooped em up and gave him or her their 15 minutes of fame before letting them go. My daughter wanted to keep a couple as pets but found out how hard collecting food for them was going to be.
I have been experimenting on a new (or at least new to me) technique. It involves a translucent background lit from the behind as well as balanced foreground light. This really accentuates the subject without any distracting feature. Pretty easy with stationary subjects and really portable enough to take into the field.
Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus South Fl Nature and Wildlife Photography Meetup group outing on March 26, 2011. Here are 2 of a couple photos out of the hundreds taken Sat an Sun. Weather was gorgeous! Probably the last of the tent camping season here in S.FL. unless we get an unseasonably cool April. High temps in the low 80's and night time temps in the low 60's.Perfect!The campground at Long Pine Key was very clean and quiet.
Everglades National Park was established in 1947 and covers over 1.5 million acres. It is defined by water though now we are in the midst of a record drought making much of the park very dry. Rainfall totals for this dry season are as low as ever recorded in some 80 years. Much of the interior of the park is so dry you can walk through the sawgrasss marsh with out even getting muddy. It is usually covered by 1-3 ft of water.
Pine Glades Lake is a man-made borrow pit dug before the park was established. It is about 10-15 acres with a limestone base rock. The water and base rock are nutrient poor limiting plant and algae growth. Therefore visibility is over 6'. Good use of the polarizing filter allows for photos that pierce right into the shallows.
This new exhibit runs from Oct. 1 - Nov. 28, 2009. This photo, "Job Rated" is one of many I took in NW Fl. There are over 20 vehicles from the 1930's to '70s, mostly Ford trucks all owned by one family. When they were no longer repairable, these beauties were cast off into the woods to be used for parts. Now their left over parts are here displaying remarkable character as they slowly oxidize and decay back to the earth. I will eventually post the series once I get a chance to edit. In the mean time Enjoy, and if your in the Vero Beach vicinity stop by the gallery on 19th place (SR 60 E. near US1). To see all the photos in the World Views exhibit click the following link or copy this link into your browser.
The Southeast Gallery of Photographic Arts http://www.southeastgalleryofphotographicart.com/index.html
Flora and Fauna Exhibit
The exhibit opened this week with an open house and artists reception tonight, Aug. 5, 2009, from 7-9pm. It's a small but very nice gallery with plenty of viewing room. It's nice to have a good venue for photography on the Treasure Coast. Enjoy this post. Two of my passions: Photography and Water Lilies.