February Hike

I was going to call this blog post Winter Hike, but it was 70 degrees this past Sunday when we went on this hike and it didn’t feel like winter to me. My son was visiting from the Chicago area and it felt even warmer to him. I took my camera with my Lensbaby Sweet … [Read more…]

Walk in Local Park

Someone that we met in a coffee shop told us about this local park that was right in the town of Flagler Beach. It had a walkway above a swamp to the inland waterway. We saw a sparse number of trees along the boardwalk plus birds strutting through the shallow water. We could see banks … [Read more…]

Castillo de San Marcos

Castillo de San Marcos in St Augustine, Florida is the oldest masonry fort in the US. It is built of coquina rock and cement which made it fire proof as well as strong.  It took 23 years to build and was finished in 1692. You can see the meticulous construction on the watchtower, framed in my … [Read more…]

Birds and Coquina Rocks

This egret showed up to enjoy the sunrise and fish. She flew quite close to me. I had on my regular telephoto lens – a Fuji 55-200mm which is the equivalent of a 100-330mm lens on a full frame camera, so she had to be close. You can see the organic shapes of years of wave … [Read more…]

Coquina Rock Sculpture

The coquina rocks at Washington Oaks Beach have all sorts of interesting patterns – from round holes to weathered layers. Depending on the tides the patterns are enhanced by the ocean. I wrote before of my friend, Court introducing me to seeing faces in nature, which is called pareidolia. Now I can’t stop finding them … [Read more…]

Washington Oaks Beach

We came to Florida for some winter photography. My husband grew up in Florida until he was 14 years old and I had only been there once to the Orlando area. We had signed up for a workshop on Sanibel and Captiva Islands, with our friend Les Saucier, but also wanted to explore some other areas to … [Read more…]

Ice Melt

We only had about an hour and a half to photograph. The temperature was warming up fast and the snow was melting. The sun came out and it was getting very bright which makes it hard to photograph snow and ice. We knew that not much would be left by late afternoon when the angle … [Read more…]

Minimalist Ice

The real question in photography is what is the most important element – what draws the photographer into the scene? Looking at this issue from the other side, the question would be what don’t we need in the scene. When we see with our eyes, our brain cleans up the scene and automatically minimizes or … [Read more…]

Ice!

This has been a fairly warm winter, but in mid-January, we finally got some snow. As it often happens around here in winter the roads are too dangerous to drive on when it snows, so we hunkered down for 2 days until it started to warm up. It had not been warm enough to freeze … [Read more…]