Saturday, May 12, 2007
I went on a company fishing trip today in the Gulf Of Mexico. We didn't catch a lot of fish, but we get a visit from some fun-loving dolphins on the trip back to the dock. There were three or four of them in the water, playing in the wake of the boat for about a mile or so. They were easily keeping up with the boat, sometimes staying just under the surface, and sometimes coming out of the water briefly like these two. I don't make it out on boats as often as I might like, but I see lots of dolphins from shore. Believe me, they look cooler when they're right there in the water beside you!
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Friday, May 11, 2007
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Thursday, May 10, 2007
I mentioned that I shot a pair of roseate spoonbills this afternoon. What I didn't mention were the myriad of other creatures I shot at the same time. There was a fairly large flock of glossy ibis feeding in the shallow water. Look close at the bird closest to center in the shot above and you'll spot a little blue heron that snuck in for a few bites. There was also some plain white ibis, a tri-colored heron, and a few pairs of moorhens. I didn't get any decent pictures of them though.
I had almost made it all the way around the lake when I saw this red-shouldered hawk on a tree branch nearby. He had his eye on something, but I never did find out what. Three shots after this one, I caught a frame with only his feet in the shot as he headed out after something. I saw either him or his mate a couple of minutes later being pursued by a murder of crows. No luck getting a picture of that, though.
This being Florida, you always have to keep your eyes open when you're near the water. Why? Because you never know when you might run into one of these fellows. This gator was about 6 feet long, and he was laid out in a storm drain right off the lake. I kept my distance once I saw him, but if I hadn't been paying attention, this could have spelled trouble.
Posted by Ernie at 5/10/2007 09:41:00 PM
On the way home from work tonight, I drove past that lake again. And sure enough, I spotted the roseate spoonbills again. I almost didn't stop, but I thought better of it and turned around. I happened to have my really long lens in the car, so I was able to get some nice shots of these bright guys. Shame they aren't so pretty when you get up close to them...
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Tuesday, May 08, 2007
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Monday, May 07, 2007
Yep, it's another week, and that means another calendar page. This week features a picture from Ohio, a place in the Cuyahoga Valley called Virgina Kendall Ledges. It's an area filled with odd rock formations. I liked the way this tree had grown up out of a crack in the rocks, exposing the root structure and forcing the stones apart.
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Sunday, May 06, 2007
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