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Multiuse Nest Cavity

Multi-use Nest Cavity

Multi-use Nest Cavity

 This is the same nest cavity that a Pileated Woodpecker carved into a dead Pine Tree In Mead Garden, Winter Park. FL the year before. The Woodpecker raised a family in this cavity also. A good reason to not cut down dead trees or at least leave 15 feet of the tree standing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

red material & sofa

red material & sofa

red material & sofa

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This Summer I’ve been looking through some of my early photography work. In the mid 1990’s I became interested in “Light Paintings” while I was living in New Mexico. I did a few commercial jobs using this technique in Albquerque but after I returned to Orlando I wanted to see what I could come up with creatively by “Painting with Light.” This was Many years before I became interested in photographing Birds.

My process started with draping this red fabric on my living room sofa that I knew would probably work well with the Light Painting process. I used a 4×5 View Camera using Fujichrome transparency film. I could check exposure and test images with Polaroid Film. Next I turn off all the lights in the room, open the shutter of the view camera and begin. I illuminate with a light source enclosed in a dark metal box with no light escaping except through a fiber optic hose and wand. The shutter of the camera is open the entire time I am painting the scene with light. During this process I can be in the scene and I will not be seen on film as long as I keep the light off of me. 25 -30 minutes later I close the shutter. One image complete! I usually shoot 8-12 images.

 

White-winged Dove

White-winged Dove

White-winged Dove

I photographed this White-winged Dove through the window of my home in The College Park Area of Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday, June 05, 2018.

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

I photographed this Blue Jay through the window of my home in The College Park Area of Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday, June 05, 2018.

Carolina Chickadee

Carolina Chickadee

Carolina Chickadee

I photographed this Carolina Chickadee through the window of my home in The College Park Area of Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday, June 05, 2018. I don’t see many of these birds in town. What a surprise to see in my yard.

Male Summer Tanager

Male Summer Tanager

Male Summer Tanager

I photographed this Male Summer Tanager in Wekiwa Springs State Park, Apopka, Florida, on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

Male Summer Tanager

Male Summer Tanager

Male Summer Tanager

I photographed this Male Summer Tanager in Wekiwa Springs State Park, Apopka, Florida, on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.  Check out today’s Wekiwa Springs State Park eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S451767193297

Wekiwa Springs State Park is a 7,000-acre Florida State Park in Apopka, Florida. It is located 20 minutes north of Orlando, off Interstate 4 at exit 94, near Altamonte Springs and Longwood. The park also contains the head water of the Wekiva River.

Limpkin

Limpkin

Limpkin

I photographed this Limpkin in Mead Garden, Winter Park, Florida, on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. It was once very common in Florida, but due to the decline of its primary food source, the Florida Apple Snail, it is now listed as a SSC (species of special concern.) We are fortunate to have three of them residing in Mead Garden. For years there were none in the park and then one day several months ago four of them were here. Most days you can see two to three Limpkins in the Park.

Male Downy Woodpecker

Male Downy Woodpecker

Male Downy Woodpecker

I photographed this Male Downy Woodpecker, the smallest Woodpecker in North America, in Mead Garden, Winter Park, Florida, on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

1st Year Barred Owl

Barred Owl 1st Year

Barred Owl 1st Year

I photographed this 1st Year Barred Owl in Mead Garden, Winter Park, Florida, on Friday, May 17, 2018. What a wonderful day for Birding. I was impressed by the size of this 1st Year Owl. The Parents usually have at least two Owlets but this year there was only one. This Owl must have been fed portions for two Owlets, as it seemed larger than the parents. Nice to see this youngster. He was busy hunting for its next meal.

Juvenile Barred Owl

Juvenile Barred Owl

This is a photo of the same Barred Owl taken 32 days earlier on April 16, 2018. Wow! What a difference a month makes.

Juvenile Barred Owl Yawning

Juvenile Barred Owl Yawning

This photo is of the same Barred Owl taken 32 days earlier on April 16, 2018. Wow! What a difference a month makes. The Parents are wonderful in caring for their young year after year! I believe the Owl is yawning.

 

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