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Great Crested Flycatcher

Great Crested Flycatcher

Great Crested Flycatcher

I photographed this Great Crested Flycatcher in Mead Garden, Winter Park, Florida, on Monday, August 13, 2018. I posted this photo on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. There were three of these birds together today. The eBird report will be from Tuesday, August 14, 2018: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47842493

Barred Owl Eating a Turtle

Barred Owl Eating a Turtle

I photographed this Barred Owl eating a Turtle perched above Howell Creek, on August 13, 2018 in Mead Garden, Winter Park, Florida. Today’s eBird Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47821947

 

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Eastern Wood-Pewee

I photographed this Eastern Wood-Pewee in Mead Garden, Winter Park, Florida, on Monday, August 13, 2018. I was walking in the Picnic Area, near the Tall Pine Trees and a small bird landed on a Pine Snag in front of me. I believe this is an Eastern Wood-Peewee, a Flycatcher. Ebird says they are rare this early in Migration so, Paul Hueber, would you confirm?  I am not very good with most Flycatcher ID’s. Thanks Paul and Lori!

Yellow-throated Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo

I photographed this Yellow-throated Vireo in Mead Garden, Winter Park, Florida, on Thursday, August 09, 2018. I was Birding with three other Birders and there were very few birds to hear or see during the first half of our walk. Most of the birds we saw were near the dam on Howell Creek. Paul saw this Vireo and I tried and tried to get a photo. I find the Yellow-throated Vireo very difficult to photograph. They usually are at the very top of a tree and when you finally see them they fly to another tree and I start all over looking. Today I decided to go back to the tree we saw it in earlier. I looked up and saw a bird moving in a nearby tree, I had time to take three quick photos and this was the first one. I left the park a Happy Man. Great Company all morning and a photo of a Yellow-throated Vireo.    A few new Migrants were seen this morning. Here is my eBird Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47741494

Barred Owl Profile

Barred Owl Profile

Barred Owl Profile

I photographed this Barred Owl in Mead Garden, Winter Park, Florida, on Monday, August 06, 2018. This Owl was perched over Howell Creek maybe dreaming about what the rushing water from the creek might bring.

Barred Owl

Barred Owl

Barred Owl

I photographed this Barred Owl in Mead Garden, Winter Park, Florida, on Monday, August 06, 2018. This Owl was perched over Howell Creek looking for what the rushing water from the creek might bring. I believe this is an Owl from last Spring plus it must have been happy to see me with such a welcoming Smile. I was also Happy to see and photograph this Owl in its habitat.

Female Rufous Hummingbird

Female Rufous Hummingbird

Female Rufous Hummingbird

I photographed this Female Rufous Hummingbird on October 18, 2012 in the Mead Garden Butterfly Garden, Winter Park, Florida. A few days earlier I was sitting on a bench in the Butterfly Garden beside Paul Hueber and he said “Listen.” Paul heard the sound of a Rufous Hummingbird. Wow!!! It was a Lifer for me and the beginning of a beautiful Autumn and Winter. I was there everyday Listening, Looking, observing, and photographing. I even put up and maintained a feeder for her. My Mother loved to garden and loved animals. I was going through the grief of my Mother’s Death a few months earlier. This little bird gave me comfort in a difficult time. A reason to care…. and continue…. I will never forget this wonderful bird. We had a wonderful five months together. A Rufous Hummingbird is a rare bird for Florida. They can be seen here in the Winter, I’m grateful she spent this particular Winter in Mead Garden!

Roseate Spoonbill & Friends

Roseate Spoonbill & Friends

This photograph was taken in July, 2010 on Black Point Wildlife Drive at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida.

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.

 

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