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Lots of excellent surfers were out on Saturday at the Juno Pier surf spot in South Florida. Hurricane Irene left plenty of great waves in her wake. Waves of this size are not a regular occurrence in South Florida so everyone comes out, surfers, observers and photographers…I had a great time watching and shooting. Pura Vida!

Surfing at the Juno Pier on Saturday in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Surfing at the Juno Pier on Saturday in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Surfing at the Juno Pier on Saturday in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Surfing at the Juno Pier on Saturday in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Surfing at the Juno Pier on Saturday in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Surfing at the Juno Pier on Saturday in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Surfing at the Juno Pier on Saturday in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Surfing at the Juno Pier on Saturday in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Surfing at the Juno Pier on Saturday in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Surfing at the Juno Pier on Saturday in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Surfing at the Juno Pier on Saturday in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Surfing at the Juno Pier on Saturday in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Lots of surfers came out to the Juno Pier to surf the waves brought to South Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Lots of surfers came out to the Juno Pier to surf the waves brought to South Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Lots of surfers came out to the Juno Pier to surf the waves brought to South Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Lots of surfers came out to the Juno Pier to surf the waves brought to South Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Big waves at the Juno Pier brought to South Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Big waves at the Juno Pier brought to South Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Big waves at the Juno Pier brought to South Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Big waves at the Juno Pier brought to South Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Big waves at the Juno Pier brought to South Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Big waves at the Juno Pier brought to South Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Surfing the great waves at the Juno Pier brought to South Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Surfing the great waves at the Juno Pier brought to South Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Surfing the great waves at the Juno Pier brought to South Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Surfing the great waves at the Juno Pier brought to South Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Surfing the great waves at the Juno Pier brought to South Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Surfing the great waves at the Juno Pier brought to South Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Surfing the great waves at the Juno Pier brought to South Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Surfing the great waves at the Juno Pier brought to South Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Surfing the great waves at the Juno Pier brought to South Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Surfing the great waves at the Juno Pier brought to South Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Surfing the great waves at the Juno Pier brought to South Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Surfing the great waves at the Juno Pier brought to South Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Surfing the great waves at the Juno Pier brought to South Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Surfing the great waves at the Juno Pier brought to South Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Surfing at the Juno Pier in South Florida on waves brought by Hurricane Irene.

Surfing at the Juno Pier in South Florida on waves brought by Hurricane Irene.

Surfing at the Juno Pier in South Florida on waves brought by Hurricane Irene.

Surfing at the Juno Pier in South Florida on waves brought by Hurricane Irene.

Surfing at the Juno Pier in South Florida on waves brought by Hurricane Irene.

Surfing at the Juno Pier in South Florida on waves brought by Hurricane Irene.

Riding the great surf brought to South Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Riding the great surf brought to South Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Surfing the great waves brought to South Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Surfing the great waves brought to South Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Good conditions brought lots of surfers out to ride the waves brought to Juno Beach Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Good conditions brought lots of surfers out to ride the waves brought to Juno Beach Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Good conditions brought lots of surfers out to ride the waves brought to Juno Beach Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Good conditions brought lots of surfers out to ride the waves brought to Juno Beach Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

The conditions were great for photographing the surfers that came out to ride the waves left in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

The conditions were great for photographing the surfers that came out to ride the waves left in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

The conditions were great for photographing the surfers that came out to ride the waves left in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

The conditions were great for photographing the surfers that came out to ride the waves left in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

The conditions were great for photographing the surfers that came out to ride the waves left in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

The conditions were great for photographing the surfers that came out to ride the waves left in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

The conditions were great for photographing the surfers that came out to ride the waves left in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

The conditions were great for photographing the surfers that came out to ride the waves left in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

The conditions were great for photographing the surfers that came out to ride the waves left in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

The conditions were great for photographing the surfers that came out to ride the waves left in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Photos of the surfers riding the waves brought to South Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Photos of the surfers riding the waves brought to South Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Photos of the surfers riding the waves brought to South Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Photos of the surfers riding the waves brought to South Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Photos of the surfers riding the waves brought to South Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Photos of the surfers riding the waves brought to South Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Photos of the surfers riding the waves brought to South Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Photos of the surfers riding the waves brought to South Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Photos of the surfers riding the waves brought to South Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Photos of the surfers riding the waves brought to South Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Photos of the surfers riding the waves brought to South Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Photos of the surfers riding the waves brought to South Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Photos of the surfers riding the waves brought to South Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Photos of the surfers riding the waves brought to South Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Great waves came rolling into South Florida compliments of Hurricane Irene.

Great waves came rolling into South Florida compliments of Hurricane Irene.

Yikes!

Yikes!

Great waves for surfing came rolling into South Florida compliments of Hurricane Irene.

Great waves for surfing came rolling into South Florida compliments of Hurricane Irene.

Great waves for surfing came rolling into South Florida compliments of Hurricane Irene.

Great waves for surfing came rolling into South Florida compliments of Hurricane Irene.

The surf action was non stop at the Juno Pier in Florida thanks to waves brought in by Hurricane Irene.

The surf action was non stop at the Juno Pier in Florida thanks to waves brought in by Hurricane Irene.

It was non stop action at the Juno Pier in Florida thanks to waves brought in by Hurricane Irene.

The surf action was non stop at the Juno Pier in Florida thanks to waves brought in by Hurricane Irene.

It was non stop action at the Juno Pier in Florida thanks to waves brought in by Hurricane Irene.

It was non stop action at the Juno Pier in Florida thanks to waves brought in by Hurricane Irene.

Surfing the great waves compliments of Hurricane Irene.

Surfing the great waves compliments of Hurricane Irene.

Surfing the great waves compliments of Hurricane Irene.

Surfing the great waves compliments of Hurricane Irene.

Lots of great surf was brought to South Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Lots of great surf was brought to South Florida by Hurricane Irene.

Surf's Up!

Surf's Up!

Just in case you want to shoot some of your own pix, here’s what I used. A Canon 5D Mark II body with a Canon 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L zoom lens, a tripod (monopod would be better) and a polarizing filter to bring out the color of the water. In some cases I added as much as one full stop of exposure to compensate for the polarizer. I shot in shutter priority mode, and used iso settings between 160 and 300, that gave me f stops between 5.6 and 9 depending on the shot.

You can see more of my work, photography, art and design at my website, G2GVisions.com, and at my Fine Art America Artist website.

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Here are some pix from Delray Beach on Friday evening in the wake of Hurricane Irene. Sorry about the noise in the photos, I got to the beach pretty late and ran out of light. It was beautiful out there…

The waves were still coming in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Hurricane Irene continues to bring good surf to Delray Beach Florida

Surfing on Friday evening after Hurricane Irene passed.

Surfing Delray Beach on Friday evening after Hurricane Irene passed.

Surfing in Delray Beach Florida on Friday evening, still feeling the effects of Hurricane Irene.

Surfing in Delray Beach Florida on Friday evening, still feeling the effects of Hurricane Irene.

Surfing in Delray Beach Florida on waves compliments of Hurricane Irene.

Surfing in Delray Beach Florida on waves compliments of Hurricane Irene.

Surfing in Delray Beach Florida on the day after Hurricane Irene passed.

Surfing in Delray Beach Florida on the day after Hurricane Irene passed.

Surfing in Delray Beach Florida Friday after Hurricane Irene passed us by.

Surfing in Delray Beach Florida Friday after Hurricane Irene passed us by.

Delray Beach Florida Friday after Hurricane Irene passed us by. Goodnight Irene!

Delray Beach Florida Friday after Hurricane Irene passed us by. Goodnight Irene!

I ran out of light, but the surf and surfers kept on! Keep on keeping on!

rear view of the tall ship bounty when she was docked at peanut island in florida.

The HMS Bounty


She’s sailed away. The HMS Bounty is heading toward Baltimore now, on to Greenport, and Newburgh, NY then to Portland, ME. Check out the schedule if you’d like to see her, and if you’re lucky, the Bounty will be under the control of pirates. (If there’s a Pirate Fest where you are.) The ship’s position on the schedule is currently 9 days out of date according to their website. http://www.tallshipbounty.org/schedule/

a photo of some of the pirates aboard the bounty at the peanut island pirate festival.

Pirate sightings near the HMS Bounty.

the hms bounty and the privateer lynx docked on peanut island palm beach florida.

The HMS Bounty and the Privateer Lynx docked on Peanut Island Palm Beach Florida.


When the HMS Bounty docked at Peanut Island in Palm Beach Florida, we went for a visit, of course I had my camera in tow. I brought my 100-400mm Canon L series zoom, and my 24-105mm Canon L series zoom along with me.
We not only saw the Bounty we also got to see the tall ship, Privateer Lynx of Portsmouth, NH, a square top sail schooner which is an interpretation of a privateer or naval schooner from the War of 1812, we saw the entrance to the Kennedy Bunker, and the historic Coast Guard Station.

You see the Lynx was in Florida to offer the crew of the Bounty a pardon if the ship was returned to her home port by April 5th. The crews of the two ships got friendly and decided to party! You can see more info on the Peanut Island Pirate Festival theme here http://www.peanutislandpiratefest.com/eventtheme.html

You can only get to Peanut Island by boat. We rode over on a ferry which picked us up at the Riviera Beach Marina. While we were waiting for the ferry, this hard-working sea turtle swam by us busily paddling against the current. It was not an easy task, the wind was fierce that day. He gave us a look that said, hey can you help me!

the hard working sea turtle fighting the current and wind near Riviera Beach Marina.

The hard working sea turtle fighting the current and wind near Riviera Beach Marina.


For those that don’t know, this Bounty is a replica of the original ship that was used by the British Admiralty for a special mission in 1787. That special mission was to sail to Tahiti, halfway around the world, collect sapling breadfruit trees and bring them to the West Indies so that the British plantation owners would have a cheap source of food for their workers. Lt. William Bligh led the mission, and after much difficulty in traveling they arrived in Tahiti in October of 1788. During the five months that the crew stayed, they gathered more than a thousand breadfruit trees. The crew lived onshore to take care of the trees, and became quite attached to the Tahitians while they were there.

After five months in Tahiti, the Bounty set sail with its load of breadfruit trees on April 4th 1789. Nearly 24 days later mutiny broke out. (Acting Lieutenant) Fletcher Christian, totally fed up with the continual abuse from Capt. Bligh took the ship and sailed it to the island of Tubuai. Three months later, after a failed effort to settle on the island, they sailed back to Tahiti, and left sixteen of the crew on the island, some of the crew were loyal to Bligh, some were mutineers.

Then Christian with eight Bounty crew members, six Tahitian men, twelve women and one baby, sailed off in an effort to hide from the Royal Navy. They sailed through the Fiji and Cook Islands, but didn’t feel safe there. On January 15th 1790 they came upon Pitcairn Island, an island in the middle of nowhere in the Pacific, which had been misplaced on the Royal Navy’s charts. They decided to stay on the island, they took the livestock and other provisions from the Bounty, and they burned the ship on January 23rd 1790, in the hope that they wouldn’t be found, and to keep anyone from escaping the island. The ship sits in what is now called Bounty Bay. No one found out about their dirty deed for 18 years.

approaching the hms bounty and privateer lynx at Peanut Island.

Approaching the HMS Bounty and Privateer Lynx on the ferry to Peanut Island.


The replica was built in 1960 for MGM studios’ Mutiny on the Bounty, starring that hunk, Marlon Brando. The movie studio execs had a new Bounty built from scratch, and they built her just the way she would have been built in 1760. They used the original ship’s drawings to construct the replica. The Bounty replica has starred in many productions since then, and in 1986 Ted Turner purchased the MGM film library and he got the Bounty with it. He used it in the movie Treasure Island with Charlton Heston in 1989, she also played many other roles along the way. In 1993 she was donated to the Fall River Chamber Foundation, in Fall River, Massachusetts. They began the Tall Ship Bounty Foundation, and used the ship for educational purposes.
a privateer lynx crew member sitting on her ship as we went by on the ferry.

A Lynx crew member aboard her ship.

In February of 2001, when the Bounty was in serious need of repairs she was purchased by HMS Bounty Organization LLC. They took her to the shipyard in Boothbay Harbor Maine for work. Once the Bounty was ready to go again, her first stop was to go back home to the United Kingdom. The organization keeps the Bounty sailing and uses her to teach square rigged sailing and seamanship.

the hms bounty as we approached on the ferry.

The HMS Bounty as we approached on the ferry.

You can almost feel the history as you wander around the Bounty. You find yourself wondering what life was like then. I wouldn’t have been surprised if Captain Jack Sparrow showed up and took control. Of course if you visit during a Pirate Fest, he just might!

the HMS Bounty docked at Peanut Island in Florida.

The HMS Bounty docked next to the Privateer Lynx at Peanut Island in Florida.


the privateer lynx docked at peanut island in florida.

The Privateer Lynx docked at Peanut Island in Florida.


a photo of the Kennedy bunker at peanut island.

The entrance to the Kennedy Bunker on Peanut Island.


a photo of the coast guard life saving station formed in 1936 on peanut island.

The US Coast Guard life saving station formed in 1936 when it was on Peanut Island.


a photograph of a cannon on the shore of Peanut Island aimed toward the Privateer Lynx.

A cannon on the shore of Peanut Island aimed toward the Privateer Lynx.


a photograph of several of the festively dressed pirates at the peanut island pirate festival.

More Pirates found on Peanut Island, check the hook.

a pirate that was seen on Peanut Island with the HMS Bounty.

A pirate that was seen on Peanut Island with the HMS Bounty.


a photo of two pirates playing with their pet rat.

Playing around with their pet rat.


a photo of a pirate at the peanut island pirate festival.

Another of the Pirates at the festival.


a photo of one of the pirates moving their cannon.

Repositioning the cannon for another attack?


a photograph of pirates at the peanut island pirate festival.

Is that Captain Jack Sparrow?


a photo of the view from the deck of the HMS Bounty.

A view from the deck of the HMS Bounty.


a photograph of the ships wheel aboard the HMS Bounty.

Aboard the Bounty.


a photo of the area on the Bounty where the breadfruit trees were kept.

This is where the breadfruit trees were kept alive while aboard the Bounty.


a photograph of a civilian exploring aboard the HMS Bounty.

Exploring aboard the HMS Bounty.


a photograph of the view from below deck aboard the HMS Bounty.

A view from below aboard the Bounty.


a photo of one of the Bountys cannons.

A cannon aboard the Bounty.


a photo of the view looking along the outer side of the Bounty.

Looking over the side aboard the Bounty.


a photograph of the rigging on the hms bounty.

Looking up at the rigging on the Bounty.


a photo of pirates posing for pix on peanut island at the pirate festival.

Pirates posing for photos on Peanut Island with the Bounty in the background.


a photo of a pirate at the Peanut Island Pirate Festival.

A pirate on Peanut Island that I shot.


a photo of pirates posing for a photo.

I shot all these guys too. Say Bye to the Pirates!

a photo of a pirate statue at the Riviera Beach Marina.

A pirate greeter at the Riviera Beach Marina.

Downtown Lake Worth and the Greater Lake Worth Chamber of Commerce sponsor their annual Street Painting Festival, and claim bragging rights as the country’s largest street painting festival. I believe it.

a photograph of a street painter at work at the lake worth street painting festival.

A street painter busy creating his painting.

What a fun event this is! The Lake Worth Street Painting Festival has been held yearly for 15 years, this being the 16th. I’d never been to this fantastic street painting festival. I’m happy I finally did go, I walked away with a lot of great memories.

We stationed ourselves, and our dog, near, and sometimes on, a bench that’s by the street in front of my friend Michele’s store, the 531 East Boutique, at 515 Lake Ave. If you’re in the area you have to drop in, Michele is fun and friendly, and her store, with it’s island flair, reflects her personality. In addition to many other treasures, you’ll find some of my artwork in her shop. A walk along Lake and Lucerne Avenues on a nice day is really enjoyable. It’s a friendly, laid back, fun, eclectic, artsy, environment filled with shops, and restaurants, as well as nice public park areas.

a photograph of the 531 east boutique on lake avenue

Our friend Michele's store, 531 East Boutique, many treasures, including my artwork await.

I started out heading west along Lake Avenue, looking at one beautiful piece after another. I walked to the end of the festival on Lake and came back down on Lucerne. Sunday I went in the opposite direction to check out the other side of the street. The festival is huge. Lake and Lucerne Avenues were a sea of incredible artwork in so many beautiful colors. Did you know, street painting can be traced all the way back to Italy in the 16th century? As then, crowds love to watch as the artists work on their creations.

The weather was just perfect for this event this weekend. Artists were everywhere, over 400, young and old, creating their street paintings. Bright colors, poignant themes, memorial pieces, old masters, new age, cubist, 70’s style, original artworks, you name it. It was all there for our viewing pleasure. These are no small pieces either, they take up the width of one entire side of the street. There’s a lot of time and chalk involved!

I am amazed at the effort these artists put into these beautiful, yet “short-lived”, artworks. Once the traffic is allowed to pass through again, these beautiful pieces will be history.

photo of the lake worth street painting festival 2010 looking east on lake avenue.

Looking east on Lake Avenue nearing the end of Saturday's painting.

I walked along both Lake and Lucerne Avenues with my camera in tow. Lots of people were there with their cameras. I’d love to see all of the different perspectives that were captured of these artworks. I saw photographers laying down on the ground to shoot, some holding their cameras up high above on monopods, some on top of a multi story building shooting down on the artwork, now that’s the place to be for the best shot. I got down and dusty, and tried to capture the essence of the artists in their process of creation, while showing the creation itself.

photo of a young photographer at the lake worth street painting festival.

A young photographer captures a lot of good shots of the artwork.

a photo of an artist working on his birth of venus street painting

Street painter working on his painting, from the Birth of Venus.

a photograph of a girl covered in chalk dust as she works on her street painting.

This girl got into her painting.

a photograph of a street painter painting a koi pond.

A Lake Worth street painter working on her piece.

a photo of a girl working on her street painting.

I love these bright colors.

a photo of a street painter working on his flamingo painting.

A street painter at the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival works on his flamingo painting.

a photo of two street painters working together on a painting of wonder woman.

Two street painters working together on this vibrant image.

a photograph of a street painter looking at her work.

What an intriguing piece.

a photo of a street painter working on her Haiti memorial painting

A beautiful painting in memory of those lost in Haiti.

a photo looking down the street mid afternoon at the lake worth street painting festival.

The street painting was in full swing here.

As if the wonder of these incredible artworks in progress wasn’t enough, we were totally entertained by “a drinking club with a running problem”, they had assembled for their “Red Dress Run”, the point of the run is that all participants (both sexes) don red dresses of various sorts for the run, or in this case the scavenger hunt. It involved visiting bars throughout the festival area, and drinking beers. A sighting of one of these folks was worth the trip alone! These people were a creative, lively and funny, bunch.

a photo of a group of red dress runners, the drinking club with a running problem.

The red dress group gathers to hear about their scavenger hunt.

a photo of a red dress runner looking quite stylish.

Quite a stylish number, no?

a photograph of a street painter working on his creation at the lake worth street painting festival.

An artist working on his painting at the street painting festival.

a photo of a street painting artist resting her back after working hard on her painting.

A well earned rest for the back.

a photograph of an inspiriational painting at the street painting festival.

There were inspirational paintings....

a photo of a street painting depicting the beatles at the lake worth street painting festival.

...and paintings of the Beatles.

There was lots of music being played in various areas for us all, and it was another perfect addition to a perfect day. The tunes were the icing on the cake at this super fun festival.

Leaving Sunday evening after all of the art works were finished, was kind of sad. I knew I’d never see those artworks again. Sure enough it rained last night and all that’s left are a few pieces of tape and the faded remains of several of those beautiful art works…until next year, then they’ll do it all over again. Don’t miss it!

a photograph of musicians at the street painting festival in lake worth.

The music was excellent.

a photo of several women working on their street painting together.

Teamwork.

a photo of dogs having a great time at the lake worth street painting festival.

There were lots of dogs enjoying eachothers company this weekend.

a photo of a woman enjoying a visit with a dog at the street painting festival.

The festival was fun for dogs and people alike.

a artist poses for a photograph with his completed street painting.

The artist poses for a photo with his lively street painting.

a photograph of two children clowning around at the street painting festival.

These children were more than happy to pose for the camera.

a photo of a woman painting irises on the street in lake worth.

A woman working on her painting of irises.

a photo of a woman working on her street painting.

A street painter blending her strokes.

a photo of a street painter creating a memorial painting in memory of his friends dog.

A beautiful memorial street painting.

bird tracks in the sand

Someone was here before us.


This past Saturday afternoon was really just perfect for being outside. Not too hot, and not too cold. We’re talking about nice South Florida weather here. Apparently the birds thought so too. They were busy.

The tide was low, and the light was right for hauling my Canon 100-400mm f4.5L lens, and Canon 5D Mark II body out for a few hours of shooting.

a photograph of a mangrove branch bathed in the golden afternoon light.

A mangrove branch bathed in that great, golden afternoon light.

When stepping down onto the sand, I come across the canal and out to the water’s edge, I am always drawn to the shapes created by the big, dead, tree that stands as a sentinel at the entrance to the canal from the intracoastal. During high tide just a small part of the tree is visible, but at mid and low tides it serves as an ideal perch for all kinds of shore birds.

the big, dead, tree that stands as a sentinel at the entrance to the canal.

The Sentinel


the canal that leads out to the intracoastal waterway.

Looking back toward the canal I just crossed.


My first guest was a yellow crowned night heron busily hunting nearby. Hunting for them consists of pretty much just standing around waiting for their prey to swim by. They eat mostly aquatic invertebrates and some fish, crabs and crayfish. I have no idea why they are called nocturnal, I’ve seen them looking for food from morning until evening. This particular heron let me get very close before flying off.
yellow crowned night heron photograph.

The first guest, a yellow crowned night heron.


I continued walking along listening to the sounds of the herons up ahead, they make a funny, growling kind of sound. I was surprised by the warning call of an osprey directly ahead of me. The osprey I usually visit and photograph, I named her Koko, was hanging out in a tree I’ve not seen her in before. She was a little difficult to pick out surrounded by the foliage. I moved in as close as I dared, and stopped when she gave me the warning call. I even switched my Canon 5D Mark II to video mode and shot a few videos of her, before she took off. I got too close for her comfort.
photograph of Koko the osprey hanging out in a tree

Koko, the osprey working on keeping me at a distance.


a photograph of Koko the osprey flying away.

Koko, the osprey, says see ya later.

Walking along the water’s edge I came across these incredibly shaped pieces of driftwood that litter the shoreline. One piece in particular is about 7 feet high and maybe 15 feet wide, it looks like the skeleton of an old ship’s hull to me, but it’s really just the roots of a large tree that fell over a long, long time ago. The driftwood looked so cool, that I shot it from crazy angles, backlit, from below, and with the water’s edge blurred behind the branch shapes.

a photograph of a big piece of driftwood along the water's edge.

The huge tree that looks like the skeleton of the hull of a ship to me.


a photograph of a unique piece of weathered wood.

Here's one of my crazy, angular shots.


Glenn, an avid photographer, and friend of ours came walking along then. He started shooting that wild looking piece of dead wood too.
a photograph of our avid photographer friend Glenn

Glenn taking photos looking south along the intracoastal.


Just a bit further down, by the barnacle covered sea wall, which stands at the furthest point one can walk to, we spied a little blue heron checking us out while scouting around for a meal. This heron really showed the blue color he’s named for, and the purplish color in his neck and head was really showcased by the low afternoon light. Sometimes these birds run when they’re hunting, with those legs, it’s funny, don’t tell them I said that though.
a photograph I shot of a little blue heron checking us out.

The little blue heron checking us out.


We came across this dead branch, coming out sideways, and shooting up and out toward the water. Check it out. I thought the whitish part of the trunk looked a bit like a heron’s head as he stalks his prey. Ya think? Too much imagination, huh?
a photo of a dead tree branch that looks like a bird's head.

Doesn't it look like the head and neck of a heron?


On the way back we caught the yellow crowned night heron busily searching among the moss covered rocks for dinner. He got some too.
a photograph of a yellow crowned night heron busily searching among the moss covered rocks for dinner.

A yellow crowned night heron stalking its prey.


A little blue heron flew on shore just behind us, and as you can see he was obviously on patrol, because he was too darned interested in what we were doing. Here’s a fun fact about these guys, the male usually chooses the nesting territory before he goes about courting a female. I sure hope he’s good at decorating!
a photograph of a little blue heron that flew on shore just behind us.

The little blue heron that was very interested in us.


My pal, Koko the osprey, was not overly pleased about the fact that we had the nerve to hang around near her trees, she had to retreat to the opposite side of the intracoastal to wait us out. She did just that – we weren’t gone 20 minutes before she flew right back to her favorite spot.
a photograph of an osprey perched on a branch by the intracoastal.

Koko on the other side of the intracoastal waiting for us to leave.


A couple of ibis flew in for a landing on the big branch outside of the canal. They were quite brave while we shot away and totally invaded their space. We were really close. I guess they’re not just brave during hurricanes. These birds are the last to take shelter before a hurricane, and the first to come back when the storm has passed. It makes me want to ask them, what are you thinking?
a photograph of the ibis flying in for a landing on the sentinel tree.

The ibis come in for a landing.


a photograph of an ibis "hopscotching" to another branch.

The ibis version of hopscotch.


a photograph of one of the brave ibis posing for the humans.

One of the brave birds that posed for the humans.


I think Glenn enjoyed himself shooting in our own little wildlife refuge. He got some great shots. He needs to have a blog to show them off. Marcella came down to the seawall to see what she could see, too.
a photo of Glenn shooting and Marcella walking toward him.

Glenn shoots me, while Marcella walks over.


a photo of Marcella pointing things out to Glenn.

Marcella spots something to show Glenn.


It really was a beautiful walk along the intracoastal, but once the sun started to go down, those creepy little sand flies, also known as no-see-ums came out chomping away with their nasty little teeth. The bites from the female hurt and itch, that sent us packing. Next time, insect repellent will be in my camera bag.
a photograph looking west from the water's edge showing more golden light.

One more look at that beautiful, golden light.

It was a really, good time while it lasted though. Until next time, happy shooting.

Big Wave in Delray Beach

This is amazing for Delray Beach.

A group of young surfers heading into the ocean.

Surf's Up!

This weekend in southeast Florida was unusual in that we had waves, big 5 to 6 foot waves. Exciting stuff for all of the surfers in our area. This only happens once or twice a year, and only when the weather is just right. The weather was just right this weekend and people were loving the big, crashing waves. They were such an incredible color too, it looked like they might have gotten some of their color from the sand they picked up as they came roaring toward the shore. That picking up sand business is not such a good thing, the erosion has been out of control this weekend too.

Big waves in Delray Beach.

The wind is blowing the tops right off of these waves.

Of course I had to head out to the beach with my camera, and big, heavy 100-400mm lens which let me get in pretty close on the surfers and the surf. I had to shield my lens from the salt, the wind was kicking up pretty good out of the north. I actually just pulled the bottom out of my camera bag (it was a small one) and used it to semi-protect my lens from the onslaught of salt. Even though my camera and lens are weatherproof, I try not to abuse that. In fact, it’s a very good idea to clean your camera and lenses when returning from a shoot at the beach. You don’t want to leave all that salt on your equipment.

A surfer catches a great wave in Delray Beach on Sunday.

One of the many great waves to be had this weekend.

Surfer riding a wave in Delray Beach Florida

There were lots of waves for everyone.

A surfer riding a wave.

Another great ride on the unusual waves in Delray Beach Florida this weekend.

Surfer catching a wave at Delray Beach Florida.

The waves just kept on coming this weekend.

A surfer riding a wave in Delray Beach Florida.

Look at the color of these waves. Incredible.

A young boy riding a wave in Delray Beach Florida.

This young man is quite the surfer dude.

I can’t seem to go anywhere that an osprey might be without seeing one, so I’ve included some pix of a young male osprey that circled by me several times on Saturday and another one came by on Sunday. What a beautiful sight silhouetted against the deep blue sky.

We had a really great beach weekend. The surf looked more like Daytona Beach than Delray Beach, ok, I’m pushing it, but one can dream!

Check out the sights for yourself!

The view looking south on Delray Beach.

The view looking toward the south on Delray Beach.

A surfer catches a ride on a wave in Delray Beach Florida.

Waves, Waves, Waves!!!

A male osprey flying along the shoreline.

This osprey was busy cruising for some chow.

An osprey overhead looks down at my camera lens.

This osprey took a moment to check out my camera lens on his way by.

A young girl on the shoreline checking out the surf.

A young girl on the shoreline checking out the surf.

A surfer is hidden by the spray from the wave he's riding.

Whoooooshhhh!

The spray is still hanging in the air as this wave crashes down.

The spray is still hanging in the air as this wave crashes down.

The osprey after one of his dives into the water.

The osprey after one of his dives into the water.

My friend Norah and I took a walk along the beach this evening. The sun hadn’t set yet but it was getting ready to. It was still so very hot out, not much of a breeze either. We’re hoping things will cool off down here in South Florida soon, real soon. I know, no sympathy from those freezing up north.

Of course I brought my camera along, just in case I saw something that intrigued me. We weren’t too far into our walk when I noticed an osprey fishing with wild abandon up ahead of us. This guy was throwing himself into the water time and time again. He just could not catch a fish, but it sure wasn’t for his lack of trying.

Male osprey flying high above the beach looking for fish.

Male osprey flying high above the beach looking for fish.

I was hoping to catch the osprey in a dive. I’ve seen one dive, but I’ve yet to photograph one successfully, and tonight was no different. I got some great shots while he was flying and starting the dive, but the final descent is so fast, and the bird reverses and hits the water and pulls himself out so fast that every image I shot during this time is totally out of focus. I was shooting at 1/1000, that was clearly way too slow a shutter speed. I can see this is a challenge I will have to overcome.

The osprey beginning his dive toward the water.

The osprey beginning his dive toward the water.

Further down the beach we came across a crab that was quite busy by the shoreline. When we approached he turned right around and came after us, both claws raised. He meant business…..don’t come any closer ladies, I predict pain! I imagine having the two of us and a great big lens staring at him was pretty scary from his perspective. I did notice that crabs have eyelashes. Yup, little hairs growing out above those crazy tubular eyes. Check them out.

This crab has eyelashes, he does! Take a look.

This crab has eyelashes, he does! Take a look.

Well that’s it for today. Until next time I will be trying to catch that elusive osprey diving into the surf photo.

My friend Janet and I went to the water’s edge, wine glasses in hand, Sunday evening around 7pm to wait for the moon to rise. As I set up my photo equipment, the sky was just starting to turn that really great cobalt blue color that it gets right before dark sets in.

The moon was due to rise at 7:07 and we didn’t see anything until our friend Marlene called us over to a spot where you could see through the Australian pines, and there it was….big, beautiful and amazing. It was already 7:21 by then.

Check out the cool shot of the American flag and the moon. Janet worked hard to try to get that flag to fly and it did.

It was so nice to slow down and enjoy all that nature had on display for us Sunday evening.

For those that might be interested;

I was using a Canon 100-400 mm f4.5-5.6L series lens on my Canon 5D Mark II body, I had it mounted on a tripod and had to use manual focus, auto focus only worked for the super close ups.

Most of the shots were hit or miss. I tried different exposures until I got the ones I wanted. Even though, it was impossible to get detail in the moon and get the reflection of the moon on the clouds. I had to overexpose to get the clouds, which ends up blurring  the moon somewhat, and underexpose to get detail in the moon. I decided to combine a properly exposed shot of the moon with a good exposure of the overall shot. That worked.

The early shots, with the dark blue sky were shot at 1/40 f5.6 -1EV. The night shots were 0.5 sec at f7.1 and 0.8 sec at f5.6.

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The Full Moon on October 4th.

The full moon rising and losing it's yellow orange color.

The full moon rising and losing it's yellow orange color.

The full moon behind the American Flag.

The full moon behind the American Flag.

Photo of the moon as it rises higher in the sky and reflects on the intracoastal. Great clouds.

Photo of the moon as it rises higher in the sky and reflects on the intracoastal. Great clouds.

In this photograph the moon has risen above the clouds.

In this photograph the moon has risen above the clouds.

I just had to share this with you.

I needed a break from working on the computer, so I walked down to our little slice of unspoiled nature along the Intracoastal Waterway with my camera and telephoto lens. Within minutes I saw so much, I just stood there and shot photograph after photograph while the parade went by, it was like watching a Mutual of Omaha Wildlife Show. :  ) It was about 4:30 in the afternoon, so it was getting close to supper time in the bird world.

Look at what I got. I shot a common tern, several pelicans, a male osprey (he looked young, I wonder if he was migrating???), and a female osprey coming in for a landing.

The (young??) male osprey that flew overhead really upset our local female osprey, Koko. Her alarm call was going full blast. My next mission is to use my camera to shoot some video of her. She’s got a great voice. It must be shared.

Here are my flying bird photos, they were shot at 1/800 with f5.6 to f6.3 using a Canon 100-400 f4.5-5.6L series lens on a Canon 5D Mark II body. I’m happy with the results I get with this lens camera combo, it’s the best yet. These photos have been cropped so you can see the details better. I hope you like them.

Photo of pelicans flying overhead.

Photo of pelicans flying overhead.

A close shot of one of the pelicans.

A close shot of one of the pelicans.

This is the male osprey that flew by

This is the male osprey that flew by

Another shot of the "young" male that flew over.

Another shot of the "young" male that flew over.

The female osprey, I call her Koko, comes in for a landing.

The female osprey, I call her Koko, comes in for a landing.

Another in a series of shots of Koko coming in for a landing on her perch.

Another in a series of shots of Koko coming in for a landing on her perch.

A common tern flew overhead.

A common tern flew overhead.

This Osprey came out of nowhere to eyeball me.

This Osprey came out of nowhere to eyeball me.

How cool is that? I dropped by my usual haunt down by the Intracoastal Waterway this morning with my camera and 100-400 zoom lens to see what I could see. The tide was pretty low so I was able to walk north along the shoreline and past all the cool trees that lay out over the water. This is where a lot of different birds like to roost. I sometimes take them by surprise, which was the case with this poor Great Blue Heron, I think that’s what this bird is, although I thought they were more gray than this bird. Anyway, at his expense, I was able to get these two shots of him or her, in flight.

This is the Heron I scared to death, he was big!

This is the Heron I scared to death, he was big!

The same Heron a little further away.

The same Heron a little further away.

I walked along the shoreline, then in the water when I had to go around the big branches that hang over and block my way. I saw several birds in flight and got some shots, but they were too far off. On my way back, I looked up at the branch above my head, the one the Osprey usually gets, just to check for her, and I came across this Ibis. The angle made it a fun shot. I’ve never really been UNDER an Ibis before!

A view from under the Ibis.

A view from under the Ibis.

I decided to go and sit on the rocks to just watch nature go by. Next thing you know the entire branch I just shot the Ibis on, has a bunch more Ibis perched on it. I got some shots of them, they looked kind of artsy just sitting around on that branch. I decided to go in closer on the Ibis and walked out to the giant dead tree branch by the canal to prop the lens on, and shoot some more. I stopped shooting for a second, and just looked. All of a sudden, and I mean that, the Osprey arrived, she was stealth, she was just hanging out a few “floors” down on the same branch as the Ibis! I was so excited, she was right there. Looking at me. Close! I used the branch as a pseudo tripod and took about 20 shots of her, and I am telling you, she posed. These birds know I love them and they show off! I was not able to get any closer though. She wasn’t havin’ it!

Tah-dah! The Osprey finally came to look for me.

Tah-dah! The Osprey finally came to look for me.

Here's a photograph of her other side. She WAS posing.

Here's a photograph of her other side. She WAS posing.

I checked back in on the area tonight at around 5 PM. No birds, just people fishing, and only the Catfish were biting for them. The light was beautiful though. I wish I’d had my camera so I could show you the pink streaks shooting up from the eastern horizon as the sun set in the west. Next time.

Oh I promised to do a post on HDR photography, I took some shots for HDR images today. I’ll process them and post them tomorrow. Here’s a shot of one of the locations that I used to shoot for the HDR photos. It was contrasty. Wait until you see how it looks after HDR processing.

This location is I chose to capture the shots for the HDR image.

This location I chose to capture the shots for the HDR image.