I am a photographer from Tampa, Florida. Like my favorite subject, birds, I fly north in the summer months to be with my Washington State family. This allows me to experience and photograph the wonderful colors of the seasons as well as tropical flora and fauna in the south. Browse my photos and artwork collections on Pixels and Imagekind to find the perfect art statement with a natural theme.
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My husband and I visited St Petersburg, Florida last weekend. We are not your typical tourists. While others are basking in the sunshine or frolicking in the surf, we go in search of nature – seashells, birds and shade. We found respite and red dragonflies along the quiet ponds of Bradenton’s Botanical Park, got up-close-and-personal with owls, pelicans and herons at the famed Seabird Sanctuary, stopped for some yummy seafood at Crabby Bill’s and enjoyed the hijinks of egrets on Pass-a-Grille Pier. All-in-all, a lovely trip. The Gulf waters were especially pretty, with bright blue sky and wispy clouds lending a lovely background to my pictures.
I set out on my Savannah walk early Friday morning, my destination – Forsyth Park Fountain. By now, I know the route pretty well and was eager to stop at the many squares along the way, and maybe sit on a bench or two. As I stepped out of the hotel, something stopped me in my tracks. I heard the loud singing of a mockingbird! Wahoo! Wherever I am and whatever I am doing, I stop to listen to a mockingbird. And it was beautiful. And I captured it on video. What a way to start the day!
Meandering my way through the streets, I decided to stop several times just to soak it all in. I talked “shop” with another photographer and was asked several times to take photos of tourists with their iPhones (which turned into mini photo shoots). I passed by giggling graduates from the Savannah School of Art and Design, a man on a bicycle blaring out, “I did it my way!”, found some treasures stashed in a hole in an oak tree (went along with the mockingbird theme, love the book) and thought several times to myself, “Phew, it sure is hot in April in Savannah!” The magnolias, confederate jasmine and gardenias were so showy and beautiful. It was like passing by someone wearing your favorite perfume, very unexpected and pleasant. Very southern.
Forsyth Park Fountain just never disappoints. Against a blue sky and the blooming magnolia trees it was as magnificent as ever. As always, I wished for less people to get in the way of my photos, but as my new photographer friend said, “It just adds to the experience.”
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Sandhill Cranes are highly entertaining birds. They are sociable, noisy and have a bit of an attitude, which is exactly why I like photographing them. Recently, hundreds of migrating sandhills dropped into a field near Richland, Washington, and I was lucky enough to be there to observe them (thanks to my birding friend, Lynn, for the tip-off). Oh, it seemed as if they had found the perfect location: a recently harvested farmer’s field with plenty of yummy grain, a lovely shallow pond for resting and all of this tucked into a secluded area, far from busy roads and people. On this day, chaos abounded as birds flew in left and right, some were landing gracefully, others not so much. Most meandered around the pond and fields with a sort of lackadaisical, no-rush rhythm. You wouldn’t have guessed they still had places to go and more migrating to do. There was so much to see, over such a large area that at first I wasn’t sure where to focus. But after a while, I honed in on a gang of “tough guys” – the ones making the most raucous. I thought to myself, this is where the real story is – ruffians trying to make their way in the world. It was just like a scene out of West Side Story and it was simply amazing to watch. Their songs weren’t accompanied by clicking fingers, and frankly weren’t all that melodious, but the drama was the same. Their songs were more racket and cacophony. Still, music to my ears.
Photos taken in Richland, Washington on June 6, 2014. Please feel free to make a copy of this collage to help you identify Common Milkweed in the ‘wild’. If you are interested in buying this on canvas print or as a framed print, go to my Fine Art America page: Milkweed Collage