Taking a break from winter

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Anhinga Sunning

I took a break from the winter weather to attend the Birds of a Feather birding festival in Palm Coast, Florida. It was a great three days of birding and photography. I participated in three full-day outings and the evening event featuring Moose Peterson. There was fog, overcast, and sunny periods, each presenting a birding and photography challenge. This Anhinga was taking advantage of a sunny period to dry off and warm up after diving for a meal.

Victoria – a night time bloomer

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Night Bloomer

This is Victoria, a night time blooming water lily. The flower opens at dusk releasing a sweet perfume to attract insects. When dawn approaches, the flower closes trapping any insects. The insects wander around looking for a way out which causes the flower to become pollinated. The next evening, the flower opens again and the insects can escape. This is a ten second exposure with a bit of fill from a flash.

Dragon(flies) in the park

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There is a beautiful aquatic garden in Washington, DC along the Anacostia River. The main attractions are the ponds featuring waterlilies and lotus flowers. There is also a board walk over and into a wetlands area. It is a great place to see water birds, beavers, dragon flies, song birds and other small creatures.

I like to pick a spot where I see some dragon-fly activity and wait. I watch to see what they are doing. Dragon flies often have a favorite perch they use to observe what is going on. Many dragon flies are territorial and use this perch to watch out for intruders. Once I spot a dragon-fly I want to photograph, I’ll prefocus, lock it down and fire away. I often get several chances even if they fly away because of their habit of returning to the same spot.

I find photographing dragon flies a nice way to spend a few hours in nature. At Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, there are dozens of different types of dragon flies to try to capture.

A bit of sunshine in the rain

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Sunny even in the rain

I didn’t intend to photograph in the rain. I had spent the morning at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. I left the gardens because of a few drops of rain and headed west into the sunshine. By the time I arrived so had the clouds. I was out in the field when the rain arrived. I had an umbrella along so decided to make a few images anyway. I liked the effect of the overcast sky, rain drops and water dripping off the leaves.