Sunrise at Orlando Wetlands Park

September 11, 2016 - Finally!  A day off when it wasn’t raining!  So I dusted off my cameras and headed to photograph sunrise at Orlando Wetlands Park.  I got there just as the gate was being opened – perfect timing!  The sky was already lightening as I headed to one of my favorite sunrise spots. It never fails.  We […]

Snowy Egret Courtship

Spring Morning at Orlando Wetlands Park

April 8, 2014 - On the morning that Deb and I saw Rich’s awesome turtle, we also saw a bunch of fun birds.  Springtime is the best time of year for Central Florida nature photography.  Some of our winter visitors are still hanging around, the migrants start to move through, and the local birds get all spiffy-looking for courtship […]

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Sunrise and a Vermilion Flycatcher

November 6, 2013 - When Michael Libbe and I headed out to Orlando Wetlands Park in late October, we had two goals: to photograph a great sunrise and a Vermilion Flycatcher.  Michael ordered some nice wispy clouds for sunrise, and he sorta got his wish.  I love being at the wetlands for sunrise, but I’m always annoyed at my […]

Snail Kite

Hot Summer Days at Orlando Wetlands Park

August 17, 2013 - It’s been quite a while since I last visited Orlando Wetlands Park, so when my friend Michael Libbe suggested that we go there for sunrise, I was excited to go back.  Summer days at Orlando Wetlands Park are very hot, but there was a nice breeze to keep us comfortable.  We arrived a good half […]

Watching and Waiting

December 19, 2012 - This Black-Crowned Night Heron was just sitting in a treetop of Orlando Wetlands. He was watching and waiting, probably planning out his next meal. I like how his bright red eye stands out against the clear blue sky.

Blue Skies Ahead!

December 17, 2012 - I’m tired of all this cloudy, foggy weather we’ve been having lately! I hope the skies clear up for my upcoming time off from work. This was taken back in November at the Orlando Wetlands Park. I liked the cloud formations of the original image, and then I really liked the effect of the golden […]

Half an Hour

November 21, 2012 - When you want to photograph sunrise, it always pays to be in position at least half an hour before sunrise.  That sounds like a long time, especially if you have to get up early and drive to your location.  But look at the difference it makes.  This image was taken at 6:37, about 10 minutes […]

Head Shot

November 20, 2012 - I photographed this Sandhill Crane at Orlando Wetlands last weekend.  He just wouldn’t get off the trail, which made it really easy to photograph him.  The grasses behind him were nicely out-of-focus (well, mostly), and they contrasted beautifully with his bright red head.  I like how the grasses give the background a feeling of motion, […]

Similar but Different

November 14, 2012 - Yesterday I posted a picture of sunrise at Orlando Wetlands.  The sun was peeking through the clouds thick on the horizon, and several minutes after sunrise, the light peeked through the clouds and created “God rays” of light.  The primary tones were oranges, which contrasted with the blacks of the trees in silhouette.  Today’s image […]

Sunrise from Orlando Wetlands

November 13, 2012 - This sunrise image was taken on Saturday at Robert’s photography workshop.  He had us photographing the front-lit cabbage palms at first, probably because there were clouds on the horizon and the backlit sunrise against the trees wouldn’t be so impressive.  Then we noticed the sun peeking through the clouds, creating beautiful rays of light.  I […]

Cabbage Palms and Earth Shadow

Exploring Orlando Wetlands Park

November 11, 2012 - Yesterday I went to a photography workshop led by Robert Amoruso at Orlando Wetlands Park.  It was only my second time to visit the park, and I figured the Audubon fundraiser would be a fun opportunity to meet a good photographer and learn some of the good spots in the park.  Robert was awesome.  He […]

Tiny Dancer

November 1, 2012 - A few weeks ago I had fun visiting the Orlando Wetlands Park for the first time with friends.  We were searching for the Vermillion Flycatcher.  But when we came across this stretch of water with lots of fishing Snowy Egrets, it was impossible to pass them by.  They’d fly in front of us and dive […]

Black and White Warbler

October 24, 2012 - While I waited patiently (or impatiently!) for the Vermillion Flycatcher to come closer at Orlando Wetlands, one bird decided to cooperate with me.  This Black-and-White Warbler hopped into a pine tree right in front of me.  She perched for just a second and then flew away.  These little guys are very good at helping me […]

My First (Blurry) Vermilion Flycatcher

October 23, 2012 - Yesterday I posted a picture of a clump of Cypress trees with two birds.  If you missed the red dot, don’t feel badly…that’s how I felt when I got my first glimpse of a Vermilion Flycatcher at Orlando Wetlands this weekend.  The other bird in the shot was a Belted Kingfisher.  There are lots of […]