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Clouds at Blue Cypress Lake

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Last Sunday I met friends Debbie, Tom, and Michael at Blue Cypress Lake for a fun-filled boat ride of dramatic sunrises and flying Ospreys.  Well, that’s what it was supposed to be, and what it  was in March 2012, May 2012, and March 2013.  So I happily jumped out of bed at 4am and drove for an hour and a half to the middle of nowhere in the pitch black of pre-dawn.  As the first light began to appear in the skies, it showed me clouds – lots and lots of thick clouds.  It made me glad I stuck a garbage bag in my vest in case I needed to protect my gear from rain.  We set off in our boat, determined to have a good time despite the weather… The above was our sunrise tree from our last trip.  It looked a little different with ominous rainclouds behind it!  Because the light levels were so low and the Ospreys weren’t flying much, I spent more time with my wide-angle lens taking pictures of the lake landscapes.  This was one of my favorites.  Even on a nasty morning, Blue Cypress Lake is gorgeous. When there’s no light for good flight […]

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Sharing the Sunrise at Circle B Bar Reserve

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Last Sunday my neighbor and good friend Carla joined me for a walk at the Circle B Bar Reserve.  Carla and I enjoy our backyard birds together, and she decided that she wanted to come see some of the places I photograph on weekends.  Brave lady – she was even willing to be up for sunrise!  We had a great morning together.  :) We were out on the Wading Bird Way trail a few minutes before sunrise.  Cloudy mornings can make for really good sunrises, as the clouds add interest to the sky.  A Common Gallinule stood up on a rock for me and begged me to include him in a pre-dawn composition.  How could I refuse? We continued up the trail as the sun peeked out over the cloudtops.  Carla loved the sounds of all the birds as they woke up.  Limpkins fussed, Red-Winged Blackbirds argued, Sandhill Cranes called across the marsh, and tiny warblers chipped on the side of the trail.  All sorts of birds flew over our heads.  There is something so peaceful about sunrise at Circle B! After the sun got too bright to photograph, I turned around and photographed the Black Skimmers that were again […]