Understanding Caracaras

This weekend Jo and I learned something totally new about the behavior of the Crested Caracaras that we see here in Florida. For a long time we’ve known that our best bet for spotting them is to watch the ground or on a post about eye level. The first time we ever spotted one we…

Face to Face – Meet the Wildlife in South Florida

For me, wildlife photography is not about taking pictures for contests or sales or even hanging on a wall, it’s about the relational experiences created and enjoyed while taking the picture. It’s about the friendships made while photographing or the experience of the trip to get to the place to capture images and it’s about…

Pointer. Green heron at Peaceful Waters Sanctuary.

Pointer. Green heron at Peaceful Waters Sanctuary. Click the photo to enjoy the enlargement detail This is a composite illustration using several different processes between 3or 4 programs. The original picture was captured with a Canon 5D MIII in 24 mpx HD RAW. The RAW image was first cataloged, standard EXIF information was embedded in…

St. Johns River, peaceful waters around Hontoon Island

(Clicking the photos will enlarge them) Recently Jo, my wife, and I celebrated our 42nd wedding anniversary. And, like most years, we decided to get-away for at least a long weekend. This year instead of heading to the log cabin in the Smokey mountains or to our favorite B&B in St. Augustine, we decided to do something different….

Time-Lapse Technique

In 2012 I purchased a new flash for my SX1 camera. The flash was the best one Canon made at the time so it was a bit pricey but I wanted the brightest flash on the market to help me fill-in the Florida sun so I decided to invest in my system and I purchased a Canon…

Wildlife ART

Many of my friends on Facebook groups and in real life, not that FB isn’t real life, have encouraged me to show more of my wildlife pictures via the blog so people who are not connected through FB can enjoy the pictures too. Thank all of you who have requested this. With that in mind, I’m going…

Beach Sunrise

Take a few moments from your busy day to enjoy the cool breezes and spectacular sounds of the Florida beach. This Relax video takes you to a beautiful sunrise on the Florida beach. Hear the sound of the relaxing waves penetrate the harsh sounds of your reality. Watch the scenes or close your eyes and…

Downy Woodpecker at 3 Lakes

One of the neatest little Woodpeckers is the Downy Woodpecker. It is small and, even though monochromatic, beautiful. I found this little lady capturing bugs just above my head as I stopped to look for Owls in one section of 3 Lakes WMA in Central Florida along the Kissimmee Prairie. She allowed me time to capture…

Eagle in Full Flight

Full Eagle, originally uploaded by QuakerVille. Speaking of Eagles… Last Saturday Jo, my wife, and I spent the day exploring east of Lake Kissimmee along 441 and Canoe Creek Road from Kenansville to 3 Lakes WMA. We saw some wonderful wildlife. CaraCara adults and juvenile, Eagles, Rattle Snake, Turkey, awesome Woodpeckers, and many other birds…

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Red-Bellied Woodpecker, originally uploaded by QuakerVille. Red-Bellied woodpeckers are beautiful birds especially at this time of the year. They are more colorful and animated. I captured this glowing bird on the eastern edge of Lake Kissimmee at Joe Overstreet Landing. Moments after this was taken a Bald Headed Eagle flew in and got everyone’s attention….

Bobby, the kitten in the Cypress

Last weekend Jo, my wife and I visited one of our favorite wildlife wetland areas in South Florida called Green Cay. It’s part of the Palm Beach County water and utility commission system for reclaiming water and is a beautiful place to visit. Over the past three or four years we have seen and heard…

Wild Quaker Parrots and Palm Berries

My favorite wildlife subjects are the wild and in-home Quaker Parrots of South Florida. As far as I can tell I’ve taken in excess of 15,000 photos of Quaker Parrots over 2 decades. This is a series of photos I recently captured one afternoon as I was passing a small office complex where I heard…

Buterfly World Experience

I love to take pictures of birds and I love to relax at one of the local area wildlife attractions, Butterfly World, in Coral Springs, Florida, about 2 miles from home. This past weekend, as with many other weekends, I visited Butterfly World to relax and enjoy a beautiful afternoon in the cooling Florida weather….

Osprey Takes a ride!

Osprey Takes a ride!, originally uploaded by QuakerVille. Via Flickr: Joy riding with an Osprey in Daytona Beach on the Sling Shot ride. He flies in when the ride closes and stays all night until it opens again. In the morning we find him hunting right from the top of the ride seat case. The…

Bald Eagle Pair

Bald Eagle Pair, originally uploaded by QuakerVille. Via Flickr: Bald Headed Eagle pair in their nest in lower Central Florida. It’s the time of year when the BHEs get together in rather large nests to start the annual propagation dance. Even though far off, we caught these two prepping the nest making ready to settle…

Rat Watching The Mail

IMG_9376, originally uploaded by QuakerVille. Via Flickr: Florida has some really interesting "Mailbox Artwork". In our exploration of the Florida expanse we sometimes find some of the most creative mailbox arteork and stands. This chubby mouse was found holding the mailbox in western Palm Baech county on an out of the way country road while…

Stairway to heaven.

Stairway to heaven was a photograph taken on a trip to St. Augustine a while back. My wife,Jo, and I were climbing the stairs of the old lighthouse when this image jumped out and demanded to be captured. This final image is a pencil drawing rendered from the photo using a process called Dynamic Auto Paint…