Saturday, December 31, 2011

Winter Birds

This year's arrival here in north Florida of our annual fleet of migrating birds is about a month later than usual. Every year at Thanksgiving, the Chipping Sparrows show up by the dozens, followed very closely by the Yellow Rumped Warblers. This year they procrastinated, probably in the warmer weather, until after Christmas. The first few sparrows actually came on December 10th, but our feeders and birdbath weren't mobbed until yesterday for the first time. We also had a few brave Tufted Tit Mice, and one show-off of an Eastern Bluebird.

I sat quietly about 10 feet from the feeders with my camera, and they quickly decided it was just fine to ignore me an carry on about their business... here are a few of those shots.....

 Tufted Titmouse in a tree

Carolina Chickadee 

 Warbler in the flower pot, spying on the human

 Landing Zone: Eastern Bluebird and two Warblers

Closer crop of the Bluebird and one of the Warblers

So Happiest New Year to you! Here's hoping for a peaceful, art-filled, productive, successful year for all!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

2011 50-50 Nikon Cafe Challenge

For the last several years I have participated in the Nikon Cafe's 50-50 photography challenge. Because this is the 50th week of the year, the idea is to shoot with only a 50mm lens. Any 50mm lens. I happen to own the basic Nikkor 50 f/1.8 -- perhaps the best value lens on the planet, so I plugged in into the D700 and set about shooting around where ever I happened to be each day. So far we are through day 5. Here are my choices...

Day 1: Walter Jones Historic Park, Mandarin, Florida

Day 2: My office. Gumby and Pokey make the scene on Credenza Beach.

Day 3: Something I try to do every day...

Day 4: On the nature trail at the University of North Florida.

Day 5: Sunset on the Saint Johns, near downtown Jacksonville.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Weekend Faces - December 3 and 4, 2011

Quite a weekend. I participated (music) and photographed two great local events in northeast Florida. Saturday was the Mandarin Community Winter Celebration and Sunday was the CD release event for "River Roads", a compilation CD of Florida recording artists who are also advocates for the preservation of our state's natural environment. The CD will benefit the Putnam County Environmental Council (and it has totally sold out -- a second run is in process!). I shot a total of over 300 images, and offer a few faces here to share what was an amazing weekend of fun and "music with a mission".

 Mandarin WInter Celebration -- young actress reenacting the life of Mandarin resident Harriet Beecher Stowe

 Mandarin Winter Celebration - I asked her to smile. This was it.

 Mandarin. Raven Stands Alone. A shining, brave spirit nearly destroyed in a recent bicycle run-in with a car.

 Mandarin. Yes, they did face painting!

 PCEC Concert: Bob Patterson. Florida Folk Legend.

 PCEC Concert: Dale Crider: Environmental Warrior.

 PCEC Concert: Whitey Markle. Florida advocate. Protector of the land.

 Lis Williamson. Angelic voice of Florida.

Lon Williamson. Quiet strength. Remarkable talent. Relentless friend.