Monday, January 28, 2008

Florida Sandhill Cranes

We share our Florida resort with a flock of Sandhill Cranes. While most Sandhill Cranes summer in the north, the Florida subspecies actually lives here all year long. Both sexes look alike, although the male is a slightly larger, and they mate for life — which can be twenty years or more. The birds are not afraid of people, they just ignore us and go about their business. To see more of my Sandhill Crane photos go to

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Garden Photo Contest

I just entered these four photos in an international Garden Photographer of the Year contest (visit to find out more about it). I've had the link to the contest information on my computer since the late summer, but as is usual with me, I waited until almost the last minute—the deadline for submissions is January 31. The contest is based in England, and the entry fee for four photograph is £10, which at today's abysmal valuation of the dollar is over $20! I don't expect to place in an international contest, but I did figure it was worth a try…and I do think I have some good garden photography.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Another Visitor

According to the dictionary, Armadillos are nocturnal, with large claws for digging. We've suspected that one or more live under our shed, but we never see them. The other afternoon this armadillo was seen ambling down our street. When I grabbed my camera he took off like a shot — who knew they could move so fast. I had my zoom lens on the camera, and I was able to get this photo as he (or she) tried to get away from me as fast as possible.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Feathered Visitor

A bird has been preening at living room windows of our motor home since we arrived in Florida. Every morning he comes to the large window over the coach and knocks on the window with his beak. Sometimes he flies from window to window, and we have even seen him preening in one of the large side-mirrors. Does he think his reflection is another bird, or does he want to come in?

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Christmas at Disney World

Welcome to my photo blog. The purpose of the blog is to share some of the images I capture as I view the world through the lens of my camera. For a start, I thought I would share with you some Christmas decoration photos I took at Ft. Wilderness Campground in Disney World the week after Christmas. Unfortunately, we did not visit at night, so you can't get the full effect — but the of decorations we saw were amazing. Remember, these were decorated campsites — motor homes and trailers. Ft. Wilderness Campground holds a contest for the best all-around decorated site and most "Disneyfied" site. One camper we spoke with told us that he had been there about ten days, and the motor home across from him was not lived in. Someone parked their coach, decorated it, and then went back home, only coming to visit now and then! To see all of the photos, go to