Orchid – Marie Selby Botanical Gardens – Tropical Conservatory

This image was captured while visiting Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, Florida in July of 2016. One of  5,500 orchids in the gardens living collection of 20,000+ plants.
White Orchid
Image captured with a Sony A6000 Camera, Sony E 30 mm f3.5 Macro lens, focal length 30 mm, ISO 3200, 1/250 sec at f/11. Processed using Lightroom CC2015 and Photoshop CC2015.5.
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Sarasota, Florida

This image was captured while visiting Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in July of 2016. I find the image interesting because the cloud formations in the background show the typical coastal weather in Florida, It was late morning and the heat of the day was building, causing the winds to come off the Gulf on the left while the moist air is carried aloft building rain clouds over the land as seen on the right. I have included two images one framed and one without a frame for your viewing pleasure.
Sarasota from the shore Sarasota from the shore
Image captured with a Sony A6000 Camera, Sony E 30 mm f3.5 Macro lens, focal length 30 mm, ISO 200, 1/800 sec at f/8.0.  Processed using Lightroom CC2015, Photoshop CC2015, and Photomatix Pro 5.0.

Moonset Over Pine Flatwoods

The Sun was rising in the East providing a colorful sky over the foggy pine flatwoods, and the Moon was setting in the West. July 2017, Oscar Scherer State Park, Florida. This is a large complex image so I am posting a version with a frame and a version without a frame.
Moonset Moonset
Image captured with a Sony A6000 Camera, Sony E PZ 16-50 mm f3.5-5.6 OSS lens, focal length 26 mm, ISO 800, 1/60 sec at f/7.1. Processed using Lightroom CC2015, Photoshop CC2015.5, and Photomatix Pro 5.0.

Eastern Towhee

I was walking one of the back trials when I happened upon this Towhee. I was walking in sand so he did not hear me approach and was very surprised when he did see me.
Eastern Towhee

Image Captured with a Nikon D7200 Camera, Sigma 150-600 mm f/5.0-6.3 lens, focal Length 600 mm, ISO 400, 1/250 sec at f/6.3. Processed using Lightroom CC2015 and Photoshop CC2015.5.

Sunrise – Oscar Scherer State Park

I know, another Florida sunrise, but I just couldn’t resist this one. I promise I will try to get onto another subject in the near future. Since this is a large image I am including two versions one framed and one unframed for you to enjoy.
Sunrise Sunrise
Image captured with a Sony A6000 Camera, Sony E PZ 16-50 mm f3.5-5.6 OSS lens, focal length 16 mm, ISO 200, 1/640 sec at f/7.1. Processed using Lightroom CC2015, Photoshop CC2015.5, and Photomatix Pro 5.0.

Ringed Kingfisher

Image captured in Southern Ecuador while on a birding trip in October 2016 led by Edison Buenano.
Ringed Kingfisher sitting on a cable
Image Captured with a Nikon D7200 Camera, Nikon 300 mm f/2.8 lens and a Nikon TC-17E II 1.7 teleconverter, focal Length 500 mm, ISO 400, 1/800 sec at f/8.0. Image processed using Lightroom CC2015 and Photoshop CC2015.5.

Peruvian Pygmy-Owls

While on a Wildside Nature Tour in Southern Ecuador, South America, we saw a pair of Pygmy-owls but I could never get them both to look at the camera at the same time.
Peruvian Pygmy-Owl
Image Captured with a Nikon D7200 Camera, Nikon 300 mm f/2.8 lens and a Nikon TC-17E II 1.7 teleconverter, focal Length 500 mm, ISO 800, 1/640 sec at f/13. Image processed using Lightroom CC2015 and Photoshop CC2015.5.