Moments of Beauty

February 2, 2019

There are so many beautiful things to see that it’s hard for me not to take my camera wherever I go. Yesterday, even though it was foggy and misty, it ended up being a wonderful day for pictures at the Weedon Island Preserve. This morning, all I did was walk around the neighborhood where we are staying here in Florida, and enjoyed seeing even the most common of birds– bluejays, palm warblers, and woodpeckers. Later in the day, Mel and I went for a walk with friends to the Sawgrass Lake Preserve and saw, among other things, what seemed to be the biggest alligator on the planet! Fortunately, it was across a small channel and we were up on a boardwalk!

The biggest alligator on the planet! (Or so it seemed!)
And he’s smiling!

I love going on picture walks. My 600mm lens allows me to see things I wouldn’t normally be able to see, to capture moments of beauty that I wouldn’t adequately be able to explain using words alone. Oftentimes, I am beyond surprised with the results of what I have found–especially when I bring up the pictures on my computer and see the individual feathers of a bird, or an infinitesimal mite on the abdomen of a dragonfly. There’s almost always a surprise, and it all seems so magical to me– so I keep going back for more.

Tricolored heron on an overcast and misty day.
Yellow crowned night heron from across a large pond on an overcast day.

Juvenile Yellow Crowned Night Heron, I believe
An anhinga just before it dove under water

These adorable little squirrels are everywhere!

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