River of Grass

The “Everglades” means ever flowing river of grass. It is a massive shallow river of grassy swamp that drains fresh-water Lake Okeechobee in a wide path southward. Its depth varies from the wet season to the dry season, and it creates a fertile habitat for thousands of species of reptile, fish, insects, birds and plants.

December is just the beginning of the dry season, but there is still enough water (with the help of from Hurricane Irma in September) — to provide reflecting pools like this.

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December water levels turn the Shark River Valley into a reflecting pool on a sunny day.

Pittsburgh’s Perfect Day

It was a perfect day to be a tourist in Pittsburgh today. Lots of Pittsburghers strolled through the farmer’s market in Market Square while we enjoyed a family lunch at City Works. The iconic view from Mount Washington never disappoints. The temperature, humidity and the puffy clouds all conspired to create the perfect day, reflected here in the PPG Tower.

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The PPG Tower reflects the sun and sky on June 1 in Pittsburgh.

As my husband said, it’s like this here all the time.

Egret Composition

This great egret wading near a mangrove tree makes a serene scene. When you take a careful look, can you see the circular bands of light reflecting up on the egret?

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The great egret stands alone in the still water, accompanied only by his reflection.

My favorite part of this image is the composition, in which the strong vertical lines complement the horizontal lines. In addition, the generous amount of negative space adds to the simplicity and the serenity of the image. The color palette is also simple and natural.

What do you see? What do you like?

A Painter’s Eye

When my friend Susie accompanied me on a sunset cruise in southwest Florida, we were looking forward to seeing Eagles, Ospreys, Pelicans and Heron in Rookery Bay. We were not disappointed, as we observed all of those species and more. Our first wildlife observation was a pair of bald eagles and their eaglet. But just as the sun was beginning to set, Susie, who is a painter, leaned over and whispered to me, “Do you know what is my favorite part of this cruise?”

“No,” I said.

“The clouds,” she said.

#clouds, #blueandorange, #reflection, #waterscape, #nature, #rainoverthere
Clouds in Rookery Bay near Marco Island, Florida.


Egret ballet

Watching this graceful American egret in the evening light, my mind went right back to Lincoln Center and the vision of a ballerina dancing Swan Lake. The egrets lines were so beautiful as she moved ever so slowly, and her reflection in the wading pool accentuated her grace.

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An American egret and her reflection in the evening light.

Golf and Photography

One of the best side benefits of golf is spending time outside in Nature. On Florida golf courses, you have the palms, the birds, the Spanish moss, the water and yes, even the alligators to make the links stimulating.

#golf, #reflection, #florida, #sky, #orangeandblue, #naples
The Pines Course of the Royal Poinciana Golf Club in morning light.

But this morning I’m not golfing, just up early looking for birds and hoping to photograph them. So, I have extra time to look at my surroundings and enjoy Nature.

Before the Fireworks

I bet you have often seen a spectacular sky, but the foreground is terrible and besides, you don’t have your camera with you. I’m with you. Last night the spectacular sunset met the perfect foreground (two parts of the trinity), but alas, my camera was sitting at home. So, I did my best with the iPhone.

While waiting for the fireworks to begin around a friend’s swimming pool, the setting sun lit up the clouds and reflected in the infinity pool. Lying down beside the pool, I captured this colorful image.

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Sewickley Heights sunset before the Fireworks