A Quick Trip into the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area

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Song Sparrow

The one most beautiful things about being a nature photographer is that you will always be the student. No matter how many years you spend in the field and how many field guides you memorize and scientific papers you read - every day in the field is a constant reminder of just how much you don't know! That will always make everyday an adventure!

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Florida Native Orchid: Green Adder’s-Mouth

The green adder’s-mouth orchid (Malaxis unifolia) is one of those species that does and will continue to elude the best of the orchid hunters. Not only is it quite rare across the state of Florida, but it is one of the most easily overlooked. Found primarily in North & Central Florida (but by no means limited to just

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Foggy Dawn and the Burning Sun

Yesterday morning I went to the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge on Florida's Gulf Coast and started to realize as I got closer to the water that the fog was really going to be too thick to get the types of landscape shots I was after. As I entered the refuge, I couldn't see the road ahead of me, and decided to just wait for the sun to come up and see what happens. It's a tactic I've used before with several very surprising outcomes. This early morning was no exception......

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My Photo was Picked for the 2011 National Audubon Society Calendar!!!!!!!

I realize this post is VERY late in getting out, but due to our oldest son starting preschool this year and bringing home the plague, I’ve been suffering for most of the winter with a whole host of kiddie germs and hadn’t had the time to post this until right now. Then I wanted to

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Into the Blue

As a native Floridian, some of the most mysterious and interesting places I could ever think of visiting and photographing are those beautiful and scenic places in the mountains. Essentially living on a land as flat as a pancake – mountains seem like an alien terrain. Continuing from my last post, I was in the Great Smoky Mountains on the Tennessee side on

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A Moment in the Great Smoky Mountains

One thing that is usually true for every holiday is certain places are always bound to be devoid of people. There is nothing worse than waiting and waiting for the sun to reach a certain point over an incredible landscape just until that magic moment, some tourist walks out and completely ruins the moment when the shutter is being squeezed.

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The Golden Hour on Siesta Key – Snowy Egret

Last week I was doing my usual rounds along Florida’s Gulf Coast when late afternoon found me on South Lido Beach in the Sarasota area. Not quite tourist season, I thought it might be a good time to look for local wildlife along the surf. This snowy egret and I spent the next hour together….

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The American Lotus + A Trick for Better Nature Photography

One of my favorite things about quick, sudden trips is going light - meaning one lens, one camera, no other gear. It forces me to see things a certain way, and often instead of suddenly wishing I had that wide angle or prime lens that I left at home instead, I am forced to see a potential shot in a new way, confined by my self-imposed restrictions. Many of my best-selling and creative images have come from this forced limitation.

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