Saturday, July 10 2021

Approaching Storm

When you're at the beach in Southwest Florida you know it's time to leave when you see a storm approaching. In spite of my dislike of post-processing, this is an exception that I darkened a bit to make it more ominous.

Wood Stork in Flight

Wood Storks have been known to fly as high as 6000 feet and as far as 50 miles in search of food.

They nest above water to prevent predators such as raccoons from feeding on their eggs and young.

Roseate Spoonbill

While visiting one of my favorite places I heard a cacophony behind a mass of bushes along a canal. It turned out to be more than a dozen Egrets in a breeding spot along with this lone Roseate Spoonbill standing about 15 feet away.

Green Heron

Green Heron with raised crest

Hawaiian Yellow Hibiscus

I'm a huge fan of Hibiscus plants, I believe this one is a Hawaiian Yellow Hibiscus that's right outside my back door.

Lowdermilk Beach

Lowdermilk Beach is a popular Naples beach that's probably our second most favorite beach to spend some time at. This photo is a post-sunset shot as darkness falls.

Friday, July 9 2021

Great Egret Preening

Great Egret in breeding plumage preening itself.

Website Speed

As the builder of this website, it's important to make it responsive, working equally well on desktop computers, tablets, and mobile devices. The second aspect is loading speed which is why my photos aren't huge. Images can slow loading considerably. To test if I've been successful I used Google's Page Speed Insights measurement tool. As you can see below I have screenshots of the results.

Desktop Results

Mobile Results

Of course, your connection plays a big part as well, a slow connection affects these results. ASs time allows I'll work towards getting these numbers higher.

Thursday, July 8 2021

Before Google?

Yes, there was a time before Google. It was known as the World Wide Web Worm and offered a way to search the web in 1994.

Google appeared in 1998 which was about when I built my first website.

Wednesday, July 7 2021

Bald Eagles

Seeing Bald Eagles in natural surroundings is always a delight. This pair regularly visited some trees a couple of doors down from a friend's house in East Naples showing that they aren't isolated to sanctuaries in Southwest Florida.

Morikami Gardens

The Morikami Gardens are a destination that transcends time and place where one can experience a window to Japan through sprawling historic gardens, a world-class bonsai display, captivating exhibitions, signature cuisine, and a distinctive Museum Store.

Soldier Butterfly

The Soldier Butterfly is at home in the tropics, with South Florida being the northern limit of its range. It's also found in south Texas and strays into Arizona and New Mexico. It's much more common southward, through the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and South America to Brazil.

Flamingo

In the 1800s, it was commonly accepted that Flamingos were native to Florida that were nearly hunted to extinction for their feathers. Current studies show it's unlikely Florida's flamingos, which are increasing in population, are escapees from elsewhere and that the population is, in fact, in the very beginnings of a recovery.

Tuesday, July 6 2021

Fuck This Guy

Monday, July 5 2021

Great Egret & Wood Stork

This Great Egret & Wood Stork share fishing by the shoreline.

Cattle Egret

The Cattle Egret can be found on farms, marshes, highway edges, and quite often with cattle where it eats the insects kicked up by the cattle.

Wood Storks

Coming upon a flock of Wood Storks and Egrets is always a good thing as shown in the photo.

Reddish Egret

I was disappointed in the quality of this photo of the Reddish Egret known for its manic feeding style of sprinting, jumping, and spinning around in shallow water with its wings held up.

Egret Breeding Grounds

This is just part of a mixed-species breeding colony, Great Egrets are frequently the first species to arrive, and it's believed that their presence may induce nesting among other species.

Avocets

These Avocets were a stretch for my lens but when I saw the long, thin, upturned bill I knew they were birds I had never seen before.

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