Friday, June 25 2021

Post-Processing

I use minimal post-processing on my photos, I try to keep them as I see them through the camera. I do crop and resize them for fast viewing online but that's about all. It appears as though post-processing had almost become a necessary step with digital images which I honestly don't understand. With the quality coming out of modern digital cameras it seems unneeded for my use at least. I understand the need for professionals and many types of photographs but my focus is primarily wildlife which, in my humble opinion, shouldn't be processed as would other formats.

Of course, there are exceptions such as my favorite Woodstork photo on the top of these pages.

Zebra Longwing Butterfly

Zebra Longwing Butterfly is the official state butterfly of Florida. It's characterized by long black wings with distinctive thin stripes and a slow, graceful flight and is found throughout Florida in hardwood hammocks, thickets, gardens. The zebra longwing butterfly is characterized by long black wings with distinctive thin stripes and a slow, graceful flight.

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

The Eastern Lubber Grasshopper is one of the largest and slowest moving grasshoppers and can reach 3 inches in length.

The bright colors and patterning on the Eastern Lubber Grasshopper is a warning pattern to predators that they are poisonous. They ingest and assimilate substances in the plants they consume that, although harmless to humans and the lubbers themselves, are toxic to many predators. They don’t bite but they do spit. When startled, Eastern Lubber Grasshoppers will spread their wings, hiss and expel a fine spray of toxic chemicals for a distance of 6 inches.

Let the Church Help

Thursday, June 24 2021

Photography

As I believe I've made clear, I'm an amateur learning the techniques to produce a good photo. I am of the opinion that a "good" photo varies from one person to the next. In the time I've been taking pictures I have spent a good amount of time looking at the innumerable websites devoted to the subject and have come to the position that skill is one important factor but also that equipment is another and that they are separate and inseparable at the same time.

Any good photographer can take a good photo with any decent camera and an inexperienced person can take remarkably good photos with a high-end camera. Today's digital cameras with high-end lens can produce very good photos in the hands of a rank amateur. In no way am I saying all anyone needs is a great camera to produce a great photo, but I feel that someone with a $15,000 setup will likely produce a quality photo assuming they frame the subject well due to the auto-focus, optical stability, and lens clarity, etc.

Spread Anarchy

Strangler Fig

The Strangler Fig is considered a "keystone" tree and necessary in the tropical hardwood ecosystem. It begins its life as an epiphyte or "air plant" on the crown of a tree. It grows downward seeking a dependable source for root uptake of nutrients at ground level and develops its own underground root system that eventually completely entwines its roots and trunk around a host tree. The fig's crown grows foliage which soon overshadows the tree. Eventually, the host tree is "strangled" and dies, leaving the fig with a hollow trunk where the host used to be. The fig then takes advantage of the nutrients produced by the rotting host. The hollow trunk, with an abundance of nooks and crannies, provides home to thousands of invertebrates, rodents, bats, reptiles, amphibians, and birds.

Fern Growing from a Tree

I always enjoy seeing a plant growing where it's not expected as with this fern that's taken root on the bark of a tree.

American Beautyberry

The American Beautyberry produces very showy berries that attract wildlife that graze upon this deciduous shrub in the Fall when the purple berries are mature.

Broadhead Skink

To the best I've been able to determine, this is a Broadhead Skink though I'm not sure if they live as far south as I do.

Serenity

Gulf of Mexico

Cape Romano Dome Home

The Cape Romano Dome Homes were built in 1981 and were intended to be a vacation home that was a self-sufficient, eco-friendly relaxation spot for Bob Lee's family. Built to sustain hurricane winds with little damage the home was brought to an end by simple erosion. The ground on which the domes were built began to erode until the home was surrounded by water.

Swamp Buggy Races

Naples, Florida is famous for its multi-million dollar mansions, high-end shopping, world-class culture, sophisticated dining, art galleries, chic clothing boutiques and home decor shops. Lesser known is the Naples Swamp Buggy races which are a delightful contrast to that image of social refinement.

Wednesday, June 23 2021

Brown Anole

The non-native Brown Anoles are brown to grayish in color, generally with whitish or yellowish patterning on the back. Like the Green Anole generally have an orange or red throat fan with a white edge. Although the brown anole has a shorter snout than the green anole, the two species are can be distinguished by the green anole's green or lightly patterned brown coloration and by range. It is believed that the Brown Anole lives primarily on the ground and may be forcing Green Anoles to live higher in trees than they did prior to the Brown Anoles appearance.

Green Anole

The Green Anole is the only native anole in the United States. They are small reaching around 8 inches and have the ability to change color, from bright green to brown, within a few seconds causing some people to refer to them as chameleons. They're active during the day and commonly seen on the ground and in trees displaying their protruding his bright red throat pouch while bobbing their heads to attract a female..

A Reddit Favorite

'If someone from the 1950's suddenly appeared today, what would the most difficult things to explain to them about life today?''

I possess a device, in my pocket, that is capable of accessing the entirety of information known to man.

I use it to look at pictures of cats and get in arguments with strangers.

One Day

your pill case knows your thoughts...

Hidden Benefits of Exercise

As we age and, our bodies naturally degrade, it's important to get outside for fresh air and exercise.

White Ibis

The White Ibis is one of the most common wading birds in Florida. They are seen feeding in flocks as they probe the ground with their long curved bills. Very commonly seen foraging in shallow water, mud or and the short grass of urban and suburban lawns.

Tricolored Heron

The Tricolored Heron, as its name shows, is colorful heron with a mix of blue-gray, lavender, and white with a very pronounced, long beak. Breeding birds have small white plumes extending from the back of the head, a bright blue patch of skin around the bill, and pink legs.

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