Thursday, July 31, 2008

Mystery Birds

Mystery Bird Flock

Today there was an entire flock of birds, which look somewhat like Turkeys. Naturally I grabbed my camera and quietly went outside to take their pictures. I have a couple more to share over in my flickr account.

So does anyone out there know what type of birds these guys are?

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


black light

black light 2

Here is the latest lights for my photo light collection. Photography lights (both on and off) is one of my pasttimes lately. If you want to see more of my lights collection head on over to my flickr collection.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

A day at the Beach

Checking out shells

We continued our beach adventures this week with a trip to Cocoa Beach and Barefoot Bay Beach. The weather was perfect and Maverick enjoyed himself... that is until he got his feet wet. Yes our little Maverick does not like getting wet. Norwood and Maverick went to water and everytime the waves came in, he ran away.

Running from the Waves

I got several awesome photos of my boys in the water and you can see them here.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Photohunters: Hanging


This giant bat was found in Disney's Animal Kingdom "Maharajah Jungle Trek." There were tons of the Giant Bats. Some very large and some just sort of large. This fellow was quite big and very close. I was taking pictures of some of his buddies further out and he dropped right in front of me to see what I was doing. He stayed very close for what seemed a long time just watching me. It was absolutely amazing!

Edited July 28, 2008 to add... Thanks so much to all those who had nice things to say about my bat. Someone asked about the stats on the photo. Those can be found here. He was directly above me no more than two feet from the top of my head.

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Friday, July 25, 2008




Tonight we saw a very cool thing that I am pretty sure we would not have seen in Colorado. This little guy decided to make our car his home... well his hang out for awhile. He hung around for a couple of shots... left a froggie treat on the car and then hopped away. It was really neat (well except for the froggie treat).

You can see some more froggie photos here.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Beach Reading

Beach Reading

One of my favorite things about Florida that we cannot get in Colorado are the beaches. This is Bradenton Beach located on the Gulf Coast. Like the guy in this picture I love to sit on the beach and read. My current book is "The Space Between Us" by Thrity Umrigar. It is a book about the relationship between two women, one who is an upper class middle class Parsi woman and her housekeeper. The book is set in modern day India and actually at times brings to light how class cannot always separate our human experiences. I will post more later about this book, I need just one more trip to the beach to finish it.

What are you reading?

Have a happy day!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

What is in your lens?

From time to time I like to find interesting objects to take pictures of (yes I do take pictures of things other than Disney!). My latest hobby photo taking hobby involves two things, lights and images of Buddha. Here are a couple of samples …

red light
More of my Light Images can be found in my flickr set "Lights"

More of my Buddha images can be found in my "Buddha's set

Now I know that I am not the only one who likes to take pictures of certain objects over and again, after all there are groups on flickr dedicated to images of Buddha and lights and their fixtures.

So let’s share…what do you like to take photos of?

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Summer Smoothie

I do not know about you, but where I am it is HOT! When the dog days of summer start to get to us we like to turn to frozen delights such as smoothies. Here is one of our favorites…

Summer Smoothie

What you need:
Blender, Carrots, Cream, Sugar, Frozen Blueberries, Frozen Strawberries and one Banana

1. Fill the blender halfway with carrots
2. Add ½ cup of cream (or to taste)
3. Add 1 cup of frozen blueberries
4. Add 1 cup of frozen strawberries
5. Add one banana
6. Blend
7. Add ¼ cup of sugar (or to taste)
8. Blend again until you reach your desired consistency
9. Dispense and Enjoy!

Monday, July 07, 2008

Adoring: JPG On Stage Submission


My latest submission to JPG for their "On Stage" challenge. This is a photo from the Bjorn Again concert on July 1, 2008 at Disney's Epcot. All through the concert this guy was totally into the music as you can probably tell...

If you like it you can vote for it by clicking on the picture or you can go to this link.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Nikon D60

Amanda and Nikon

He is here! After a long trip across country finally Mr. Nikon arrived on July 1st. He and I have been have a fantastic time getting to know one another. Here is a little more about him…

Megapixels: 10.2 DX format

Lens I purchased for him: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR Zoom Nikkor Lens

Neat things he can do: Shoot continuously 3 frames a second, active dust reduction control, 3D Matrix Metering II, Fast action 3 area Auto focus

Appearance: He has a wonderful handgrip, my Panasonic Lumnix DMC-LZ20 (not even close to the same camera I know) did not have as nice a hand grip. Really light! Although he is heavier than my Panasonic he is really light for a DSLR. He is a DSLR! I have wanted a DSLR for awhile now but I never got around to doing my research and buying one. I liked the Nikon D60 because he has great reviews all over the net and he can use the lens that the Nikon D300 can use which will be my next camera.

Tech Specs: For his tech specs visit Nikon website.

Images taken with the Nikon D60: Here are just a few of the 1400 images I have taken in the last 3 days with my Nikon D60…

water beads two

flower and companion



To see more of my photos from both my Nikon and my Panasonic check out my Flickr Album