Apr 162011

We all need water.

Have you ever watched animals drink?   A few years ago I watched a horse drink 5 gallons of water in short order.  Sounded like a huge pump.  Cats..well they lick water.  Never figured out how they do that.  Do fish drink water?  We drink from cups, straws and drinking fountains.  For the first time I saw an Egret drink water.  At first I thought he was fishing.  He dropped down to the water and raised his head quickly and threw his head back.  Thirsty.  We all need water. Even shore birds.

Egret Drink

 Posted by at 9:12 PM
Apr 152011

Back home tonight.

Drove from the Monticello, Utah area through Moab.  Not enough time to visit Arches.  BUt stopped and took rock shots!

Moab rock2

It was the middle of the day.  Light was not the best.  Everything looked black and white to me.  I did notice little critter prints everywhere.  Here it has been extremely windy and rainy.  The sand was fresh with prints….

I wonder if the critters where out the night before?  Or was it early this morning?  I imagined the tiny things running around……

crossing paths

 Posted by at 10:22 PM
Apr 142011

I passed this building several times while in florida.  Every time I passed it I thought that it needed to be photographed.  But in daylight it just did not work……so night it was.  A little HDR to cover the dynamic range…….


 Posted by at 10:36 PM
Apr 132011

On the road for the first time in quite a while.  The last time I was out it was for vacation.  This week ……work.

As noted in my earlier blogs I loved my time at Gatorland in Florida.  Photographing birds.  The Giant Egrets were amassed there.  I keep going back to the hard drive to look at pic’s.

Great Egret on BandW

Only saw one fight.  I am only guessing it was a fight.  Most likely it was a love spat.  When the wings are wide open there is little more beautiful…….

egret fight

 Posted by at 10:09 PM
Apr 112011

If it wasn’t for the comedy I may spend less time in front of birds.

They really are funny.

This day this Blue Heron was excited about something.  Or an unknown lurking monster was chasing the Blue winged scaredY bird.

I was laughing so hard I could hardly keep my finger on the trigger………

Dancing Blue Heron

Dancing Blue Heron-2

Dancing Blue Heron-3

Dancing Blue Heron-4

Dancing Blue Heron-5

Dancing Blue Heron-6

 Posted by at 8:43 PM
Apr 102011

I loved my time with the birds in Florida!

What was thrilling me was the introduction to new birds.  Ones that I won’t find near home.

The Green Heron.

Small but beautiful.  And flies very fast!  The combination of the lighting mix and the speed of this beauty made it difficult to get “that” shot!  This one is my favorite.  As he was flying at me he became shy to the camera instantly and turned.  At elevens frames-a-second my odds went up…………

Green Heron

 Posted by at 10:02 PM
Apr 062011


Land of the Egrets.  Large and small.  Never had so much fun.  In a three hour stretch took 2700 pic’s.  Birds everywhere.  A rookery.

Died and gone to…..bird heaven?

My wife gave me the goal to get a backlit shot of a Great Egret wing spanned out.  Got real close a couple of times.  Of all the shots this was one of my personal favorites…….

great egret head wing

Got lots more including an incredible shot my wife captured!   MTC   jc

 Posted by at 9:55 PM
Apr 032011

Saturday was EPCOT day.

********12 hours********

Just as you enter EPCOT is the famous “Ball”.  Inside it – our first adventure.  The people who run EPCOT know how to get a lot of people in a line in a small area.  Back and forth, around a corner then back and forth again.  The whole time I was wandering what the ride was going to be like.  Did it go inside the big “ball”?   Just what was ahead?  A little twinge.  After walking around in circles for while we where at the end of the line.  Ready to board the ride.  Then I noticed the sign…. “suggested height for this ride”- with a line and arrow pointing at it.  Passed!  Then…“if you do not like small dark spaces it is suggested you do not ride!” Well.  Do you how embarrassing it is to go all the out the “in” line?  I guess that it was better than a “Jim Volcano” inside the big “Ball”.

It was a pretty nice day over all.  Disney everywhere….


We walked and walked and walked.  A big giant circle of representations from different countries. Beautiful!

British streets…….

british street



Canada Totem Pole…..(I always thought that was an Alaskan thing)

totem pole

You know some people just can’t resist the temptation to be a comedian.  She cracks herself up!

karen picking nose

There is no way I am carrying a camera all day without some wildlife photos!

seagul on light

Forgot my sunglasses this day.  Paid for it.  About half way through the day heat stroke/sunstroke kicked my butt.  Took a nap in the French (air conditioned) theater during an 18 minute movie. I guess I will just have to go to France to see what I missed.  Didn’t miss Norway. They had a cool exhibit with vikings.


China was probably my favorite.  My daughters have been there and seen the warriors in real life.  This exhibit was a great representation of what to look forward to if traveling to China.


Definitely had to get into the butterfly display!



I would do it again.  But make a few changes:

* Drink more water and remember sunglasses,

* Make reservations in advance if wanting to spend the bucks for dinner where you want.

* Sneak in food. Lunch for three – $79.00, Dinner for three -$117.00.  YIKES!!

* Plan on at least three days.  Slow down and sit more.

* Plan around different venues.  See more on a better schedule.

* Last and most important get an early front row seat to the light show at closing!!

 Posted by at 8:03 PM
Apr 012011

It is finally sunny in Florida!!!   Yesterday we watched the weather channel and the tornado warnings all around.  Today was Discovery Cove day.  A cool place.  My Nikon gear was left in the hotel….so I carried my SHHHHH……CANON…….to the park.  It’s a point and shoot. about 5K less to drop in the water accidentally.  It’s a Canon anyway……so no critics of the pics.  My hands were a little tied!

dallan and karen discovery

For an extra fee you can touch and swim with Dolphins.  My son had the opportunity.  It’s been a while since I have seen him so happy.  Thrilled me!  I love that boy (man).

dallan hold

The Dolphin was named “jenny”.  A female dolphin.  Typical of my son he had to get a kiss from this date!!!

dallan kissing dolphin

We then made our way to the big swim ponds.  Snorkeling with beautiful fish and sea rays.

I am man enough to pass along one of my best self portraits….shot from a Go PRO. Hey!  Like my brother always says ” we don’t make fun of you!”

me goggles

 Posted by at 5:11 PM