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Not five minutes from our hotel, on a back walkway leading to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we came upon the most striking water bird we’d ever seen!

“Bask” (Anhinga, Female, Sunning Wings) Nikon D300, 70mm, F/10, 1/50s, -0.3EV, ISO 400, Built-in iTTL Flash, +1.0EV

“In Repose” (Anhinga, Female) Nikon D700, 95mm, F/6.3, 1/160s, -1.0EV, ISO 250, Built-in iTTL Fill-Flash, -1.0EV

A female Anhinga was drying her plumage and warming her body on the rocks in the late afternoon sun and didn’t seem to mind us one bit when we stopped to gawk and, of course, take lots of pictures. 

Native to Florida, the Anhinga’s body is mostly glossy black-green, with the wings, base of wings and tail being a glossy black-blue streaked with white. Factor in a vibrant yellow beak and ‘Tiffany’ blue eyes and you’ve got one gorgeous bird! Quick research confirmed her to be female since the head, neck and upper chest are a light buff brown and not black as in the male.

Wow! What a fabulous start to our vacation! 🙂


“Scout” (Seagull) Nikon D300, 550mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/10, 1/320s, -0.7EV, ISO 640

As I was leaving the beach on that bitter day last week, I stopped to snap a few shots of a seagull who was very intently watching the water. It was so cold that my fingers could barely work the shutter and I figured the images would be useless.

Believe or not, I shot this in color, vivid color, but since the sun had tucked behind a cloud, all the tones were instantly muted. And if I had thought anything about it at the time (and I wasn’t so damn cold), I certainly would have made certain my horizontals were indeed horizontal

But seeing how the angles play off each other, now I’m glad I didn’t! 🙂

You know it’s cold when the stream freezes!

"Stone Cold" (Frozen Stream With Rocks) Nikon D300, 105mm, F/8, 1/30s, +.3EV, ISO 640

I can’t decide if I see an image in the ice…do you?

Proof our day started off sunny

"Flex Your Mussel" (Sunlit Mussel Shell in Stream) Nikon D300, 105mm, F/9, 1/60s, ISO 640

It didn’t last. 😦

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