Friday, February 20, 2015

Nifty Looking Clouds Over the Beach

Nikon D90, Nikon 10-24mm lens at 10mm, f/22, 1/1250sec, ISO 200
Nikon D90, Nikon 18-300mm lens at 18mm, f/5.6, 1/400sec, ISO 200, polarizing filter
I see the Indian River Lagoon almost daily, and the water is big enough to scratch that itch where you want the feeling of being on or beside big water.

Sometimes only the ocean will do.  Wednesday the 18th was one of those days for me, so I headed to the Atlantic with my camera.

When there are unique looking clouds, I usually break out my trusty 10-24mm lens, as in the first photo.

(I had my polarizer on my 18-300mm lens in the second photo, hence the ultra-dark blue sky.)

We've been having a warm winter, but a cold front had come in and I wore my trusty Levi's jacket to combat the cold wind.

But I still got my feet wet.  Some things need to be done despite the cold weather.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Crawfishin' Egret

Nikon D90, Nikon 18-300mm lens at 300mm, f/5.6, 1/500sec, ISO 200
Nikon D90, Nikon 18-300mm lens at 300mm, f/5.6, 1/500sec, ISO 200
As a Louisiana boy, I can relate to liking a big mess of crawfish.

I DO like mine cooked though.

Taken at Blue Cypress Conservation Area near Fellsmere, Florida.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Great Blue Heron Posing Session

Nikon D90, Nikon 18-300mm lens at 300mm, f/5.6, 1/2500sec, ISO 200
Nikon D90, Nikon 18-300mm lens at 300mm, f/5.6, 1/2500sec, ISO 200
I arrived at Ballard Park in Melbourne, Florida one morning after dropping my wife off at work.

This great blue heron was on a post in the Eau Gallie River and he stood here for a solid forty five minutes grooming himself.

I took photos of him and walked away and every time I came back by he was still there.

I ended up getting a lot of really good shots of this guy.

These are two of my favorites of him from that day.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Florida Birds of Prey... I Mean Butterflies

Nikon D90, Nikon 18-300mm lens at 300mm, f/5.6, 1/250sec, ISO 200
Nikon D90, Nikon 18-300mm lens at 300mm, f/5.6, 1/400sec, ISO 200
I saw these two fellas while out at Blue Cypress Conservation Area near Fellsmere, Florida.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Pelican Flight 321 Taking Off

Nikon D90, Nikon 18-300mm lens at 220mm, f/5.6, 1/1000sec, ISO 200
Lately I've been trying to take some photos of birds flying.

This pelican was taking off in the waters of the Eau Gallie River at Ballard Park, in Melbourne, Florida.

Most of my action shots of birds fail dismally, but I quite like this one.

I like how they use their feet to push off of the water six or eight times before finally getting airborne.

The water behind them looks as if someone skipped a stone.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Falcon 9 Rocket Launch, Wed. Feb. 11, 2015

Nikon D90, 18-300mm lens at 300mm, f/5.6, 1/250sec, ISO 200
Nikon D90, 18-300mm lens at 38mm, f/5.6, 1/250sec, ISO 200
Nikon D90, 18-300mm lens at 300mm, f/5.6, 1/250sec, ISO 200
This Falcon 9 rocket had been delayed day after day, I originally went out this past Saturday to see the launch from a park on the Indian River Lagoon (Intracoastal Waterway).

I had to pick my wife up from work on Wednesday at 6:00pm, and according to the radio the launch was on for 6:05pm.

I simply took my camera with me and we watched the launch from the parking lot where my wife works in Melbourne, Florida.

This was carrying a satellite that is supposed to watch and monitor the climate on earth.

It's still a good show, even from about twenty five miles (40km) away.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Fatbikes

Nikon D90, Nikon 18-300mm lens at 18mm, f/8, 1/25sec, ISO 200
Nikon D90, Nikon 18-300mm lens at 40mm, f/8, 1/25sec, ISO 200
These are two of the coolest bicycles I've ever seen.

Because of the monstrous tires, they are called "fatbikes."

We saw them at Bob's Beach Bicycle Works, across from the beach in Indialantic By The Sea, Florida, our closest beach access from our home on the mainland.

Two of my very best friends as a boy and as a teenager were two bicycles that I had and rode on for many, many miles.

I could see myself tooling along the streets on the silver and blue bicycle in the first photo.  But I'd prefer to add a Rohloff Speedhub 500/14 TS (14 speed internal geared rear hub) to mine, 'cause hey, I dig gears on a bicycle!

I can dream can't I?