Animal Kingdom

Good Boy Randy

PS-VJJS-150718-001This is an iphone image my wife took of a sweet old boy racoon that has been living between our house and our neighbors for many years. He seems to be by himself and has survived many hurricanes and floodings. Lately he has been stopping by more often for a little breakfast or lunch. He never seems in a hurry and is not skiddish, when approached he looks at you to say hello, finishes eating and then casually jumps down and goes into the thick undergrowth of our Fishtail palm. Since he is a regular visitor now my wife has named him Randy. Welcome to the family Randy.

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At Play on a Sunny Day

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What a delightful site this was to watch. This little turtle was watching what looked like the other turtles and fish playing. A few minuets after watching this scene the little guy jumped in and joined the fun. We humans are not the only species to enjoy a beautiful day and to have fun with our friends.

Fakahatchee Strand

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This photo was taken I’m the middle of a Cypress marsh which is in the Big Cypress Fakahatchee National Preserve. To get there you travel a dirt road for six miles then walk from there. In my whole life I have never been to a more quite place, it is almost totally silent except for the occasional crackle of decaying vegetation and the distant cry of an unidentified resident of the marsh. There was not another human being for miles and it was spooky at first then the peace followed. It was very comforting to know there are still places on Mother Earth that are being protected and left untouched. I will return.

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Mother Earth’s Beauty

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This is one of my favorite bird photographs. On the social media sites it never gets a like but that is okay. To me this photo shows the original beauty of mother earth and it’s children with pure sunlight from above.

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Snowy Egret

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I captured this Snowy Egret in the wetlands of Green Cay preserve in Delray Beach, FL. The angle of the sun and the overhang of the foliage created this wonderful contrast of him against the background.

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My Pelican Friend

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There is a heartwarming story behind this photo. One day I decided to take a walk on the beach along the waters edge. As I started to walk I noticed this pelican swimming along parallel to me about thirty feet offshore. As I walked he swam. I pulled out my camera to get a shot of him and he took off in flight but instead of flying away he started to circle over head as if to say “take a picture of me now”. When I put my camera away he dropped back into the water and continued to follow me. After saying goodby for now and as I started back to my car, I looked back as he was taking off to look for breakfast. Was this coincidence or was it about natural beings becoming friends

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Tricolored Heron

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This photograph of a juvenile Tricolered Heron was taken at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in South Florida. The refuge is known as one of the best birding trails in the South and is home to many beautiful birds. This is just one of nature’s gifts that I so much enjoy photographing and as time goes by I will be posting more images of this natural world.

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Rocky Racon

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Once again I enjoyed the experience of watching and capturing the animal kingdom. I named this guy Rocky and whenever I visit this place he is there to see if I have anything for lunch. When I captured him in this photo he had just finished off some hotdogs from someones picnic. It is not supposed to be a good idea to feed racoons but everyone still does and this big boy sure appreciated it.

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Burrowing Owl

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This little guy is a Burrowing Owl who resides with his family in the middle of a football field at Brian Piccolo park. Besides the fact that burrowing owls are a protected species this little guy along with the rest of them are very much loved by the park personnel and park visitors alike. Games are played around them so they are not harmed. As you can see this little one wants to know who is visiting 😎

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Amerigo Vespuci

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This is Amerigo Vespucci an American Bald Eagle that I captured on Kodak color film in 1978. I scanned the faded 8×10 and did my best to recapture his nobility. The touching story about him is that he was being released after two months recovery from a gunshot wound. A young man shot him in the Everglades near his hammock, luckily someone found this beautiful bird and got him to a wildlife rescue team where they were to save his life and return him to full health. On the day of this photo he was being released back to his home. The handler said he did not know how Amerigo would react when placed on the ground but when gently placed on the grass Amerigo around then opened his six foot wingspan, took off and and headed straight to his hammock (home) which was about a mile away. When he got there he circled about three times and then landed high up in his tree where he proudly sat to survey his territory. This was a very touching and heartwarming event for the few of us that were able to view his release.

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