Florida

Osprey, Everglades National Park

Osprey in Everglades National Park, Florida, by Anne McKinnell

Every once in awhile I like to go through my archives to see what I missed. Sometimes it’s just that I get too many of a particular type of photo at once, and so they don’t all end up getting processed at the time. Like when I was in Florida, almost two years ago now, […]

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A Quiet Afternoon in Daytona

Daytona Beach, Florida

Here is another image I dug out of my archives from my trip last year. This is Daytona Beach on a quiet but warm afternoon in December. Please click the image to view a larger version. I understand this place can be a total circus during the Daytona 500 or during spring break or at […]

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Last Stop in Florida

Port St. Joe, Florida

What an awesome time we had in Florida. We arrived on December 1st and left on February 2nd, two whole months of following the Florida coastline. (Ya, I know its March now, I’m a little behind on my image processing.) I love how they named their coastlines. Unlike BC where the names gives you no […]

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A Piece of the Old Florida

Cedar Key, Florida

Florida has many things to offer: white beaches, fast cars, clear warm water, lots of birds, crazy drivers, manatees, space rockets and more. But the real charm of old Florida we found at Cedar Key. There are far fewer tourists here than in other areas of the state we visited and the laid back lifestyle […]

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Colourful Skies at Cedar Key, Florida

Cedar Key, Florida

One of my readers saw that we were in Crystal River and suggested we visit Cedar Key on our way along the gulf coast. We took the advice (thanks Kent!) and were treated to colourful and sometimes dramatic skies. Our campsite was right on the water and we were delighted to find that we even […]

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Swimming with the Manatees

Manatee, Crystal River, Florida

We visited Crystal River in Florida, which is a gorgeous spot along the gulf coast with shallow, warm, blue-green water. The West Indian Manatee likes it too and hundreds of them come to this spot to spend their winters in the warm springs. We went on a tour to snorkel with the manatees. What an […]

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Egret Fishing

Egret, Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, Florida

Like a cat about to pounce… Please click the image to view a larger version. I made this image during my visit to Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Just a reminder that I have very limited internet access this week but I have scheduled these images to go up on the blog for you […]

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Wood Stork Reflection

Wood Stork, Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, Florida

Please click the image to view a larger version. I made this image during my visit to Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Just a reminder that I have very limited internet access this week but I have scheduled these images to go up on the blog for you to enjoy.

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Egret Reflection

Egret, Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, Florida

The Egret stands still as a statue, not a ripple left in the water from the last time he took a step. Please click the image to view a larger version. I made this image during my visit to Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Just a reminder that I have very limited internet access […]

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The Best Spoonie Yet

Roseate Spoonbill, Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, Florida

This image is the reason I have always wanted to visit Florida. I had many types of bird images in my imagination, but this is the one I really really wanted. A Roseate Spoonbill standing in still water with a perfect reflection. Please click the image to view a larger version. I captured many images […]

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Burrowing Owls of Cape Coral

Burrowing Owl, Cape Coral, Florida

While in the Fort Myers area of Florida, I heard about the burrowing owls in nearby Cape Coral. These are little tiny owls only about 6-9 inches tall that live in burrows in the ground. I have learned that doing research is essential to getting good photographs, especially if you have a limited amount of […]

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The Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret, Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, Florida

Today’s image is another bird image I made at the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Most of the other egret images I have shown are the great white egret, sometimes known as a white heron. This one is a smaller egret with a black beak – a snowy egret. Please click the image to […]

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Fort Myers Beach Pier

Fort Myers Beach, Florida

I love how all the seaside cities in the USA have had these huge long piers that make the best photographic subjects. I had great fun photographing the piers at Folly Beach in Charleston, South Carolina and Tybee Island near Savannah, Georgia. Fort Myers Beach on the Gulf Coast was so busy on the weekend […]

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Making a Splash at Ding Darling

Egret, Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, Florida

Sanibel Island is a subtropical barrier island in Florida. It is home to buckets of seashells, beautiful beaches, and the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. Strange name isn’t it? It was named after a Pulitzer-Prize winning cartoonist named Jay Darling. His cartoons were published in the New York Herald Tribute and he would sign them using […]

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The Seashells of Sanibel

Seashells on Sanibel Island, Florida

Sanibel Island, Florida, is known as the shell island because, well, it’s made out of shells! Everywhere you go – shells. In everyone’s yard, on the side of the road, even the sidewalks are made out of shells. All sorts of exotic shells can be found on the beach. I didn’t find any large shells, […]

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Florida Campground Cottages

Campground Cottages, Florida Keys

The campground we stayed at in the Florida Keys was a key unto itself. It was called Sunshine Key and the whole key was the campground. It had a cute little marina and was right next to Bahia Honda Key. If you don’t bring your own RV, they have some cottages you can rent. It […]

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A Glowing Egret

Egret, Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, Florida

I had another opportunity to practice my wildlife photography at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island in Florida. I rented that fabulous Canon 400mm f/5.6L that I tried out when I was back at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. By the way, early in our trip we bought a national park pass […]

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Bahia Honda Rail Bridge

Bahia Honda Rail Bridge, Florida Keys

The Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys features a scenic bridge which was originally the overseas rail bridge built in 1912 to connect the Florida Keys to the mainland. Much of the railway was damaged in the 1930′s “storm of the century”. Too expensive to repair as a rail bridge, it was converted […]

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Travelling Isn’t All About Vacation

Key West Island, Florida

One thing I’ve learned travelling full time is that you cannot do everything all the time. I need a rest from this! I’m sure some people think I am on an extended vacation, but it actually takes quite a bit of work to build a new life as a nomadic photographer. Photographing, processing images, uploading, […]

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Pine Glades Sunset

Pine Glades Lake, Everglades National Park, Florida

I’m working on my second eBook right now, so for today enjoy this peaceful image of a sunset I made at Pine Glades Lake in Everglades National Park, Florida. Please click the image to view a larger version. Yesterday I achieved my goal of 1,000 downloads of my first eBook “8 Types Of Natural Light […]

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Hawk Eye

Red Shouldered Hawk, Everglades National Park, Florida

Are you starting to think I want to be a wildlife photographer? Well, I really do actually, but it is going to take years of practice. I’m still working on my quest to show you at least one image of each of the bird species I photographed in Everglades National Park but it is more […]

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Early Rise for the Pelican

Pelican, Everglades National Park, Florida

At the far end of Everglades National Park, we set up camp at the Flamingo campground. The name is a misnomer though since there are no flamingos to be found there at all. We rose bright and early and set out in our rented canoe to check out the bay while it was still calm […]

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Is That An Alligator Or A Crocodile?

Alligator, Everglades National Park, Florida

Did you know that southern Florida is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles can both be found? Me either! I always thought it was alligators in the north and crocodiles in the south. Not sure where I got that idea, but the truth is that alligators are in fresh water and […]

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Conveying Emotion in a Landscape Image

Pine Glades Lake, Everglades National Park, Florida

How do you make a sunset more than a pretty picture? To really connect with your audience some emotion or feeling needs to be conveyed. What are you feeling when you are making the image? What attracted you to the scene? What do you want to say? When I first started asking myself these questions […]

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