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, I had an abundance of bird photos. When I started digging through my archives I found some photos I made … [Read more...]

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 That Will Add Drama To Your Photographs." If you don't have a copy yet … [Read more...]

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 a testament to the amount of wildlife in the park rather than my skills as a wildlife … [Read more...]

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 and cool. I was delighted when we paddled away from the marina and around the corner to discover that … [Read more...]

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 crocodiles are in salt water. However, in the zone where the salt water meets the fresh … [Read more...]

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 it was difficult! Hmm... what do I want to say about this pretty lake? … [Read more...]

At a Snail’s Pace

Everglades National Park, Florida

We originally planned on spending the month of December in Florida. Well it's now February and we're still here! We are moving at a snail's pace, and enjoying every minute of it. Our exploration of Florida started in Daytona, then came Cape Canaveral and the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge where most of my bird photos were taken. Then we continued down the east coast to … [Read more...]

River of Grass

Everglades National Park, Florida

Most US National Parks were created to protect unique geographic features, icons like Half Dome in Yosemite or Old Faithful in Yellowstone. Whereas Everglades National Park, the third largest national park in the country, was created to protect a fragile wetland ecosystem. That's the reason for all those wading birds I've been showing you lately. But just as important as the … [Read more...]