Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Florida's Birding and Fotofest 2010

I'm back from St. Augustine (and have been for a week and a half), and I've finally gotten the time to sit down and get some pictures uploaded for your enjoyment. :)

I went to a number of photography and Photoshop workshops/classes with my father at the Birding and Fotofest, and we had a great time learning, and just being able to do something like that together. It was a very relaxing week, and the weather couldn't have been more perfect...sunny, and not too hot. I was also fed some of the yummiest meals I've had in a LONG time. Dad and Mimi are great cooks, and big foodies. They've inspired me to buy a lot more fresh produce, that's for sure.

Well, without further ado, I give you St. Augustine:
(and PLEASE click the ones you like so you can enlarge them...they're so much better that way!)

This is a wonderful street where the live oaks arch to make a cool. Dad swung me by there on our way to the airport on my last day. What a great photo-op!

I did some playing with shutter speeds after one of my classes...pretty fun!:
(This is a carousel right near Dad's place)
...water looks WAY more fun on a slower shutter speed! This was taken on our ferry ride over to Amelia Island, where we had a lovely day of shopping.
I did a vintagy look with this looks way better than the original:
The pelicans are so cool!
Below starts my pics from the Alligator Farm during an evening wine and cheese/sunset photo party. The light was incredible, and I took over 340 pics! I'll spare you the nausea, but here are some I like. These are Roseate Spoonbills (of course I had lost the light by the time I got this shot, but they were so cool up there on that dead tree!:
I could swear they were looking right at me!
Mr. Stork, checkin' me out:

Beautiful egret with feathers fanned!

I was the only person at this shin-dig with a point and shoot camera. You would not beLIEVE the sizes of lenses some of these people had. As I was standing next to a guy with a lens pointed right at those babies, I asked him if I could take a gander through his viewfinder. He was right IN the nest! You could see their downy peach fuzz! It was incredible! The best I can do is crop and zoom: :)

I really like this shot:

Spoonbill wings. :)
Aren't they so cute? I love their bills!
Oops...this is a grouper...Dad spotted him in a saltwater pond at the place where they were giving the classes. I couldn't resist:
I may post more at a later date. I may not! :) I just wanted to share some of what I shot. I had a great week (sans kid! :-O), but it's also good to be back home and back in the swing of things, even if it includes cooking, dishes, and laundry. :)

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Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Dayum Girl! You got some BEAUTIFUL shots! How cool that you did a daddy daughter thing! I didn't know you were down this way...One day we are gonna meet! Yep.

And the roseate FAVES!

dec0r8or said...

Oh, Linda, it would have been great to see you, but I didn't even get to see my sister this trip, and she's even closer than Vero! St. Augustine isn't exactly convenient to Good thing it's such a gorgeous place to be on its own! Don't worry--one day we WILL meet up! I'll want to see Mom's car...hee! Is that thing still on the road or what?

Diane said...

FaBOOSH photos! Glad you got to go, and enjoy, and relax, and snap gorgeous photos. You deserve every bit of it you artistic thing, you! :-)

dec0r8or said...

Thanks, Diane! I'm sorry it took me so long to approve your comment. I forget that I have to do that after the post has been up for 3 days or so. I did that to try and cut down on the spam. You wouldn't believe the spammy posts I get in my inbox for my blog daily! It's crazy!

And thanks for saying I deserved that vacation. I think we ALL deserve a vacation once in a while. This one was certainly well timed for me. I came back refreshed and ready to go, which was good, because when I left I was feeling down and drained. Thank GOD spring is finally here! YAY!

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