We’ve been having a lot of fun with the new cameras so much so that we haven’t had a whole lot of time for blogging or sharing. Today is kind of grey and blah outside so there’s no excuse not to share some of our latest efforts with you. We took a trip to Tomoka State Park recently where the 100% humidity provided a gorgeous foggy morning. There’s something about fog that mutes all sounds and gives this great feeling of tranquility while it transforms the landscape with veil of mist. Beautiful for photography. Communing with nature at its finest.
Juvenile American Ibis Perched For Take Off
Tomoka Basin in the Fog
Fog over the Tomoka Basin
Marks Getting the Shot
Reflections and Rocks
Resilience – Pine Tree reaching its roots out into the water
Nature’s Doughnuts – Fungi – I have no idea what type of mushroom this is
Nature’s Recycling – Fungi
Life’s Tenacious Balance – Cedar Tree holding on to life balanced precariously on the edge of the Tomoka Basin
After the fog lifted
Cabbage Palm Reflections
Egret in the fog
Joey in the Fog
Rocks and Fog
We hope you enjoy these as much as we enjoyed taking them. A bit of a mixed bag – some in muted color and some monochromatic.
Have a great week :) .
What a difference a few days make in the weather. We’ve had a cool and wet February and beginning of March. Today, however, it’s bright and sunny with temperatures in the 80’s. The same is predicted for the remainder of the week.
We made good use of the cooler wetter days and spent a lot of time in the darkroom working on our Salt printing. Here are some of our results.
Each one turned out unique in tone. None are alike and none can be exactly duplicated. All of these were exposed in our UV light box in the darkroom as the sun was missing in action. Some of the exposures were as long as 30 minutes but most were around the 20 minute range. The lighter of the Thistle flower prints was bleached back and toned which is what gives it a different tonal range to the other prints.
Enjoy and have a great rest of the week :)
Good Monday morning to you. It’s dawned a beautiful day here today and we thought what better way to start the week than to introduce you to some of the other members of our family, i.e. our kitty kids – “furbabies”.
Both kitties were born in the wild and as such are “feral” but were rescued by us and now live the good life with regular doses of good food and much loving. Misty has always remained a little on the “wild” side, so much so that we’ve affectionately labeled her our “little chainsaw with teeth”. She will give affection when she deems it necessary, usually this means she wants a treat or some food. Misty came from a household who didn’t believe in spaying or neutering feral cats and as such they were overrun with too many cats and not enough food. She was trapped and spayed but as she was 4 months old she has still doesn’t understand 100% that she no longer has to fight for her fair share of food.
Foxie on the other hand is becoming a lap kitty. We managed to trap him after he’d had an altercation with a car. He was badly injured but has made a full recovery. He was very wild when he first came to live inside. He was also a full grown kitty so initially it was difficult for him to trust humans. Feral kitties are taught by their mothers to be very wary of humans and seek no interaction other than for food. He has come around though and has since decided that this is a much better life than having to forage for food. He loves lying across Marks’ legs in the evening but has lately decided that my legs and my chair are also great places to snooze. As Foxie has grown older he’s also becoming a real “jabberwocky” – very talkative. He loudly voices his opinion about everything and anything.
Have a wonderful week.
Daytona’s annual Bike Week is upon us and as luck would have it the weather has turned very windy and grey. Thursday, the day before the official start, was beautiful. Temperatures were in the high 80’s and the sun was shining. Friday we plummeted about 20 degrees and the wind switched bringing us the cooler air from the North. For the visitors for this huge motorcycle event, this is not what they came down for. Most will have looked forward to some warmer temperatures after having endured months of colder weather up North. Mother nature has foiled us this time around. The prediction for the remainder of the week stays on the cooler side with changes of rain and wind in the forecast. That being said we probably won’t have too many images from this event to share. Instead we thought we’d share some from some of our recent trips along the beach. As you can see from the images below it was a foggy and windy day with off and on rain. Not the usual images you get to see from our Florida beaches. March is coming in like a lion and we hope it departs like a lamb ;)
Marks checking his camera
Pretty to look at but watch out for those thorns
Foggy day at the beach
Should I fly or just stay?
Joey and Mr. Seagull
Waves crashing onto Flagler Pier
Peninsula Beach Path
We encountered this lovely fellow on our walk yesterday through “Coastal Strand Trail”. He was standing on the small dock overlooking the river. It really looked like he was debating whether or not to go for a swim but stayed on the dock long enough for us to snap a few shots of him.
Should I or shouldn’t I
The posted sign showed “Alligators No Swimming”. He wasn’t really sure whether we were the threat or the gators. This was a big decision for Pelly Pelican. What would he do next?
He wasn’t very graceful
Still looking but his wings showed the decision was made and he was going to go for it. Graceful he wasn’t. He tripped over the ledge and ended up doing a resounding belly flop into the water.
Have a nice “trip” Pelly
Have a nice “trip” Pelly Pelican.
With the weather being up and down, one day cold and wet, the next warm and wet, we’ve been spending some time working in the darkroom on our “alternative process” prints. The salt print was the dominant paper-based photographic process for producing positive prints during the period from 1839 through approximately 1860. It was created by the British photographer William Henry Fox Talbot. On his first attempts paper coated with a silver nitrate solution and exposed to light only gave a faint metallic silver image. He later discovered that by first applying salt to the paper and then coating it with the silver nitrate solution he could get a much stronger image. This is pretty much the same way we create salt prints today. Here are a few from our darkroom.
Haw Creek Salt Print
Wood Burning Stove Salt Print
Bulow Woods Tree Salt Print
Hickory Nut Tree Roots Salt Print
Bulow Swamp Salt Print
Turkey Tail Fungi Salt Print
The softer antique look of these prints are a different look from our silver gelatins which had a clarity and uber sharpness to them. We hope you’ll like these. Let us know what you think.
We went out this morning with every intention of getting some shots of our highly elusive deer and wild hog. The animals had other ideas or other plans, who knows. They definitely didn’t show. We sat for about an hour in one place with no luck whatsoever, not even an armadillo wanting to pose. However, when you’re out in a beautiful natural setting like Bulow Woods it’s never a wasted trip. Here are few from today’s outing, some in black and white and some in color. Some of us and some of the gorgeous wildness around us.
Bulow Woods Swamp
Bulow Woods Swamp
Marks getting the shot
Thank goodness for waterproof boots