Archive for the ‘Florida’ Category

Sunset on the Backwater

Posted: April 10, 2013 in Florida, HDR, Nikon D90

Fading Rays

I grabbed this shot of the last fading rays of sunset from one of the bridges around Big Pine Key, if I remember correctly. Sunsets in the Keys always seem the perfect end to a fun-filled & sun-baked day. If the mosquitos aren’t out, I love just to grab a beer, stand on the dock, and watch the whole show.

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Posted: March 24, 2013 in Florida, HDR, Nikon D90


This shot was taken from the beach area at Bahia Honda State Park. The old rail-bridge is mostly deteriorated to the point where pedestrian traffic is no longer permitted, however, the park maintains a section (shown at the left here) that you can walk up and view the center portion (which is mostly crumbled and rusted).

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Twisted Sister

Posted: March 14, 2013 in Florida, HDR, Nikon D90

Twisted Lumber

It’s pretty amazing to me that practically anything survives in the Keys… It’s crazy hot, everything is covered in salt, and every once in a while a hurricane rips through and tosses your stuff all about. But, some things do survive, if for just a while. This twisted tree on Pelican Key is proof of that. Check out the twisted roots springing up out of rock crevices perched right next to the salt water.

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Posted: February 22, 2013 in Florida, HDR, Nikon D90


The bridges in the Florida Keys are excellent places to see some interesting marine life. As a result my in-laws would always make a point to snorkel under the bridges in hopes of catching some interesting fish for the tank. As a novice snorkeler, I figured it’s only like 3 or 4 feet deep, can’t be that hard… Boy was I wrong! At times, the current rips through the bridge and if you’re feet are off the ground, you have to contstantly be kicking your fins to just maintain your ground. The first time I tried, I ended up loosing a fin because it wasn’t on tight enough, and never found it again!

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Island Time

Posted: November 14, 2012 in Florida, HDR, Nikon D90

It’s been pretty cold, rainy, and dreary in Dayton, Ohio recently, so I thought it was about time to post something a bit more inviting on the blog. Here’s a shot of the picnic area on Little Duck Key, facing South toward Cuba. On a day like today, I can imagine myself here pretty easily, soaking up the sun, and enjoying a nice little picnic lunch after a nice afternoon snorkel.

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The Knight Bus

Posted: October 13, 2012 in Florida, HDR, Nikon D90

This shot is taken in the front parking lot of what used to be the Parrotdise Bar & Grill on Little Torch Key, Florida. Apparently the Parrotdise has closed now, but used to serve up food and drinks (Including Big Pecker Wine) from their oceanfront venue. Not sure what the deal is with the truck in the picture though. There wasn’t any explanation for it being there, and I didn’t see anything on the web, but at the time, I thought it would make for a neat shot, so here it is. Oh, and by the way, if you’re in the market, it looks like the Parrotdise property is going for just under 2 million, if you’re in the market…

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Bannana Republic

Posted: October 12, 2012 in Florida, HDR, Nikon D90

About a half hour before sunset, to just after dusk is a pretty awesome time for photography, pretty much anywhere. That’s because when the sun is setting you get this nice low lighting angle that changes shadow play, the light diffuses through the clouds and atmosphere to cast wonderful pastel colors through the sky, and everything takes on this nice soft glow. Key West, Florida is no exception to this rule. In fact, the ideal conditions for this time are found more often here than most places.

A lot of people flock to Mallory Street to catch the sunset over the water, and watch the street performers. I think I set out to do this too, but time caught up with me much too quickly and I found myself too far away to make it there for sunset. But that was no problem, because I enjoyed watching the show from the middle of Duval. The subtle merge of the waning light in the sky with the artificial lights of the building is pretty cool as well. What do you think?

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