Death from Above

I love photographing birds traveling through Florida and the tropics. They are beautiful, elegant and colorful. They also, like most animals need to kill to survive. Here is a beautiful Blue Herron lunching on a lizard at the gardens on Sarasota Florida.

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The Chicago Botanic Garden

We recently visited the Chicago Botanic Garden. A fantastic outing and too big for one day. You could spend most of the day looking at the model railroads alone. The trail to see the entire garden is over two miles and it does not include all the side excursions you can take. Next time we visit we will make sure to get to the Japanese Garden.

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All Thanks To Oregano

For years our lilies and day-lilies provided only treats to the deer herd from Frick Park. We were almost ready to just dig them up when our new neighbors built a fence. The deer couldn’t get back there any longer to feast on the lilies and they grew tall and bloomed. However the day lilies were still victims. The deer could feast on them from our driveway.

My wife heard that deer hated oregano so we planted it next to the day lilies and voila our day lilies are finally able to bloom. In addition we have a LOT of oregano.

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Happy Independence Day America

Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays. Except for the fireworks. I used to love fireworks as a kid. However now I realize how upsetting they are to veterans and also to pets I have revised my opinion. However time for a great barbecue with friends and usually great weather helps us appreciate our freedoms and hopefully we can hold on to these in troubling time.

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Swing Away

I belong to a group of the world’s best street photographers , The B&W Humanist and Street Photography Corner. They have over 17,000 members and publish thousands of images a day from around the world. Twice a month they produce videos of the best images. Once again, I had an image selected for the video which is a much appreciated honor. You can see the video here.

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Swing Away Fenway Park

All Gave Some–Some Gave All

I realize that wars are necessary sometimes. However it now seems that we are engaged in forever wars and the military industrial complex prefers to have conditions of permanent warfare, something I do not support. However the people that do battle for our country deserve nothing less that our full support and respect.

Memorial Day is a day when we pay tribute to all that went to battle on our behalf and did not return. Thanks for your service and to the families that have lost loved ones, thanks for your sacrifice.

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A Symbol of America

Selective Color Project–Montmartre

When I took this picture I noticed to joy on this person’s face. It made me think. A garden is a garden no matter how small. I couldn’t help but wonder if the joy came from the windowbox or from a larger garden in days gone by.

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A Garden is a Garden, No Matter How Small

There’s Pigeons Down in Market Square

Legend has it that Tom Petty wrote the third verse of Mary Jane’s Last Dance while looking down on Market Square from his hotel room.

There’s pigeons down on Market Square
She’s standin’ in her underwear
Lookin’ down from a hotel room
The nightfall will be comin’ soo
n”

Who knows if it is true but Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers did play in Pittsburgh frequently and there are usually pigeons in market square. In any case, it is a fun place to spend some time in.

Chtss Move
Lunch at The Oyster House
Sax Man
Windows on Market Square
The Bird Man of Market Square

Selective Color Project–Hibiscus

It has been a while since I found a suitable image for my Selective Color Project. This is the first since Black and Gold city and the 23rd entry in the series. This is a Kauai Hibiscus .

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Hibiscus