Tag Archive: nature

Beautiful Orange Skies in New Smyrna Beach, Florida

These orange skies are made in part by reflections on clouds caused by sunlight, as well as longer wavelengths of the color red through the atmosphere. Take a look at these amazing sunrise… Continue reading

The Bigger Picture Photo Series – Week 2

This is 1 of 3 of my second post in the series I call “The Bigger Picture.” It is a series of 3 shots, the first being a zoom of an area and… Continue reading

Vivid Colors In Clean Air Sunsets

Have you ever been amazed by naturally vivid colors in some sunrises and sunsets? Having lived in Florida the majority of my life, I have experienced many amazing sunrises and sunsets in my… Continue reading

Fall is in the air… but not so much in Florida

The bugs are still biting, the humidity is abundant, and the temperatures continue to feel like summer. Since Florida has no real change of season when it comes to autumn leaves changing colors,… Continue reading

Downy Woodpecker Looking for a Feast

I feel so blessed to be able to watch the variety of birds that come into my yard. It’s very calming and interesting watching them and gives me a sense of peace. This… Continue reading

Pastel Sunset – New Smyrna Beach

Although I love sunrises, sometimes it’s a lot easier to view a sunset due to the time of day. Some of the sunsets have bright orange and pink skies, and depending on which… Continue reading

More Sunsets and a Sunrise in New Smyrna Beach

I have so many sunset photos I’ve taken in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, that I could probably fill up an entire year of blogging with them! The first is a sunrise, which is… Continue reading

Beautiful Sunsets in New Smyrna Beach, Florida

If I can’t be up early enough for a sunrise, I attempt to at least view a sunset every evening. I’ve taken all of these photos with an iPhone 6.      

Reversible Painting: Deserted Beach… Purple Desert

This reversible painting was done purely by accident. The first photo is what my intention was… but as I was walking around and noticed the painting upside down, it reminded me of the… Continue reading

Abstract Painting: Island Time Sunset

I thought I’d try painting a silhouette this time, because it’s something I haven’t attempted before. The photos of my paintings don’t exactly show the quality of my work. I tend to use… Continue reading

Peacocks in St. Augustine

On a trip to St. Augustine earlier this year, a friend of mine and I visited the Fountain of Youth. While the fountain itself was just about as impressive as the Plymouth Rock… Continue reading

A Visit to Canaveral National Seashore – Apollo Beach

If you like to travel to national parks, Canaveral National Seashore is a great one to visit! It’s a super chill place to see cool things in nature whether is be the ocean… Continue reading

Miami Full Moon at the Beach

I took these full moon photos during a trip to Miami last spring. Not being much of a night photographer, I’d like to improve the quality of night shots, but I also like… Continue reading

Key West: Sunset in Paradise

Last November I visited Key West for a few days. I absolutely miss these incredible sunsets!      

Dexter Beach, Marion, Massachusetts Sunrise

Okay… so I know I need to get on the ball with my posts again! I’ve been taking tons of photos lately, but mostly with my iPhone, since it’s always with me and… Continue reading


Wintery weather doesn’t provide much in terms of vibrance, so I had to choose from photos I took this past fall.         The Daily Post: Vibrant

Shannon’s Creative Photo Challenge: Webs

This challenge’s theme is: WEBS. If you’d like to participate, all you have to do is post the title and link it to my page. You may also use the photo challenge picture. 1.… Continue reading

Shannon’s Creative Photo Challenge: Landscapes in Portrait Mode

Welcome to Shannon’s Creative Photo Challenge! I was trying to do this weekly, but I have too much going on at the moment to dedicate. Instead, I will post randomly as time allows. This… Continue reading

Faraway in Black and White

It took me a while to choose photos for this challenge, because not all look good in black and white. Certain architectures and textured landscapes do, which is why I chose these particular ones… Continue reading

Gathering in Nature

Glad to have some time off of work to get back to these challenges! I found this mushroom clump in my backyard last month. It was the oddest thing, and I’d never seen… Continue reading

Orange and Green in Nature

I was taking a walk in my neighborhood last month, and I noticed something floating in the river. It was a glittery pumpkin caught in the weeds, most likely windblown in there by… Continue reading

Trio – Nature in 3s

      The Daily Post: Trio

Before and After with Photoshop – Color flower to black and white

It’s amazing what one can do with Photoshop. Just a simple cropping, increasing details, color changes, and some sharpening can turn a photo into something completely different than what it was to begin… Continue reading

Lake Ashby, Florida in Black and White

Even though I took plenty of color photos on this trip, it’s the black and white ones that bring out the true details. Ironically, these black and white photos also reflect my feelings… Continue reading

Shannon’s Creative Photo Challenge: White

Welcome to Shannon’s Creative Photo Challenge! Each Wednesday, I post a newly themed challenge. This week’s challenge is WHITE. If you’d like to participate, all you have to do is post the title and… Continue reading

Lucky Rainbow

I saw this rainbow the other evening. It was completely unexpected and so large I couldn’t fit it into one photo. I made a wish, and minutes later I got an unexpected call about… Continue reading

Shannon’s Creative Photo Challenge: Near & Far

Welcome to Shannon’s Creative Photo Challenge! Again, I am late for this week’s challenge. Too much going on at once! Each Wednesday, I post a newly themed challenge. This week’s challenge is NEAR… Continue reading

Shannon’s Creative Photo Challenge: Water

Welcome to Shannon’s Creative Photo Challenge! Sorry I am late for this week’s challenge, as I had a family emergency. Each Wednesday, I post a newly themed challenge. This week’s challenge is WATER.… Continue reading

Simplicity in Nature Photography

This was a bit of a challenge for me, because I’ve either already posted some of my simple photos or I tend not to take very simple ones that relate to this challenge.… Continue reading

Small Subjects in Black and White

Even though I am obsessed with photographing creepy dolls and dead insects, I have to say that my favorite of this set has to be the newborn.       Cee’s Black and… Continue reading

Mangrove Seeds at the Beach

I tend to take several photos of the same subject at different angles, because I’m just obsessive like that. Last week at the beach, I noticed a pile of mangrove seeds washed up from the… Continue reading

Extraordinarily Unusual

This challenge was a little bit challenging for me, because I consider extraordinary things to be extremely unusual – like double rainbows or moments that things wouldn’t normally be caught on camera. A… Continue reading

Shannon’s Creative Photo Challenge: Spooky/Mysterious

Welcome to my Creative Photo Challenge! It’s been very exciting to see more participants in these challenges. Each Wednesday, I will post a newly themed challenge. In keeping with the theme of mystery… Continue reading

October Sunsets of New Smyrna Beach

As most of you probably know by now, I love taking sunset photos. I like sunrises, too, but the time of day doesn’t always work for me. These photos have been taken over… Continue reading

Happy Place – Disney’s Epcot Flower and Garden Show

No matter which park I visit, Disney is a happy place for me. I always feel like a little kid again, free from worry and thought. The artistry at the parks is top-notch, and the… Continue reading

Well Composed Emotions in Photographs

If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably already know by now that sunsets are one of my favorite subjects. Because of their beauty, they always make me feel inspired. I… Continue reading

Shannon’s Creative Photo Challenge: Silhouettes

Welcome to the second month of  my Creative Photo Challenge! It’s been very exciting to see everyone’s interpretations. Each Wednesday, I will post a newly themed challenge. In keeping with the theme of mystery and change… Continue reading

Travel Theme: Intense

These photos were taken over the summer during a trip to North Carolina. The first two were taken at Pisgah National Forest. A photo of the waterfall by itself doesn’t seem as intense… Continue reading

Sense of Smell – Flowers and Food

When I think of odors, I like to think of pleasant things that make me smile. It seems that it usually boils down to food and flowers. These are some of the photos… Continue reading


Change is the death of something as we know it.           The Daily Post: Change

Monday Sunrise in New Smyrna Beach

This morning I woke up long before the sun came up and couldn’t get back to sleep. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to drive to the beach and watch the sunrise.… Continue reading

Travel Theme: Move

      Travel Theme: Move


      The Daily Post: Monochromatic

What is Beautiful To You

I took these photos with my infrared camera along New Smyrna Beach, Florida.         Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: What is Beautiful to You


These photos come from a yearly “Christmas Tree Burning” in which locals bring Christmas trees to a burning party. Fun for all! One Word Photo Challenge: Wildfire

Sense of Touch

      Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Touch

Sense of Seeing: Sunset in Ponce Inlet, Florida

This is what I live for – nature, sunsets, wildlife, tranquility – because it’s the only time I really feel like myself and truly enjoy life. Sunsets are a gift at the end… Continue reading

Drought: A Prolonged Absence

Most people consider the definition of drought to be a chronic shortage of rainfall, but it can also mean a prolonged absence of other things. For example: ideas, sex, or love. Even with the entire ocean… Continue reading

Bull and Birds Under Wire

This was the coolest guy! He stood there long enough and posed for me to get this perfect shot!

Sunday Sunrise – New Smyrna Beach/Edgewater, Florida

It’s rare that I’m out of the house while the sun is rising, but I was on the road early this morning and noticed a beautiful pastel sky. And guess what? I didn’t have… Continue reading

Photo Challenge: Every Angle – South Causeway, New Smyrna Beach, Florida

      The Daily Post Photo Challenge: From Every Angle

Photo Challenge: Fill the Frame – Bonnethead Shark

This was caught and released in the Intracoastal Waterway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. A Photo a Week Challenge: Fill the Frame