12. HAIR

If you visit the Lowry Park Zoo, you must visit the primates. They are both fascinating and familiar. These two were inspecting each other’s hair for bugs, I guess. Nevertheless, I marveled at their hair, which had a naturally blown-dry look.

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9 CLOSELY CROPPED

CLOSELY CROPPED

In the hot Florida sun, a woman needs to keep a sunhat close by so its wide brim will crop out the stinging rays of sunlight. I liked the flow of this image, and, cropped closely, it emphasized, even more, the graceful lines and mix of textures that I saw.

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49. WHERE THE BALL MEETS THE SKY

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49. WHERE THE BALL MEETS THE SKY

Tennis players know this scene. When serving the ball, it will meet the sky and be in the right position (hopefully) so as to serve an ace!  With his 6ft 8 in frame, pro tennis player Ivo Karlovic has no problem throwing up a ball as high as the sky. This was taken on a practice court during the recent Miami Open Tennis event, where Ivo and pro Victor Troicki were just warming up….Ivo probably is one of the the tallest players on the tour.

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40. THE GOOD OLD DAYS

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20. NEGATIVE SPACE

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While visiting an exhibition of the Lippizzan stallions, I had lots of opportunities to leave negative space in front of the rider….so that they could ride into it! We have always enjoyed our visits to see the beautiful war horses that were groomed for a different type of war, but now are nurtured with pride and elegance by the Hermann family. Their ranch, which preserves more than just the horses and their history,  gives us a reminder of Florida life as it was originally, and is dedicated to the simple artistry of a rider and a horse. We are lucky to be able to see their events and practices before they travel north for the summer. This exhibition was a fund-raiser to restore an old school house in Myakka.

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29. SHOT AT 9AM

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It is truly a magical time…to be in a rookery in the morning. Get there early and you can see nature up close and personal. Watch as mom and dad build a nest, sit on eggs, preen their feathers  or feed their babies. It is special to see this and fascinating to watch with camera in hand.

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37. STOP ACTION

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A cowboy riding a bucking bronco is a real challenge when it comes to stopping the action and getting a good image. Here is a fun shot at Arcadia rodeo taken from a collection of many, many images.

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30. SHOW US YOUR (COLOR) BOKEH

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15. LOOKING UP

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“Looking up”  at Orban’s Nursery, is a hanging basket delight.  Looking down is just as good. looking-down-resize-frame

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A5 SEASONAL

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.

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