World Wildlife Day

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*World Wildlife Day*

Those of you who know me best know how passionate I am about wildlife. I love using wildlife in many of my creations, as well as photographing wildlife. wildlife artToday is World Wildlife Day. The future of wildlife is in our hands.

I cannot imagine a world without the beauty of creatures such as the Caracal I have drawn.  These magnificent animals are simply amazing.

It truly is up to us to ensure the survival of so many species other than merely our own.

To learn more, please visit; http://www.wildlifeday.org/

Drawn on an iPad Pro using an iPencil in the Sketchclub app.

 

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Florida Living

Pelicans

Living in Florida 99.9% of my life has helped me have an appreciation for parts of this amazing isthmus that perhaps many tourists may miss, parts of Florida overlooked that are slowly vanishing.

Many may not know that there are species of Pelicans that are endangered or threatened. This is not the only beautiful creature that sadly haunts the lists of endangered/threatened species.

While more towers of concrete masses congest the shorelines around this amazing state, more animals lose their homes.

Spectacular views are now shadowed by a concrete jungle of all too many seeking the Florida life.

I am not a true native. I was born elsewhere and brought to Miami when I was 18 months old. I remained in Miami for 20 years. When I recently visited Miami, it was unrecognizable. Although I am all for progress and understand change is inevitable, this was a bit different. This was not progress. To put it plainly, this was a congestive mess. I only wish I would have had a deeper interest in photographing nature when I was younger.  Instead, I then focussed on taking pictures of my friends.

I digress, I have strayed from the topic. These changes, this “progress”, is causing drastic side effects. This beautiful biodome we live in has a natural law and order to its existence.  Regardless of whether or not you believe in global warming, it is undeniable that more and more of our wildlife is slowly vanishing.

I have made it a mini mission to try and photograph all I can while I can.

A King On His Throne

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Say what you will, but there is certainly a reason why the Lion is known as the king of the jungle.  As I watched these three lions in awe, I was simply too enamored to realize just what was taking place.  It was only thereafter, as my husband and daughter sat next to me, giggling, did the situation become clear.

Let us just say the king was on his throne, so to speak.

Here I was, believing I had captured the expression of a wise beast.  Holding centuries of knowledge. An amazing shot! I mean he was looking RIGHT AT ME….or so it seemed.

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The guide remarked she would try to take us to a location where we could get a better view.  As she did, I was clueless as to why some of the safari members were giggling like shy school girls.

As we rounded the bed I was feverously taking photographs…all the while absolutely oblivious.

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Now, considering what I shall mention later, I really should have know.

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I am sure by now this image makes it painfully obvious. The poor lion. I mean, an audience as he relieves himself!

Here I thought I was actually capturing a beautiful moment, not a bowel movement.

The kicker is this, it would seem every time we (specifically me) are near an animal, no matter the species, they have to relieve themselves. Whether it be a zoo, a park, on safari, or even just walking in our own neighborhood. My husband is all too quick to point the animals out, in the off chance I somehow manage to miss this.  I probably should have never told him about the elephant ride I took as a child. Yes, the elephant decided to go then too.

Shortly after these images were taken we visited a petting zoo…..

I will leave this here.

Caribbean Holiday

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I am slowly settling back into normalcy after taking an incredible 14 day aquatic journey. For two weeks the Norwegian Cruise Line ship Jade was my home. Formerly the Pride of Hawaii, this ship was adorned with Hawaiian themed decor. Although sailing in the Gulf of Mexico, the ship’s contrasting pacific decor was quite lovely. Sadly, the Jade lacked the beautiful murals most NCL ships adorn on the Promenade deck. I imagine it at one time had images of a Hawaiian nature as well.

The staff were absolutely AMAZING. I have never met lovelier people than those who work aboard NCL’s ships.  Each staff member was kind and made this experience all the more incredible. An extra special surprise was having the same cabin steward we had on our second NCL cruise 10 years ago! I never forget a face. At first no one believed that we had the delightful Armando tending to our cabin previously. I was able to find an image of him (courtesy of the cloud) to remind them!

There was never a hungry moment with the endless food being served. A bit salty for me, as I do not use salt, but delicious nonetheless! There really is something to eat for everyone’s taste as well. Children were delighted to find endless pizza, pasta, burgers, fries, and ice cream. Oh and the cookies….I have never seen so many cookies in my life.

I have been blessed to take many cruises in my lifetime.  At least 15 that I can vividly remember. I must say that cruising during the winter holidays is quite wonderful. The ship being fully decorated with Christmas trees, lights and even hand crafted gingerbread houses make it extra special. One downside however, is that Christmas is 3 days away and I have not done any shopping! I think souvenirs would have been a bit tacky as Christmas gifts.

The ports we visited were in Mexico, Honduras, and Belize. Each absolutely beautiful. An endless array of sights…a photographer’s dream.

14 sunsets to photograph!

Four epic ports of call.

Even after being home 4 days I have yet to sort the endless photographs.

This photograph was taken shortly after departure from Roatan, Honduras. Our sister ship, the Norwegian Dawn sailing past a glorious sunset.

I captured this image on my Nikon L810.

Friendly Dragonfly

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While at a children’s birthday party recently I happened to encounter the friendliest of dragon flies!

Amidst photographing the party, I took a break to capture him.

He willingly climbed up onto my husband’s finger and stayed there for quite some time as he paraded him around to the children!

Dandelions

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I absolutely love Dandelions. Right now my back garden is chock full.

I knew I had to try and capture some before the summer winds blew them all away!

I had a lovely time out there photographing yesterday and was pleased to capture some wonderful shots with my  Nikon CoolPix L810.

I think I am finally starting to learn to be patient with this camera!

Endangered Beauty

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When an art group I am part of recently posted the challenge to draw something indigenous my choice was easy. Although Florida is home to many native beauties, by far my favorite is the Key Deer.

Residing on islands in the lower Florida Keys, these white tailed deer are the smallest of the race in North America.

It is recorded that they are on 26 islands between Spanish Harbor Bridge and Boca Chica and they swim between the islands.

It has been said they were isolated to these islands thousands of years ago when the sea level rose when the last glaciers melted.

Sadly due to over hunting of this beautiful endangered species, there are only an estimated 700-800 still surviving today.

I was blessed to witness these beautiful creatures as a child who spent many weekends in the Keys visiting my father.