Tiptoe through the Aviary…

Wood duck

Photo Friday Theme – Explore by Kim

Diane and I took a photo field trip to Flamingo Gardens in Davie, Florida. It was a beautiful day out and enjoyed all the different flora and animals we encountered. We both were tentative about entering the aviary with birds all around and ABOVE. So we tiptoed around the path taking shots of pelican, wood stork, ibis, egrets, and of course ducks. We found this pretty wood duck on top of the feeder but flew away when we took out our cameras. As we explored further, we tracked him down in the trees on our way out. I got the shot I wanted and avoided getting hit from above.

PS: For all my watercolor friends that take classes at Flamingo Gardens, I did hang out by the building to see if there was class that Wednesday, but sadly no signs of my class that day! You can visit Flamingo Garden’s web page at www.flamingogardens.org.

The Fork In the Path

 

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theme – explore

Kim, my ennui co-author, recently came to visit. After getting our Starbucks and driving around trying to figure out where we wanted to explore for this theme, we settled on Flamingo Gardens. I chose this shot because you can see the three different paths you can choose to explore. One path leads to the flamingos and other Florida animals, another leads to birds and owls, and the third path leads to a house that reminded me of my grandmother’s. There is always something to explore at Flamingo Gardens. – Diane

Gray Scale(s)

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theme – shades of gray

For this theme I knew I wanted to submit an actual color photo. It seems a little too easy to just submit a black and white photo and call it shades of gray.  I found this shot of the details of an alligators back. I remember taking it because I loved the texture  and it seemed to create a “path” right up his back. – Diane

Face to Face at Flamingo Gardens

Face to Face at Flamingo Gardens

theme – the lucky shot

There are a few reasons for choosing this as my lucky shot…
I was lucky that the feathered subject was interacting with me. I was then fortunate that the screen made a cool background but did not blur the object.  The parrots were entertaining to watch their actions. This parrot would hop to the ground and was trying to dig himself an escape route! They seem very interested in us, trying to coax us closer, but I stayed back with my zoom lens and enjoyed them from afar. – Kim