52 Weeks Of Photo Challenges

A theme based photo blog


26. Fear

This morning I woke up at the crack of dawn to join some friends on a guided tour to Myakka State Park. I am in no way a morning person but I am glad I made the effort. Sometimes spending time in nature is good for the soul. I always find nature especially beautiful when I am framing it up through my lens finder.

I knew that one part of our hike would include an area called “Deep Hole.” I anticipated seeing a lot of alligators but was shocked to see roughly 75 alligators floating in such a small area. Our guide, Dick Pfaff, made sure that we approached the area in the safest way and that we kept a safe distance.

Once in awhile the quiet was interrupted by the splashing water and the sound of crunching when an alligator would push up out of the water with a large catfish in it’s mouth. A nice little reminder to keep your distance from the waters edge!





20. What’s That Noise?

In my last photo I showed you my happy place photo from today. It was just a perfect day for my walk alone. BUT, as I walked I heard a lot of rustling around in the under brush. I just kept telling myself that it was just geckos! I am really not a fan of unknown rustling noises! I was surprised when an armadillo ran out in front of me! I didn’t jump or drop my camera which are both good things. Then I thought I remembered someone telling me that armadillos have poor eyesight. So I decided he might like his photo taken, and taken, and taken some more….  It wasn’t until my walk back to the car that I remembered it’s opossums that can’t see very well!!! So I must have met a nice armadillo or a photogenic one! Image


14. All Alone

In my search today for blog photos I went to Myakka State Park. I felt inspired after visiting the Clyde Butcher Gallery in Venice to take a stroll through nature.  This photo probably breaks a lot of rules… but I don’t care, I love it! It was such a beautiful day… the sun flare feels happy to me. My walk “All Alone” filled my cup to the tippy top!