The Many Moods of Jaycob

Sep 30, 2007 by Janine |
Jaycob has finished his moult and is looking handsome.





Crandon Beach

Sep 24, 2007 by Janine |
Went to Crandon Beach this weekend to relax and play with new lens. It's a nice beach, and by nice I mean natural, with dunes and seagrass and tons of wildlife. Most people prefer a pristine expanse of white sand, and so the northern unmanicured portion is not as popular and therefore more secluded.

Ruddy Turnstone


Great Blue Heron

Cruise Ship emerging from Miami

Snakey Week

Sep 21, 2007 by Janine |
Lots of snake activity this week. First, a cottonmouth on the porch that ended up in the swimming pool. It was captured and released in a safer location.

Then, a beautiful coral snake in the parking lot at work. It was over 2' long, the largest I have ever seen. Unfortunately some ignorant person ran it over with their car. I didnt have my camera but got a semi-decent cell phone pic of the body for posterity.

Finally, a baby water snake in the swimming pool. Normally they are mean little things but this one didnt even try to bite me.

Looking out for more!

Rich took this picture just before it was apprehended.

Flamingo Gardens

Sep 16, 2007 by Janine |
I really like the new lens. Took it to Flamingo Gardens yesterday for some practice. It struggles in low light but using a flash works fine. Even with the weight of the flash it is still much lighter than the bigma, and the AF is much faster.

Its just what I needed to get out of my summer photography doldrums. I even updated my gallery!

Here are some shots from Flamingo Gardens:

Screech Owl Megascops asio

Green Iguana Iguana iguana

Turkey Meleagris gallopavo

Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

For Pete:

Redhead Aythya americana

Fulvous whistling-duck Dendrocygna bicolor


Sep 14, 2007 by Janine |
Last weekend I found a camera store in Miami and set off to try out some lenses. Ended up getting the Nikon 70-300 VR (well Rich got it for me). It is significantly lighter than the bigma and the image quality is very good. I am happy with it.
I have not had a chance to take it out on a real "shoot" yet but here are some test pics of Pebbles and Jaycob.

Jaycob is moulting. His nickname is skeletor.


Sep 07, 2007 by Janine |
Blennies and gobies are probably my favorite type of fish because of their sulky little faces.
Here are two of our three blennies, Lil' scooter and Big scooter.

Scooter Blenny, Synchiropus ocellatus and marginella snail of unknown origin

Lawnmower blenny, Salarias fasciatus

Lawnmower blenny, Salarias fasciatus

I am still undecided about what lens I should get. We don't have a camera store nearby so I haven't tried any out. I've been reading lots of reviews (thanks Pete!) and forums and stuff and I am sort of leaning toward the 300 f4. The image quality and AF speed might outweigh the loss of zoom- but it is a bit heavy. Meh.

Marine Fish

Sep 03, 2007 by Janine |
The summer photography doldrums continue. Its worse than usual this summer because of my hand/wrist problem- makes it very painful to use the bigma. But I am tired of that old excuse, and also my mental state suffers when I am not being creative and doing my pictures, so I am doing something about it. I am using the macro lens a lot more lately, and we are looking into getting me a smaller telephoto, like the 300mm. I will miss the reach but I think its the best way to go.

Rich and I have set up a fish tank. Its not "fully stocked" yet, we have a couple of corals and some fish and crabs.
Its very relaxing to sit and watch the fish at the end of a stressful day. And it makes for great macro photography subjects. There are plans in the works for acquiring ultra expensive lighting systems, rare and unusual fish and coral, etc., etc. Why do I always end up with expensive hobbies?

Yellow Belly Blue Damsel, Pomacentrus auriventris

Arrow crab, Stenorhynchus seticornis

Strawberry Pseudochromis, Pseudochromis porphyreus