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Nature Photography

Evening commute distraction

Evening commute distraction

Spotted it coming in for a landing about 10 minutes from home in a field where a Christmas tree stand resides in that season. Pulled over into the driveway, took a few photos, and then relocated to the spot on a side street where this was taken. A moment later, it took off and landed atop a light pole next to Little Black Creek.

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Adventure Nature Photography

Ichetucknee River kayaking – March 16, 2013

Pointed upstream

Dana and I spot four manatees and other wildlife on a Saturday kayaking adventure to Ichetucknee Springs State Park near Fort White. The river was flooded at the south end and slightly high throughout.

Ichetucknee River kayaking - March 16, 2013

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Adventure Bicycling Gear Nature Photography

Geotagging photos for Flickr with Mac OS X and a Garmin GPS

Ichetucknee River tubingMy photos from my bike club group ride and Ichetucknee River tubing adventure over the weekend were my first successful integration of photography, my recently-acquired GPS unit, and my quest for adventure.

Here’s the toolkit:

Here’s the procedure:

  • Synchronize your camera’s time with the GPS unit’s time.
  • Take your powered-on GPS unit with you on an adventure. Garmin makes a nice handlebar mount for mine. I also have a boat mount that I plan to put in the kayak. For the tubing, I put it in my dry bag that I took along.
  • When you get home, download the photos from the camera to your Mac.
  • Using RoadTrip, download your GPS track to your computer and edit the track as necessary. I copy my edited track to its own folder in RoadTrip. Export the folder from RoadTrip, creating a GPX file.
  • Open GPSPhotoLinker and load the track and the photos. Use the “View on map” button to preview the position online in Google Maps (the default, others are available). I mostly found myself using the “Time weighted average point.” When you are satisfied with how things are looking, use the “Save to photo” button to write the geographic info into the metadata of the photo file. A batch mode is also available.
  • Before uploading to Flickr, You need to set the Import EXIF location data setting in your profile to “Yes.” I don’t know why Flickr doesn’t have a “This photo contains geographic data, do you want to use it?” option when you click, “Add to your map,” but for now, it will only automatically use the data on upload.
  • Upload your images to Flickr. If you are editing the images first, make sure you don’t save them with a method that discards the metadata.
  • Sit back and enjoy your mapped photos. Here are mine.
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Butterflies Garden Nature Photography

This year’s most common butterfly sighting

Zebra Longwing on Orange Cestrum

The Zebra Longwing (Heliconius charitionius) is the state butterfly of Florida. They used to be a rare sight in my butterfly garden, but this year are the most common sight so far. The Orange Cestrum (Cestrum aurantiacum) is the most popular plant in the garden so far this year too. It’s grown too big for its spot though and needs to be moved or at least severely pruned this Fall.

View the photo on Flickr

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Nature Photography

Stop and shoot the flowers

Morning Iris

Just a reminder that no matter how busy or hurried you are, you should always be willing to stop for a moment and listen to the call of the flowers. If you have your camera with you, that’s all the better.

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Garden Nature Photography

Red Buckeyes and what they attract

Hummingbird and Red Buckeye
Ruby throated hummingbird.

Sulphur on Red Buckeye
Cloudless Sulphur butterfly.

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Nature Photography

Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse I

My best shot on a night of fighting with the clouds.

Update: View my whole set from the evening on Flickr.

The photo above was my first shot posted of the event and that got it picked up on a couple of eclipse stories (1, 2) on Yahoo! News. It was viewed over 3,000 times during the course of the evening and is now over 4,000 total views, by far my most ever.

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Adventure Nature Photography

My December “Photo Assignment” contribution

Calm lagoon

The photo was published as part of Derrick Story’s “Photo Assignment” gallery for December 2007 on The Digital Story web site.

View the photo on Flickr

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Nature Photography

Signs of Spring

Pink Azalea Buds

Shot with “super macro” on my new camera.

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Nature Photography

A nice moon shot

Waxing Moon - 15 Nov 2007

Thanks for this shot go out to my new monopod and a photo tip sheet I read recently.