Five-Years Ago (08-January-2013) — Florida

Gone to See Florida 2013 Road Trip. Day 5: St. Petersburg and Merritt Island.

I started the day at Fort De Soto park for sunrise. There is a small beach at the end of the road where you can watch the sun rise under the Sunshine Skyway bridge. I then drove across the state to Merritt Island to spend a couple of days at the National Wildlife Refuge.

Sunshine Skyway Bridge at Sunrise from the East Beach at Fort DeSoto Park. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/11, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sunshine Skyway Bridge at Sunrise from the East Beach at Fort DeSoto Park. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/11, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Dawn from the East Beach at Fort DeSoto Park in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 18.5 mm f/1.8 lens (ISO 160, 18.5 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Dawn from the East Beach at Fort DeSoto Park in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 18.5 mm f/1.8 lens (ISO 160, 18.5 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Hawk on a Palm Tree in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 and 180 mm f/2.8D lens (ISO 800, 180 mm, f/2.8, 1/640 sec). FOV = 486 mm. (David J Mathre)
Hawk on a Palm Tree in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 and 180 mm f/2.8D lens (ISO 800, 180 mm, f/2.8, 1/640 sec). FOV = 486 mm. (David J Mathre)
Wood Stork in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 1600, 300 mm, f/2.8. 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)
Wood Stork in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 1600, 300 mm, f/2.8. 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)

Five-Years Ago (07-January-2013) — Florida

Gone to See Florida 2013 Road Trip. Day 4: Indoor Nature.

I am glad that Crane flies don’t bite like mosquitoes. I found this one in my room at the historic Vinoy hotel.

Crane Fly in my room. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO400, 105 mm, f22, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crane Fly in my room. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO400, 105 mm, f22, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)

Seven-Years Ago (07-January-2011) — Argentina/Chile

Gone to See Patagonia 2010/2011. Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan. Day 12: Calafate, Argentina to Estancia Lazo, Chile.

On the way from Argentina to Chile, we stopped at a sheep ranch (Estancia). We got to watch the sheep dogs manage a herd of sheep, then one of the sheep getting sheared.

Greater Rhea with Three Chicks on an Estancia in Patagonia. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 200, 50 mm, f/2.8, 1/2500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Greater Rhea with Three Chicks on an Estancia in Patagonia. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 200, 50 mm, f/2.8, 1/2500 sec). (David J Mathre)




Ten-Years Ago (06-January-2008) — Colorado

Gone to See America 2008: Wintertime in Rocky Mountain National Park.

One of the benefits when I was working part-time (two weeks a month) in Boulder, Colorado was that Rocky Mountain National Park was only an hour drive. I got to see and take pictures in the park during all four seasons. A winter storm was approaching, so I only spent a few hours in the park.

Lone Tree with a Winter Storm Approaching. Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lone Tree with a Winter Storm Approaching. Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)