One-Year Ago (08-January-2013) — Florida

Gone to See America. January 2013 Florida Road Trip. Day 5: Fort De Soto Park, St. Petersburg.

Sunshine Skyway Bridge panorama at dawn from the east beach at Fort De Soto Park, in Pinellas County Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 17-35 mm f/2.8D lens (ISO 100, 26 mm, f/11, 1/13 sec).

Sunshine Skyway Bridge Panorama at Dawn from Fort De Soto Park, in Pinellas County, Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 17-35 mm f/2.8D lens (ISO 100, 26 mm, f/11, 1/13 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sunshine Skyway Bridge Panorama at Dawn from Fort De Soto Park, in Pinellas County, Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 17-35 mm f/2.8D lens (ISO 100, 26 mm, f/11, 1/13 sec). (David J Mathre)

Sunday (06-January-2013) — Florida

Gone to See Florida 2013 Road Trip. Day 3: Foggy Morning in St. Petersburg.

When I woke up this morning and looked out from the balcony of my room at the Vinoy hotel it was foggy. I couldn’t even see the St. Petersburg Pier that I had been taking images for a time-lapsed video the previous night. I had hoped to go to Fort De Soto park for both sunrise and bird photography today — but it was way too foggy. Initially I could barely see the palm trees. At 11 AM, I still couldn’t see the Pier.

Foggy Morning in St. Petersburg from a Balcony at the Vinoy Hotel. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/3.5, 1/80 sec). Converted to B&W with NIK Silver Efex Pro 2. (David J Mathre)
Foggy Morning in St. Petersburg from a Balcony at the Vinoy Hotel. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/3.5, 1/80 sec). Converted to B&W with NIK Silver Efex Pro 2. (David J Mathre)

Saturday (05-January-2013) — Florida

Gone to See Florida 2013 Road Trip. Day 2: St. Petersburg.

While visiting my parents in St. Petersburg, I found this Crab Spider on her web. I had never seen a crab spider during all the years that I lived in Florida. The first one I saw, eating a fly was at Selby Gardens a few years ago 26-December-2006. Now it seems that I see one every time I visit Florida.

Underside of a Crab Spider on its web. Urban garden nature in St. Petersburg. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 105 mm f/2.8G VR macro lens + SB-910 flash (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Underside of a Crab Spider on its web. Urban garden nature in St. Petersburg. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 105 mm f/2.8G VR macro lens + SB-910 flash (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)

24-December-2011

Sun Rising Under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge from Fort Desoto Park. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Sunrise Rising Under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge from Fort Desoto County Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 70-200 mm f/2 VRII lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/16. 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sunrise Rising Under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge from Fort Desoto County Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 70-200 mm f/2 VRII lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/16. 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)