Photo of the Day: An Unexpected Visitor from Africa

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We had quite the surprise when walking out of the studio late this afternoon.  Lumbering down the street was this uncomfortably large tortoise which, when it saw us approaching, decided to come visit.  At first, I thought this was a very large specimen of the region’s protected Gopher Tortoise, but after speaking with Florida Fish and Wildlife, we came to find out it’s an African Spurred Tortoise.  And after talking with our neighbor, we discovered it had been walking up and down our small street for several hours.

To give you an idea of just how large this guy is, the grass in the foreground of the picture is 2 to 3 inches high.  The shell was 22 inches long and it likely weighed 75 to 80 pounds.  Not wanting it to get run over or injured, we called around until we were connected with the kind folks at the Jacksonville Herpetological Society.  After examining this big guy, they suspect he is someone’s pet (which would explain how friendly he was), was 30 or 40 years old and that he likely escaped from a back yard enclosure somewhere within a half mile or so from our location.  So, if you happen to be missing a lawnmower-sized reptile, please contact us and we’ll connect you to the folks that are taking care of him.

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Photo of the Day: Pink Moon Rising

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Ever heard of a pink moon?  Well, now you have.  Native Americans used to call the April full moon the ‘pink moon’ and tonight, I had the privilege of watching the moon rise over the Blue Ridge mountains (above).  While I am not sure I would call it pink in this photo, as the moon was just becoming visible behind the trees the light red hue was noticeable.  Please feel free to download the image – as it is 1080p, it is perfect for use as an HD desktop wallpaper.  Have a wonderful evening!

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Friendship Fountain 2.0 and other Visions of Jacksonville, FL

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Several weeks ago (yes, I am that much behind with our fine art posts) I had the opportunity to shoot around Downtown Jacksonville during a notably beautiful evening.  Above is my favorite shot from the evening – the garishly-lit center of the fountain shooting a burst of water 70 feet in the air.  Below are some of my other favorites – feel free to download any of the photos for your desktop wallpaper!

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Photo of the Day: The Moon Deserves a Halo

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This evening, I received a hot tip from our friends at ICY Pictures to look up (while outside).  This is what I found in the Florida Sky – a glowing moon, Jupiter nestled right next to it, and an ice halo that took up about a 1/3rd of the night sky.  Pretty amazing stuff!  Check out some of my other favorite starry night photos below!

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Photo of the Day: Setting Sun Makes Nice Clouds

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Just a few minutes ago I stepped out to take the trash out and saw this absolutely stunning sunset literally in my back yard.  Though, to be fair, it was in a lot of people’s back yards…  I’ve put two images from tonight into our 1080P HD wallpaper format for your downloading enjoyment.  I’ve also included a generous selection of some other recent sunsets.  Enjoy!

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Check us out at: Pro.DeremerStudios.com (Commercial) or DeremerStudios.com (Wedding & Portrait) |  904-744-1103  |  nate@deremerstudios.com

Photo of the Day: When Polar Streaks

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This evening, while coming home from a shoot, I stopped to get some gas at the Beach Blvd. Sam’s Club here in Jacksonville.  As I looked back to the west, I was struck by this amazing cloud formation, lit up like a blazing fire.  Needless to say, I speedily finished filling up, drove to another part of the parking lot, and started snapping away.  The above is the result from a shot with my 70-200 2.8 lens.  Rumor has it, this odd cloud is what you call a polar streak and is caused by the formation of ice crystals at around 30,000 feet along a polar front line.  Anyway – I thought you all would enjoy!

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Amelia Island Clothed in Holiday Splendor

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Just this week, we had the opportunity to photograph up in Amelia Island.  This time, we were charged with photographing the quintessential holiday trappings that decorate the island this time of year.  And so, we visited Amelia Island Plantation, some of the old Victorian homes in the historic district, and spent our dusk at the end of Center Street.  For a guy that loves Christmas, this was a pretty sweet deal – made all the sweater because my wife and I shot this together, taking the TR6 (see Welcome back TR6), top down, to enjoy the warm December day!

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As always, feel free to download one or all of these HD photos – sized perfectly to use as your desktop wallpaper!  Below are some of our favorite shots from the day – enjoy!

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Check us out at: Pro.DeremerStudios.com (Commercial) or DeremerStudios.com (Wedding & Portrait) |  904-744-1103  |  nate@deremerstudios.com