Several months ago, we had the special pleasure of spending some time with a few of the talented golfers from the Golf Channel’s hit TV show, Big Break. Of course, this was during filming of the latest series, Big Break Florida, so we were asked to delay posting photos until the show was well under way – and so it is! White Oak is always such a treat to visit, and this trip was no exception – giving the contestants a sampling of nearly all White Oak has to offer – from the private golf course and bowling alley, to the shotgun course and eclectic art collections. As is often the case with a White Oak tour, the stops included opportunities to view a wide variety of protected and endangered species and a few hands-on interactions with cheetah, giraffe and several species of rhino. Over the past several years, we’ve shot at White Oak the better part of a dozen times, yet the experience is one I always look forward to and cherish. Best of all, the Conservation Center now does regular events open to the public – be sure to check out their Facebook page to stay informed!
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So…. It has been more than a few months since we posted our supposedly monthly calendar wallpaper. Thankfully, the long anticipated wait is over! We have posted 5 different wallpapers for your Augustinian enjoyment. From the lakes of Maine to the coast of Florida – not to mention a few states in between – you’ll find a nice selection of subjects to choose from. Each image is 1080P HD formatted to make the perfect desktop wallpaper.
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After some travel time and a few weeks of catching up, we again had the pleasure of photographing a great group up at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. The event planning staff at the resort always comes up with great ideas and fun activities for their corporate guests, as was the case with this event. The welcome reception was hosted in one of the resort’s great function foyers, with two food trucks located just outside the doors on the Oceanfront Lawn.
The culinary staff at the resort really makes my job easy – they take great care in not only making their entrees taste great, but also look amazing, as evidenced by the photos in the gallery at the bottom of this post. When you browse through the photos, make sure to take a close look at the first picture – it may just look like a collection of nicely arranged vegetables, but it is actually an array of hand-crafted marzipan creations! And that was just Tuesday night.
We also had the privilege of photographing the group’s excursion along the coastal waterways surrounding Amelia Island. The lunch cruise aboard the Naples Princess, a great new addition to the NE Florida charter fleet, provided the perfect platform to see the historic area’s best, including Fort Clinch and the wild horses of Cumberland Island. We even had the pleasure of seeing two foals with their mothers. As always, feel free to download any or all of the images for use as desktop wallpaper! Enjoy!
Moose! One of the joys of visiting Rangeley, Maine has to be the sunset drives up Rt 16 toward the Canadian border. This road is known for moose sightings – so much so that in the 10 or so times we’ve done the drive, only once did we not see a moose. More typically, as with our last evening in Rangeley this year, you will see several moose each time you go out. This year, it seemed the moose were more skiddish than in previous years, but the young female pictured above was more than happy to eat from the boggy terrain with an ever-increasing audience. By this point, the rain was falling substantially and I suspect that deadened the sound of cars enough to give her a sense of ease. So, we spent 20 minutes watching her, shooting some video and snapping lots of photos in the dimming light.
On the way home, we stopped at Coos Canyon – a breathtaking series of falls slicing through the granite walls of this gentle Maine valley. With a healthy helping of rain over the past week, the falls were surging like I hadn’t seen before, making for a bit more of a blur on the water than I had hoped, but after a bit of tweaking, I was able to dial in the desired look. Above, is the upper falls – a more gradual, pool-filled falls that runs the better part of a football field. In the slideshow below, you’ll see the more truncated and violent lower falls. As always, enjoy – and of course, feel free to download as HD desktop wallpaper below!
Though not especially breathtaking, Rangeley, Maine has to be one of my top five favorite places to visit and photograph. This little town, huddled along the shore of its large lake, perfectly blends the charms of an out-of-the-way hamlet with some modern amenities and conveniences that make life just easy enough while still feeling like you’re sort of roughing it. Once every one or two years, we make the several hour trip and rent a cabin at the charming Town and Lake Motel, perched along one of the pristine inlets of Rangeley Lake. As with years past, we spent our time exploring the lake and its wildlife, and venturing up Route 16 toward the Canadian border on the hunt for moose.
Above, was a new find this year – a mother common merganser with her young. I was surprised to find this little family several hundred feet from shore. As always, enjoy – and of course, feel free to download as HD desktop wallpaper below!
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.
We’ve got some big news! On the most fitting day of the year, we reached a big milestone for our little blog – our first 100,000 views, and all in just over 14 months!
We would like to thank you all for frequenting our blog! As a way of saying thank you, we’ve included a bunch of our favorite 1080P HD Desktop wallpaper here for you. As always, feel free to share, download and enjoy!
A few months back now, we had the opportunity to visit Gainesville, FL – specifically the Museum of Natural History and Paines Prairie. We saw countless species of butterflies – to be honest, most of the species were dead specimens mounted to the wall – but there were also thousands of butterflies in their gardens. As you can see from all these photos – they had quite the variety of winged insects out and about!
We then ventured to Paines Prairie and explored the area – spotting a swallow tailed kite and the bald eagle you see below. Enjoy the photos!
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