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Fall is here and the time has arrived for the annual migrations of our feathered friends from up north. All of these images were taken on Black Point Drive in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is located near Titusville, Florida on the Atlantic coast. This area is a great habitat for all types of wading birds and Fall is the best time to get out here and bring your camera. There have been over 300 species of birds officially recorded here, and every time I head out, I have never been disappointed. I had just spent a good part of the day shooting alligators hiding among the reeds, sunning themselves when I found this gathering. The flock is mostly Ibis but there are also Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Juvenile Ibis a few Grackles and an occasional Heron. This area has many habitats to explore such as freshwater swamp/marsh/wetlands, pines, scrub, salt marsh, beaches and dunes. In one day you can easily explore all of this terrain and see an abundance of wildlife. If you time your visit right you also might be able to see a satellite launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

A Gathering Fall is here and the time has arrived for the annual migrations of our feathered friends from up north.
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This was my second trip to New Zealand, teaching photography with my students from Florida Southern College. The first time we were in New Zealand the movie set of Hobbiton was already dismantled and all that was left was the rolling hills and the roaming sheep. We wanted to visit the set, but we were told that it wasn’t worth our time, unless we really liked sheep. This time we had the pleasure of visiting the rebuilt village of Hobbiton, made with concrete and wood instead of styrofoam, plastic and spray paint. New Zealand is a beautiful country and everyone was excited to see the country and sample the culture. But I have to say that I think my students were more excited to visit Bilbo’s Hobbit hole than the wonderful landscapes. The tour was great and everybody was able to take a “selfie” in front of their favorite Hobbit hole. Myself, I liked enjoying a pint in a comfortable recliner, in front of the fire at the Green Dragon.

The Movie Set of Hobbiton This was my second trip to New Zealand, teaching photography with my students from Florida Southern College.
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A Lovely Lady in Dublin

We had wandered around Dublin shooting and exploring for a good part of the day. Feeling a bit tired, we decided that we should begin sampling some of the local breweries in town.

A Lovely Lady in Dublin

We had wandered around Dublin shooting and exploring for a good part of the day. Feeling a bit tired, we decided that we should begin sampling some of the local breweries in town.

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You might think that the hardest part of this shoot would have been finding these guys, having smooth seas and clear water. It would be a good guess but you would be wrong. The hardest part of this shoot was tiny humans of the 6 to 8 year variety on a school field trip. There were hundreds of them “schooling” about, (sorry I couldn’t help myself). I heard that the Boston Aquarium had an excellent jellyfish display and I wanted to get a few shots while I was in town. So I figured that I would head over early in the day when I could set up in a solitary, quiet environment and get my shots. I was completely mistaken. To be able to get a good shot of these guys you have to wait until they drift into the light and take a medium to long exposure to capture the color and detail. Well try that when you are being constantly bombarded and knocked about by a school of excited youngins trying to see what you are doing and see the jellyfish. Another “technical” problem I had was nose prints, cheek smears and the occasional full mouth smudge. I quickly realized that trying to fight this wave of children was like trying to fight a current while diving, completely useless. So I waited for each wave to pass, cleaned the glass and was able to capture a few shots. It turned out to be a fun day watching the kids, the jellyfish and timing the “tides”.

The Sea Nettle You might think that the hardest part of this shoot would have been finding these guys, having smooth seas and clear water.
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Mt. Aspiring National Park

Mt. Aspiring National Park

Rain moving in, over the mountain pass in Mt. Aspiring National Park

Rain moving in, over the mountain pass in Mt. Aspiring National Park

This is Mt. Aspiring National Park on the south island, in New Zealand. I had the day off from teaching photography and my students went in one direction and we went in another. I was lucky enough to be with my niece who lives in New Zealand. She rented a car, picked a direction and off we went. We wandered through the small…

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The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower through the treesKathy and I were wandering the streets of Paris, looking for the shopping area that Julia Childs frequented when she was living there. We eventually found the street and all of the vendors selling fresh vegetables and other assorted wares. As we kept exploring, the Eiffel Tower kept popping into view. Finally we came closer to the tower and the buildings and park surrounding it. I love these…

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An Accordian Player Offering a Bit of Advice

We had just arrived in Berlin and were heading to the museum, when we came upon this street musician.

An Accordian Player Offering a Bit of Advice

We had just arrived in Berlin and were heading to the museum, when we came upon this street musician.

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These shots were taken shortly after sunrise, in my friends backyard in Cleveland, Ohio. This is Tom and Ginny’s backyard and it is beautiful. They live on the edge of a park and frequently have multiple deer wander through all year. The deer feel quite comfortable and weren’t scared off as I approached. They just watched me closely as I set up my shots and got to work.

I often post shots of wildlife from my travels abroad. To get these shots, there is most often a car, boat, plane ride, or long hike involved. This was one of the easiest treks I had to make to get great images. I woke up, walked out the back door and saw multiple deer hanging out. I am often reminded that you always don’t have to cross an ocean or continent to shoot. Sometimes all you have to do, is walk out your back door.

Tom’s Backyard These shots were taken shortly after sunrise, in my friends backyard in Cleveland, Ohio. This is Tom and Ginny’s backyard and it is beautiful.
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The Red Rocks of Sedona

This was taken during one, of many hikes through the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona. I was out hiking with my father, when I noticed this one cloud in the sky hovering over the ridge.

The Red Rocks of Sedona

This was taken during one, of many hikes through the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona. I was out hiking with my father, when I noticed this one cloud in the sky hovering over the ridge.

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The Exchange Place

This is the Exchange Place, located in the financial district, in downtown Boston. I was walking around the city, shooting and enjoying the history and architecture.

The Exchange Place

This is the Exchange Place, located in the financial district, in downtown Boston. I was walking around the city, shooting and enjoying the history and architecture.

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Minding a Fire

Adam watching the fire at DWPPhotography has taken me down many different paths, and this has been one of my favorite journeys as a photographer. I was asked to document fire behavior, and shoot fire in different habitats. To be able to shoot in a burning landscape, you have to learn how to burn that landscape. I earned my “RED CARD”, trained as a wild land firefighter, then began working with The Nature Conservancy’s…

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A Frog in the Jungle at Night

A Frog in the Jungle at Night

Tadpole becoming a frogWe had decided to do a night hike in the Amazon Jungle. Our excellent guide, Alfredo Dosantos Santillán, led us to a high and dry area where we could easily walk and look for night life. On this particular hike, we had decided not to take our students with us. Several of our students had expressed great concern over the size and quantity of insects. Since we were looking for spiders, snakes, and…

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