Posted on May 25, 2021
Four years ago, I met a Japanese photographer whose hobby was traveling all over the United States photographing wildlife in national parks. We met at a common friends wedding he was photographing and I mentioned to him my interest in wildlife photography. He suggested I check out the Wakodahatchee Wetlands Nature Park, a nature preserve in Delray Beach, Florida, which is a sanctuary to a large number of birds plus a few other animals. He said that I’ll get a lot of good shots of these birds in their natural habitat. I’ve been planning to visit the park since then but I always fail to find time. This morning I decided to be a little more spontaneous and drove 30 miles to the park.
At the park, I encountered hundreds of birds but what really caught my attention was this lonesome tricolored heron that was trying to catch its breakfast in one of the many ponds around the park. I was standing on the boardwalk right above it but my presence didn’t seem to bother it all. I was able to take photos of it quietly standing behind the reeds preparing for its attack as well as of it flying over the pond to catch its next meal. My only regret is failing to capture it with a fish between its beaks.
Today I was finally able to try on fast shutter speeds (used 1/2000) to photograph this heron on flight but unfortunately missed to program my camera to multiple shots, which would have allowed me to take more shots of the entire flight. Still, I’m very happy with the results including the lighting and colors resulting to very minimal need for post-processing. I used a Canon Rebel T6s camera with a Canon EF-S 18-200mm lens for these photographs.
Posted on January 6, 2016
I have always known about the Morikami Japanese Garden and Museum in Delray Beach, Florida but have never bothered to drive up and see the place. About a few weeks ago, a friend from Montreal came down to visit and him being into gardening it was inevitable not to include this garden as part of the must-see itinerary. The garden features a central lake surrounded by Japanese themed gardens, a museum and restaurant all connected by about a mile long pathway. This photo features the Kodai-mon, a traditional Japanese gateway, which frames the view of the bamboo-lined pathway as well as of the koi-filled lake ahead. Next time I need a place to sit down and clear my thoughts, I will surely be driving up to this garden of zen.