3 more birds and a couple of crabs

Can you stand to see a few more birds?

The white egret was so interested in finding his dinner that he didn’t pay much attention to how close I was getting.  Good thing too because the long lens that we brought along has broken so this was only a 28 – 105 mm lens.  A real bird photographer would throw up their hands in despair.  Fortunately, birds are not the main feature of this trip so we’ll get along fine without that lens.JOS54323The toucan and the parrot are fine examples of the quality of digital photography today.  The detail of each feather just blows me away.

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Stand still on the dry sand of the upper beach near tree trunks or branches and just watch the small shells.  Suddenly, they start moving!  They are the homes of tiny hermit crabs.  I’ve seen them before in larger sizes but these guys were tiny as you can see compared to my fingers and a few grains of sand.  These little guys carry their home and protection along with them.  As they grow they just find a new, bigger shell to move into.  And yes, they tickle as they scurry across my hand.

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Mary Jo Allen

I've been a professional photographer for 30+ years. My degree is in microbiology and I did research work in that field for 3 years which sounds glamourous and exciting but in reality I found it to be repetitive and uninspiring. It does explain my interest in the tiny world and my desire to understand how things work. I've always said I could be a professional student as I love to learn new things and photography certainly does provide that opportunity. Even after all these years I continue to learn new things every day. I find photography to be the perfect blend of science and art. Most recently, some of my favorite work has been in the area of macro photography, especially the beautiful world of flowers. I'm looking for not only the documentary recording of what a flower looks like, but also taking a closer look and finding ways of expressing a more artistic and abstract view using color, curves, lines, lighting and softness to create interesting compositions. I love finding beauty in simplicity: just the edge of a rose petal, the sensuous curve hidden inside a flower, the way the morning dew clings and shimmers in the sunrise, a synthesis of color, light and softness, blending the magnificent with the minute; these are the things that make my soul sing a soaring melody of thanks to the Creator.

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