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Photography session with a large dog named Buck

June 17, 2022 - Often when photographing rescue dogs, we don’t have much information about the dog(s) we are going to photograph. Someti...
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Dog friendly lakes, Western North Carolina

May 27, 2022 - Ah the joys of being able to go swimming in the water without fear of an alligator! Recently we spent a couple of weeks...
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A walk at dog-friendly Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa, Florida

April 01, 2022 - One of our favorite places to take our dog(s) for a walk is a local county park called "Lettuce Lake Park". This park is...
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Photographing for local pet rescue

February 11, 2022 - This week is about giving back to the local pet rescues in our area. You would probably be surprised how many rescues th...
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Number one reason to have photographs taken with your pet

January 07, 2022 - Hi everyone! I want to share the single most important reason you should have photographs taken with your pet - it's ver...
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Dog Photography, People Photography, Wedding Photography - a look back at the year 2021

December 31, 2021 - Wow - the year has flown by and a lot of photography has happened for us here at VP Shoots Photography! While many of yo...
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Fall Pet Photographs with two special dogs looking for their forever home

October 29, 2021 - In recent weeks we have photographed a couple of dogs that have been looking for that special home that will become thei...
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Silhouettes in dog photography

October 15, 2021 - This week's blog post is about creating silhouettes of your dog (or any dog). It's all about the shape, form of the obje...
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Memories of your pet - whether it be when they are young or a senior

October 08, 2021 - Memory in its technical terminology refers to the processes that are used to acquire, store, retain and then later retri...
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A walk in Eureka Springs Park, Tampa, Florida

October 01, 2021 - Eureka Springs Park is located in a little known area of greater Tampa, Florida. I am sure it is well known by photograp...
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What to expect at your Pet Photography session

August 13, 2021 - What should you expect if you are doing a pet photography session with VP Shoots Photography? Well, for sure, it should...
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Photographing big mutts (those large mixed breed dogs we all love)

July 30, 2021 - I love all dogs, but I often find that the majority of the dogs I photograph are mixed breed (aka mutts). All of my dogs...
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How I pick a location to photograph dogs

July 23, 2021 - This week we explore some of the key points I use to pick a location for photographing dogs. As many of you know, a good...
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My dog won't look at the camera - how do I fix this?

July 02, 2021 - As a pet photographer and even more a ‘dog photographer’ I’ve heard a lot of various things from people about their dogs...
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My favorite neighborhood walk with my dog in Temple Terrace, Florida

June 25, 2021 - We are blessed here in our little residential city with a good number of parks. My favorite neighborhood park is actuall...
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Why I shoot in early to mid-morning - my favorite time for pet photography

June 18, 2021 - Here in Florida, the majority of the year - it's hot. No way around it. So, this leaves us with a few choices on when to...
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Dog Parks near Temple Terrace, Florida

May 14, 2021 - If you have a dog, they like to play with other dogs - well, the area of Temple Terrace - or more broadly Tampa located...
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Happy dogs are the best kind of dog!

April 23, 2021 - This week's pet blog theme is 'happy'. Happy dogs are always the best kind of dog. If they are happy, then they are bett...
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Dog Friendly - Veterans Memorial Park, Tampa, FL

March 26, 2021 - This week the dogs, Jim and I decided to go explore the Veterans Memorial Park in Tampa, FL. Dogs are allowed providing...
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Self Portrait with Abby, my black and white mixed breed dog

March 19, 2021 - This week I am being presented a challenge to take a self portrait and include a dog - well, Abby being my oldest model...
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Using depth of field with Pet Photography

February 19, 2021 - Ever wonder why some photographs you can see everything in the background crystal clear and others it’s just a creamy bl...
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Pet Photography - Using Lensbaby Sweet 50 for dog portraits

January 15, 2021 - This week our pet photography theme is "center" and as I thought about this - I thought, what better time to give the Le...
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Pet Photography - Action!

September 11, 2020 - This week's pet photography theme is "Action" and I have decided to use Abby as our showcase model. Abby loves the water...
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Pet Photography - Rainbow Bridge Day

August 28, 2020 - This week's pet photography theme is Rainbow Bridge Day. My fellow pet photographer's that are part of this pet photogra...
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Pet Photography - Filling the Frame

July 31, 2020 - This week's pet photography theme is "Fill the Frame". One of the things that make photographs interesting and compellin...
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Pet Photography - Theme Water

June 12, 2020 - This week's pet photography theme is 'water' - as a family that has done boating, hiking to waterfalls and just hanging...
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Pet Photography - Landscape and your pets

June 05, 2020 - This week's pet photography theme is 'landscape' and we are showing some of Florida's green summer weather (right before...
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Pet Photography - Black and white photographs

May 22, 2020 - This week's pet photography theme is black and white - and most of the time when this kind of theme comes around, I'll l...
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Pet Photography - Early morning 'golden' hour

May 15, 2020 - This week's pet photography theme is "Golden Hour" and I've noticed several things about Florida's "sunshine state" weat...
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Pet Photography using shallow depth of field

March 27, 2020 - This week's pet photography theme is 'shallow depth of field'. As we continue to stay at home, and away from most all pe...
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Pet Photography - Theme Colorful - Abby in front of mural

March 20, 2020 - This week's pet photography theme is colorful. Last year a local painter decided to paint the building where the restroo...
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Pet Photography - using the rule of thirds to create great images

March 06, 2020 - This week's pet photography theme is about a basic guideline/rule of photography called "the rule of thirds". This is a...
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Pet Photography in an urban setting

January 24, 2020 - This week's blog features Nana, a hound dog previously used for breeding who is now with the Maxx and Me Pet Rescue. She...
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Pet Photography - Telling a story, find a way around the obstacles, just follow me

January 10, 2020 - We recently have been blessed (at least my viewpoint) with some cooler weather! Yay - wearing pants and not sweating! Th...
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Pet Photography - Water

September 13, 2019 - This week the theme for our pet photography blog circle is "water" so I went back into the archives to find one of the p...
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Poe Springs Park, High Springs, Florida

August 18, 2019 - Poe Springs Park is located in High Springs, Florida not to far from the well known Ginnie Springs on Highway 340 west o...
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Pet Photography - Theme "Wood"

August 16, 2019 - This week's photography blog has us joining our pack at Poe Springs Park located in High Springs, Florida. The dogs and...
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Pet Photography - Blue sky

June 21, 2019 - This week's pet photography theme is "Blue Sky" and it comes when we here in central Florida have had a ton of rain. No...
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Pet Photography - Dogs with People - behind the scenes of a photo shoot

May 03, 2019 - This week's theme for Pet Photography is "Dogs with People". In my blog this week, I took a different approach than many...
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Pet Photography - Play Time

April 26, 2019 - This week the theme is "play time" and with that said, these types of photographs are typically snapshots when I take th...
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Paying the model - Snack time in Pet Photography

April 19, 2019 - This week's theme is 'snack time' which can be rather fun at my household of four dogs. I've taught them all they must s...
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Bluebirds at the community garden

April 15, 2019 - Bluebirds are a common site in our neighborhood now - I don't recall seeing them a decade ago, but in the last few years...
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Pet Photography - Removing the Leash

April 12, 2019 - This week's pet photography theme is about removing the leash from the final photograph. As a good portion of my dog pho...
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Pet Photography - Theme Bridge

April 05, 2019 - This week's post is a little late - we have been away in rural Florida where internet isn't very 'available'. Go figure...
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Pet Photography - Theme 'Green'

March 15, 2019 - As we approach St. Patrick's Day, this week's Pet Photography theme is "Green". This weekend they will do the annual 'ri...
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Pet Photography - Road Warrior

February 22, 2019 - This week's theme, Road Warrior, features Abby who loves to hit the road (actually, all the dogs do). I'm blessed that a...
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Pet Photography - Tale of Tails

February 15, 2019 - This week's pet photography theme is "Tale of Tails". Interesting things about those little dog tails (tales?) Jimbo, my...
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Ichetucknee Springs State Park - in the winter....

February 10, 2019 - Recently we took a few days to get away with our dogs and explore some more of Florida along the Suwannee River and surr...
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Royal Springs near Live Oak, Florida

November 25, 2018 - Royal Springs Park is one of many different parks featuring a spring in North Florida. This is a county park officially...
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Pet Photography - Theme "Get High" (so we went to the playground!)

November 23, 2018 - This week's theme is "Get High" - essentially get higher than your subject - look down at your subject. The dogs and I w...
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Little River Springs near Branford, Florida (off the Suwannee River)

November 18, 2018 - The rural areas near Branford, Florida have many wonderful springs. I know that many people have heard of Ginnie Springs...
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Pet Photography - Theme 'Bokeh'

November 16, 2018 - This week’s Pet Photography theme is “Bokeh”. This term comes from the Japanese language, which literally translates as...
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Troy Spring State Park, Branford, Florida

November 11, 2018 - We went exploring some areas up on the Suwannee River and nearby for a week recently. The next several weeks will featur...
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Hillsborough River State Park - Early to rise, you see the deer!

October 21, 2018 - This past week Jimbo and I took off for a quiet morning just the two of us. As I drove north on Highway 301 the fog bega...
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Pet Photography - Theme "Photographer's Choice"

October 19, 2018 - This week the Pet Photography theme is "Photographer's Choice". This week has been Jimbo's sixth anniversary - so we hav...
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Pet Photography - Theme 'Under'

October 12, 2018 - This week's theme for Pet Photography is "Under" - and it presented it's own challenges. This week we have been sick, no...
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Pet Photography - Theme Isolation

October 05, 2018 - As we enter the last quarter of 2018, the beginning of October, our Pet Photography theme is "Isolation". My immediate t...
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Heritage Village, Largo, Florida

September 23, 2018 - This week we did a quick visit to Heritage Village in Largo, Florida - I did not get a chance to visit all the buildings...
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Hillsborough River State Park - River Rapids Trail

September 16, 2018 - Recently we visited the Hillsborough River State Park. It's been a rainy summer here and as I pulled up to the ranger st...
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Wild Wonders at Citrus Park Mall

August 05, 2018 - The Wild Wonders exhibit featured several different animals created with plants (not real). The animals are quite large...
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Gamble Plantation Historic State Park, Ellenton, Florida

July 22, 2018 - This week I traveled down to Ellenton and visited the Gamble Plantation Historic State Park. The Gamble Plantation is lo...
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Point Park, Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, Tennessee

June 03, 2018 - Point Park is located on Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee. There are wonderful views of the city of Chattanoog...
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Cloudland Canyon State Park - West Rim Trail

May 13, 2018 - We just returned from several days up in the cooler weather of north west Georgia. The next few weeks will take you on a...
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Ulele - Fairy Land (similar to Lowry Park Fairy Land)

April 22, 2018 - Recently I visited the Tampa River Walk - this time starting on the northern most tip which is north of downtown Tampa a...
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Pet Photography - Theme "Day in the Life"

March 30, 2018 - This week's pet photography theme is "Day in the Life" of a pet. I'll have to say that there are days where I see our pe...
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Beauty of trees...

March 25, 2018 - I recently read an article in one of my magazines that arrived - the article was about trees. Specifically, it was about...
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Lithia Springs Park on a cool spring day

March 18, 2018 - Continuing on our trek to do the Hillsborough County Hiking Spree, we headed over to Lithia Springs Park this week. Firs...
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Spring at Trout Creek, Wilderness Park

March 11, 2018 - We all loaded up in the car this week on a beautiful spring day and took our little family over to Trout Creek - one of...
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Pet Photography - Theme Wide Angle

March 02, 2018 - This week's theme is "wide angle" which allows the camera to capture a large amount of the overall scene. One factor to...
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Pet Photography - Theme Silhouettes

February 23, 2018 - As February comes to a close, our pet photography theme this week is "silhouettes". This is a type of photography where...
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Pet Photography - Theme Fantasy

February 09, 2018 - Wow, it's already week 6 of the new year, 2018! January flew by and we are well into February now. This week's theme is...
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Pet Photography - Theme Favorite Things!

December 29, 2017 - This week's Pet Photography theme is "Favorite Things". As I thought about this for my pets, I realized that this topic...
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Christmas in the Wild, Lowry Park Zoo 2017

December 17, 2017 - It's the holiday season and many different Christmas events are occurring in the Tampa Bay area. Last night we joined a...
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Pet Photography - Theme Sun Flare

November 10, 2017 - This week’s pet theme is “Sun Flare”, a unique technique where the subject has the sun behind them and the camera is poi...
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Lowry Park Zoo - Dino Exhibit (going extinct soon)

August 27, 2017 - Lowry Park Zoo has signs all over Tampa letting us know that the Dinosaurs are going extinct over Labor Day weekend (jus...
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Philippe Park, Safety Harbor, Florida located in Pinellas County

August 20, 2017 - This week we got up early and braved the traffic to visit Philippe Park in Safety Harbor, Florida. This park is along th...
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VPShoots Happy Dogs - Action photographs of dogs having fun

August 11, 2017 - This week's word pet photography theme is "Happy". I googled to see what "Happy Dog Photographs" look like and I found t...
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Shadows in Pet Photography

July 28, 2017 - This week's word for pet photography is 'shadows' and I've given this one a good bit of thought to see what I wanted to...
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The word is "Climb"

July 23, 2017 - This week's photographs feature stairs as a way of conveying the word 'climb'. Definitely something that many of us did...
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Dead River Park, Hillsborough County, Florida

July 09, 2017 - The last two weeks we have been on the road showing beautiful scenes where roads are oak lined. We have something close,...
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Pet Photography using beautiful bokeh - the blur behind your subject

July 07, 2017 - Pet Project 52 - while this is a 52 week project, I joined late - so perhaps I will cycle back around to the beginning o...
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DeSoto Falls and DeSoto State Park, Mentone, Alabama

May 28, 2017 - As we continued our travels in north east Alabama, we visited DeSoto Falls. DeSoto Falls is about another 7 miles or so...
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Eureka Springs Park, Hillsborough County

April 30, 2017 - I love this place! It's quiet most days, has a beautiful boardwalk among the trees (almost all shaded, but that also mea...
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High Falls State Park, Jackson, Georgia

April 02, 2017 - Continuing on our journey from last week, we spent most of our time at High Falls State Park. This park is just over 1,0...
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Dogs Day in Dade City, 2017

March 19, 2017 - This morning the dogs and I went to Dade City to check out the "Dogs Day in Dade City" event happening at Agnes Lamb Par...
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Remember Fairy Land at Lowry Park?

March 05, 2017 - I got my first 'real' camera for Christmas, 1978. Back in those days everything was manual and we all shot film so it wa...
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Disc golf at 22nd Street Park nestled among the live oak trees along the river

February 05, 2017 - This week we ventured off to play a round of disc golf. My first time, I can't say that I am very good, but I got to thr...
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Little Manatee River State Park - Florida Trail

January 29, 2017 - This past week I decided to check out the Little Manatee River State Park. I've driven by it so many times over the last...
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Upper Tampa Bay Park

January 15, 2017 - We stopped in this park for a brief visit last week and returned this week to actually spend some time enjoying the trai...
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Owls - Great Horned Owl at Philippe Park, Safety Harbor

December 11, 2016 - This past weekend after completing a family shoot with a young couple and their dogs we were packing up to leave when a...
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Florida Aquarium - An afternoon with wildlife

November 20, 2016 - Have you been to the Florida Aquarium? It's a wonderful place to spend a few hours and it's air conditioned! Yes, it's a...
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Reflections - Hillsborough River State Park

November 17, 2016 - As the weather cools down just a bit and it becomes dry with no rain, lot of the plants are starting to look wilted. Str...
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Hillsborough River State Park - Wild flowers!

November 13, 2016 - Recently I went out to Hillsborough River State Park a couple of times to get photographs of the wild flowers. Most time...
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Sawgrass Lake Park, Pinellas County

October 30, 2016 - Recently we visited one of my favorite Pinellas County parks, Sawgrass Lake Park. This park is located on the west side...
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Ft DeSoto Fishing Pier - Sunset and after.....

October 09, 2016 - Last week we went out to the fishing pier at Ft. DeSoto - it's been a long time since I have been to this park. It's bea...
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Riverhills Park - sometimes you need to see what's close to home

September 25, 2016 - Riverhills Park is on the Florida birding trail and if one takes the time to enjoy the park, you'll know why. Over the y...
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Pet Photography - Rescue Dog

September 04, 2016 - This past weekend, Jim and I traveled over to Winter Garden, Florida to photograph a young male pit bull dog (Earl) curr...
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Table Rock State Park, Pickens, South Carolina

July 31, 2016 - On the third day of our trip to South Carolina we ventured to Table Rock State Park. The brochure promised trails, a wat...
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Lowry Park Zoo - Zooper Pass for 2016

March 06, 2016 - Hi Everyone! This past week we went to Lowry Park Zoo located in Tampa, Florida and photographed some of the animals. Lo...
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Native Indian Festival, Brooksville, Florida

February 14, 2016 - On February 6th and 7th in Brooksville, Florida the 3rd Native Indian Festival was held at Florida Classic Park. Differe...
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Raptor Fest - Owls, Hawks - Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

February 08, 2016 - Saturday, February 6th, the third annual Raptor Fest was held at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in south St. Petersburg (Pine...
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Lighting makes a big difference!

January 17, 2016 - A few weeks back I posted a picture that was taken at Boy Scout Park and was selected to be a 'month' on the ELAPP calen...
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Boy Scout Park - ELAPP

January 03, 2016 - Boy Scout Park resides in Temple Terrace, Florida and is adjacent to Riverhills Park. Many who come to enjoy Riverhills...
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Autumn in Pine Mountain, Georgia

November 22, 2015 - We just returned from several days up in Pine Mountain, Georgia. It was a nice getaway to see the autumn colors and enjo...
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Can you see me NOW?!!

January 08, 2015 - One of my favorite places to take a stroll is on the boardwalk at Riverhills Park on the Hillsborough river in Temple T...
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Black and White Infrared

October 21, 2014 - Curiosity finally caught up with me as I have always been wondering about this 'other world' of infrared and how all thi...
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