Well, it has come to that moment where I simply must speak of my favorite things, and of course there are more than just a few of them that I have discovered both here and in other places I have lived. As far as photography, my passion for capturing nature and especially the winged creatures began with our two year stay in Florida. The Seminole Trail ran behind our house, and daily treks led to increased health and a myriad assortment of subjects for my digital palette. From birds to butterflies, ancient trees to ponds brimming with amphibian life, and petal to wing, there was something exotic and wonderful for me to see and capture with both my physical and digital “eye” every time I stepped out of my door. It is not difficult at all to share the wonder and beauty of these marvelous creations, but the challenging part is deciding which ones to present to you here in this confined space with the hope that somehow you will be able to imagine the glorious presence they presented and feel the immense gratitude I experienced as I observed them in their natural surroundings. My hope is that you will see what I saw when I decided to lift my camera and try to mimic their true essence with its lens.
Let’s begin with the Wild Orchid, the National flower of Costa Rica. This stalk grows steadily and stately outside my kitchen window in the little home we live in here in the midst of flourishing life and abundance. Every day they greet the morning and the past six months have never seen a sunrise arrive without one or more blooms to bid me “Good morning!”
In sunshine or rain they carry on, and I love to photograph them every chance I get.
Ahhh…the magical butterfly, bringing to mind visions of faeries, meadows and summer days. This particular variety is known as the Owl Butterfly, for together the design on their wings forms the illusion of an owl’s eyes to warding off predators. I photographed these while on a Mangrove tour here in Costa Rica, near Quepos.
This feathery beauty caught my husband’s eye while visiting a friend up in the mountains. If I am enthralled with birds, so is he with growing things from mild to wild.
One of the most amazing things about the walking trail in Florida was the wide variety of wildflowers that was always there, often changing from day to day and always present, even during the winter months.
I never tire of watching the wind in the grasses, the flowers lifting their faces to the sun, or the winged creatures that decorate this ever changing canvas we call Earth.
Often against a background of stark contrast, the beauty of a single blossom is the star of its surrounding landscape, such as this bloom upon the branches of an otherwise gray tree in the hills near San Isidro, Costa Rica.
Oh, little hummingbird, you capture my heart. Why do you fly away so soon?
And, speaking of red….
Like the red bloom against the stark gray branch, these Scarlet MacCaws cut a stunning image against the dead tree branches and bright blue of the Jaco sky. They gave us quite a show and afforded an amazing photo session for me.
Dipping and soaring, playing and preening, life for these birds goes on even while amazed busloads of people come and go, snapping photos while crying out in delight.
They tease and goad one another like naughty children, until one provokes another to take wing and join it in flight.
Off they go!
Every angle of their flight presents a new array of color and form.
Each time we see them is a unique and wonderful experience.
And let’s not forget the brilliant Sunflower, this one shot on a main street in my hometown of Baton Rouge, LA
And I turn my face to the glorious light of day…
The butterflies are certainly free-and lovely.
Just as the wild orchid has been my morning companion here in the jungle, so the wild Iris greeted me every day while living in Florida.
Sometimes flowers are adorned with friends! What precious gifts. I will share more later. I hope you have beautiful miracles and wonderful friends in your day.