Happy SUNday!

Bald cypress growing from a seed I planted. The seed came from the big cypress trees I have growing in my backyard. This one will get transplanted later this year – I don’t know where yet but I’m sure it will be happy.

Florida bald cypress about two years old.
One of my backyard beauties. This one was planted about 30 years ago when we first moved here (Amelia Island, Florida).

Camera – Samsung Galaxy S8+

Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day! – Chris

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by, and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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Testing my Nikon AF Nikkor 300mm f4 ED lens

This Nikkor lens is a bit of a throwback to another age (1987) when Nikon was still making rugged metal lens bodies (I’ll post pics of it soon). I tested it on my Nikon D800 just yesterday afternoon for the first time. It was pretty late in the day so the sunlight was getting a bit warmish.

300mm f6.3 at 1/160 ISO 400
300mm f8 at 1/250 ISO 400

What amazes me most about the image above is the detail at the top of this tall pine. My guess is that the tree is about eighty feet tall and is a couple of suburban yards away from my shooting location. The Nikon D800 is a full-frame DSLR with 36.3 megapixels. Both shots were handheld (no image stabilization).

Pictured with the built-in hood extended. It accepts 82mm lens caps and screw-in filters.

Thanks for stopping by. More test pics soon. – Chris

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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Happy SUNday!

Ready for Spring to spring!

Early Gerber daisy.
Our mighty front yard oak.
Just needs a plant, but which?
Maidenhair ferns in the afternoon sun.

Camera – Fujifilm FinePix JX250 (from 2010).

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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Happy Thanksgiving! – turkey and deck cleaning?

Before and after

This wood deck in my backyard is 17-years-old – I built it back in 2003 as an enjoyable spot to connect our house with the wooded back areas of my yard. I love trees and I love the shade they provide during the hot summer months here in North Florida. The downside of having a wood deck in a forest is that it tends to get dirty quickly – really quickly. Algae, mold, dirt, leaves, and grime combine to turn the wood black.

I started cleaning the deck with my pressure washer (electric 2100 psi) last weekend and I’ve still got a long way to go but I thought I’d share a before and after picture of just how nice it’s coming along. No chemicals, just water pressure (and time).

Pressure washing can be a relaxing and enjoyable experience. I tend not to think about anything while I’m doing it. So its kinda peaceful during these frightening times.

Speaking of peaceful. I want to wish all of my friends and followers here on WordPress a wonderful Thanksgiving day and that you’re able and sit back and enjoy spending some time in person and virtually with the people you love.

Thanks for stopping by – peace and love y’all! – Chris

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The Bog

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A view from my sunroom window of our backyard habitat. Steady winter rains have reestablished the bog. It’s rained for about 48 hours straight as a low from the Gulf of Mexico moved across the southeast.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

In the Garden – Imperial Moth

Today’s visitor in our North Florida garden – a colorful imperial moth.

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It’s a gorgeous moth, about 6 inches across and so very colorful.

Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S9900W

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Friday Fotos – There’s a snake in the grass!

I believe this early morning visitor in our garden is a common Florida cottonmouth (water moccasin). Very poisonous.

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Water moccasin taking a break in our garden.

To the left of the cypress tree trunk is the part of our backyard that’s essentially a natural bog and wetlands with heavy tree cover. Ideal for snakes. Most of the snakes on our property are common black racers but we have our share of cottonmouth and rattlesnakes too.

Camera – Fujifilm X-A10 with Fujinon Aspherical Super EBC XC 16-50mm f/3.5 Lens

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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