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Iguana

An herbivore, originally from Central, South America and the Caribbean, the iguana is a large species of lizard. Large in size, males usually reach up to nearly 5 feet in length. With sunny skies and sub-tropical temperatures, it’s no wonder that iguanas have found another home in the Florida Keys. It’s believed that the first iguanas to find themselves in the Florida Keys were stowaways on several ships bringing fruit over from South America.
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Perfection

Not sure what it is but the colors are striking. This was in my mothers Wisconsin garden.
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Harbor Shower

Small shower moving over the Key West harbor.
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Foggy Morning

Above the cloud bank over Lake Michigan and through the fog.
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Point Sur

Point Sur Lighthouse is a lightstation at Point Sur 24.6 miles south of Monterey, California on top the 361-foot-tall rock at the head of the point. It was established in 1889 and is part of Point Sur State Historic Park. The light house is 40 feet tall and 270 feet above sea level. Wikipedia
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Water Lily

Boerner Botanical Gardens in Milwaukee. This lily is a Nymphaea.
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Outside Zion

This is the Virgin River after it has left Zion National Park. Behind me is the deserted town of Grafton UT which has been partially restored by the Park Service due to its unique history.
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New Day Comes

Back on Pewaukee Lake
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Reddish Dawn

Key West, Casa Marina pier.
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Canna Indian Shot

Taken at Boerner Botanical Gardens in Milwaukee. Leica 24-90 76mm f5.6 1/25
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Red Mountain

Red Mountain is a plateau of Navajo Sandstone within the Red Mountain Wilderness Area in Ivins, Utah. The elevation is about 4800 feet.
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Look Up

Standing at the bottom of a slot canyon in AZ about noon. The sun lights up the sandstone but blocks the bright sun making for interesting photos. ISO50 Leica 35mm f/16 8 seconds.
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Doubler

Water drops on the lens glass but a very pretty sight.
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Great Blue Heron

Taken while visiting Horicon Marsh in WI. The wingspan can reach 6.5 feet.
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Labor Day 1935

The death of Flagler’s railroad happened on Labor Day in 1935. It began when the barometer started dropping. Nobody knew that the most powerful hurricane to ever hit the United States was on its way. In the 200-mph winds the railroad cars were blown off the track. Only the locomotive, which weighed 320,000 pounds, stood up to the storm. More than 400 bodies were recovered. Most had drowned though others were killed by flying debris.The Flagler railroad was lost too. When I drive across the New Seven Mile Bridge now I crane my neck to look at the Old Seven Mile Bridge and I see ghosts. Jeff Klinkenberg - Historian
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The Lone Cypress

The Lone Cypress is a Monterey cypress tree located in Pebble Beach, California. Standing atop a granite headland overlooking Carmel Bay, the tree has become a Western icon and has been called one of the most photographed trees in North America. Wikipedia
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Hibiscus

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Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls is a 607-foot-tall double cataract waterfall in the south end of Provo Canyon in Utah. Maybe you can see the lady in red near the bottom to give you better size perspective.
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Silent Color

Sunrise over my favorite Lake in Pewaukee Wisconsin
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Nice start

The 10 miles to the far shore of Pewaukee Lake WI leaves plenty of area for reflection.
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Joshua Tree

It is native to the arid Southwestern United States, specifically California, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. Based on growth estimates this 8 foot tree is 150-200 years old. If it survives the rigors of the desert, it can live for hundreds of years; some specimens survive a thousand years.
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On Patrol

Florida Keys brown pelicans
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Argentine cactus

Argentine cactus blooms throughout the day and night with spectacularly large 8" flowers. While the blooms only last 36-48 hours, they are splendid enough to attract eager pollinators during the night, which include bats and moths.
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Full Sun

I was in a field with thousands of sunflowers. I found it interesting the number of insects that were in and around them making the field buzz.
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One Season Ends

Boating season ends but the light show continues.
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White Pocket

White Pocket is a National Monument in Utah and also an appropriate name for this photo. Like many National Monuments out her, there are no amenities such as water, toilets or camping sites and the roads require a capable vehicle.
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Setting Moon

Beaver Dam mountains Ivins Utah
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Simple Sea Grass

Walking on the Florida Keys reef at low tide in 4-10 inches of water one...
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Another Day

Key West sunset is always a beautiful end of day.
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White Hibiscus – WI

Took this photo in my mother's garden in Wisconsin
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Sundance

In 1969, Robert Redford bought the land now known as Sundance and envisioned the careful growth of a community committed to the balance of art, nature and community. Today, Sundance offers an atmosphere steeped in cultural heritage. It's located near Provo Utah.
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Keys Morning

Sunrise from (almost) the southernmost point in the US.
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Low Flow

Took a long hike to find a waterfall shooting horizontal out of a crevasse. It was more of a drizzle due to rainfall but the scenery was pretty.
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Breezy Sunset

Key West FL
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Pine Valley

Pine Valley, at the head of the Santa Clara River in the Pine Valley Mountains Utah.
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Mid 1800s Farm

This Utah farm was established in 1859-1863.
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Great Horned

This just might be one of our neighbors. Last spring I took photos of a Great Horned with 2 babies within 50' of this one. I'll keep checking the rock wall behind me where the nesting spot on the ledge is.
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Roadrunner

Usually hunts by walking rapidly, looking for prey, then making very rapid (15 - 20 mph) dash forward to catch prey in its bill. May leap straight up from ground to catch insects or birds flying over (has been seen catching hummingbirds this way). They are primarily carnivorous but will eat cactus fruit and some seeds.
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Rudbeckia

If this is correct it's also called a Black-eyed Susan. I took the photo in Wisconsin.
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Enterprise

One very cold morning we drove over the mountains you see in the distance. Here in Enterprise NV it's flat endless hay fields. This sunrise was beautiful, lighting up ground fog/haze and the vegetation picked up the sky color as it was frost white. My fingers froze working the camera quickly to capture this.
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Zinnias

Zinnias are one of the easiest flowers to grow because seeds require only basic garden preparation to sprout and the plants flower in just a few weeks; they can flourish with very little fertilizer and still produce flowers.
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Low Ceiling

Near Duck Creek Utah at roughly 10,000 feet. Aspens, perfect clouds, river and lava field make for a nice landscape. Leica SL ISO 50 72mm f/11 1/125
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Simple Bouquets

At a farmers market the colors just caught my eye.
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Into the storm

Key West Ferry leaves the harbor into some angry skies.
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An interesting photo

This photo file is 87MB which means crystal clear resolution. When uploaded to this site you are looking at 106KB. Though not very sharp you can still make out those dark spots on the sun. The sun is so bright it overpowers a camera like our eyes if you try to look at it. In this rare case there was just enough cloud/haze that it could be easily photographed but not strong enough to hide those dark areas which are sunspots! Anyway, I think that's pretty amazing that we can see them in this photo.
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Rich Color

WI Sunrise...color like this is extremely rae
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Phlox

Wisconsin
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Foggy Sunrise

Used a long lens to pull the island closer in this very foggy, golden morning light in Wisconsin.
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Slot Canyon

Around Page AZ there are 6-10 slot canyons on tribal lands. Some are very deep so between 10am-2pm the sunlight shines down and if you can hold a camera steady the resulting photos are very pretty.
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Cedar Breaks National Monument

As seen from about 11,000 feet. This and Bryce Canyon National Park are unusual because the view is usually seen by looking down.
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Purple Coneflower

With Wisconsin visitor
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Pretty Morning

Wisconsin Sunrise
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Rose Shrub

California Coast
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Colorado River

Over my right shoulder about 1/2 mile is the Glen Canyon dam.
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Key West Sunset

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Big Horn Sheep

Valley of Fire Nevada
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Peace

Sure could use a dose of that in the world.
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Heading out

Hopeful fisherman into the morning light
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It’s real

I am fortunate to be able to get so many beautiful sunrise photos. And if the water is smooth......ah....reflection bonus.
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Orchid

Orchids are one of the two largest families of flowering plants. There are over 28,000 currently accepted species of orchids and horticulturists have produced more than 100,000 hybrids. The number of orchid species is nearly equal to the number of bony fishes, more than twice the number of bird species, and about four times the number of mammal species. (Wikipedia)
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Some can only be described with a photo

Wisconsin
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Gambel’s Quail

Taking refuge under a shrub during the rare SW Utah snowfall.
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Lillies

From my mother's garden in Wisconsin
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Glad I was home

And I did not do any color enhancment.
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Technicolor Fishing

Under a beautiful Wisconsin morning sky.
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Red Morning

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Irma Visits

September 2017 Hurricane Irma made landfall in an area 20-50 miles north of Key West as a Category 4 with 140mph winds with recorded gusts of 180 on Big Pine Key. About a month after the storm passed I visited this area on Long Beach Road. Having rented the house in this picture for 3 years I was very familiar with the area. The devastation was heartbreaking.
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What are you looking at?

Female Great Horned Owl in Utah. She was watching over her 2 babies which made it easy to find and photograph them in daylight.
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Hurricane Irma

September 2017 Hurricane Irma made landfall in an area 20-50 miles north of Key West as a Category 4 with 140mph winds with recorded gusts of 180 on Big Pine Key. About a month after the storm passed I visited this area on Long Beach Road.
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Fly Fishing

Ospreys search for fish by flying on steady wingbeats and bowed wings or circling high in the sky over relatively shallow water. They often hover briefly before diving, feet first, to grab a fish. You can often clearly see an Osprey's catch in its talons as the bird carries it back to a nest or perch. I took this at an old quarry now filled with fresh water on Big Pine Key FL.
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Golden Dawn

Good Morning Key West
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Mirror

Based on the light sometimes I have to leave the shutter open to capture more light. This one took 6 seconds which had the added benefit of smoothing out the already flat lake.
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This fisherman must feel lucky even if he catches nothing.

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The power of Irma

September 2017 Hurricane Irma made landfall in an area 20-50 miles north of Key West as a Category 4 with 140mph winds with recorded gusts of 180 on Big Pine Key. About a month after the storm passed I visited this area on Long Beach Road. This home received the 5' water surge plus wave tops relentlessly pushing until it broke through the house. Everything in the home was swept into the mangroves behind me.
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Near Zion

Outside of Zion National Park this serves as a background for the abandoned town of Grafton. At the base, and reason for the towns settlement is the Virgin river which carved the landscape here and created Zion Park a few miles away.
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Zinnias

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Mesquite

Rugged road through some Joshua trees with Mesquite Nevada way off in the distance. Not quite sure if I'm standing in Arizona or Utah because all three states are at this location, pretty close together. Beautiful spot to be for sunset due to the light and silence.
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Hurricane Irma

September 2017 Hurricane Irma made landfall in an area 20-50 miles north of Key West as a Category 4 with 140mph winds with recorded gusts of 180 on Big Pine Key. About a month after the storm passed I visited this area on Long Beach Road. I walked the entire road and beach and the silence amplified the destruction.
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Bird of Paradise

Desert Bird of Paradise. Can grow as tall as 13 feet as a shrub or trimmed to a tree shape.
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140 mph Irma

September 2017 Hurricane Irma made landfall in an area 20-50 miles north of Key West as a Category 4 with 140mph winds with recorded gusts of 180 on Big Pine Key. About a month after the storm passed I visited this area on Long Beach Road.
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Minimalist Sunrise

Just enough moisture in the air to act as a natural filter. If it were a clear sky, no eye can focus to photograph the sun.
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1880s

South Dakota
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Hurricane Irma

September 2017 Hurricane Irma made landfall in an area 20-50 miles north of Key West as a Category 4 with 140mph winds with recorded gusts of 180 on Big Pine Key. About a month after the storm passed I visited this area on Long Beach Road. Hard to grasp the force of the storm. Most homes along the street looked similar to this one.
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Maraschino

Pewaukee Lake WI
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Irma wins

September 2017 Hurricane Irma made landfall in an area 20-50 miles north of Key West as a Category 4 with 140mph winds with recorded gusts of 180 on Big Pine Key.
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Please

To my right there were a couple fishermen cleaning their catch. Now and then they'd throw some scraps to these guys.
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Water Power

In a 50' deep slot canyon in Kanab Utah. The very smooth sandstone walls, clean sand floor and 12" log trapped 20 some feet in the air is why they advise staying out of narrow canyons when there is rain anywhere within 100 miles.
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Pacific Coast CA

Pacific Coast Highway about an hour from Carmel CA.
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Copper Colored Sunrise

Pewaukee Lake WI which is about 50 miles West of Milwaukee and 50 miles East of Madison.
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Leucospermum

Saw it at a farmers market in So California. The guy had buckets of the most exotic cut flowers I've ever seen.
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Rare Snow

A vey rare January snowfall in SW Utah. That evening 4-10” fell within maybe a 10 mile area and was completely gone by noon the same day. It happens maybe once a year and always looks beautiful mixed in with the areas Red Mountain.
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Desert Marigold

These grow wild and are very common along the sides of the road in SW Utah. The bluish green stems are a nice contrast with the yellow flowers while growing in red soil.
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Wisconsin

Old house in Eagle Wisconsin.
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Soft Sunrise

The light and reflection were very unusual.
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Reservoir Sunset

Gunlock Utah
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Contrasts reflected

Wisconsin
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White Hibiscus

Soft red and white in the shadows.
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Egret

The largest of the white-colored wading birds in Florida, the great egret is frequently seen in wetlands areas and along waterways.
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Orchids

Walking around experimenting with my black & white camera I took this photo of deep blue almost purple orchids growing in deep shade.
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Key West Sunset

Hard not to post these beautiful scenes.
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