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Great egret
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Pine Mountain Utah

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Fog Frame

This sunrise is nicely framed with fog.
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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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Outstanding sunrise

What a beautiful beginning
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Doubler

Ivins Utah
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Garden Fireworks

Took this in my mother's garden.
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Great Blue Heron

The white form of the Great Blue Heron, known as the "great white heron," is found nearly exclusively in shallow marine waters along the coast of very southern Florida, the Yucatan Peninsula, and in the Caribbean. They hunt both day and night and can live over 20 years.
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Hibiscus

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Squall

This one sent a strong message to the boaters that day.
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Pretty Bird

Bird of Paradise on a walk in Pacific Grove CA
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Aspen Grove

Beautiful bright hike amongst white bark trees.
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Horse Ranch

Located in a very deep valley alongside a river with Zion National Park as background.
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Key West sunset

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Barbados lily

Wisconsin
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Bobcat

Weighing 15-33 lbs, the bobcat is a nocturnal, generally solitary cat equally at home in forests and deserts; it is less inclined to climb trees or swim. It feeds on rodents, rabbits, hares, and some birds. Wikipedia I found him in front of the house and was surprised how close he let me get. The reason was he had a rabbit trapped below him that was hiding behind a cactus, neither wanting to move. Eventually the cat stood up and slowly walked away from both of us.
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Winter In Gunlock Utah

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Posing Pelican

This immature brown pelican seemed to be asking to have his picture taken. After almost 20 years in Florida I've seen my share of pelicans but this one in particular was really striking a perfect pose.
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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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As seen on tv

I'm not a golfer but I've heard this is one of the iconic cypress trees seen along the ocean on a particular hole at Pebble Beach CA.
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Gunlock Reservoir Overflow

Fed by a record snowpack in the surrounding mountains, the waterfalls at the Gunlock Reservoir near St. George UT is flowing again and unleashing a torrent of water and visitors. It’s the third time in the past five years the water from the reservoir has cascaded over the dam and spilled onto the cliffside rocks, creating the rare waterfalls that lure visitors from all over Utah and southern Nevada. Text credit: The Salt Lake Tribune
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Dahlia

Wisconsin
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US 1 at sunset

Bridge connecting two Florida keys.
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PCH

The Pacific Coast Highway is about 1600 miles of photo opportunities. It follows the coast from Seattle to San Diego. This photo was taken along the 600 mile section in California near Big Sur.
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Almost

A full double over the Red Mountains in Ivins Utah
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Moms Garden

I'm not sure what type of plant it is but I like the way the yellow flower contrasts everything else.
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Purple Coneflower

With Wisconsin visitor
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Purple Coneflower

with big bee
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Melting Sun

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Blue Morning

Little contrast but superb reflection
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Desert Color

Ivins Utah is on the outskirts of St George bordered by red sandstone mountains, a Paiute reservation and large tracts of BLM land. The elevation is is about 3500', almost anything can be grown with supplementary water, snow come 2x/year but rarely lasts past 10am. Air is dry, rarely gets below freezing, it gets hot in July and August without the extremes of nearby Arizona and Nevada. The soil is orange due to the sandstone mountains behind me. Spring color begins in February as the temperatures climb with the falling rain.
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Keys Sunset

Sunset sail in Key West.
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Joshua Tree

Taken in Nevada at Gold Butte National Monument. This tree is about 10' tall and gets large white flowers when in bloom.
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Fire & Steam

Falls cool air and warmer lake water combine for an interesting dawn in Wisconsin.
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Cardinal Flower

Wisconsin
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Sunset Key West

Through a "fisheye" lens.
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PG

Pacific Grove CA is called PG for those lucky enough to live there. This mornings color was nicely muted by a little fog.
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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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Sunrise Surprise

Sitting on the dock focusing, one eye closed, on the sunrise and distant clouds, this rower appears in my viewfinder. He was so silent I never heard him coming.
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Gambel’s quail

Gambel's quail primarily move about by walking and can move surprisingly fast through brush and undergrowth. They are rarely seen in flight. Any flight is usually short and explosive, with many rapid wingbeats, followed by a slow glide to the ground. In the spring, Gambel's quail pair off for mating and become very aggressive toward other pairs. The female typically lays 10–12 eggs concealed in vegetation, often at the base of a rock or tree. The chicks leave the nest with their parents within hours of hatching. Wikipedia
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Hear it?

Some photos just naturally come with a soundtrack.
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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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Pretty Morning

Wisconsin Sunrise
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Dense Blazing Star

Wisconsin
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Cedar Breaks

The far peak is 11,300 feet. It's accessible by preferably 4WD vehicle a few months a year.
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Key West sunset

Took my camera down to the water last night and as the sun was melting into the horizon these two boats nicely lined up for me.
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Big Sky Country

The clouds were so nice I had to pull over between Lees Ferry AZ and the Grand Canyon North Rim.
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Gunlock Reservoir

Gunlock Reservoir is located in the scenic red rock country of southwestern Utah. It is a pretty little reservoir popular for boating and other water sports. It offers good fishing at times, particularly for largemouth bass and channel catfish.
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Rising star

Wisconsin sunrise over Pewaukee Lake.
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A very serious bird

Not sure what kind of hawk this is but they are pretty common in SW Utah.
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Doubler

Water drops on the lens glass but a very pretty sight.
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Top of the world

Brian Head peak Utah at almost 12,000 feet. On the dark side I've seen snow drifts in July. There was a small old stone shelter up here until last month when severe winds destroyed it.
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Black-eyed Susan

Wisconsin
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Claret Cup Cactus

Grows quite easily is SW Utah
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Bumble Bee Buzz

This Day Lily with bee photo was taken at the Boerner Botanical gardens in Milwaukee. The Bumble bee lives in underground colonies with anywhere from 50 to 500 individuals. The buzzing sound you hear when they are on flowers is them vibrating by shivering their flight muscles at particular frequencies to help dislodge pollen from the anthers of flowers.
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Hard to beat

Wind, surf, sunrise, beautiful clouds and a partial double rainbow all in one Key West morning.
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Mirrored Color

Smooth Wisconsin lake, total silence and a colorful dawn.
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Wisconsin fishing

The sun was rising behind this fisherman and I liked the reflections it was creating.
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Standing in one place, shoot right then left

On this rare snow covered morning I quickly set up my camera on the edge of a wash. I turned right and shot up the wash towards the Red Mountain that borders Snow Canyon State Park then turned the camera left and took another down the wash towards the Beaver Dam mountains. I spent the previous 2-3 hours in the park taking other photos of snow covered red sandstone, sand dunes and black lava. I had to move fast because in Ivins Utah snow like this only falls every couple of years and is gone in as many hours.
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Sunrise Key West

Old dock pilings on the Atlantic ocean side.
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Dahlia

Wisconsin
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Lunchtime

Florida Keys
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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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Wisconsin Sunrise

Taken over Pewaukee Lake towards Lake Michigan which is about 50 miles away.
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Lily

Wisconsin Orange Lily
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Pine Valley State Park

Located is SW Utah at an altitude that allows for snow all winter but only 30 minutes away is St George Utah that rarely ever gets snow.
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Fireball Rising

Almost impossible to photograph the sun without clouds. Even with their help I have to lower the amount of light coming into the camera. This reduces the light everywhere except the the sun, and its reflection. The fisherman floated by at just the right moment to make for a much more interesting photo.
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Aspen Forest

Northern Utah in the Park City area.
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Tropical golden hour

An hour after sunrise and sunset are called the golden hours during which time the light really nice for taking certain types of photos. I took this while walking a beach in Key West.
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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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Hibiscus

I took this hibiscus photo in Key West where as most places in the tropics they grow quite easily and in lots of colors.
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Dahlia

Most likely....
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Beautiful Lines

More of natures perfect design work
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On Patrol

Florida Keys brown pelicans
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Florida sky

I took this about an hour after sunrise in Key West.
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Red Mountain

This is in Ivins Utah which is about 100 miles from Las Vegas. The Navajo sandstone give it the red colors. There is a housing development at the base of the mountain and a beautiful outdoor amphitheater on the other side.
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Green Flash

You may have heard of the green flash in Key West. Per Wikipedia: When the conditions are right, a distinct green spot is briefly visible above the upper rim of the Sun's disk; the green appearance usually lasts for no more than two seconds. One evening I took a fast series of photos when it actually appeared (pure luck). Anyway, here's the authentic, elusive green flask.
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Orange Daylily

Wisconsin
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Calf Creek Canyon

Beautiful waterfall up ahead but I loved this part of the trail
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White Hibiscus – WI

Took this photo in my mother's garden in Wisconsin
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Temple of Sun and Moon

This is one of the many sites along the 73 mile Cathedral Valley loop which is located partially in Capital Reef National Park. You may be able to make out the people in the shadowy right corner for some scale. The nearest town is Hanksville Utah.
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Lily Art

Boerner Botanical Gardens in Milwaukee has a large variety of whatever is in bloom when you visit.
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Black-eyed Susan

Wisconsin
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Foggy fishing

Wisconsin sunrise through a heavy layer of fog.
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Hibiscus

I usually just walk by flowers quickly glancing at them but when I spend a moment looking at a photo I realize how amazing they really are.
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Great White

Egret passing by off Big Pine Key FL
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Yellow daylily

Wisconsin
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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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Sundown Key West

Looking south towards Cuba the sun is setting to my right. The sunset was nothing photo worthy but it nicely lit up this southernly direction.
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Joshua tree

For scale this branch and flower is about 30" wide, the tree had 11 flowers and was 20' tall making it between 500 and maybe 1,000 years old. I took the photo last week in the Joshua Tree Byway area which borders Nevada, Utah & Arizona. About the tree: First, they are not a tree but a Yucca plant that happens to resemble the size and growth pattern of a tree. They grow a fairly limited range within the Mojave Desert of California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. They only grow between elevations of 2,000 and 6,000 feet. They tend to grow from 15 to 40 feet tall, usually only adding 2 to 3 inches each year. It will take around half a century for a Joshua Tree to reach full size. Wikipedia
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Horseshoe geranium

Wisconsin
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Everglades National Park

Egret blending in and slowly making its way through the tall grass looking for a meal.
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Good Morning

Your Morning Rooster Facts: They make sure their hens eat before they do. A rooster protects his flock and will warn other birds if he senses danger. Hens and roosters look identical as chicks. If there is no rooster in a flock, a hen will step up to take charge. A hen may choose to mate with a rooster if she finds his comb attractive. There are an estimated 23 billion rosters and chickens and they live in all parts of the world. They were brought here by the settlers in the 1820s and still run wild all over Key West. It's said if you see someone taking a photo of one they can only be a tourist, or me.
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Early Spring

Driving between Cedar Breaks National Monument and Bryce Canyon.
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Rose Shrub

California Coast
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Brian Head

Utah’s Brian Head Peak stands at a whopping 11,306 feet.  From this observation point at the end of Break Head Peak Road, it is possible to gaze out into three different states at once: Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. The view is truly unbeatable, but the drive up can be tricky for inexperienced drivers. It’s important to have tires with good traction as the road winds around the mountain and becomes very steep in certain sections.
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Mid 1800s Farm

This Utah farm was established in 1859-1863.
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Sunrise

Sunflower farm in Wisconsin.
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Gambel’s Quail

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

This is a Silver Bismarck Palm which of course in real life is colored a light green so it looks silvery compared to other palms. But with the help of a black & white camera it truly is now a Silver Bismarck Palm. I took this photo in Key West FL.
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Rudbeckia

Wisconsin