A photograph can easily change your perspective. This picture was taken at birds eye level, but it is not what you would think of as birds eye view. At just a few inches high, you can hardly focus on what is beneath you. But you can clearly see the silhouettes of humans walking on the beach, some holding hands, some all alone. Some far away, some very close. Look closely and in the far off distance you can make out the Sanibel Causeway. Size is a relative concept. A one inch wave just might make you stumble and fall, so run, run quickly.
Nikon D610; 28-300mm, 1/30 sec, f3.5, 28mm, ISO 900
Tide was going out and Charlotte Harbor was pretty choppy. We didn't go far before turning toward home. It's never worth it when the winds begin gusting and the white caps begin to appear. As we returned, I caught eye of this. Endearing I thought. The winds did not stop this Dad and first mate. They were on a mission. They kayaked out to this quickly rising sandbar and set out to discover. It doesn't matter the mission, it was the journey that mattered. Ingrained in their memories will be this adventure and the time they spent together. I've enjoyed such moments but always yearn for more.
Nikon D610; 28-300mm, 1/1500sec, F5.6, ISO 200, 300mm
The angle of this shot hides the Pantheon in the Piazza della Rotunda in Rome. The Pantheon Fountain was commissioned by Pope Gregory XIII. The fountain assumed its current appearance in 1711. Filippo Barigioni was given the tedious task of reconstruction of the fountain. It was fully restored by the end of the past century and some of the original parts, masks that once decorated the top of the fountain, can be viewed in the Rome Museum.
An obelisk is standing on top of the cliff on a pedestal in honor of the Egyptian goddesses Isis and Serapis.
Nikon D610, 17-35mm, 17mm, 1/180sec, ISO 3200, F22
Stellar beauty and medicinal calm, that is the Peace River originating in Polk County (East of Tampa) and ending in Charlotte Harbor near Punta Gorda, the river runs more than 100 miles. The shore line is mostly undeveloped due to the extreme rise and fall of the water level depending on the season. Thankfully, this river is hard to tame. As such, any development is restricted to grazing land. This photo is taken about 20 miles up river from Charlotte Harbor.
Nikon D610, 17-35mm, 17mm, 1/350 sec, ISO 200, f/11
I watch these prehistoric creatures run on water, spread their haggard wings and to my surprise lift off as if there are invisible thrusters providing lift. Once airborne, they soar like a glider with perfect control until it is time for them to once again dive fast and furiously into the water, Headaches must be a casualty of the never ending cycle.
Nikon D610, 28-300mm, 300mm, 1/1500 sec, ISO 1500, F`16
They say you need to go out west to see the really big skies. That may be so, but I am pretty sure the skies of Southwest Florida are as dramatic as the west offers and probably more. Certainly, they show off their dramatic talents more frequently and consistently deliver the promise of rain, lightning and thunder with regularity. This sky, believe it or not, was just fair weather clouds.
Incredible is the world in front of our eyes that we rarely see. I don't know what this flower is, I just know that it is awesome. At center is a cavern of unimaginable grace, with sparkling pillars of light enticing you to visit and a spiral centerpiece sinking into the darkness. It would be a literal field day for a Fairy Speleologist to venture deep within.
Nikon D610, 28-300mm, 1/180 sec, ISO 200, F/38, 230mm with Flash
Peace can be found in many places, at sea, on a mountain top, in the forest, or here. Justly named, the Peace River just east of Punta Gorda is such a place. The gentle flow of the river bounded by grasses and trees covered in green, the skies here are forever and the clouds seem to be ever-present but never shading the sun. This is a place for some quiet time. Time to empty the mind. Nothing to think about but what is around you.
Nikon D610, 28-300mm, f8, 1/1000sec, 28mm, ISO200
It is a rare moment when I can capture something exciting with my Tamron 600mm lens because it usually takes patience and time. This day, I was lucky! It just so happened that this red shouldered hawk wanted to share its catch with me and hung around long enough for me to find my camera, find my lens, assemble and head outside to take some pictures.
Nikon 610, Tamron 600mm, 1/500sec, ISO 250, F6.3, 600mm
It has been said that sand storms in the Sahara Desert have risen to the jet stream and traveled around the globe enhancing our sunsets beyond belief. Privileged to bear witness.
f5.6 1/350sec 28mm
In Bokeelia, FL on the northern tip of Pine Island, there is little to see and do. All coast land is private, except for the parking lot to Captain Con's Seafood Restaurant. The cars have a wonderful view of Gasperilla Sound. The long piers are private unless you want to fish, for $8 you can fight for a place at the end of the pier. If you want to take pictures, rent a boat.
With a Camera and maybe with the eyes, you can see around or through solid objects. The sun is covered by palm fronds, yet we can see it clearly. Pretty special. This is Ponce de Leon Park named for Juan Ponce de León, who led the first Spanish expedition to Florida in 1513-as legend has it-in search of the "fountain of youth." Next to the park is the Peace River Wildlife Center - a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation facility tucked neatly into the mangroves overlooking Charlotte Harbor at Ponce de Leon Park.
Sometimes you can see something so pure in the face of a child that it transcends the moment and becomes an engram which lasts forever for no other reason than you had the opportunity to witness it. This is such a face. It isn't important, but this is Logan. Her eyes tell a story of happiness which spreads to her cheeks and onward to her contagious smile. Capturing such a moment is pure happenstance but the rewards are immeasurable.
Nikon D600,1/180 second, ISO 400, F9.5, 122mm
While visiting Crane's Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts over the weekend, a baby harbor seal was lounging on the outer tip of the beach. We were told that her Mom was out fishing. A 150' perimeter was maintained by the rangers.
Crane's Beach is part of the Crane Estate, once known as Agawam laid claim by John Winthrop in 1637. It became the site of Castle Hill, one of the wealthiest estates in America purchased by Richard T. Crane as a summer retreat. In 1910 he built the 59 room mansion atop Castle Hill. The Crane Estate was donated by his wife Florence in 1949. The mansion was featured in the Witches of Eastwick.
Nikon D610, 1/180 Second ISO 400, F/22, 300mm (28-300mm)
I suppose if I were a water faerie, I might like to call this home. With rooms with a view and reading lights in every nook, it is interesting, pleasing to the eye and remarkably odd, all at the same time. If it isn't enough to just gaze at for a while, you might be interested to know that it opens. It is like some labyrinthine sea creature recently discovered near the Galapagos. This is the stunning creation of my Daughter Jacqueline Richard. It has been said, if you build it they will come. I wonder....
Nikon D610, 1/20 second at f/13, ISO 400, 44mm (28-300mm)
Thinking back, it started at Caffe Vittoria in the North End of Boston for us. We have had no better cappuccino, although many close encounters. Add a shot of Bailey's Irish Creme and it becomes a fitting dessert for any meal, At home, it has become a tradition each Sunday morning. It has taken some time to perfect the formula, the steaming of the milk, proper espresso, brewing time, organic cinnamon, and the sequence of events, It is a work in progress, but the result is closely approaching a near perfect result.
Fuji X100T, 1/80 second at f/2.0, ISO 200, 23mm
Love Locks... It seems there are hundreds of Love Lock locations around the world. Who knew. There are maps available online. I wonder if I could get a grant to document all of them. I think I will start in Penang and head to Toowoomba, Australia jumping over to Montevideo, Uraguay for what seems to be the only Love Lock location in South America. This picture was taken on Massachusetts Avenue in Boston.
Fuji X100T, 1/2000 second at f/3.2, ISO 200, 23mm
Just over the crest of the hill near Heywood Reservoir, the northern most water body of Wekepeke, is Sholan Farms with a glorious view of the eastern horizon. Good Morning!
Nikon D610, 1/4000 second at f 5.0, ISO 4000, 150mm, Tamron 150-600
This little guy scared me pretty good. All was quiet just after dawn this morning, walking along a pond (Lynde Basin) and this beaver slaps his his tail - it sounded like a boulder fell from the sky. I was obviously intruding.
Nikon D610, 1/60 second at f5.6, 300mm, ISO 400, 28-300
The temperature is a blustery 22 degrees and the wind is howling making the wind chill pretty severe. I got cold standing on the edge of the pond for the few minutes it took to take this guy's picture. I have to say, if you are going to dress up in an orange suit and sit in the middle of a beautiful blue pond in the middle of winter scooping freezing slush out of a hole you dug with a motorized cork screw, you need to be prepared for a guy like me to come along and take your picture. Get over it! Don't look like your privacy has been invaded.
Nikon D610, 1/60 second at f/16, ISO 71, 280mm (150-66 Tamron) - 7818
I just love the Boston skyline at night. It has such personality, such charisma. Even with the Longfellow bridge under construction with the bright lights that look like starbursts through the lens of the camera, Such charm. It's also very interesting how different the John Hancock (center) looks at night. Shining from the inside, it is no longer reflective. The water on the Charles had almost melted and provided a great reflection. Such a treat.
Nikon D610, 8 seconds at f/8, ISO71, 29mm (24-70 f/2.8) - 7694
Without the key to the scene, the distinctive Prudential in the background, you could hardly discern where this picture was taken. You can barely make out the Mugar Omni Theater to the right. What you see are the grasses growing in a wonderful lush park with walkways, waterways, bridges, benches, and a haven for skateboarders and strollers alike. Truth be told, forty years ago, this area was covered in warehouses, oil soaked dirt roads, filth, rubbish and the home for Cambridge industry, trucking and freight distribution simply named B&M Rail Yard #7. It was, in fact, where I began... working in these warehouses, just steps away from North Station. How pleasant it is to see what people who care are able to accomplish over time. Bravo! Who says you can't go back? What a treat.
Nikon D610, 1/500 second at f/11, ISO200, 116mm, 28-300mm - 7258
I guess I have become obsessed with the light of the sun as it drifts off to sleep or begins to wake up. I look for it almost every day and get a little depressed when I can't find it. Even if the wind chill is in the single digits and the wind is howling, that last sparkle of light is some kind of a reward.
Nikon D610, 1/4000 second at f9.5, ISO 200, 50mm - 6696
Our last day in La Jolla was very special. We had a red-eye so we had one last opportunity to spend time with the Pacific. We spent hours strolling along the shore. It was thrilling for me to again see the coming of sunset and that magic glow of golden light that can only be seen when the sun is very low near the horizon. We catch occasional glimpses of the golden sheen on the east coast from time to time. At the Pacific, it happens all the time. It doesn't go unnoticed. Photographers, both amatuer and professional come out by the droves to witness the magic of the light.
Nikon D610, 1/250 second, ISO 200, 28mm (28-300mm) - 6395
And so it begins.... I have decided I will post one picture every week in 2016. Far less effort than 2015, but not really. Still taking the same number of pictures, but only selecting the very best for my post. We were in La Jolla, California yesterday and enjoyed a stellar sunset on the beach. Something locals must take for granted, but we do not. My camera battery died just after this picture was taken, so I missed the green flash of the setting sun, but somehow I wasn't disappointed. So fortunate to have witnessed this grand spectacle.
Nikon D610, 1/4000 second at f/5.6, ISO 100, 92mm (28-300mm) - 5338
I am Robert McKay Jones, a photographer from Sterling, Massachusetts. I take photographs almost every day. I will post my favorites here.