Tag Archives: Florida

Chicks on the Beach

By Johna Till Johnson
Photos by Vladimir Brezina

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On a beautiful Sunday morning, Vlad went out to photograph chicks on the beach.

No… it’s not what you’re thinking!

We were staying at the Don CeSar Hotel in St. Pete Beach, Florida, where my company had just finished its annual conference. We tacked on a few days of vacation at the end.

And on the last day we heard about something unusual: a patch of beach where black skimmers (a kind of tern) were hatching their chicks. It was about a half-mile or so up the beach to the north, sandwiched right between hotels, roped off but otherwise out in the open, among the sunbathers and beach joggers.

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Golden Hour at St. Pete Beach

By Vladimir Brezina

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At the Loews Don CeSar Hotel, St. Petersburg Beach, Florida.

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Everybody Loves the Beach

By Vladimir Brezina

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Click on the photo to enlarge it. Story and more photos here!

Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

By Vladimir Brezina

This week’s Photo Challenge is On Top.

There’s a law in Florida that every post must have on top of it a pelican.

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More creatures on top are here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

By Vladimir Brezina

This week’s Photo Challenge is Threes:

“A three-picture story is a way to help you think about storytelling with images. To create a three-picture story, gather:

  1. An establishing shot: a broad photo of your subject.
  2. A relationship: two elements interacting with one another.
  3. A detail: a close-up of one part of your subject.”

Yes, I think I should be able to do that…

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More photos of Florida pelicans are here and here.

North Versus South

By Vladimir Brezina

Different materials, but the same impulse. It’s a united country after all…

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More Florida Birds

By Vladimir Brezina

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We’ve traveled to Florida a number of times over the past couple of years, and each time I’ve come back with hundreds—sometimes thousands!—of bird photos. The bird life on the Gulf Coast of Florida is amazingly rich and varied, and the birds have learned to tolerate, at least up to a point, human proximity…

Needless to say, processing thousands of bird photos has taken a long time.

But I’ve been getting through it. I’ve posted a few selections of the photos along the way (here, here, here, and here), and here now is the final installment.

As usual, though, I need help with identification! The identity of many of these birds is obvious, even to me, but of others not quite so obvious. But I know there are some real Florida bird experts among our readers… :-)

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Still more photos are here and here.