Tag: photography

Weather plant and ice crystals in rain barrel.

We are fortunate to have a weather plant in our back yard. A glance at this amazing plant will tell us instantly if it is freezing outside. Our weather plant is a Florida anise and when the temperature drops below

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Improve terrestrial milky way photos using image stacking

Photos of the milky way are more interesting if there is some kind of terrestrial object in the foreground to indicate the location. Lighthouses make great foreground objects not only because they show the location of the photo but the

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Moonlight and lightning

The night is a wonderful time to take photographs. I particularly love to take shots of the Milky Way, lightning storms, and moonlit landscapes. Moonlight is simply sunlight bounced off the gray moon and it has the same color balance

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Ranger John’s bench is back!

In my post of September 8, 2016 I reported Ranger John’s memorial bench had been damaged by hurricane Hermine. On a recent visit to the Refuge on I saw the bench had been repaired (or replaced). I was so used

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DarkTherapee and the Gimp

“DarkTherapee” is what I call my raw image development workflow and makes use of the FOSS (free and open source software) programs darktable and RawTherapee. The two programs complement each other very well and provide an incredible array of features.

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The Boat-tailed Grackle at St. Marks NWR

Visitors to the Saint Marks National Wildlife Refuge often ask “What is that black bird?” when they see a Boat-tailed Grackle. Most people think it is a crow. They are also surprised to learn that the female grackle is a

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Beautiful palm tree succumbs to hurricane Hermine

I lost a friend this year.  A friend that I visited often.  That friend was a palm tree located behind the St. Marks NWR lighthouse. As a young tree it had been pushed over to its side, possibly by a

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St. Marks NWR before the arrival of hurricane Hermine

I love clouds, storms, hurricanes and Saint Marks National Wildlife Refuge so of course I headed to the refuge the day hurricane Hermine was expected to make landfall. My plan was to enjoy the clouds and wind then take a

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The Milky Way and St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge Lighthouse

Summer in Florida is a great time to take beautiful cloud and storm photographs.  It also brings a chance to view our galaxy, the Milky Way, in its full glory. During Summertime in the U.S the Earth faces directly at

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Clouds and patchy sunlight over a salt marsh at St. Marks NWR

A few days ago Chantal and I were at the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge as some dark storm clouds passed to our west.  The dark clouds formed a beautiful backdrop to the Cedar Point Trail salt marsh. The sun

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