Pretty Blue

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Electric Blue – Gatorland – March 2015

“Even Monkeys fall out of trees” – Japanese Proverb

His breeding plumage blue is fading, maybe I’ll get better pics next year. You can get a flavor for how dramitic the color change is, his beak is usually dark to yellow.

Quote found in the book The Zen of Creativity by John Daido Loori.

Babies

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Baby Great Egret – Gatorland – March 2015

Great Egret

Waiting for Mom – Gatorland – March 2015

“I shut my eyes in order to see: – Paul Gauguin

Gatorland in Orlando has a wonderful rookery. And while it may not seem logical, gators and nesting birds have a symbiotic relationship. Nests are made in the trees above swimming gators. The birds lose an occasional egg or two, and in turn get protection from the rest of the creatures.

Quote found in the book The Zen of Creativity by John Daido Loori.

Bird Day #5

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Purple Gallinule – Orlando Wetlands Park – March 2015

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Lunch – Orlando Wetlands Park – March 2015

“I am always doing what I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” – Pablo Picasso

A couple of purple gallinule among the spatterdock. The 2nd guy was munching away on the flower. This weekend I will try to get some good pictures of the flowers. They are interesting in that they never seem to fully open. Another pic I’m looking for is a full face of the gallinule, the beaks are yellow, then red, with a blue shield above it. Oh and the bright yellow legs are cool too.

Quote found in the book The Zen of Creativity by John Daido Loori.

The Zen of Creativity

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Duck Potato – Orlando Wetlands Park – March 2015

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” Albert Einstein Just finished The Zen of Creativity by John Daido Loori, He was a Buddhist monk, photographer, and artist. Very insightful book. Great follow up study to Frederick Franck’s work. Perhaps in a couple of months if I get over the wonder of new discovery I will be able to focus more on the art side of photography. Info on John Daido Loori can bve found at http://www.mro.org/daido/ . More on Frederick Franck https://picturethisbyfrank.com/2015/01/14/more-inspiration/  and  https://picturethisbyfrank.com/2015/01/30/the-awakened-eye-by-frederick-franck/ The quote was in the book.

Minor White – Photographer

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Moon at Dawn – UCF Arboretum February 2015

“I am always mentally photographing everything as practice” – Minor White While reading The Zen of Creativity by John Daido Loori I was introduced to Minor White. He was an influential American photographer who co-founded Aperture magazine in 1952. He also was a professor of photography at MIT. To see some of Minor White’s work go here http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/minor_white/ or watch this space. I will be going to the library today to see what’s available – a quick search shows 88 books by or about Minor White – I will be busy.

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Photoshopped Moon Pic – February 2015