The Circle B Bar Reserve is a extraordinary place – one of the many blessings we count down here in Florida. If you haven’t been there, go. Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Now, go make some photos!
Three of us from the Photography Interest Group visited the Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland, Florida last weekend. The Circle B is about 1 hour and 20 minutes from where I live, but it’s well worth the drive.
Yes, not every photo expedition goes as planned. Yesterday’s sunrise was disappointing (non-existent?). But we saw and photographed many things: birds (Sand Hill Cranes, Egrets, Herons, Ibis, Osprey, Whistling Ducks, Hawks, Coots, Moorhens, a Purple Gallinule, Woodpeckers, and others), alligators, dragonflies, spiders, butterflies, and flowers while we were there. All in all, a great day.
Bobcat in Tree, Circle B Bar – I’ve seen Bobcats in the wild before, but I’ve never been able to take a good photo of one. We saw this one resting up on a branch and it posed for quite a while. In this image, I think it was trying to figure out how to get through the crowd of humans at the base of the tree.
It’s hot and muggy here in the land of sunshine and the later in the day you go, the hotter it gets. This is real motivation to get out early – so Frank and I were on the road at 5:30 am yesterday to drive over to the Circle B Bar Reserve near Lakeland, Florida in time to catch the sunrise.
In our one visit we saw Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Ibises, Cattle Egrets, Ospreys, Red Shoulder Hawks, Cormorants, Anhingas, Limpkins, Whistling Ducks, Alligators, Turtles, a very brave rabbit and some other things as well. One local photographer we spoke with told us about a Barred Owl in the area as well as some otters, but we never saw them. Next time!
One of the things they talk about this time is the Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland, Florida and they interview me for the show. I got to tell them about my Bobcat encounter from a couple of weeks ago.
It was very nice to visit a place with no sign of the recent hurricanes. Lots of other folks thought so too and were out there enjoying the day.
I’ve selected 11 images to include in a gallery of my favorite 2011 photos. I have 3 mammals, 3 birds, 2 landscapes, and 3 miscellaneous subjects …
Wisconsin was very different from Florida. The day we left it was sunny with a high in the 80s. In Wisconsin, it was overcast with a temperature in the 40s, and because it’s so much farther north, the sun set at 4:15pm – making the days seem very short.