It is well worth the trip to experience this lovely piece of architecture, and soak in the peaceful energy that permeates the grounds. Here are a few of the pictures I snapped. . . Enjoy and Soar!
This is just such a peaceful place. The picture above shows a wonderful picnic spot with a view from this highpoint to the valley below . . . rare in Florida! There are benches scattered throughout the grounds and plenty of shade. It’s fabulous to just sit in the shade and take in the beauty of this place…imagine that once all of Florida was this serene, natural and wild…ahhhaa…
To quote my friend and photographic mentor, Thomas A. Feazel, The next two pictures were “shamelessly stolen” from the Bok Tower Gardens facebook page and are included here for pure effect. . . and the message they deliver!
Have a happy day…and don’t forget to stop and enjoy the flowers along the way.
This weekend I spent a lazy afternoon clicking away downtown. I enjoy seeing the world from unusual view points. When I shoot buildings I like to emphasize certain perspectives. Like standing close to a building and shooting up, or shooting from any angle that makes the building dramatic and more interesting to look at. I like to draw attention to architectural features that may go unnoticed when viewed from a normal perspective. I’m not normal…I don’t want my photography to be normal. I want it to be a raw memory of what inspired me. Normal can never inspire me.
I used a PanasonicLumix G2 DSLR and 45-200mm lens. I shot these on Sunday, May 8, 2011 between 1:44 – 3:00 p.m. in full sun, in manual mode. The picture of “Beer Can Building” I shot with my Sony 14.1 mega pixel point and shoot, in program mode. All but one of these images are the original versions as I shot them. The one of the pigeon I cropped and used a fill light and adjusted the shadows to draw out the pigeon in flight from the grey background. Unfortunately, my lens protector had a scratch which shows up in each of these pictures as a small gray spot. It looks like a flying saucer LOL!
I love this shot. It makes such a dramatic statement! The layered rectangular segments resemble stairs and contrast nicely against the rounded features. The lines of the edges repeat uniformly, as do the windows of the building, and combine into a rhythmic pattern.
The colors and angles create an interesting view from the bottom up…
On February 19, 2011 I visited the Butterfly Exhibit at Gainnesville and photographed the afternoon release of male butterflies. These are amazing creatures that mesmerize with their beauty and their magical transformation from lowly caterpillars, into spectacular butterflies.
This is me shooting butterflies.
This black and white beauty is my favorite. He was magnificent against the pink and white flowers.
I love photography because the moments caught in a photograph won’t change, even after the people and places have.
Urban Spiral - Port Tampa
One of my favorite locations to practice photography is Picnic Island Park in Tampa, Florida. It is nestled at the end of an urban industrial park, located near Port Tampa, it is a scenic environment complete with wooded areas, indigenous Florida wildlife and the bay.
My photography subjects are usually people, but I had an opportunity to photograph a car show and I couldn’t resist this self-portrait.