Often, I have goals in mind when going off on an photo jaunt. But, I have learned to remain flexible, since nature is unconcerned with my plans.

This was the case recently when I visited Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida, with three friends from our nature photography club. The idea was to drive the famous Blackpoint Drive to look for and to photograph wintering birds. This is a seven mile drive on berms that surround several marshes, with habitats varying from open water to relatively dry marsh.

It can be a hot spot for bird watching, but not on the day we visited. As my friends mentioned, “It is a bit early in the season, perhaps. We should come back later when more of the birds have arrived.”

This is not to say that birds were absent, of course. I enjoyed seeing the ones that were there, but they were the typical species that call Florida home, year round.

But nature did not disappoint us. Amazing cloud formations, interesting lighting, and scenic landscapes would be our photo subjects that day. The clouds were beautiful all afternoon, and produced an spectacular sunset for us!

I have included here some of my favorites shots taken that day, including one of a “face” in a gnarly cypress tree by the road.

And, here is one of the sunset that I have used to create some products in my Zazzle Store: http://www.zazzle.com/anglerwoman*.

I am still looking for birds, though. :-) Lyn

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