Silver Argiope and family

Recently I found a beautiful Silver Argiope (Argiope argentata) in the backyard. She was pretty large and not easy to overlook. What I didn't notice was this amazing egg sac. It was HUGE. Almost bigger than the Argiope herself. At the same time, I had a new student, Amy Yeatts tell me she wanted to get into Nature photography. What better way to bring one into nature photography than by forcing to get close close to a spider. She did well.

Sunrise Symphonic Pops Orchestra

Yesterday was a great day!
One of my classes at school gave me the opportunity to work with the Sunrise Symphonic Pops Orchestra in Sunrise, Florida. This is a small, yet strong orchestra that has been in operation for over 25 years. As part of their new marketing campaign, I offered to donate my time to help shoot their portraits and video interviews. These are a few of my favorites from that shoot.

A baby corn snake visits my backyard

So I was mowing my lawn today when the beautiful Corn Snake (Elaphe guttata). He was only about 12 inches, but put up a fight like a super predator. Because he was so active I had to re think my typical way of shooting. Usually they are manageable to the point where I can keep them on an open vinyl, but this guy was not going to cooperate. So I pulled out a small fish tank and cut some foam core as a base and background. It is a set in progress, but it is a good start. The little fella was acting up a lot, but I was able to keep him in enough of a confined space that made for some great shots.