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31 Mar 2019

Photo of the week: “Mote Aquarium”

Greetings from the Bluegrass State!

 

This week’s photos are a final look at some of the beauty we saw in southwest Florida. The Mote Aquarium is located in Sarasota Florida and is one of my favorite places to get some great macro images of sea life. From reef fish to jellyfish they all can make for some fun photography. I have photographed at a lot of different aquariums and the key is to have patience and to have clear glass to shoot through. Also, if you try this, please be aware of the signs on some exhibits where flash photograhy is not permitted. Southwest Florida is an amazing place and I can’t wait to get back down there next year. If any of you are interested in this type of bird and wildlife photography, I will be leading two different workshops down there in 2020. So please email me if you wuld be interested in learning more about thes events.
I hope you enjoy this week’s photos.

 

Have a blessed week everybody!
Mike
31 Mar 2019

Photo of the week: “Southwest Florida part 2”

Greetings from the Bluegrass State!

 

This week’s photos are a continuation of our trip to southwest Florida. Venice Rookery and Myakka State Park are fun places to explore and great places to photograph. The rookery was full of nesting birds, and Myakka had plenty of critters to photograph. Below are some of my favorite images that made this part of Florida a great place to visit this time of year. If any of you are interested in this type of bird and wildlife photography, I will be leading two different workshops down there in 2020. So please email me if you would be interested in learning more about thes events.
I hope you enjoy this week’s photos.

 

Have a blessed week everybody!
Mike
31 Mar 2019

Greetings from the Bluegrass State!

 

This week’s photos are from this past week from southwest Florida. I was there attending the F3C photography conference and had the honor to being one of two keynote speakers. It was a fantastic time catching up with old friends, neighbors, and fellow photographers. I want to pesonally thank Courtney Armen and the F3C committee for selecting me as their speaker, and to all my friends at DIP-Sig camera club out of Naples for hosting the event. We had an awesome time being there. Having lived in this area for nearly five years it gave us a great chance to visit some of my favorite photography locations. Over the next several weeks I will be sharing some of the amazing beauty of southwest Florida. The images below are from an eagles nest up near Sarasota that was close to my sons home where we spent a week with him and family. We are already looking forward to coming back soon and enjoying this photography paradise.

 

I hope you enjoy this week’s photos.

 

Have a blessed week everybody!
Mike
04 Feb 2018

Macro 2018

Photo of the week “Macro 2018”

Greetings from the Bluegrass State!

This week’s images are from this weekend as I started focusing back on my passion of Macro Photography. Below are a few of the new animals that I have recently purchased as I start rebuilding my collection and getting ready for my 2018 Macro Workshop with my good friend Adam Jones right here in Louisville Ky. Below are three different animals from three totaly different countries. The all-time favorite of all of my workshops is always the Red-Eyed Tree Frog from Costa Rica. But one of my newest and most interesting animals is the Chinese Cave Gecko and yes it is from China. Lastly, is the Fire Skink from western Africa, which is a burrowing lizard that spends a lot of time hunting insects in the leaf litter of that area. I hope you enjoy these photos and if you would like to know more about my workshops, please check out my web site at: mikematthewsphotography.com

Have a blessed week everybody.
Mike

28 Jan 2018

The American Kestrel

Photo of the week “The American Kestrel”

Greetings from the Bluegrass State!

This week’s images are from this weekend as I once again enjoyed photographing this beautiful little falcon, the American Kestrel. Later this week, as we start climbing back into the 50’s, I plan to release this little guy back into the wild. He has been a lot of fun to fly over the past five months. But, this sport demands a tremendous amount of time and care to keep these birds in top physical condition. He will adjust fine within a few hours and be back hunting mice along roadsides and open fields from where I found him. That is the one thing I like about flying native birds to my area-they can be released back from where they came from. I call it borrowing nature, and I am thankful for the opportunity to enjoy the time I had with him.

I hope you enjoy this week’s photos.

Have a blessed week everybody.
Mike

30 Mar 2016

Birding and wildlife photo tour Feb 28th, March 1st and 2nd

Workshop cost is $895 per person, payable by check or PayPal.  (Hotels, transportation, and meals are not included.)
Please join me and Canon’s Explorer of Light leader Adam Jones as we host our second annual Birding and Wildlife photo adventure from coast to coast. Daily schedule listed below.
Day 1) Leave from the Hilton Garden Inn in Fort Myers at 6:15am and drive to Venice Fla. (about an hour and fifteen minutes) to the Venice Rookery and photograph nesting birds (Great Blue Herons, White Egrets, Anhingas, and Cormorants.
Then head from there to the central part of the state to Lakeland Florida and stop for lunch and check into the hotel. From there we will spend the afternoon at the Circle B Bar Ranch for an afternoon and evening shoot at the ranch
Day 2) Have an early breakfast at the hotel, and then back to the Circle B Bar Ranch for a morning shoot. We will then leave there and head to the East coast to Vieira Fl. and check into the Hampton Inn in Vierra. Later that afternoon we will make a short stop at Cruickshank Sanctuary to photograph Scrub Jays where they are so tame they will sometimes land on your head. Then the rest of the afternoon we will photograph at Viera Wetlands until sunset and then have dinner that evening as a group.
Day 3) We will go to Merritt Island for an early morning shoot, and stay there until noon or so, then go enjoy a nice lunch at Dixie Crossroads seafood restaurant. After lunch we will then head back to Fort Myers.