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In all these years, this is the first time I actually stopped to look back on the thousands of images I've taken to narrow it down to my favorites. It's an interesting exercise to observe what calls out to me, makes me pause and relive the moment and emotions, and get a feel for where I spent my time, energy and love. With COVID_19 seemingly shutting down the world starting on March 15, 2020, for the most part I took very few images in 2020, other than those in my backyard and around my neighborhood. Starting 2020 Halloween night with a full moon I started extending my photo adventures and by Thanksgiving that year I was venturing out at least two times each week. Staying closer to home I found myself taking far fewer landscape images than my norm in past years. As much as I love landscapes and waterscapes, thankfully I live in a birder's paradise and found myself frequenting nature refuges, wetlands and parks that are known for attracting birds. I also edited a few images originally taken few years back; Forst Bathing is included in this collection. Hope you enjoy my favorites of 2021.
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Last photo taken in 2021... Mother and Child. Seems like a perfect message from nature. May you be cherished, nurtured, uplifted, supported, protected and inspired for your best year yet in 2022. Thanks for following me this past year, loving my fine art photogapahy and acquiring my work. Happy New Year everyone! Click to See more Wildlife Images.
Grateful for so many blessings of the holiday season, including ending the year with a number of significant sales. Here's "Early Morning Fog," 24" x36" on metal, that repeat collector just installed in her master bathroom. Also, see below two pieces this collector acquired few years back that grace her bedroom, Tree at Sunset and Fall Cypress, matted and framed. Photo by collector. Click to See more Trees and Landscape Images.
Grateful that "Everglades After Sunset," "Rosie," and "Double Vision" were juried into the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest 2021. Online Exhibit runs through Nov 30th. To see my works scroll to the left. https://bit.ly/3p0znN8phoenixspiritdiva
Proceeds from this exhibit help support The Center for Great Apes, a 501 (c)(3), a sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, from the exotic pet trade, or who are no longer wanted as pets where great apes need rescue and lifetime care.
Excited to be exhibiting many loved works from the landscape, winged life and 12 x 12 collections in the National League of American Pen Women's current show at the Sugar Sand Park Community Center along with art works from some of south Florida's best women artists. With the holidays already starting, let me know if you see something that you love for yourself, loved one or friends. Show runs through December 7. 300 Military Trail Boca Raton, FL 33486
It's a winner! So honored to have "Early Morning Fog" Win First Place at the National League of American Pen Women - Florida Biennial Conference. Especially honored since this group is close to my heart having been president of the Fort Lauderdale Branch, National League of American Pen Women - Fort Lauderdale Branch, for past 6 years. And, proud to be a winner among this esteemed group of winners. See the video of all the winners starting at 47.32, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VhwYxSuJIs.
Story Behind the Photo...
Camping overnight at Middleton’s Fish Camp in central Florida, we’re the first pontoon boat on Blue Cypress Lake just before sunrise. This natural freshwater lake has the highest concentration of osprey in the world. As the pontoon boat is moving quickly, this Zen-like vision appeared through the early morning fog. The osprey are still roosting in their nests in cypress trees lining the lake’s edge.
Also, honored that this piece has also been juried into the Business for the Arts of Broward, www.bfabroward.org/programs/art-stroll/ "Art & Stroll" Event. This special event of fine art, music, food is November 17th, 5 - 8pm, in downtown Fort Lauderdale's Las Olas.
Honored to have two fine art photographs juried into the Delray Art League exhibit. "Reflections at Pine Glades Lake" is one of my fav places for sunsets and this winter sunset was amazing with color and clouds. the other is "Dawn's Early Light". I drove over an hour to arrive at sunrise to capture this majesty about 5:30 am. Knelling close to the coral rock formation, as close to the water's edge as possible, I timed the shot to not get hit by the waves. Showing now through Nov 8th at Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 3000 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33486. Thanks for viewing.
UPDATE: "Long Room" received an Honorable Mention award.
My Fort Lauderdale branch collaborated with the Boca Raton branch of the National League of American Pen Women on a new judged show. As the arts chair, I admit I'm rather proud of it. Two of my fine art photographs are included in this beautiful exhibit... "Long Room", photographed during my art residency in Ireland and "Montauk Point Lighthouse" in the Hamptons. Both pieces at 24 x36 inches on aluminized metal.
The rest of the story behind the photographs....
About "Long Room"... At the end of my artist residency in Ireland I took the bus from Kerry County on the west side of Ireland to Dublin to catch my flight back home. I was bumped from my return flight three times. Things always happen right whether it seems that way of not at the time. This gave me the perfect time, albeit short, to check out some notable place in Dublin. I am so glad that I was guided to Trinity College. Although, I took the tour there I spent most of my time in the Long Room, the old library right out of Harry Potter. It's dim, crowed with hundreds of people wandering about and they don't allow tripods or flashes. I may have taken this shot and others there some 100 times to get the one.
About "Montauk Point Lighthouse"... It was quite a blustery, fall, foggy day. People were shouting at me from the cliff to get out of the where I was standing near the water's edge behind large boulders to take the shot. They were concerned about rouge waves. So I only took about five shots. And, yes, I did get rather wet and was happy to get the shot!
Details on the exhibit:
Where: Boca Raton Community Center (west entrance)
150 Crawford Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432, (561) 393-7807
When: Runs through November 29th
Quite honored by press coverage on "Plunge into the Arts with Phoenix," my newest solo exhibit. This includes the wonderful interview and article in oaklandparkliving magazine written by Judith Ann.
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