Sunday, March 31, 2013

New York City Proposal Photography, Central Park

I had such a good time shooting this very romantic proposal for Shelly and Chris in Central Park!  Shelly and Chris were visiting New York City and on the evening of St. Patrick's Day went for a walk through Central Park with their friends.  When they reached Bethseda Fountain they were met by the wonderful A Capella group Restated who serenaded them while each handing Shelly a red rose followed by Chris dropping to one knee and proposing while I was there to capture it on film.  The whole romantic proposal was planned and orchestrated by the amazing Heart Bandits!

Congratulations you two!

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hiking and Boating in the Everglades

There are lots of great boardwalks in the Everglades that you can walk on and see beautiful flora and if your lucky some great birds and gators.  There are longer hikes you can do, but we were told for visitors they should really be done with guides so you don't do something stupid like get eaten by an alligator or a Florida Panther.  We had a great time on the boardwalks and watched a Snowy Egret and alligator fish together in a small pond.  On our last morning we went out on a flat boat before sunrise to catch the birds in the morning light.  It was truly gorgeous, although a bit cold, and I highly recommend the experience!

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Kayaking the Everglades

Kayaking the Everglades is one of the best ways to get up close and personal with the wildlife. We were able to silently paddle very close to gators and birds which afforded great photo opportunities. A definite highlight of the trip was going through the mangrove forests which were overgrown and beautiful and made me feel like I was in a fairy tale land. RYALE_Everglades-067 RYALE_Everglades-064 RYALE_Everglades-076 RYALE_Everglades-068 RYALE_Everglades-074 RYALE_Everglades-075 RYALE_Everglades-077 RYALE_Everglades-080 RYALE_Everglades-083

Friday, March 22, 2013

Everglades City, Florida

When I had pictured the Everglades I thought of swampy waters full of alligators and all kinds of pretty birds and had not given much thought to Everglades City.  The city itself is pretty small, but quaint and we had a fun time exploring it.  We stayed at the Ivey House, which was clean and had internet and had fun trying out some of the local cuisine- alligator and stone crab anyone?

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Swamp Walking in the Everglades

When researching various activities to do in the Everglades I found out there are many ways to see them- by air boat, canoe, flat boat, hiking, and the one that really piqued my interest- swamp walking.  I immediately ruled out the air boats as they are terrible for the environment and local wildlife so that left me with the other four options and over the course of 2 and a half days my dad and I managed to do all four.  I decided to start on a high note with swamp walking at Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery.  I had so much fun wading through the thigh high water and checking out birds and baby alligators.  The light was just gorgeous and the vegetation incredible.  I could easily see how Clyde is so inspired to create his stunning black and white master pieces.  Here are some of my favorites from the afternoon.
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