Looking Back (October – December) 2013

Continuing my series on looking back at 2013…
Click Here to read the January – March recap.
Click Here to read the April – June recap.
Click Here to read the July – September recap.

October has become the month that Faith and I take our annual vacation to Indian Rocks Beach. We like October because the weather is typically a wee bit cooler, the crowds are gone and we generally have the places we rent all to ourselves. It is a relaxing week that we always look forward to. This year we brought Hannah along as she has some medical issues that prevent us from boarding her any longer.

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Our little family

Of course, what trip to the Gulf coast would be complete without a visit to Fort deSoto?

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Red Knot

The Click ponds at the Viera Wetlands are drained every fall and that always creates some wonderful photography opportunities. October was also when Santa delivered an early Christmas present. This is one of the first images I took with my new 5DIII body. I love that camera!!

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Roseate Spoonbill

In November, Jess convinced me to make another trip to Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland. You may remember that the last time I went there with her, she dragged my sorry self and all my gear all over that place back in March. I was still tired from that trip. But we had a fun morning and we both scored our first Broad-winged Hawk as we were just about ready to leave.

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Broad-winged Hawk

November also brought an opportunity to create a piece specifically for a customer. They wanted a large print of the sun setting behind their house on Spruce Creek in Port Orange. This 5 panel, 3 shot panorama was printed on aluminum at 60×30 and is hanging in their home above a love seat.

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Spruce Creek panorama

December brought me a pair of dreams come true. First, early in the month, I got a phone call regarding the following image that put a huge smile on my face. I was hoping that I could have shared the details by now, but it looks like things are a bit behind. I think that you will be seeing more of this image very shortly.

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Reaching For The Heavens. Great Blue Heron

And to top off the year, another dream come true happened when a certain Snowy Owl paid an unexpected visit to Florida. Here is an image of the owl from my first trip to see him. You can read more about this experience on this blog post. I’m hopeful that I will get another chance to photograph him before he heads back to the Arctic.

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Snowy Owl

In summary, 2013 was a very good year for me, one that I will always remember and cherish. Thank you for your support along the way. I greatly appreciate it. I hope that 2014 is a great year for all of us!


  • Debbie Tubridy

    January 7, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Can’t wait to hear more about that image!!! Great year Michael! Can’t wait to see what 2014 also has in store …. I mean, after a snowy owl in Florida …. I guess just about anything might just be possible 🙂

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