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7
Apr

Weekly Photo Challenge: Journey

The photo challenge this week asks us to illustrate the word “journey.”   (And what a great word it is, too!)

Lewis Carroll wrote,

If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.

There’s certainly truth in that, both positive and negative; we don’t always know where we’re going, and the road that takes us there may be paved with whatever is next – the good, bad or indifferent.

I like what Ursula K. LeGuin wrote about journeying:

It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters in the end.

I captured the photo below – downtown Miami – through a car window during a recent journey.

The building in the center of the photo – the one shaded in yellow – is the Miami Freedom Tower. It once was a haven for Cuban immigrants who journeyed to freedom.

Photo by Andrea O'Connell

The journeys that this beautiful Red Shouldered hawk once enjoyed are a part of the past now.

This Florida beauty is held at the Flamingo Gardens, in Davie Florida. a wildlife sanctuary for injured and/or endangered animals.

This lovely fellow can no longer fly as a result of a serious injury.  (If he were not cared for at Flamingo Gardens there would be little chance for his survival.)

He’s well taken care of, as are all the animals in the Flamingo Gardens Wildlife Sanctuary.

The juxtaposition of the bird and the fence is striking.  This is a bird whose journeys were no doubt expansive, reaching far and wide.

It’s so sad to see this bird fenced in like this.  His journeys are in the past, now – only a dream.

Photo by Andrea O'Connell

29
Jan

life’s a beach and other beauty secrets

Update:  Until now, I didn’t know the difference between a Florida Panther and a Bobcat.  As it turns out, what I’d been calling a Bobcat is really the endangered Florida Panther. Apologies to all the big cats for my error…. 🙂

In my earlier post, a Panther bobcat photo had made its way into every one of the pictures I’d exported from LightRoom 4 (LR 4).   Well, I figured out how it happened!  And, it was not at all the fault of an errant or stalking Panther Bobcat, either!  It was silly me.  Now I know how it works…

I’d inadvertently made the photo of the Panther Bobcat my “signature” when I was trying to create a photo-signature.  Each time a new photo was exported, the Panther bobcat photo appeared as a signature.

Here’s a whole new crop of pretties that have been to the beauty parlor of LR 4.  They’ve gotten manicures, pedicures, new hairdo’s and brighter smiles, too.

Click any picture to see a slide show of the enhancements.

Basically, what I’ve learned to do is sharpen, adjust the exposure, saturation, hue.  I’ve learned to change the “clarity” settings by playing with shadows, highlights, blacks and whites.  And so much more.  The hardest part for me was the export and import process, but I’m getting that down now.

It amazes me that up until now I have worked with my images completely untouched when all along I could have livened them up with a trip to an LR 4 Beauty School!

About the photos: 

The beach photos were captured from the balcony of a condo in Pompano Beach, Florida, in July 2010.  The other photos were captured at Flamingo Gardens, in Davie, Florida, where they take care of injured and endangered animals of every kind.  The two Muscovy duck pictures (babies and Mother duck) were captured from my (former) back yard, on the canal.  And, the lizard I captured at Butterfly World, in Coconut Creek, also in Florida.

I love visiting all these places.  I especially enjoy being at the beach and watching the waves roll in and out.  There’s nothing so restful.

20
Dec

where it ends it begins and other angles

I am looking at things in different ways.  different angles. necks don’t always stick out but they should, sometimes. maybe. for others. yes. and then again.  no.  but usually.  yes.   sticking my neck out.  wondering.  in shades like salmon.  feathered. weathered. but fine. so happy.

See more here:  http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/andrea-oconnell.html

Where it ends, it begins!

(Photo taken at Flamingo Gardens,  by Andrea O’Connell, all rights reserved.)

10
Sep

Weekly Photo Challenge: Florida Bobcat

I took the photo of this fine fellow – a Florida Bobcat – at Flamingo Gardens, in Davie, Florida.  All of the animals at Flamingo Gardens are being rehabilitated due to an injury they’d suffered in the wild.   However, I’m not sure why this regal guy needs to be rehabilitated.

Many times Flamingo Gardens rescue animals that had been pets, until they got too big or unruly to handle.  This creates a problem for the once domesticated, but born to be wild, animal. They lose the ability to act like a wild animal.    They they don’t know how to hunt for themselves and if left alone, could die in the wild.

There are two Bobcats on hand at Flamingo Gardens.  Their habitat is lush and green and there are plenty of trees for shade.  When it’s hot, they have a cave to cool off in, and a little pond to play and bathe in.  It’s quite the life they have!

It’s fun to see the two Bobcats play together; they are just like kids rough-housing together.  When the weather is cool, they are especially frisky!  It’s such a treat to see them.

This is my entry for the weekly photo challenge by WordPress.

Florida Bobcat

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