Queen Butterfly Closeup
Butterflies

Queen butterfly on Milkweed Flower

Another queen butterfly on a milkweed flower. I took this butterfly photo in my moms yard. She has the milkweed plants to attract the butterflies so the chances are if you are there then you will see butterflies. Why do I like photographing butterflies? Because the colors are so vivid and their design is so perfect. If you can get…

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Peach Hibiscus
Flowers

Peach Hibiscus Flower Closeup Photo

Another photo of this peach / lavender color hibiscus flower. This hibiscus grows in my yard and has been continued through cuttings to several other hibiscus plants. Hibiscus flowers come in many colors but usually only a few can be found in a garden center. I’ve never seen this one at any store. Perhaps I will make some more cuttings…

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Queen Butterfly
Butterflies

Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus) on a milkweed flower photo

Photo by Ian Sands. Location: LaBelle Florida. Subject: Queen Butterfly. This queen butterfly was fluttering around and through the milkweed plants at my moms house. The queen butterfly has vibrant colors and patterns as you can hopefully see from this photo. When photographing butterflies I always try to take the picture using the macro setting. I think that macro captures…

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Florida pasture sunset
Sunsets

Orange Sunset Through Palmetto

Sunset photo by Ian Sands. Location: LaBelle, Florida. I took this sunset photo in Port Labelle. The sun setting through the palmetto fronds and highlighting the sky and weeds really make this one of my favorite sunset photos.

White Peacock Butterfly Photo
Butterflies

White Peacock Butterfly photo on a zinnia flower

One of my older photos of a white peacock butterfly on a zinnia flower. Butterflies are beautiful creatures to watch. If you can capture a photo of a butterfly you can enjoy their beauty even longer. White peacock butterflies can be seen fluttering on the flowers of weeds and other plants in Florida and warmer states. There are more colorful…

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Ghost crab
The Beach

Ghost Crab on Cape San Blas Beach

There are lots of ghost crabs on Cape San Blas beach at  Saint Joseph peninsula state park in Florida. At first the crabs would just run down their hole when I got close and I thought I’d surely never get a picture. But if I didn’t get too close and didn’t move too much they would stay out and I…

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Black Swallowtail butterfly at okaloacoochee slough state forest
Butterflies

Black swallowtail butterfly photo Papilio polyxenes

Never know what you might see at the Okaloacoochee Slough state forest. I was lucky enough to see this black swallowtail butterfly enjoying this spanish needle flower. This swallowtail kept going back and forth between a few flowers giving me the opportunity to capture several photos. I don’t see the black swallowtail butterfly too often and am happy that I…

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tabebuia flower tree
Flowers

Yellow tabebuia flower photo

I took this photo of this tabebuia flower from the sidewalk on the side of the highway. Tabebuia is a tree that seems to bloom once a year, very early in the spring in southwest Florida. The tabebuia tree is hardly noticeable during the year when it’s not blooming. As you can see the tabebuia flowers make a nice photo. I’m hoping…

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Pink desert rose flower photo
Flowers

Pink Desert Rose Flower Photo

I took this photo of this pink desert rose flower a few years back and recently came across it and wanted to share. The desert rose has become one of my favorite flowers. Of course one reason being that it makes a good picture. There are several different color flowers including white, red, and different variations of pink. Currently the…

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White hibiscus flower photography
Flowers

White hibiscus flower photography

This bright white hibiscus flower photo was taken in Labelle Florida. The sunlight was hitting the flower just right to capture the hibiscus color and shape. Notice the outlined shadows on the flower. The dark background makes the white hibiscus stand out. Thank you for viewing my photography. If you are interested in purchasing a print or my work on…

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Queen Butterfly Closeup
Butterflies

Queen Butterfly Picture Closeup

Another queen butterfly photo that I took using my canon powershot camera. As you can see this queen butterfly is on a milkweed flower as well. The long leaves make an excellent food supply for the butterflies caterpillars. This butterflies color looks lighter than the previous photo. It could just be the lighting or maybe it’s a different butterfly. A…

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Queen butterfly on milkweed photo
Butterflies

Queen Butterfly on Milkweed Photo

Queen butterflies can be seen in Florida through most of the year. This butterfly lays it’s eggs on the milkweed plant. The eggs turn into caterpillars which eat the leaves of the milkweed plant and then cocoon until they turn into a queen butterfly like the one in the picture. If you have milkweed plants in your yard chances are…

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White hibiscus flower photo
Flowers

White Hibiscus Flower Picture

This hibiscus photo has always been one of my favorites. For me it turned out so well because the plant was in an overgrown area casting lots of shade except directly on the white flower. So the setting made for a dark background with a bright white hibiscus flower illuminated. Thank you for viewing my photography. If you are interested…

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pink oleander
Flowers

Double Pink Oleander Flower

A picture I took a while back that I really like. This pink oleander flower seems bigger than most regular oleander flowers. Oleander flowers are poisonous. Not too much to worry about though as long as you don’t ingest any part of the plant. If you like flowers the oleander is one worth checking out. Thank you for viewing my…

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Yellow Alamanda Flower
Flowers

Yellow Alamanda Flower Photo

A closeup picture of an alamanda flower. Seems the light was just right to capture the texture and bright color of this flower. There are several different varieties of alamanda. I believe yellow is the main color but there are possibly other colors. Alamanda grows as a vine or a bush. The green of the leaves in the background of…

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Blue Scrub Jay Bird
Birds

Scrub Jay Bird on Post

I miss living in Muse Florida where I would often see the rare scrub jay bird in my yard. And even more so if we put bird seed out. I was fortunate enough to snap three photos of this bird. I don’t think I’ve seen one since I moved from Muse, maybe I should take a ride out there and…

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Pink Hibiscus Flower
Flowers

Pink hibiscus flower close up photo

This photo was take in the month of September in the small town of Labelle, Florida. This plant was growing near a sidewalk that made it easily accessible for capturing the close up image. What I like about this picture is the pink of the flower and the angle it’s taken at. I like the slight contrast of the pink…

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Sanibel Causeway Sunset
Sunsets

Sunset and a palm tree on the Sanibel causesway

A clear afternoon for a dazzling sunset on the Sanibel Causeway This photo was take in the month of August in the beautiful state of Florida A little glare and a few smudges on my lens but still a great capture. After dinner with my wife driving back  over the bridge to Sanibel island we just had to stop on the…

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Yellow Elder
Flowers

Yellow elder plant, colorful flowers

The yellow elder is native to the Bahamas and is its national flower. It can also be seen throughout south Florida. I started this plant from a seed and watched it grow. It took less than three years until it’s first flowers. Yes, that’s a while, but not too long to enjoy these beautiful flowers in my opinion. Of course,…

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Lido Key Sarasota Sunset
Sunsets, The Beach

Sunset on the Beach, Lido Key Florida

Lido Key Beach Sunset. I snapped this shot and several others at Lido South Park in Sarasota Florida. If you enjoy the beach this park is worth the visit. A great place for photography or just for relaxing and or swimming. There are picnic benches  and restrooms and if I remember correctly bar B Q grills also. If you enjoy nature…

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Humming bird photo, Abaco Bahamas
Birds, Flowers

Green Hummingbird on Pink Hibiscus Flower

Humming Bird, Abaco, Bahamas. This photo is one of my favorites. Trust me, not an easy task for me to capture this or any other hummingbird in a clear image. I was truly blessed to get this shot. I had tried to photograph hummingbirds before and just given up. They were too fast, before I could even get the camera aimed…

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Pink Oleander Flower
Flowers

Flower Pink Oleander photo, LaBelle Florida

Pink Oleander Flower. A common flower seen in Florida. Pink is the most common flower but I’ve seen other colors as well such as red and white. The scientific name for this plant is nerium oleander. The plant is toxic (poisonous) but still found in many yards and business parking lots. Pretty to look at but don’t eat it. Who would,…

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Sunset in Abaco Bahamas
Sunsets

Abaco Bahamas Sunset Photo by Ian Sands

One of my favorite sunsets.  I took this photo a few years back and it has always been one of my favorite shots. The clouds look like a painting and the background of the blue sky and the foreground of the pine trees just make this picture perfect to me. Of course, another reason this photo is so dear to…

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Yellow flower partridge pea, chamaecrista fasciculata.
Flowers

Yellow Partridge Pea Flower at Labelle Nature Park

  Yellow flower partridge pea, chamaecrista fasciculata. I first came across this plant when visiting a park. (Hickeys Creek Mitigation Park)It’s a small flower, not very showy but the more I saw it the more it grew on me. I used google and found the common name of this plant is the partridge pea and the scientific name is It’s a small flower, not very…

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Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest
The Woods

Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest Florida

Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest Hendry County Florida. One of my very favorite spots to photograph and enjoy the natural beauty of God’s creation and enjoy peace and quiet. I absolutely love the way the palm fronds grow naturally. Are they a mess and all over the place, or are they just picture perfect? If this forest was mowed and landscaped,…

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Orchid flower tree, purple
Flowers

Orchid Flower Photo by Ian Sands

  Orchid Flower (Orchid Tree) In Florida there are several trees that you can see blooming during the year. Also referred to as a Hongkong Orchid. There are trees with white orchid flowers as well. Orchid trees grow big and can drop a lot of leaves, but if you enjoy flowers they are worth it. They also produce seed pods…

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Pink coral vine flowers with bee
Coral Vine, Flowers

Bees on Pink Coral Vine Flower

The coral vine plant has bunches of vibrant pink flowers that makes it stand out to anyone that likes colors or flowers. As you can see from the picture it is also a favorite of bees. When the flowers fade and dry they produce a seed that isn’t too hard to start a new vine from. Cora vine can grow…

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Zebra Winged Butterfly
Butterflies

Zebra Winged Butterfly on Lantana Flower

This zebra winged butterfly is on a lantana flower. A colorful flower that attracts butterflies easily. Th flower also makes a fine picture on it’s own but it’s even better when a butterfly joins the scene. Butterflies and other beauties of nature are all around us, all we have to do is take the time to look. Seek and you…

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Royal Poinciana Tree
Flowers

Royal Poinciana Tree Photo

Yes I already posted a photo of a royal poinciana tree but it is such a colorful tree that I ha to post another for your enjoyment. The royal poinciana has to be one of the most vivid colorful flower trees in the world. I know there are other trees with purple and yellow and orange colors but can any…

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Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest
The Woods

Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest

I took this photo at the Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest in Florida. A gorgeous preserve that you should take the time to visit. Lots of wild life to see including birds, raccoons, bobcats, alligators, armadillos, lizards, butterflies and deer. Also things that are there that I haven’t seen are bears, panthers and snakes. Even if you visit and don’t see…

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Zebra Winged Butterfly on a spanish needle flower
Butterflies, Flowers

Zebra Winged Butterfly on Spanish Needle Flower

Zebra Winged Butterfly (Heliconius charitonia) on Spanish Needle Flower. This flower is a common weed but most don’t know that it’s leaves can be eaten and are a source of protein. The butterfly likes it too. Zebra winged butterflies are a common sight in Florida, maybe because the Spanish needle flower is also common here? This butterfly’s host plant is…

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Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
Butterflies

Monarch Butterfly on red penta flowers

  A close up. If you want a picture of a butterfly you should get comfortable and be patient. The butterfly will eventually stop long enough for you to take the picture, you just have to be ready. Most of the time if there are flowers the butterfly will be there for several minutes and you should have enough time…

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Sunset in Lakeworth Florida
Sunsets

Palm Sunset in Lakeworth Florida

Orange sunset with palm tree through the power lines. I took this photo in Lakeworth near West Palm Beach from the sidewalk of a busy street. A beautiful sunset over a busy street with lots of traffic. I took quite a few photos that afternoon, most had traffic in them but the sky colors produced by the sunset still make…

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Orange sunset in Labelle Florida
Sunsets

Fire Orange Sunset Photo Labelle Florida

Orange sunset over the trees and brush. This sunset photo was taken on a back road looking through the trees. The branches on the right are from an oak tree and the brush on the left is mainly from un mowed weeds on the side of the road. The orange red colors that this sunset turned the sky was pretty…

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Royal Poinciana Tree Flowers
Flowers

Royal Poinciana Tree

Royal poinciana tree with red blooms and seed pods. One of my favorite trees, the royal poinciana blooms during the summer months and has beautiful showy red flowers. I see the blooms mostly when I’m driving but whenever I get the chance I stop to capture a few photos. Royal poinciana grow into big trees and can be started from the…

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Pink peach hibiscus flower
Flowers

Pink Peach Hibiscus Flower

  This hibiscus flower plant was started from a cutting and passed onto me. It has since then been multiplied several times by many cuttings. I know it can be seen regularly on the island of Abaco in the Bahamas but have not seen it in too many places in Florida. How I got one is a little bit of…

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Gulf Fritillary Butterfly on a Zinnia Flower
Butterflies

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly on Zinnia Flower

  One of my very favorite butterfly photos. This gulf fritillary butterfly almost looks like a painting. I used the macro setting on my camera as I often do for closeup shots and this one turned out perfectly. The detail of the wing is exquisite. The gulf fritillary butterfly is a common sight in Florida and looks like a different…

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Yellow canna lily flower
Flowers

Yellow Cana Lily Flower Picture

My brother gave me this yellow canna lily plant a while back and as you can see the colors are very vibrant. A very nice lily to photograph. The canna seems to like a lot of water so it flowers mostly in the summer during the rainy season. The lily has various colors also including red and orange. During the…

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oleander flower labelle
Flowers

Oleander Plant Flower Photo

The oleander is one of my favorite types of flowers. There are various colors but as far as I can tell the most common are pink an crimson. This one looks light yellow to almost white. The plant grows into a sizable bush and seems to always have a number of flowers on display. Oleander flowers can be seen all…

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Fox squirrel in oak tree
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Fox squirrel in an oak tree

This fox squirrel showed up at the house when he realized we put out seed for the birds. He was there daily for about a month, only stopped coming when the bird seed ran out. His orange and black coat was quite showy. This photo was taken in the back yard when we lived in Muse, Florida. I have several…

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