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My best friend in the whole world :-), Daniela, came out from her home in Chicago to help me out with a wedding (more on that in the next posting) in November.  She was only here for 3 days and it was the first time she had ever been out west.  She is originally from Brazil and given the fact that her time spent in the US has always been on the East Coast or in the Midwest, the Wild West was a little different for her.  She loved it from the moment her plane touched down in Phoenix!  Given the short time span I had to show her around, I had to be selective about where to take her.  The obvious choice was the Grand Canyon, so off we went, straight from the airport to the canyon.  She was mesmerized, as most people are who see it for the first time!  Here are a few shots we took while we were there.

 

Daniela and I at my favorite tree :-)!

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This is probably my favorite shot that I have ever taken at the Canyon.  I love the mixture of the mood of the dark storms in the canyon and the beautiful spot of light illuminating her face ... perfect!
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Back in late October we went to Florida to photograph Lisa and James' spectacular wedding in West Palm Beach.  While visiting south Florida, we took a few days to explore the Everglades and a bit of the Florida Keys.  Here are some of the highlights!

 

Yes, this is a Pygmy Rattlesnake ... and yes, I am using a wide angle lens, which means I was probably way too close.  Don't try getting this close to a poisonous snake unless you know well how to read their body language.  This one remained very calm and I took a lot of time to ease up to it to get the shot.

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Alligators
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I was soooo excited to get these next few photos.  These alligators are hatchlings and I have never encountered them in the wild before, despite trolling the swamps of FL for the better part of 10 years.  I heard the classic "chirping" noises and new they were close.  It didn't take long to locate them.  I felt so fortunate to observe them but we were always cautious ... you must always be on the lookout for the mother in a situation like this.  The mother will protect her young.
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So cute!!!!
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The cuttest baby turtle in the world on the left :-).
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Great Blue Heron
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This was one of my favorite shots of the trip!
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A little wild turkey humor :-).
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You know you are entering the Everglades when you see a Florida Panther Crossing.
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Osprey with fish.
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This is an American Crocodile and the Everglades is the only place you will find them and even then it is rare ... we were very lucky!
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Bald Eagle and Raven.
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Great Egret
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Turkey Vultures
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This may seem sad, but it is for my decades long personal project, "Casualties of War."  I really get angry to see a beautiful animal lose its life by speeding drivers, especially in a National Park where they shouldn't be speeding in the first place.  The victim was a snowy egret.
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The Keys ... specifically Islamorada on the left and Key Largo on the right.
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The keys are crawling with wild iguanas.
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Purple Bill and Greeny visit south Florida :-)!!  They had a blast!
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In late September we traveled to Puerto Penasco, Mexico, otherwise known as Rocky Point to photograph a wedding.  Aside from the actual wedding day, we spent a couple of extra days in the area exploring and having a little fun!  One of the highlights was renting ATVs and riding them around the nearby dunes.  The only downside to this was the intense heat.  From what I was told, September is a hot month in general, but they were having a freak heat wave that week which made the temperatures almost unbearable at about 105 degrees with 100 percent humidity.  We still had a great time though!

 

Purple Bill & Greeny being tourists :-).

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Our ATVs alone in the dunes.
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Having fun ... and sweating profusely!
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I know this seems sad, but it is for a personal project I have been working on for the past 13 years called "Casualties of War."  It highlights the damage we humans, intentional or not, inflict upon nature, wildlife in paticular.
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I love the following beach shots!  They were taken at sunset and it was just spectacular!!
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Michael Chansley:

How cool! I love the 4 wheeling photos! I've never been to Rocky Point, but it looks beautiful! Keep up the good work!

(02.05.10 @ 12:18 AM)

This was the winter storm to end all winter storms as Arizona standards go!!!  It swept in Monday, January 18th and lasted through Saturday, January 23rd.  It came in waves and brought with it record rains for Phoenix (nearly 6 inches in places) and record snows in Flagstaff and the White Mountains (nearly 5 feet at the base of the mountain in Flagstaff and almost 8 feet at the peak.)  I personally have never seen this much snow at one time in my entire life.  Love it or hate it, you couldn't help but stare in amazement!!

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The early stages of the storm.
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Yoshi is not pleased :-).
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Our neighbor shoveling the roof.
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By Thursday things were really getting intense.
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The snow is taller than Yoshi now.
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Everything is getting buried.
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Our street sign ... it is the normal height of a street sign.
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The snow is almost up to the roof.
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My illustration of the accumulation ... unbelievable!!!
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The calm after the storm ... simply STUNNING!!!
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December 25, 2009 // Personal
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Josefin:

Yosh is sooo cool! Heard on the news that you´ve got (a troublesome) winter over there. And I´m happy to say that this whole country is covered in snow too - a lot of snow!!! So, no jealousy needed this time ;)) Greetings from Sweden // Mikael&Josefin

(12.25.09 @ 10:33 AM)
Pam Stewart:

Yoshi is so adorable! Merry Christmas Tina & Kevin. Hope your staying warm ; )

(12.25.09 @ 02:52 PM)
kjuberg:

Aw..Yoshi looks so cute..not happy,, but cute!

(12.25.09 @ 08:24 PM)
Caitlin Smith:

I venture out into your blog pretty much every day, and I never get bored. Your personal collections are so much fun! Probably my favorite so far. I had no idea how bad Flag was during that storm! I actually spent the month up here in Portland, and it was really funny to me that everybody back home in Phoenix was whining about all the rain while I was staying nice and dry in a place that is notoriously wet. :)

(07.04.10 @ 11:38 PM)