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Do You Enjoy Seabirds?

While people in the northern hemisphere are celebrating the summer, we offer up our thanks to a

Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull

favorite destination during the season by visiting the beach. Sun, surf, and sand continue to be the well-known staples of a Floridian summer experience. Therefore, we would like to introduce the Summer Seabird Collection.   This new collection of seabirds from the sunny coast of Florida reminds us of those special days of warm sunny mornings searching for seashells and suntans.

The first addition to the collection was the premier work Two Pelicans is a principal component of our new

Two Pelicans
Two Pelicans

collection.  These two pelicans will swim confidently together from a local mangrove inlet into your personal collection.    Wildlife is found year round in the tropics but our new collection allows you to experience and share those special moments anytime and anywhere.

 

American Oystercatcher
American Oystercatcher

In another work, an American Oystercatcher looks on with steady bright-eyed intent. He is a captivating flash of color in a sea of black and white texture. This work was very difficult to accomplish, as these seabirds had little to no tolerance for any human getting a good shot of them. Further, they insisted on nesting among the seaweeds blending into the foreground and thus making a strange and uniquely textured shot.

Even the Royal Terns nap gracefully on the beach

Royal Terns
Royal Terns

knowing the beach is the place to be, well after a visit to our gallery of course!

In Other News

In other news this month, we’d like to introduce a new development in the history of the gallery. A&A Photographic Arts has entered an outlet vendor deal with a special art dealer. Fotos by Fritz of the Tampa Bay Area will now display and sell a specifically curated selection of photographic artworks. This kind of outlet market is perfect for our growing gallery. We now offer one of a kind artist proofs, cards, reprints, and smaller prints to a whole new group of art lovers.

 

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Bouy 5 is Not Where It’s Supposed to Be

Buoy 5 is a the result of a strange sight that greeted us during a morning walk on a storm-beaten beach. The thunderous storms and swelling waves produced an eerie calm on that beach the next morning.   It is the best moment to comb the beach for flotsam and any new shiny shells washed up in the turbulent waters.

There are all sorts of strange things to find on a beach after storms. The waves pond the shore and when there is a high tide during the downpour of wind and rain it only increases the currents and leaves all kinds of exciting treasures to find.

Naturally, our surprise was enormous when we found this navigation buoy just sitting on its side. I can only guess the power the current would need to rip one of these things from its mooring. In fact you can see the rest of the mooring structure and cable at the bottom of the buoy itself.

Honestly, the entire event reminded me of stories I heard about beaches in WWII.   The British Army had a special group of people designated to watch and comb the mud flats and beaches every morning looking for lost sea mines and other wreckage.Buoy 5

Fortunately, the navigation buoy was the most exciting thing to occur that morning. We did find a number of very nice shells, some shark teeth, about 20 dead mangled jellyfish, and even 2 dead parrotfish. But by far the capture of the morning was Buoy 5. After all does anyone really want a picture of a dead smelly parrotfish?

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Breakfast at the Bait Bucket

The white heron bellied himself up the bar for breakfast at the bait bucket.  He sat there with complete satisfaction that a fine meal was soon going to appear in his bucket.

“Where has this human been?” he thought.   He had been eagerly waiting for hours since sunrise for his human waiter to appear.  Now it was only a matter of timing.

It had taken weeks for the thought to slip into his head.  Even a bird brain notices when the local fisherman appear there is a free meal to be had.  He had not spent the days idly.  He would watch as every time a fisherman caught a large fish they placed it in one of the dirty white buckets of seawater that they brought to the beach.

Indeed, He soon noticed that they always carried at least two of these buckets.  One was for the “catch of the day” and the other was for the small yummy fish that where to be sacrificed in the name of dinner.

The ritual was always the same.  The human went into the water and filled up both buckets with seawater.  He then would take a small fishing net and, going knee-deep, cast it into the surf.  Soon he had these beautiful shiny small fish swimming in his bait bucket.

If, as a bird, you appeared too soon the fisherman would yell something incomprehensible at you and chase you away.  The trick was waiting till the human had already chosen his first sacrifice and gone into the surf to cast his reel.   Then, and only then, was it possible to get rock star seating at the bait bucket.

Now, the bird did not consider himself greedy.  He knew the odds of getting the main catch from the human were a great as being struck by lightning in a cloudless sky.  The human was still only a humble 20 yards away in the surf casting his latest bait into the deeper water in hopes of catching a larger fish. Far enough away to be safe, but close enough to be a problem.

He also knew that the fish the human was trying to catch would be way larger than his small sharp beak would be able to swallow, but the bait… Ahh, That as the humans say, “Was punching the meal ticket.”

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