The Cape Florida Lighthouse, Key Biscayne, FL

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A typical sunrise with waves, wind and clouds in Tequesta, FL – mornings are always a fun time for me.

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Taken from Rickenbacker Causeway, the smooth surface of the bay reflects the clouds as they pass.
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Rummage for Rescue, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Safe Animal Shelter, 2913 County Road 220, Middleburg. Accepting donations of all equipment solely clothes.

Education Summit themed “Parental Involvement,” 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Main Library, 303 N. Laura St. Speaker is Tony Miller, emissary secretary and arch handling officer during a U.S. Department of Education. Afternoon includes 5 mini-workshops. (904) 355-2787 or

Viva Florida 500: Florida Book Club, 10:30 a.m., Bartram Trail bend library, Bartram Trail Library, 60 Davis Pond Blvd. Book to plead is “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston. (904) 287-4929.

Trio Cleonice in concert, 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St. Free. (904) 355-7584 or

Jacksonville Home and Patio Show, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 W. Water St. $10 adults; $5 seniors 60 and comparison and students 6-12, during a doorway only.

Discover a Dinosaurs, noon-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, The Jacksonville Fairgrounds. Exhibit and includes a exhibit, a theater, a coloring station, scavenger hunt, rides, mini golf and inflatables. Exhibit usually does not embody total rides, mini golf and inflatables. $17 adults, $15 seniors 65 and older; $20 children 2-12, vaunt plus; $12 children 2-12, vaunt usually (at a doorway only); float tickets $5-$6.

Fundraiser to advantage Seaside Community Charter School, 2-4 p.m., Alterman Johnson Chiropractors, 423 Third St. N., Jacksonville Beach. Includes raffle prizes. (904) 247-3933.

“Sea Your History Weekend: Oh My Stars,” 3-6 p.m. Friday, on long-lost shipwrecks; 9 a.m. Saturday, work on normal wooden boatbuilding by building a vessel from past centuries; 11 a.m. Saturday, Smithsonian Presentation; St. Augustine Lighthouse Museum, 81 Lighthouse Ave. Weekend value pack, $25. (904) 829-0745 or

Lions Club Seafood and Music Festival, 3-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Francis Field, 29 Castillo Drive, St. Augustine. Includes humanities and crafts, live entertainment, a Kid Zone and prizes. (904) 829-1753 or

Community Opening, 4-8 p.m., The Cummer Museum of Art Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave. Opening of “The Tsars’ Cabinet: Two Hundred Years of Russian Decorative Arts Under a Romanovs.” Includes art-making, live song with Russian pianist Yana Weaver and a debate of a vaunt during 5 p.m. Free. (904) 899-6004 or

First Friday Artwalk, 5-9 p.m., start during San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St. Features a self-guided art travel to area galleries with exhibits, music, celebration and refreshments. (904) 829-0065 or

Harlem Globetrotters, interactive pre-event, 5:30-6 p.m.; uncover 7 p.m.; Veterans Memorial Arena. $23-$113; Magic Pass, $20. (904) 630-3900 or

Racing injuries talk, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Jacksonville Running Company, 9823 Tapestry Park Circle. Topic is “Common Foot and Ankle Injuries.” Reservations, email

“Hamlet,” presented by a Thespian Honor Society/Drama Club, 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Orange Park High School, 2300 Kingsley Ave. (904) 272-8110.

Two one-act plays, “Laundry and Bourbon” and “Lonestar,” 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jacksonville University’s Swisher Theater, 2800 University Blvd. N. $10 adults, $7 seniors 62 and comparison and military, $5 students and children younger than 17. JU employees get in giveaway with ID. (904) 256-7349.

Spring Opera Production, presented by a Opera Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Monday, University of North Florida’s Robinson Theater. $18 adults, UNF students get in giveaway with ID. (904) 620-2878.

Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St. Show continues 7:30 p.m. Mar 8-9, 2 p.m. Mar 10. (904) 826-8600.

Daryl Hall and John Oates, 8 p.m., St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 Florida A1A S. $34.50-$79.50. (904) 471-1965 or

Loudon Wainwright III Concert, 8 p.m., Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 Florida A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. $30, $35. (904) 209-0399 or

Live song by Full Throttle, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., The Jacksonville Landing. (904) 353-1188 or

Billy Elliot — The Musical, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Times-Union Center for a Performing Arts, 300 W. Water St. Tickets start during $37. (904) 442-2929 or

“The Triangle Factory Fire Project,” 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Theatre Jacksonville, Harold K. Smith Playhouse, 2032 San Marco Blvd. Show continues 8 p.m. Mar 8-9, 2 p.m. Mar 10, 7:30 p.m. Mar 14, 8 p.m. Mar 15-16. $25, adults; $20 Thursdays/Sundays only, seniors age 60 and comparison and students and troops with ID. (904) 396-4425 or



NJROTC Area Twelve Drill Championship, 7:30 a.m., Cecil Field Commerce Center, U.S. Coast Guard hanger; send races competition, 2:45 p.m., a lane nearby a hanger. (904) 542-8793.

Tessa Godwin Memorial Super Ride to advantage Dreams Come True, guided route ride, 10 a.m.; festivities, noon-3 p.m.; Diamond D Ranch, Solomon Road. Includes games, hayrides, a petting zoo, live entertainment, a wordless auction and doorway prizes. (904) 289-9331.

5K Foam Fest, 9 a.m., Equestrian Center of Jacksonville, 13611C Normandy Blvd. Includes inflatables, army crawls, sand pits, load net climbs and H2O obstacles. (904) 573-3163 or

Family Day Boat Trip, 9-11 a.m., Riverside Arts Market, underneath a Fuller Warren Bridge. Learn about a ecology of a stream by hands-on activities. $15 adults, $10 children younger than 12. Reservations required. (904) 256-7022 or

Book Warehouse Sale, 9 a.m.-noon, University Park Library, 3435 University Blvd. N. $10 a bag. (904) 630-2304 or

Super Saturday special taxation assistance day, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., WorkSource Gateway mall, 5000-2 Norwood Ave. Features giveaway income taxation perparation for those with domicile incomes of $57,000 or less. (904) 632-0600 or

Mutt March to advantage a Jacksonville Humane Society, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., The Jacksonville Landing. Includes a travel during 10:30 a.m., live entertainment, activities for pets and kids, a wordless auction and vendors. $30 a person, $25 a chairman for members of teams of 4 or more, $15 for students 13-22, $10 children 5-12; pets get in free. All prices $5 some-more during a gate. Registration,

The Ultimate in Recyling, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Mandarin Garden Club, 2892 Loretto Road. Features clothing, purses and boots for men, women and children. (904) 268-1192.

Garden Month 2013, via March, The Cummer Museum of Art Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave. Includes tours, music, activities, lectures and classes. (904) 356-6857 or

■ Saturday — Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Community Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with live music, art-making activities and a St. Johns Riverkeeper Rain Barrel Sale ($65 a tub or dual for $120); artist demonstration, noon-3 p.m., with artists in a gardens demonstrating watercolor and acrylic portrayal and pastel drawing. Free.

■ Tuesday — St. John Riverkeeper Lecture, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Speakers are Bob Chabot, executive of horticulture and comforts during a Jacksonville Zoo, and Jake Ingram of a Florida Native Plant Society, with “Native Plants in Garden Design.” Free.

■ Mar 8 — Garden concert, 7-9 p.m., with a Noel Freidline Quintet. Bring blankets, chairs, food and alcoholic beverages, if desired. $20 members, $25 nonmembers; food and beverages not included.

■ Mar 9 — Excursion Into Wild Florida with Jim Draper, for ages 13 and older, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Willie Brown Trail — Theodore Roosevelt Area, 13165 Mount Pleasant Road. Bring a lunch. $100 members, $115 nonmembers, $63 active docents.

Nature Photography Summit vaunt and trade show, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency Riverfront, 225 E. Coast Line Drive. Free.

Union Garrison, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon Sunday, Fort Clinch State Park, 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach. Includes demonstrations, vital story interpreters and infantryman drills. $6 per automobile adult to 8 people, $4 a automobile for one person; $2 bicyclists and pedestrians; installation acknowledgment $2. (904) 277-7274. or

Citywide Dance Marathon to advantage a Children’s Miracle Network, 9 a.m.-10:06 p.m., EverBank Stadium’s West Touchdown Club. Spectators, $10 adults, $5 children.

Hogs for Dogs Bike Run to advantage a Clay County Humane Society, registration 9:30 a.m., Adamec Harley Davidson, Wells Road, to Whitey’s Fish Camp. $25 a person, includes dinner, a goodie bag, music, raffle and prizes. (904) 276-7729 or

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday celebration, 10 a.m. Saturday, 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Ponte Vedra Beach bend library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, (904) 273-0495; 1 p.m. Saturday, Hastings bend library, 6195 S. Main St., (904)827-6970; Seussapalooza, 2 p.m. Saturday, Southeast branch, 15099 Deerwood Park Blvd., 996-0325.

Adult Book Club, 10 a.m.-noon, Clay County Headquarters Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd., Orange Park. Book to plead is “Murder in a Cathedral” by T.S. Eliot. Newcomers welcome. (904) 278-3722 or

Arts Market deteriorate opening celebration, parade, 10 a.m.; opening rite with a Stanton College Prep Marching Band, 10:30 a.m.; Navy Band Southeast TGIF, 11:30 a.m.; Antique Animals, 1:30 p.m.; Farmers Riverside Arts Market, 715 Riverside Ave.

Community First Saturdays themed Celebrating a Great St. Johns, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Coast Line Drive, Northbank Riverwalk. Includes a Mutt March, Tai Chi, a stream hunt, scavenger hunt, a Shannon Miller Walking Group, giveaway CPR demonstration, yoga, a low-pitched petting zoo and other children’s activities, internal seductiveness tents and food trucks. (904) 366-6638.

Stamp, Coin and Collectables Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Elk’s Lodgee, 53 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast. Includes doorway prizes and dealers to give appraisals.

Living History Day, 10:30-3:30 p.m., Fort Matanzas National Monument, 8635 Florida A1A, 15 miles south of St. Augustine. (904) 471-0116 or

Cosmic Concerts, Laser Holiday, noon and 5 p.m. Saturdays, Museum of Science and History, 1025 Museum Circle. $5 a person, laser eyeglasses $1. (904) 396-6674.

North Atlantic Right Whales, 2 p.m., Fort George Island Cultural State Park’s Ribault Club. Free. (904) 251-2320.

Auditions for “The Me Nobody Knows,” 3-5 p.m., Stage Aurora Performance Hall, 5188 Norwood Ave., inside Gateway Town Center. (904) 765-7372.

Fun during The Landing, Suwanee River Jam auditions, 3-7 p.m.; live song by Sugar Bear, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.; The Jacksonville Landing. (904) 353-1188 or

Amelia Island International Wine and Food Tasting to advantage Wolfson Children’s Hospital, presented by Amelia Island Sunrise Rotary, 7 p.m., Amelia Island Museum of History, 233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach. Includes live and wordless auctions, booze tastings, hors d’oeuvres and booze experts. $45. (904) 358-2750 or

Glow Run 5K, 7 p.m.-midnight, Metropolitan Park and Marina, 4110 Gator Bowl Blvd., opposite from EverBank Field. Run followed by a dance party. (904) 630-0837.

“Fame!” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Jewish Community Alliance, 8505 San Jose Blvd. Show continues 7:30 p.m. Mar 9, 2 p.m. Mar 10. $7. Registration, (904) 730-2100, ext. 221.

Keb’ Mo’, 8 p.m., Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 Florida A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. $47.50, $57.50 initial 3 rows. (904) 209-0367 or

The Royal Comedy Tour, 8 p.m., Veterans Memorial Arena. $50-$90. (904) 630-3900, or

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra with “Amadeus,” 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Times-Union Center for a Performing Arts, 300 W. Water St. Program in partnership with Players by a Sea. $25, $35, $45. (904) 354-5547 or



MG Walk, 9 a.m., The Jacksonville Landing. Event is a one or three-mile travel to lift recognition of and supports for Myasthenia Gravis research. (904) 353-1188 or

Hot Foods N’ Spicy Blues Festival, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., The Florida Agricultural Museum, 7900 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast. (386) 446-7630 or

Front Porch Stories, 2-3 p.m., Mandarin Museum and Historical Society, 11964 Mandarin Road. Features long-time Mandarin proprietor Billy Barwald, on “Stretch Your Mind,” with an antique poser item. Series concludes Mar 10 with “World War II from a Perspective of One Who Served.” (904) 268-0784 or

Reggae on a River, 5-9 p.m., The Jacksonville Landing. Features live music, a businessman expo and splash specials. Program takes place a initial Sunday of each month. (904) 353-1188 or

Bruce Cockburn, 8 p.m., Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 Florida A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. $30 in advance, $35 during a door. (904) 209-0367 or



Communication Week speakers: award-winning photojournalist Bruce Strong, 10 a.m. Monday; Deirdre Breakenridge, boss and executive of communications during PFS Marketwyse, 1 p.m. Monday; Rob Armstrong, former Flagler college highbrow and journalist, 10 a.m., Wednesday; Fox Sports Network radio selling consultant and strategist Cathy Jamison, 11 a.m. Thursday; Flagler College, St.Augustine. (904) 819-6353.

International Affairs Discussion, 6:30 p.m., Bartram Trail bend library, 60 Davis Pond Blvd. Moderator is Joseph Warner, late U.S. diplomat and accessory highbrow of embankment and general family during Florida State College during Jacksonville. (904) 287-4929.

Florida Forum, 7 p.m., Times-Union Center for a Performing Arts, 300 W. Water St. Speaker is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, former NBA player, coach, consultant, actor, documentarian, story author, sports columnist, open speaker, informative envoy and battling ongoing myeloid leukemia. (904) 202-2886 or



Greater Jacksonville Prayer Breakfast, 7-9 a.m., Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk Hotel, 1515 Prudential Drive. Speaker is Byron Johnson, author and highbrow of a amicable sciences during Baylor University. Includes a Sandalwood High School Chorus and Beaches Barbershop Group. Reservations required.

“James Bond — A Fifthy Year Retrospective,” 7 p.m., Florida State College during Jacksonville Nassau Center. Speaker is Ranjan Chhibber with a cinematic debate of a mainstream actors who played James Bond from Connery to Craig. Includes giveaway popcorn and cold beverages. (904) 548-4432.

Dance, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Lane Wiley Senior Citizens Center, 6710 Wiley Road. Features a live 2-piece dance band. $5. (904) 260-8061.



Navy Band Southeast in concert, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clay County Headquarters Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd., Orange Park. Features a TGIF Dixieland Band. (904) 278-3722 or



Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Thursday-Sunday, several venues.

■ Gooding Co. Amelia Island Auction — 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, 9-11 a.m. Friday; auction, 11 a.m. Friday; Racquet Park during a Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Information and online catalog,

■ RM Auction during Amelia — 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Friday; auction, 11 a.m. Saturday; Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway. Information and digital catalog,

■ Festivals of Speed — cocktail reception, 8-11 p.m. Friday, $150 a person; Festivals of Speed Amelia Island lifestyle show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, $20 a person; Omni Amelia Island Plantation, 6800 First Coast Highway. (352) 385-9450 or

■ Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance — 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Golf Club of Amelia Island, $70 adults, $35 children 12-18, children younger than 12 get in giveaway with profitable adult; racing seminars, an art show, gift auction and classical automobile tour, Friday-Saturday, Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway.

Judy Collins, 8 p.m., Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 Florida A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. $45, $65 initial 3 rows. (904) 209-0367 or



“Laugh for Charity” to advantage Junior Achievement and a Mandarin Food Bank, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, wordless auction, 6 p.m.; show, 7:30 p.m.; The Comedy Zone, Ramada Inn Conference Center. $50 a person. Registration, email,



Camp Healing Powers, presented by Community Hospice, Mar 15-17, Marywood Retreat and Conference Center. Program for children and teenagers 7-17 who have gifted a genocide of a desired one 3 months to dual years before to a camp. Register by Friday. (904) 407-6222.


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Texas alloy who prisoner iconic picture of Columbia disaster is now a operative …

A lot has altered in a decade given Dr. Scott Lieberman prisoner an iconic shot of Space Shuttle Columbia violation apart on Feb. 1, 2003. The 6-megapixel digital camera he used to constraint a shot was a oddity afterwards — he’d had to sequence it from a Canadian distributor given he couldn’t find one in a U.S. To get a print out to a world, he had to expostulate a record to a bureau of his internal newspaper. And given then, of course, a United States stopped drifting space shuttles.

Lieberman has picked adult a sideline to his interventional cardiology use in a decade given a disaster. He’s an eccentric agreement writer to a Associated Press now, with hundreds of photos carrying his credit.

Lieberman’s print seemed on a front page of substantially each U.S. paper, including this one, that is republished courtesy of a Newseum

“Getting published was a fantastic, abdominal event,” he says on a phone from Tyler, Texas, where he still lives.

After his Columbia shot finished adult on the front pages of some-more than 100 newspapers and a covers of Time and Paris Match, Lieberman says he complicated “hundreds of thousands of images” and befriended AP photographers he could learn from. He attended convey launches and landings — in fact, he scored with another convey shot in 2006 when Shuttle Discovery was streamer behind to Florida after a stopover during Barksdale Air Force Base. He attended with many other photographers.

“Almost everybody left” after a convey took off and headed north, Lieberman remembers. “Last time we looked, Florida was south and easterly of us.” So he lerned his tripod on a early sky and prisoner a shot of a convey silhouetted opposite a red morning light. “That was not a reticent fitness picture,” he says.

Lieberman says he has “a small bit of a scientist’s, observer’s nature, and we consider that’s what we pierce into a photos.” Also, he says, he can means good equipment. He’d purchased a 6-megapixel Canon EOS-D60 he used for a strange Columbia design as a approach to get behind into photography before a outing to Alaska. “You substantially did have to be a alloy or a counsel to have one of those things,” he says, laughing. He says he gets a lot of use out of his 400mm f2.8 lens, a really costly square of glass. “I’ve always pronounced what we miss in ability we can recompense for in improved equipment,” he says.

This 2007 print shows a helicopter acid for a blank chairman in Texas. (AP Photo/Dr. Scott M. Lieberman)

When Lieberman’s Columbia design ran on a cover of Time, a photojournalism investiture still regarded digital photography with a somewhat heedful eye. Vin Alabiso was conduct of photography for AP when Poynter’s Kenny Irby interviewed him about Lieberman’s photo; he likely during a time a image, that a handle use disseminated hours after a event, would wear down some of that resistance. “There is no doubt that this print will be one famous sketch of a year,” Alabiso told Irby. “Additionally, given a record of a day and a present smoothness abilities, cinema can now pierce further, faster than ever before. Tyler helped us make this happen.”

“Suddenly there was an appreciation that, yes, we could lift a digital camera,” Lieberman says. “The warning that existed was secure some-more in a speed than in design quality,” Poynter’s Kenny Irby says. “The media attention would only as shortly settle for a reduce fortitude support squeeze given a miss of a peculiarity still photograph.” Irby says Lieberman’s sketch did “contribute to a clever validation in a intensity and energy of digital photography for genuine time news coverage.”

And of course, Lieberman’s print came during a emergence of a golden age for citizen journalists — from George Holliday’s Rodney King video to Janis Krum’s print of a “Miracle on a Hudson.” It’s no longer startling when someone not employed as a photographer takes a shot that amazes a world. (Sadly, it’s also a time in that it’s no longer startling to hear about photographers who are no longer employed.)

“There is no doubt that Dr. Lieberman prisoner a ancestral impulse in U.S. space moody history,” Irby says. “It positively contributed to a enlargement of citizen broadcasting in a detailed stating arena. And it is quite singular that someone of his veteran fulfilment would continue to consistently minister to use photojournalism professionally. His contributing work with Associated Press has been commendable.”

Lieberman takes photos of celebrities who come by Tyler, and he infrequently self-assigns news events where he knows pros will be so he can try to get an surprising shot. And he still trains his lens on a sky with some magnitude — lightning is a specialty. In fact, one of his shots of lightning in a Texas sky ran in USA Today this week.

A 2011 print of lightning over a Heritage Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas (AP Photo/Dr. Scott M. Lieberman)

I had to ask: Does Lieberman’s medical training ever come in accessible when he’s moonlighting? Under a constraints of a Hippocratic Oath, he couldn’t give me specifics, he says, though he’s helped associate photographers in a margin — one during a convey launch — and also given many of them medical recommendation on a phone or around his Facebook page. “I’ve felt some-more than thankful to assistance them when we can,” he says. “I’ve schooled a lot by bearing to these people.”

Once during a Tyler journal offices, he says, an editor complained of some symptoms and Lieberman suggested he get a highlight test. The man finished adult carrying surgery. “I wouldn’t burst adult and down and contend it saved his life, though it positively could have,” he says. He’s done durability friendships with people he hasn’t sent to a gurney, too. “As awful as a strange design was, a disaster it represented, some good has come out of it,” he says.

Space Shuttle Atlantis lifting off in Sep 2006. Atlantis was a final convey to fly; a module finished in 2011. (AP Photo/Dr. Scott M. Lieberman)

Fort Lauderdale airfield a tip mark for aviation photographers

They try to constraint a many outlandish vast birds, and South Florida is one of their favorite haunts.

Hunters? No. These are aviation photographers, who call themselves “spotters,” since they take heedfulness to brand and fire engaging and colorful airliners, corporate jets and troops planes.

“It’s a passion,” pronounced Eddy Gual, 70, of Miami, a late freelance photographer, who has taken some-more than 200,000 photos of planes, and orderly a shutterbugs underneath a Florida Aviation Photography Society about 23 years ago.

Coming from around a globe, including Japan, Australia and Germany, dozens of a spotters congregated on a roof of a parking garage during Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International on Thursday and shot all from tiny commuter planes to Airbus airliners.

“It’s like bird watching, though instead we’re looking for airplanes,” pronounced Manfred Turek, of Munich, Germany, who remarkable Fort Lauderdale airfield is primo for a spotters since of a good vantage points and different operations.

“There’s a vast variety. You get a Canadian aircraft, Southwest Airlines, JetBlue and a Latin American traffic,” combined Suresh Atapattu, of Plantation, a biomedical engineer.

Armed with costly Canon and Nikon digital cameras and lots of prolonged lenses, a photographers also fire during Palm Beach and Miami International airports, as good as smaller ubiquitous aviation airports.

Joe Pries, who gathering 9 hours from North Carolina to join a photo-fray on Thursday, pronounced South Florida airports are customarily soaked in sunlight, “and a sun’s angle is vicious for photographers.”

John K. Morton, 78, of West Yorkshire, England, has vacationed in South Florida for 35 years to fire airplanes. He also has published 14 design books, featuring many of his 60,000 photos.

“I used to take cinema of steam trains in England, though in 1968 they stopped using those,” he said. “I only started holding photos of planes, and it went from there.”

Now that many photography is digital, many of a spotters arrangement their work on websites, such as or have their possess links. For instance Victor Lopez, of Miami, administrates

“I’m a third era pilot, so it’s in a blood,” pronounced Lopez, a peculiarity control executive for an aircraft company.

The photographers on Friday devise to debate Miami International Airport and reason their annual convention, where they will barter and sell their photos during prices trimming from 50 cents to hundreds of dollars.

Much like bird or sight spotters, some try to constraint whole collections of aircraft, for instance, each craft in an airline’s fleet, or each Boeing 757 ever built. They also covet comparison planes on a verge of retiring.

Ultimately, a spotters’ idea is to safety aviation history, pronounced Atapattu, who specialized in sharpened space shuttles from Cape Canaveral.

“Over 11 years, we put 50,000 miles on my car, travelling to a cape, chasing a shuttle,” he said. or 954-572-2085.

Club members learn how to emanate transport print books

Steve Roth, boss of a Wycliffe Photography Club in Wellington, demonstrated how he creates transport print books during a new Delray Camera Club meeting.

Roth, an architect, zealous traveler and photographer, has designed countless buildings in Florida and visited and photographed any continent solely Antarctica.

“I have published transport print books on New York City, Maine, Europe, Africa and many other countries,” he said. “My wife, Sonni, is a transport representative and we do lots of cruises, 4 final year. … we adore holding transport cinema with my Canon 60D and Tamron 18-270 lenses. It’s not odd for me to take 2,000 or some-more photos per trip. The doubt was what to do with all my photos. we used to do slip shows; now we make books.”

Roth pronounced he uses a Blurb site to make a print books.

“[I’ve] done 12 print books regulating their rarely discerning giveaway module that allows flexibility,” he said. “I like a peculiarity of their books and their reasonable prices.”

Roth described a nine-step routine he uses to ready a book’s content.

Among them is to “select and raise a photos we wish to embody in your book. we put all photos we wish to use in one or several new folders,” he said.

He also discussed selecting a book design, including how most content we wish and where we wish to put it.

“This is a artistic partial of book making,” he said. “I like to do a pretension page and outline for any pier visited.”

When fixation photos and content into a book, Roth pronounced he starts with a front and behind cover photos and a book title.

“I subsequent ready a standard pretension pages for any port,” he said. “Since we have some-more photos than pages and we wish to finish adult with a 160-page book, we ready a beam for a estimate series of pages we wish to embody in any pier to keep a sum series of pages during 160.”

Don MacKenzie, boss of a Delray Camera Club, pronounced a arrangement “was finish and informative. We always suffer training several methods of how to arrangement a photographs.”

“Fascinating program,” pronounced Paul Tocker, of Delray Beach. “I schooled about print books, where pledge photographers keep their photos for a pleasure of themselves and family with no blurb exploitation.”

The bar meets during 7 p.m. a second and fourth Wednesdays of a month, Oct to May, during a South County Civic Center, 16700 Jog Road in Delray Beach.

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Python Challenge 2013: Hunting snakes in a Everglades

Python Challenge 2013: Hunting snakes in a Everglades


Brains contra muscle would bag a python, Chris Harmon was convinced.

But after 3 weekends of peering during a Everglades by an infrared camera that registers animals’ physique temperatures, a Boca Raton information tech dilettante hasn’t spied a python. However, a tool creates a accessible gator locator.

“We saw all these outrageous bodies underneath a H2O and said, ‘OK, we’re not going there.’”

Hunting pythons, as scarcely 1,500 carefree hunters purebred in Florida’s “Python Challenge 2013″ have discovered, is a “Where’s Elmo” diversion of anticipating a scarcely invisible lizard that could be right underneath your nose — or foot.

— Read a finish story by Palm Beach Post author Barbara Marshall subsequent a print gallery
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Brains contra muscle would bag a python, Chris Harmon was convinced.

But after 3 weekends of peering during a Everglades by an infrared camera that registers animals’ physique temperatures, a Boca Raton information tech dilettante hasn’t spied a python. However, a tool creates a accessible gator locator.

“We saw all these outrageous bodies underneath a H2O and said, ‘OK, we’re not going there.’”

Adam Gearhart of West Palm Beach figured sport snakes while flourishing adult in Indiana would give him an edge.

“Pythons are like garter snakes, right?” joked Gearhart.

He, too, came adult lizard eyes, after dual prolonged days of hiking low into a Everglades with 3 friends.

Hunting pythons, as scarcely 1,500 carefree hunters purebred in Florida’s “Python Challenge 2013″ have discovered, is a “Where’s Elmo” diversion of anticipating a scarcely invisible lizard that could be right underneath your nose — or foot.

Concerned about a snakes’ quick widespread by a Everglades, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) orderly a four-week Challenge, that ends Feb 10. Those who bag a many snakes get $1,500; a biggest lizard nets $1,000.

Almost anyone peaceful to bum by razor-edged saw weed and continue boot-sucking plod can hunt this slithering form of bio-pollution that competence be flourishing adult to 20 feet prolonged on Florida’s furious lands. Worried wildlife officials contend a invasive snakes competence be pulling local mammals to a corner of annihilation in a southern Everglades.

But one thing is transparent median into a hunt: The snakes are sincerely easy to locate though confoundedly formidable to find.


Why are they so tough to lane down? A python’s brownish-red and black coloration blends seamlessly into a Everglades’ winter layer of dry grasses.

Even long-time Gladesmen like Weston’s “Alligator Ron” Bergeron, can’t always mark them.

“I’ve indeed stepped on them though meaningful it,” pronounced Bergeron, an FWC commissioner, after advancing his tradition airboat during a Tamiami Trail canal.

Bergeron has been dire home a python problem by holding inaugurated officials sport on a tree islands dotting a ‘Glades golden saw weed prairies. Although Sen. Bill Nelson came adult empty-handed on a new safari with Bergeron, veteran lizard hunter “Python Dave” Leibman helped a Miami-Dade county commissioner locate a 9-foot python.

Leibman hold a snake’s control while a Telemundo contributor wore a still-live lizard during a stand-up.
Bill Booth found his initial python by listening.

“I’ve never listened a sound like that,” pronounced Booth, a Myakka City firefighter and lifelong outdoorsman. He and his sport partners had motored their vessel low into a saw grass, afterwards scrambled adult a wharf to demeanour around. “It was a delayed rustling of something vast in a grass, not quick like a gator or a mammal.”

After some bare-handed lizard wrestling and duration panic — where a heck is a shotgun? — a lizard in a weed became a live lizard in a bag.

It was as vast around as a glow hoses Booth uses on a job.

“They’re pleasing animals, though they don’t go here,” pronounced Booth, admiring a snake’s satin-smooth beam a few hours after during a drop-off site where hunters move a day’s catch. “I feel like we’re assisting save a Everglades.”

The lizard was so vast that University of Florida technicians had to widen it out on a sand road. It wouldn’t fit inside their tent.

One of a state’s partners in a Challenge, UF is behaving a necropsies that produce essential information for scientists. Stomach essence will exhibit what a snakes are eating; DNA research competence be means to couple a snakes to a sold ancestor, a Patient Zero of pythons, expected a expelled former pet.

Booth’s python was longer than a technicians’ 10-foot fasten measure. After a second fasten magnitude was located, Booth listened a verdict: he’d snagged an 11-foot, 6-inch beast snake.

Fist bumps all around.


A big, no-nonsense man who considers himself a conservationist as good as a hunter, Booth took a leave of deficiency from his office to hunt snakes by a immeasurable bullion and immature landscape of a southern Everglades. He’s sleeping in a tiny tent during a campground where a pointer warns a area is panther country.

“Make yourself large.” “Maintain eye hit with a panther,” a pointer instructs.

Making eye hit with a python requires a vast cost of time, calm and gas money.

According to his GPS coordinates, Booth lonesome 540 miles a initial week, by boat, lorry and on foot. In dual weeks, he spent $800 in fuel.

Winning would not usually defray costs, though a awards rite on Feb. 16 would make a excellent 48th birthday present, and maybe perform a dream.

Booth, who also is an award-winning taxidermist, hopes to have his possess sport show. The broadside from winning competence constraint a courtesy of an outdoor network.

To that end, his partners, Dusty Crum and Duane Clark, also from Myakka City, request Booth’s snake-snagging abilities on video, anticipating to revise it into a commander of a TV show. At a same time, a National Geographic organisation has been following Booth while taping their possess documentary, origination a meta impulse in a swamps.

Booth would rather spin a snakes in alive, though a Challenge’s manners outline pythons contingency be killed in a field, from a gunshot to a mind (Booth’s choice); a blast from a serf shaft (the arms Javier Bardem’s crazy torpedo used in “No Country for Old Men”) or decapitation.

A frustrating week goes by with usually one some-more lizard caught. Then, compensate day.

Booth and his organisation are now bumping down a saw grass-fringed wharf in Booth’s camouflage-painted lorry when they mark what any python hunter would trade his lizard chaps for: dual snakes sunning corresponding in a clump of dry brush.

Leaping from a truck, Booth and his organisation squeeze a snakes’ tails while perplexing to equivocate a snapping, darting mouths lined with 4 inhuman rows of backward-curved teeth.

After retaining a prisoner snakes delicately behind a head, a group breeze them into an Army-green duffel bag, afterwards place a bag behind a driver’s chair before nonchalantly stability their search.
“Snakes on a truck,” someone jokes.


To try to enclose a snakes’ relentless widespread by southern Florida’s furious lands, a FWC motionless an open-invitation “incentive hunt” with income prizes of adult to $1,500 would drum adult seductiveness in sport them.

They didn’t design “Pythonathon 2013.”

The multiple of Florida’s puzzling Everglades filthy with outrageous outlandish snakes chased by a gun-wielding, camo-clad throng of hunters valid overwhelming to sportsmen and media alike. On opening day Jan. 12, hunters bristling with guns, lizard sticks and brag set off into a Everglades, followed closely by a media flock brandishing cameras, bang mics and tripods.

With a supposed tens of thousands of slithering targets, everybody expected easy pickings, as if grabbing a lizard with a girth of a cesspool line can ever be easy.

Yet, some-more than median by a monthlong hunt, roughly all of a hunters have come adult snake-less.

According to a FWC, that orderly a hunt, 37 snakes were incited in by Tuesday, an normal of about dual snakes a day (0r .02 snakes per hunter.) Friday’s count was expelled too late for publication.

“Based on a hype, we suspicion I’d have 30 or 35 snakes a initial day. Instead, I’ll be propitious to get that many a whole hunt,” pronounced Booth.
By a center of final week, Booth usually had 5 snakes, expected adequate to put him in a income for a contest.

How many pythons are widespread over 1.3 million acres of Everglades? No one unequivocally knows.

“A lot,” pronounced UF wildlife biologist Frank Mazzotti, one of a architects of a python hunt. “Honestly, any series we give after that is going to be wrong.”

Scientists do know a initial python was hold in a Everglades in 1979, though few were reported until a 21st century, when a race seemed to explode.

In a initial 11 months of final year, hunters hold 132 snakes. In 2011, they bagged 169 pythons.

The snakes are there, Booth agreed, if you’ve got a time and calm to find them. He estimates any of his catches compulsory about 45 hours of hunting.

For infrequent hunters, that’s too many peering and poking for too small boon when there’s a cold drink watchful down a road.

That leaves a Everglades’ new peak predators giveaway to dawdle around untouched waterway banks like basking cats.

Sooner or later, a dish will wander by, given a vast lizard can sup on roughly anything in a swamp: raccoons, opossums, wading birds, alligators, even a panther.

Unless a snakes have already devoured many of their food sources.


Experienced hunters contend they’re repelled during a dull calm of a southern Everglades.

“It’s a wildlife desert,” pronounced Booth. “We’re not saying many animals of any kind.”

Between 2003 and 2011, a consult reported that rabbits and foxes in a area have vanished.

Raccoon sightings declined 99 percent, opossums 98 percent and bobcats 88 percent, according to a investigate by a Proceedings of a National Academy of Sciences. Two years ago, H2O district workers killed a 16-foot python containing an undigested 76-pound deer.

It’s a crime, concluded Mazzotti, though we don’t nonetheless know who or what is guilty.

“Pythons positively have motive, means and opportunity, so we can accuse them, though indictments don’t always meant a conviction,” pronounced Mazzotti, who pronounced synthetic changes in H2O transformation and pollutionalso competence be culpable.

For now, sport seems a best choice to keep a lid on python proliferation, hence a origination of a Python Challenge.

“For any python removed, another wading bird will tarry to subsequent year,” pronounced Mazzotti. “It’s like removing a rapist off a streets.”

Today, Sheriff Bill Booth is somewhere out there in a saw grass, perplexing to make a a ‘Glades protected for Florida’s critters.

“I still wish to locate a super lizard — one some-more than 14 feet long,” he said. “Imagine what that’s been eating.”



Florida’s Python Challenge 2013 has dual categories: one for a ubiquitous open and one for hunters with special python permits. Top prizes in both are $1,500 for a many snakes hold and $1,000 for a biggest snakes. A $750 second esteem was combined final week in all categories.

The Challenge ends Feb. 10, with prizes to be awarded Feb. 16 during a rite during ZooMiami.

For some-more information, go here.


During Florida’s initial python sport deteriorate in 2010, a wildlife biologist reflects on his knowledge and personal conflict perplexing to revive a Everglades by eradicating a animals he has dedicated his life to saving.

Watch a video: In office of pythons

County’s Natural Beauty Highlighted in 2013 Calendar

Hillsborough County is mouth-watering residents to keep lane of their days while appreciating a county’s changed resources.

The giveaway 2013 Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program calendar is accessible during several locations.

Photos for a 2013 ELAPP calendar were comparison following a print contest. Amateur and veteran photographers of all ages were invited to contention photos portraying a healthy beauty of a county’s 60 ELAPP sites.

The 187 submitted photos were posted on a county’s Facebook page and residents had an event to opinion for their favorite photos.

The tip 34 vote-getters were afterwards reviewed by a row of judges who done a final preference for a calendar.

A bobcat photo by George L. Veazey III of Temple Terrace perceived a many open votes overall, and it is featured, along with 25 some-more photos, in a calendar.

Veazey indeed has 8 photos in a calendar — a cover print and a months of February, April, May, July, September, November, Dec and a cover photo. For carrying a print with a many votes, Veazey will accept a private dug-out debate of Cockroach Bay Preserve.

A lifelong Hillsborough County resident, Veazey worked for a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for 35 years, timid in 2006. He pronounced he fell in adore with photography while he was a tyro during a University of South Florida, operative on a annual staff.

After timid from a sheriff’s office, he followed his photography in earnest, focusing on a county’s internal wildlife and healthy resources.

His works are now on arrangement during The Art Lounge Gallery, 119 E. Reynolds St., Plant City.

Other winning photos were taken by Donna Bollenbach of Valrico, featured in January; Robert Heath of Riverview, featured in Mar and June; Mariella Smith of Ruskin, featured in August; and Herman Cook of Valrico, featured in October. These winners will accept a Tampa Bay pontoon vessel tour.

To get a giveaway duplicate of a 2013 ELAPP calendar, visit:

Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department

  • Administration, 10119 Windhorst Rd. in Tampa
  • Bell Creek Office, 10940 McMullen Rd. in Riverview
  • Cockroach Bay Preserve Office, 3709 Gulf City Rd. in Ruskin
  • Lake Frances Preserve Office, 10225 Woodstock Rd. in Odessa

Hillsborough County Center

  • Communications Digital Media Services Department, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd. 1st Floor, in Tampa


Public Utilities Department Customer Service Centers

  • Northwest, 15610 Premiere Dr. (off Northdale Boulevard, one retard west of Dale Mabry Highway)
  • South – Central – Brandon Support Operations Complex, 332 N. Falkenburg Rd.

For some-more information, hit Conservation Services during 813-672-7876.

Note: Conservation Services contacted Patch to let us know a calendars are no longer accessible during internal libraries. All were given out within a integrate of days.

Wildlife Photographer Clyde Butcher Open House

Wildlife Photographer Butcher Open House

Famed Everglades Photographer Invites Public To Gallery Clyde Butcher and his mother Niki will open their detailed gallery to a open for a 20th anniversary jubilee of Butcher’s Big Cypress Gallery in a Florida Everglades. 

During a three-day weekend event, guest are invited to accommodate a photographer, take guided engulf tours, and learn about Butcher’s 20 years of displaying singular black and white photography during a gallery.

Butcher will be in a gallery all 3 days to hail guest and designation books from 10am – 5pm. The eventuality will underline family accessible activities via a weekend including speakers via a day: Rangers from a Big Cypress National Preserve, Friends of Big Cypress, Friends of a Florida Panther Refuge and more. 

For a price there will also be guided soppy engulf walks where visitors can try a pleasing inlet safety right in a backyard of a gallery while giveaway guided dry walks will leave each half hour with no reservation required.

Recent projects embody work for Florida’s “Save Our Rivers” program, a South Florida Water Management District, a D.E.P., Divisions of State Lands, a Bureau of Submerged Lands and Preserves, Everglades National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, River Keepers, and a Wilderness Society. 

The Sierra Club has given him a Ansel Adams Conservation Award, that is given to a photographer who shows value in photography and has contributed to a open recognition of a environment.

The Big Cypress Gallery is located on thirteen acres in a core of a Everglades, mid-way between Naples and Miami on Tamiami Trail (Hwy. 41), in a Big Cypress National Preserve. The gallery is surrounded by some-more than a million acres of National Park wetlands and cypress strands of furious Florida.

Coconut Grove Sunrises

Got up early and drove to Coconut Grove to visit my friend Marvin to photograph the early morning sunrise. A cold front just passed through and there was a small breeze. We drove across Coconut Grove, it was dark, cold and the streets all have large over grown Banyon trees draping the road making it difficult to see farther down the road. Marvin knew the way and we made it to the parking area without getting too lost…   At Matheson Hammock Park,  it was still dark, but the dim light of the sunrsie was just beginning.  As we got setup, we were presented with a beautiful sunrise displaying magnificent colors with terrific cloud formations.

After the sunrise,  we visited Peacock Park to take a few shots of the  hundreds of sailboats anchored in the bay. It was a really enjoyable time.

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