Five Flags for July Fourth

Elaine and I have been enthralled by the birds and other wildlife here in Southwest Florida. One Fourth of July I was inspired to pay homage to the flag we love with birds we love. I call this “Flying the Flag.” It consists of three images I took at the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

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Note: I did not approach a wild eagle to get the image. It was on display for educational purposes.

I created the piece below to support efforts to restore the Iwo Jima Memorial in Cape Coral. This is a photo of the statue before repairs, superinposed on an image of a flag flying there.

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Life may not be a bed of roses but this Flag of Roses is meant to honor the beauty of our nation’s ideals.

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I saw this flag in the window of a falling down building in rural California. It spoke to me so I captured it.

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And finally, a frangipani flag. Because why not.

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Sunset Gathering at the Causeway

Every month or so, a group of us gather at the Sanibel causeway for sharing, caring, sunsets and fellowship. Click on any image to see a larger version.


We are members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers, http://www.uucfm.org/.
Photos (c) John Swank.

FAVORITE PHOTOS: OCTOBER 2014

Roseate Spoonbills

Roseate Spoonbills

Great blue heron, great egret

Great blue heron, great egret

Incoming ibis

Incoming ibis

Tricolor heron

Tricolor heron

Red-necked phalarope

Red-necked phalarope

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

Beach, Estero Island

Beach, Estero Island

Ducks on the deck of  the dock

Ducks on the deck of the dock

Little blue heron with fish

Little blue heron with fish

Woodpecker

Woodpecker

Waiting for Eagles, Bayshore Road

Waiting for Eagles, Bayshore Road

Sparkling grackel

Sparkling grackel

Tree

Tree

FAVORITE PHOTOS: SEPTEMBER 2014

Sunset at Fenway South

Sunset at Fenway South

Great Egret

Great Egret

Colorful Kayaks

Colorful Kayaks

Approaching Storm

Approaching Storm

Lighthouse Storm

Lighthouse Storm

Two Dolphins, via Captiva Cruises

Two Dolphins, via Captiva Cruises

Fish houses

Fish houses

Green fish house

Green fish house

Gulls

Gulls

Kayaks

Kayaks

Green Lakes Park, New York State

Green Lakes Park, New York State

Lake Ontario Lookout

Lake Ontario Lookout

Green on Dock

Green on Dock

Anhinga on Dock with Ducks

Anhinga on Dock with Ducks

Sunrise through car window

Sunrise through car window

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

Ding Darling Stroll

Ding Darling Stroll

Yellow Crown Portrait

Yellow Crown Portrait

Two spoonbills

Two spoonbills

Great Egret with lunch

Great Egret with lunch

Backyard osprey with catch

Backyard osprey with catch

FAVORITE PHOTOS: AUGUST 2014

Backyard Sunset, Fort Myers, FL

Backyard Sunset, Fort Myers, FL

 

Sunset Dock, Fort Myers, FL

Sunset Dock, Fort Myers, FL

Blue Patch

Blue Patch

Sea Grape

Sea Grape

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

Gator, Ding Darling NWR

Gator, Ding Darling NWR

Yellow Crown Night Heron in Mangroves

Yellow Crown Night Heron in Mangroves

Butterfly

Butterfly

 

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

Gator, Ding Darling NWR

Gator, Ding Darling NWR

Knoebels Gove, PA

Knoebels Gove, PA

FAVORITE PHOTOS: JUNE 2014

Green Heron Onboard

Green Heron Onboard

Snowy On Rope

Snowy On Rope

Backyard Sunset

Backyard Sunset

Roseate Spoonbill in Flight

Roseate Spoonbill in Flight

Immature Little Blue Heron in Flight

Immature Little Blue Heron in Flight

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Little Blue Heron at Lunch

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Yellow Crowned Night Heron at Ding Darling

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Yellow Crown Night Heron

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Spider at Ding Darlng

Redwing Blackbird

Redwing Blackbird

Bunche Beach

Bunche Beach

Raccoon at Ding Darling

Raccoon at Ding Darling

Bunche Beach Seascape

Bunche Beach Seascape

Plovers

Plovers

Reddish Egret and Immature Little Blue

Reddish Egret and Immature Little Blue

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Green Heron

 

FAVORITE PHOTOS: MAY 2014 IN REVIEW

Backyard Flowers

Backyard Flowers

White Pelicans at Ding Darling

White Pelicans at Ding Darling

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Burrowing Owl Chicks, Cape Coral

Burrowing Owl Chicks, Cape Coral

Royal Reflection

Royal Reflection

Backyard Flowers

Backyard Flowers

Osprey Closeup

Osprey Closeup

Shells

Shells

Little  Blue Heron with Crab

Little Blue Heron with Crab

Burrowing Owl, Cape  Coral

Burrowing Owl, Cape Coral

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

Backyard Flowers

Backyard Flowers

Merganzer Scratching

Merganzer Scratching

Owl at  Six Mile Cypress Slough

Owl at Six Mile Cypress Slough

Sea and Sky, Gulf of Mexico

Sea and Sky, Gulf of Mexico

Manatee with Baby, Sanibel Island

Manatee with Baby, Sanibel Island

Wet Green Heron, Backyard Dock

Wet Green Heron, Backyard Dock

Royal Poinciana, South Fort Myers

Royal Poinciana, South Fort Myers

Ibis in Surf

Ibis in Surf

Favorite Photos: March 2014 in Review

Eagle Talk

Eagle Talk

Osprey Talk

Osprey Talk

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret Walking in Space

Great Egret Walking in Space

Green Heron  in the Everglades

Green Heron in the Everglades

Gumbo Limbo Bark

Gumbo Limbo Bark

Woodpecker

Woodpecker

Male Cardinal

Male Cardinal

Contorted Osprey

Contorted Osprey

Black Crown Night Heron in the Everglades

Black Crown Night Heron in the Everglades

Ozzie and Harriet

Ozzie and Harriet