Saturday, September 3, 2016

Dancing in Stuart

 "Dancin' in the Streets" drew them in on Saturday, Aug. 20th, for a carefree day in downtown Stuart. It was the 26th annual celebration, and the vendors went wild - there were over a dozen food stands to please the crowds. It was a hot day, but who cared?  Festival-goers were in the mood for fun, and this is Stuart's biggest fundraiser of the summer, supporting free community events year-round.  Five stages and 17 live bands kept people dancing and partying from 3:00 p.m. till midnight.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

2015 Photo Slide Show

From the roaring thrill of planes in flight at the air show to the spectacular beauty of a Florida sunset. From locals sauntering Stuart's streets to three generations of a family in a once-in-a-lifetime gathering.  These were some of the photographic opportunities over the past year, bringing new confidence and even a few  paid commissions leading to my newest venture - printing and selling some select prints.  

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Stuart Air Show 2015

Over 50,000 spectators took advantage of perfect weekend weather to join the crowds at Witham Field for the 26th anniversary Stuart Air Show. The partly cloudy skies provided just the right backdrop for the spectacular display of aerial prowess by daring pilots in modern as well as vintage aircraft. Demonstrations by the Air Force F16 Fighting Falcon and the Navy F18 Hornet supersonic fighter jets, as well as the Army's Golden Knights, the world's most renowned parachute team, brought the crowd to its feet again and again. The AeroShell Aerobic team, always a crowd favorite, capped off the day's events, which we were privileged to view this year from the Antique Aircraft Foundation hangar as guests of Dr. Luis Villar.  
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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Stuart Sailfish Regatta 2015

We had another great weekend for the fourth annual Stuart Sailfish Regatta on the Indian River. My daughter and son-in-law were here for viewing their first experience of the exciting racing from the Stuart Causeway Bridge. The race sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association, is open to ten classes of inboards, four classes of outboards and the Powerboat P1 SuperStock Series. Some of the nation's top tier racers plus a power team of 12 or more Canadian Grand Prix race boats brought exciting action to the 1.1 mile race course. SSR is increasing their support to the designated charities, the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast and the US Sailing Center of Martin County.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

2014 Photo Slide Show

In my quest to become a better photographer, 2014 was a rewarding year for me in photographing air shows, boat races, local events, and some of the natural beauty found in my travels. In addition to some of the photo albums posted to this blog, I published four books of my photographs from the last couple of years. To see a slide show compilation of some unpublished photos as well as favorites from my blog and books,
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I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I did shooting them.
Best wishes for the coming year.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Stuart Air Show - 2014

A record crowd of 50,000 spectators attended this year's 25th anniversary air show at Witham Field. The clear and cool weather was perfect for a spectacular display of aerial prowess by daring pilots in modern as well as vintage aircraft. A lot of excitement was generated this year with the return of high performance jet aircraft after last year's absence due to the federal governments sequestration. The stealth tactical fighter F-22 Raptor and the AV-8B Harrier jump jet, capable of vertical/short takeoff and landings, were the highlight of the show.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Florida Wildlife Tour

We recently took a tour of the J&R Outfitters Ranch and Wildlife Tours in Indantown, Florida.
The swamp buggy tour, of the 4000 acre ranch which is both the largest native and exotic game preserve east of the Mississippi River and a working Florida cattle ranch. The ranch is teeming with exotic wildlife; including alligator, ibis, wild boar, water buffalo, crested cara cara, gopher tortoise, barasingha, eagle, Pere’ David’s deer, heron, red deer, sand hill crane, black buck antelope, wild turkey, Sika deer,  Nilgai antelope, quail, axis deer, sitatunga antelope, fallow deer.

While we did not see all the species that inhabit the ranch, our knowledgeable guide deftly maneuvered the high riding swamp buggy through the rough terrain ensuring the opportunity to photograph a variety of animals. Despite the bumpy ride we managed to capture some good shots with a 200 mm lens on my Nikon D5200.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Out & About in Stuart

When not golfing or at the shooting range, I spent some of the summer working on my photograpy skills. Resulting in my second book of selected photographs.

Click on the link and preview the contents (best viewed in full screen).


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Holy Redeemer Church

I was privileged to be given the opportunity to photograph one of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen. Holy Redeemer Catholic Church is just across the river from Stuart in Palm City, Florida. Built in 1992, Holy Redeemer is a magnificent place of worship, the design by John D. Colburn of Mathers Engineering, is a wonderful architectural design, highlighted by the amazingly beautiful interior and stained glass designed by Agelo Gheradi.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Stuart Sailfish Regatta - May 17th -18th
Despite the high winds on Saturday, we had a great weekend of power boat racing on the Indian River. The race sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association is open  to ten classes of inboards, four classes of outboards and the Powerboat P1 SuperStock Series, as well as some of the nation's top racers and a powerful team from Canada with their Grand Prix race boats.

The only boats that could compete in Saturdays high wind and waves were the P1 superstocks but they provided a great day of exciting racing, with the No. 17 National Guard boat capsizing in the rough waters (father & son crew were OK and the boat raced again on Sunday). On my way across the bridge I was fortunate to be offered a shuttle ride with the Bad Influence Team owner/driver. He was very disappointed as he had four boats that would have to wait till Sunday to race.

On Sunday the winds had died down to a light breeze with sunny skies. A great day for racing! The marine observers in a helicopter, delayed races 3 times on both Sat. and Sun., to wait for either manatees, sea turtles and dolphins to clear the 1.1 mile race course area. Over 70 boats participated in the 3rd Annual Stuart Regatta, with about 20 thousand spectators viewing the action from the Stuart Causeway Bridge and the beach below. From my perspective both days presented an exciting photo opportunity with beautiful boats going all out in tough competition.

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(double click a photo and select Slide Show at top for best viewing):