4th of July fireworks over Atlantic City, in 2010. This was my first attempt at capturing fireworks in a photo. It was not too hard. You just point your camera at the space where the fireworks will occur, set your aperture then let the camera determine what speed to take the shot at. This one was taken using a tripod at f/10 for 3.2 seconds, ISO 200.
Dragonfly near a pond in Melbourne, FL
I used to think taking a photo of dragonflies was hard since they tend to dart around so much. However, they usually come back to the same place several times and you can just aim your camera at that place and wait for it. I tried to get close to this one and it kept flying away every I stepped closer. But it always came back to that steel rod, and finally I was close enough to take the picture you see here.
Poinciana trees are also called flamboyant or flame trees. Here’s how I described them in Village Teacher on page 11:
“Poinciana trees in full bloom dotted the riverbanks here and there with glorious waves of bright crimson flowers. Coming at the end of the school year, the flowers had come to symbolize the examinations season, their splendor in bloom representing the bright future of those who passed the exams. When the flowers faded and fell to form a red carpet on the ground, they would then be compared to the humiliating fate of those who had failed as their hopes and dreams came crashing down to earth.”
Photo taken at the North end of the Sunshine Skyway bridge near Tampa, FL.