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Peter Brannon

Peter Brannon

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My name is Peter Brannon and I photograph birds. There is something relaxing to the spirit in photographing them. Their variety can ensure that the love of the pursuit never ebbs, and the connection in the natural world that occurs can calm and center the mind. My love of birds began with photography and then extended into the world of birding. Although they feel like different hobbies with different skillsets, the two activities can complement one another. I feel the extended periods of observation that comes with photography can heighten your appreciation from species to species as well as recognize and revel in the patterns of behavior that emerge - and these are moments I strive to capture. I currently reside in Tampa, Florida

Great Blue Heron Vs Snake

Published December 8th, 2012

Sunny, smoldering heat, a quiet marshy backdrop interrupted by the occasional passing tourist. In other words, a very typical March morning in South Florida. Until the atypical happened.

These photos were taken at a wonderful spot in Delray Beach, Florida called The Green Cay Wetlands. It is a protected area where wildlife thrives and regularly puts on a show for the photographers that come searching for something special. Hawks. alligators, bitterns, and waterfowl of all shapes and sizes call this area home for much of the year.

On this particular day I was enjoying the boardwalk that circumnavigates the wetlands hoping to see a spoonbill, or a northern harrier. As awful as it may sound, the herons and the ibis become a little monotonous when you see them everyday, and I find it easy to overlook these magnificent birds when in the search of something a little more elusive. However, on March 1, 2012 - this particular Great Blue Heron made me rethink my subject material.



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