Tamron 180mm f3.5 SP Di Macro Lens – Gear Review

Tamron 180mm f3.5 SP Di Macro Lens – Gear Review

Macro photography is one of my favorite types of photography.  I use my Nikon 105mm f2.8 Micro lens for most of my macro shots but there are some things you cannot get close enough to to use this lens.   While at a Macro Photography Summit I was able to use the Tamron 180mm f3.5 SP Di Macro lens.   The shooting setups at the Summit were all indoors so I used the lens on a tripod.  I was so impressed

Lowry Park Zoo – Photographing Babies- Tampa, Florida

Lowry Park Zoo – Photographing Babies- Tampa, Florida

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo has been one of my favorite places for many years.   I volunteered as a Docent and as a Keepers’ Assistant many years ago.  When we moved farther east of Tampa it was just too much of a commute to make on a regular basis on top of my 9-5 job so I gave it up.  But I still like to visit every now & then, especially in the winter & spring months when the animals are more active!  Lowry Park Zoo is a relatively small zoo

Celery Fields – Birds, Birds, Birds – Sarasota, Florida

Celery Fields – Birds, Birds, Birds – Sarasota, Florida

The Celery Fields, just east of Sarasota, Florida is around 360 acres owned by Sarasota County and is used as a primary flood mitigation zone.   It is managed by the county Storm Water and Sarasota County Parks & Recreation departments.   The Sarasota Audubon Society helps manage the area & their volunteers man the pavilions and give bird tours of the area.  The area was formerly used as farmland where they grew various crops but primarily celery, hence the name!  I have driven by this area many times on my way to other destinations and it looked like a great place for our Florida birds.   The name of the place came up in a conversation during the week so when I contacted my photography buddy about a place to visit this weekend I included the Celery Fields.   He had been there a few years ago and said there were