|Tamiami Trail, near Copeland, Florida|
I spent five days last week exploring southwest Florida. Unlike most Florida January weeks, I experienced quite the deluge, with over four inches of rain in a 48 a period. I managed to make most of my time that it wasn't raining, photographing many species of birds. Highlights included closeup encounters with a short-tailed hawk, reddish egret, an American flamingo, and several species of shorebirds. I'll be sharing my images of the trip over the foreseeable future. I photographed many species of birds, and saw many others. Southwest Florida gives me a jolt of energy just when I need it through the long, gray, Ohio winters.