Friday, August 26, 2011

A Day At The Beach

Well last Sunday I decided I was going to go to Lovers Key State Park. While I was waiting for them to open, I went across to the boat docks that sometimes has quite a few birds on the docks, but the only thing I found this time around was my good friend the blood sucking mosquito. After getting bit many times I decided that I was going to move on and just drive to see if I could find a new area I hadn't been to before. Sure enough, near one of the bridges as I was driving by I saw just flock after flock of different birds flying through the area so I pulled over and walked up on the bridge to take some photos. While I got some good ones up there, the real treasure I would find was underneath the bridge. This yoga group that was on these surfboards and using a paddle while standing up to move themselves ended up pushing a Cormorant my way under the bridge. It wasn't long after the Cormorant got to the pilings underneath the bridge that he caught himself a Oyster Cracker fish and began working on eating him. I would have to say this fish was not the slightest bit pleased with his predicament and neither would I being what happens in the end. 

Later that same day, I came across quite a few manatees. Someone else there said they counted about 11 of them. There was one manatee that stuck out there, that I was repeatedly photographing and it was a baby and it's mother. The cutest thing I saw was when the baby and the mother head to tail started rolling with the baby hugging its mother. These had to be the most photogenic manatees I had ever seen as they stayed for so long playing and making bubbles. I was kinda sad to see them go when they finally decided to head back out, leaving me there wanting to see them playing more, rolling around, making snort sounds sometimes as they came up for air and hugging each other. Should you find yourself enjoying what you see, take a trip to my website by clicking on this photo to see more photos of the natural side of the world that I have experienced first hand.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Inquire Within To See What All The Buzz Is About!

Buzz Off!
I would have to say this is a first. When I went out this morning to take a walk with my camera and see what crosses my path, this bee caught my attention. So I went over and focused the lens on it and it flipped its abdomen straight up like it was mooning me. Can honestly say I have never had a bee show me his true feelings of me taking his photo before. I gladly kept shooting despite his apparent dislike for his photo being taken. After that I moved away from the bee before it showed me in another way its dislike for me taking the photographs of it.

I See You And You Don't Look Like A Dragonfly To Me.
Another thing that I really enjoy photographing when I am walking down Yarbrough park are the dragonflies. They come in so many different sizes and color configurations. This one that I found is a really shinny gold. While I was photographing it and ever so slowly moving in closer to it, it all of a sudden it looked right at me as I was taking the photo. I guess I had been spotted and my being there was no longer unknown to it. Apparently I did not look very threatening to him as he remained quite a while after that photo to let me take more. Should you want to see more photos that I have taken, click on one of these photos to be taken to my website where my gallery is located.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Quite an interesting day of photo shoots.

Dew you want to see more?
Well, I sat down on my couch Saturday night and started thinking of what subjects to try and photograph at these places I was going to be going to this week. After a bit of thinking I came up with lizards, flies, flowers, frogs, grasshoppers, birds, dragonflies, bees, squirrels, crabs, turtles, gators, snakes, rabbits and raccoons. Who knew that the first day I went out after pondering these ideas I would take a photo I liked that had nothing to do with any of these ideas. What caught my attention the most when I visited the 6 Mile Cypress Preserve was how the water was collecting on the leaves of these water plants near the boardwalk. Not to mention, if you look close you can see what I believe to be some of the sky in it. I almost gave up on the idea of going out and doing any photography that morning because of how it was raining and lightning, but I am glad I did not. The only thing though about going out after a rain is you have to watch out for the water still falling from the trees,  because water and photography equipment don't mix.

Say Hello To My Little Friend.
Later that same day after work I went out to Sanibel Causeway. Wasn't quite sure what I was going to be able to photograph being that rain I spoke of earlier started up shortly after I left from 6 Mile Cypress Preserve. I parked my car at the side and sat on the back of my tailgate and looked around to see what interesting things were going on. There were these little crabs all over the place doing this little dance with one claw. So I took a chair, went to a hole that I saw one come out of, huddled down a little to cover the camera from the little bit of rain that was falling and waited for him to come back out. All the while getting bit by yours truly the mosquito. After quite a few bites I did manage to get a few pictures of this crab coming out of his hole. All in all it was quite a productive day for my photography. If you would like to learn more about what I do visit Http://

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Welcome to Wildlife Photography By James Hamilton

Welcome!  My name is James Hamilton and I am the founder and creator of Wildlife Pictures Studio (  My interests in photography began with a ninja turtle camera taking photos of bugs and lizards followed by moving up to more focused photography in college by adding birds, flowers, sunsets/sunrises, spiders and venturing through swamps to seek out and show everyone the best of what wildlife in Southwest Florida has to offer. All the while, still doing those bugs and lizards. I don’t believe in the saying, “here today, gone tomorrow” because when you take a photo it holds the power of timeless existence. Capturing a specific photograph means for me conveying to others what I have seen through my eyes. No one has a hold on time or space; therefore, passing moments on through photographic images is how I share the many unique moments in nature that I come across. My photography is about connecting the emotions of what occurs in the natural world before me through light, color, texture and to communicate that to others that weren't there.

Here are just a few samples of things to come...