Author Archives: vedaeddy

Butterfly on Thistle

Mr. Sunny Bunny

This little backyard buddy has been venturing out from our flower beds every evening to graze. So cute. He let me get fairly close the other evening but every once in a while, he’d perk up those ears and sneak a peak at me.  With the help of a golden texture I turned his evening trek into a mid-day appearance.

Hummingbird Moth

It’s always exciting to get a first-time photo.  Today I encountered a hummingbird moth for the first time.

Up,. Up and Away

Earlier this month, The Villages hosted a Balloon Glow event.  It was a huge success as about 10,000 people came out to our Polo Grounds over the weekend to see the hot air balloons, and even get free tethered rides.  I prefer to stay on the ground, thank you.  But I was eager to see what kinds of photos I could get.

I arrived early to watch the crews inflate their balloons.


There was a steady stream of folks going for rides.

Once the sun went down, throughout the evening the balloons would fire up their burners simultaniously and give the dark sky a glow.

Of course, I couldn’t resist using a little Photoshop magic to get rid of the tethering ropes on some of my photos…because this is probably as close as I’ll ever get to a real hot air balloon experience.


Finally, I Got ‘Ya!

There is a Great Blue Heron nest adjacent to one of the golf cart paths here in The Villages. It’s on a branch that sticks out, very visible and on a route I frequently take.  The first time I spotted it about a month ago, Mom or Pop was standing guard over the nest.  Naturally I didn’t have my camera with me, but as soon as I got home, I grabbed it, jumped back in my cart and raced back to the spot….only to see Mom or Pop was gone.  A couple of days later I made special trip there with my camera.  Alas, nothing to see.  Finally the other evening I was returning from shooting at another place when, as I approached, I spotted Mom or Pop and a bonus baby’s head!  Finally, I got ‘ya!



Another beautiful evening on the boardwalk at Lake Sumter Landing


Well, That’s a Stretch

Between this guy’s long legs and long antennas, I almost needed a wide-angle lens.

Limpkin on the Bridge

“Butterflies are self-propelled flowers.” R.H. Heinlein

I Think Someone Needs a Hug