Beautifully Deadly

From time to time I visit the Everglades, I drive around and stop whenever I see something interesting, it’s my way of capturing decent photos when I don’t have the money to get into the actual National Park. These shots are from the surrounding areas of the Tamiami trail road. Again I forgot how dangerous the wilderness really is as I ventured into the other side of an old wooden bridge that divides the canal adjacent to the main road from the actual wilderness. I was lured by the presence of a sort of friendly young gator that kept getting closer to the shore as if he was intrigued by me. After taking many shots of the young reptile I started to gain confidence and thought we had become buddies so I decided…STUPID ME… to get really close to him(about 3 feet) thinking well he is not that big he will get scared of me if anything and flop away…yeah right! What was I thinking? Clearly I have been watching too much the Discovery channel. So there I was so close to this gator he could shake my hand or me for that matter when I suddenly realized he was not flopping away instead he slowly started to approach the shore and that’s When I completely panicked and tried moving backwards and I fell back hitting my tripod behind me which made a loud noise…Bam!!!! and the gator turned away and went under water, I flew out of there at the speed of light with my heart in my hands. Never again Joan I said to myself as I walked back to my truck heavily breathing, never again!!! I have a whole new respect for those scientist that get in the water with those Alligators on “Animal Planet”. I will be posting some more photos of my scary buddy later in the week, for now enjoy some of the other landscapes I shot which didn’t involve me risking my life. I hope my mother doesn’t read this post or she’ ll be pissed.

Gone With The Wind

My Buddy


A Piece Of The Puzzle


A Leap Of Faith



A Window To A Brighter Tomorrow

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Wandering Far Away

These photos below I took before I had a professional camera, some of them are with my iphone and regular digital camera, but never the less I still think they are quite beautiful and I wanted to share them in hopes of inspiring people to take beautiful photos even with their cellphone.

Church Street in Charleston, South Carolina

“Agora,”  Grant Park, Chicago -by Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz

Farm by the Road, Wisteria, Ohio

Old Building, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Autumn, Nashville, Tennessee

River Path, Park City, Utah

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My City Like You Never Seen Before

Miami has many enchanting places but nothing brings out the romance in me like standing by the venetian causeway at dusk, it simply transports me to another world. If you haven’t passed by here I absolutely recommend it during the twilight hours.

Summer sunsets in Miami can be magical too, California has nothing on us! Well maybe not, but still if you cant afford to travel at least you can spend an afternoon biking around downtown and you can be mesmerized by the sun rays turning Miami into a golden city of wonder! It’s not having what you want, is wanting what you got!

Miami can also be cold and charming in the 2 weeks of winter we experience here, specially because everyone seems to be in a good mood, maybe is due to the fact that we can show off our winter clothe which we all buy too much of considering how short our winter is here.  Never the less we Floridians prefer the summer for obvious reasons: the beach

Ok so our city might not be known for its historic architecture glory but its still there and everyone should check it out along with the museums and historical sites. Get to know your “neck of the woods” you might discover things you never knew! Be a tourist in your backyard!

Brickell Key is enchanting, taking a walk, gazing at the bay and spotting a dolphin here and there are just part of the magic. Seriously people if you get a chance stop by this mini city of wonder.

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Living on the Ledge

My name is Ares and I am 8 years old. I have the best life – I am gorgeous and everyone knows it, plus I live rent-free and eat & drink all I want and I don’t pay taxes.  I was rescued from euthanasia back when I was just a baby in Animal Services by the owner of this blog who I have learned not to respect anymore since I discovered he will still feed me no matter what I do, jejeje I’m so bad! Please leave comments about this photo I need to fill my ego a bit more! Meow…ppprrrrrr

My First Attempt At Portrait

My dear friend Ariana was kind enough to be my lab rat on these photos you see below. I have never tried photographing people professionally and I want to gain some experience. We decided to venture into a few spots around Miami and we pulled it off with literally no help but our bare hands. I learned a lot during this experiment and now I understand why photographers that shoot for fashion travel with a whole crew of assistants. I also learned it would be much better to do this type of “On Location Shoot” during the winter months because Miami’s hot and humid weather this past Saturday was not funny. Not funny at all! Never the less we managed to pull through 5 hours of sweat. I want to thank my beautiful model and dear friend Ariana once more for helping me out!

Without A Care In The WorldShot in  Amelia Earthart , Hialeah FL

Touched By The Light
Shot in  Amelia Earthart , Hialeah FL

Shot in  Amelia Earthart , Hialeah FL 

Youth, Divine Treasure
Shot in  Amelia Earthart , Hialeah FL 

Cat Eyes
Shot in  Amelia Earthart , Hialeah FL 

Come Closer
Shot in  Amelia Earthart , Hialeah FL 

Day Dream
Shot in  Amelia Earthart , Hialeah FL 

Get Funky
Shot in  Wynwood, Overtown FL 

Caught In Mid Air
Shot in the Venetian Islands, Miami FL 

Her Wild Side
Shot in the Venetian Islands, Miami FL

Glamour In The Woods
Shot in the Venetian Islands, Miami FL

Autum Bliss
Shot in the Venetian Islands, Miami FL

The Last Desire
Shot in  Midtown II, Miami FL
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On The Wild Side

I recently felt the need to go to the Zoo, maybe because I had not been there since 1996 and was curious to see what new exhibitions were added in the last couple of years. Boy was I surprised, they have all sorts of new species of birds and other strange animals I have never seen up close. Unfortunately although I was there right when it opened it started to pour only an hour into my adventure and that was the end of that 😦  but I did managed to get a few shots and wanted to share them with you all, maybe some of you might be as surprised as I was and will want to pay the zoo a visit soon!

It’s My Jungle And I Nap If I Want To

The existence of pure white Siberian tigers has not been scientifically proven, despite occasional reports of sightings of white tigers in the regions where wild Siberian tigers live. It is quite possible that the gene for white coating does not exist in the Siberian tiger population, since no pure white Siberian tigers have been born in captivity even though the Siberian tiger has been extensively bred during the last few decades.

Quiet Lovers

The Okapi is a mammal native to the Ituri Rainforest, located in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in central Africa. Although the okapi bears striped markings reminiscent of the zebra, it is most closely related to the giraffe.

The Villain

The Vulturine Guinea fowl is the largest extant guinea fowl species. It is a resident breeder in northeast Africa, from southern Ethiopia through Kenya and just into northern Tanzania.

I Could Just Kiss Myself

The giraffe is an African even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest of all land-living animal species, and the largest ruminant. The average mass for an adult male giraffe is 1,200 kilograms (2,600 lb) It is approximately 14ft – 17 ft tall.

Ripples Ripples

The Blue-billed Duck is a small Australian stiff-tailed duck, with both the male and female growing to a length of 40 cm. The male has a slate-blue bill which changes to bright-blue during the breeding season, hence the duck’s common name.

On the Look Out

The lion is one of the four big cats in the world, with some males exceeding 250 kg (550 lb) in weight, it is the second-largest living cat after the tiger. Wild lions currently exist in Sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia They live for ten to fourteen years in the wild, while in captivity they can live longer than twenty years.

One More Step

The Knight Anole is a species of lizard in the Polychrotidae family, and the largest species of anole. It is native to Cuba, but has been introduced into Miami , Florida. It grows to a length of 13 to 20 inches including the tail. It is fiercely territorial. Aggressive to anything that enters its territory, the Knight Anole will face almost any intruder it perceives to be a threat (from a distance).

Profile View

Zebras are African equids best known for their distinctive white and black stripes. Their stripes come in different patterns unique to each individual. They are generally social animals and can be seen in small harems to large herds. In addition to their stripes, zebras have erect, mohawk-like manes. Unlike their closest relatives, horses and asses, zebras have never been truly domesticated.

Hot Stuff

The American Flamingo is a large species of flamingo closely related to the Greater Flamingo and Chilean Flamingo. It breeds in the Galápagos Islands, Coastal Colombia, Venezuela and nearby islands, besides the Guyanas and Cape Orange in Brazil. It also breeds in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, and in the northern Caribbean in the Bahamas, Hispaniola, Cuba and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Life is Hard

Gorillas are the largest of the living primates. They are ground-dwelling and predominantly herbivorous. They inhabit the forests of central Africa.


The Asian Elephant sometimes known by the name of one of its subspecies, the Indian Elephant, is the largest living land animal in Asia. The species is found primarily in Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Indochina and parts of Nepal and Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, China, Bhutan, and Sumatra.

Hanging Around

The Black Headed Spider Monkey is a rare arboreal primate that lives in the canopy of tropical forests in isolated pockets of Colombia.

Are you Coming?

The Lesser White-nosed Guenon, is a species of primate in the cercopithecidae family. It is found in Benin, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Togo, possibly Gambia.
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Small can be Grand!

My dad once said to me “the beauty of life is in the smallest of details” we often go about our daily lives dismissing the little things around us, birds, small plants, insects, etc. Truly depriving ourselves from the vast lessons we could learn from them. One of the things in particular is “Unity” in the microscopic world that surrounds us, most of its residents work together as a team to achieve great things! I was driving by the everglades last weekend and made a few stops: The first photo you see here is of a young ” Eastern Lubber Grasshopper” very friendly indeed, this little guy had no issue crawling through my hands while enjoying his “Five Minutes of Fame”.

The second photo is the “Adult” version, these grasshoppers go through a few dress changes before they reach maturity but they save the best outfit for last! Fashion is no issue here… But don’t let these small clumsy characters fool you, when they go to dinner they bring all their family and friends with them and it’s not pretty. Grasshoppers destroy 80 million dollars worth of crops in the united states every year. (not so little now..ha) and unlike many insects they live a long life about 8-10 months, so its’s almost an all year round “all you can eat buffet”.

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