Blue Cypress Lake Experience

About 10 days ago, I had the opportunity to visit Blue Cypress Lake with some wonderful photography friends, Michael Libbe, Mike Fitzpatrick, Donna Faylo, Jess Yarnell, and her dad.    It’s situated out in the middle of nowhere – between Vero Beach and Yeehaw Junction (yes, there really is such a place) on Hwy 60.  It was a place that I’ve been thinking about going to for years, but with all of the other events that life throws at us, I never made it there.  At least, not until now.

Now I know, some of you are wondering “What’s the big deal with a lake?”  Well, Blue Cypress Lake has a beauty that is unmatched in Florida – very natural and very secluded – oh and did I mention, has an enormous amount of osprey activity going during the nesting season.  It did not disappoint!

The morning was a quite crisp one, especially for Florida standards.  Being the frustrated “winter-deprived” person that I am, I was totally excited about the cold weather.  I met up bright (well actually dark) and early with the gang, as we waited for the dawn to light up the skies just a tad, so that they would let us take out our rented pontoon boat.  Finally, the moment had arrived … and I wondered … do I have everything that I need with me  (cameras √, variety of lens √, spare batteries √, and memory √ – make that lots of memory cards √).  Alrighty then … let’s crank this baby up and go!

The morning was absolutely amazing … very still wind conditions, blue sky with some clouds, and a stillness in the air.  You could hear the birds calling out and flying to and fro already, but first, we had to capture the sunrise.

Sunrise @ Blue Cypress Lake - you know it's gonna be a good day, when it begins like this.

Sunrise @ Blue Cypress Lake – you know it’s gonna be a good day, when it begins like this.

After sunrise images were achieved, we turned our attention to the ospreys ….

The golden light from the early morning hour was perfectly highlighting this perched osprey.

The golden light from the early morning hour was perfectly highlighting this perched osprey.

Before long, it seemed that the word got out that we were in their habitat and anxious for some amazing photographic moments.

Hey everyone, we have visitors!

Hey everyone, we have visitors!

What?!  This osprey looks as though we have clearly caught them by surprise  :-)

What?! This osprey looks as though we have clearly caught them by surprise 🙂

There seemed to be nests everywhere!  Such an array of activity going on …. lots of flying overhead

Often the osprey would circle us and fly either right over or nearby us - offering us amazing views.

Often the osprey would circle us and fly either right over or nearby us – offering us amazing views.

Banked shots really were enhanced when they would fly by the cypress trees, as a backdrop.

Banked shots really were enhanced when they would fly by the cypress trees, as a backdrop.

The back view of the osprey, when it's wings are fully extended, is an incredible angle to view this beautiful bird.

The back view of the osprey, when it’s wings are fully extended, is an incredible angle to view this beautiful bird.

Of course, landings are always a favorite of mine and an event much anticipated by the ever-ready camera shutters  🙂

Such timely precision and execution perfection!

Such timely precision and execution perfection!

Going, going, going down - every so gently.

Going, going, going down – every so gently.

Of course, now the day wouldn’t be complete without the images captured of the supremely skilled osprey – doing what they do best – fishing that is …

The classical - Dine & Dash!

The classical – Dine & Dash!

In the midst of it all, there was ample opportunity to catch some extra-curriculum activities going on as well  🙂

"A little privacy, Please!"

“A little privacy, Please!”

Spring is the time for welcoming all of those newborn ospreys into the world, so they need to prepare for their new arrivals.

Bringing in some nesting material to bring the nest back "up to code".

Bringing in some nesting material to bring the nest back “up to code”.

Probably one of my favorite images - such a tender moment as the pair are working in unison.

Probably one of my favorite images – such a tender moment as the pair are working in unison.

As in most aspects of life, you always have one or two overachievers to make the rest look like slackers 🙂

Apparently, size DOES matter  ;-)

Apparently, size DOES matter 😉

The ospreys kept us all happy for the time we shared with them … click, click, click went the shutters, often in rapid fire mode.  Expressions of that perfect moment (or close to it) were often heard while “chimping” our captured images.  What a marvelous experience, amazing company, lots of laughs … great times … can’t wait to go again.  Until then, I have this to remember …_DSC1787

Hope that you enjoyed!

Your comments are always welcomed and very much appreciated ~ don’t be shy  🙂

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3 thoughts on “Blue Cypress Lake Experience

  1. What an incredible place to photograph Ospreys. There are so, so many fabulous shots here but I think my favorite (very hard to pick) is the banking shot with the Cypress background … stunning image and one to be truly proud of !!! Tom

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