FGCU Veterans Pavilion Dedication

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On September 6th 2013 Florida Gulf Coast University held a dedication ceremony for the newly completed Veterans Pavilion that sits on the Library Lawn.

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The Pavilion is a product of a three year effort by FGCU’s Student Government. The purpose of the Veterans Pavilion is to honor students, faculty and staff who have served in the military as well as honoring all of the veterans who have served.

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Member of the state Board of Governors, former chair of the FGCU Board of Trustees, and former Army captain Ed Morton spoke about the Revolutionary War and the sacrifices that were made so that we could have the freedoms we have today.

Chasing Butterflies

This post is really really past due since the photos I took for it have been edited and sitting on my laptop for forever now haha. Sometimes you just get super busy and there isn’t time to make a proper post. That being said, now that I have had a few moments to myself I can actually sit down and write what I would like to.

About a week ago I noticed this bush at the bus loop on FGCU’s campus. It has these green stem looking things with blueish purple flowers all over, up and down the stems. I think it looks really cool so after class I went back to my dorm, grabbed my camera, and then headed back to campus so I could get a couple shots.

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I have no clue what kind of plant this is so if you do feel free to comment and let me know haha!

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After only about 2 minutes of shooting the plant I realized that the bush was a hangout spot for at least 20 or so giant furry bumblebees that were the size of peanuts! I was worried at first but they didn’t seem to mind me being all up in their business trying to get some photos. I tried to get some shots of the bees, but they weren’t really cooperating with me.

After getting over the fear of being stung by the camera shy bees, I spotted a butterfly floating around the bush as well. The butterfly was cooperating with me more than the bees were so I was able to get a few shots, but man did I have to work for it. The butterfly kept going around the bush in circles only stopping for fractions of a second on the green stems every once in a while. This was giving me an extremely small window of opportunity to get a good shot of the butterfly. Also my auto focus was giving me issues because it had to many things it was trying to focus on since the butterfly wouldn’t hold still. As I was running around this bush chasing the butterfly I was manually focusing and refocusing because the butterfly would move out of focus. I have a great collection of blurry butterfly pictures now but it was worth it to get the few shots that I did.

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I only shot photos of the bush and the butterfly for about 45 minutes but I was exhausted and I probably needed a shower. It was 97 degrees out and I was chasing a butterfly around a bush, you would be hot and exhausted too haha.

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Once again, just like the bush, I have no idea what kind of butterfly this is, so if you do, don’t be afraid to leave a comment and let me know.
Enjoy the photos!

Fort Myers Miracle – Baseball Game

So I am not exactly what you would call a baseball fan. I don’t have a favorite team or anything like that. I think it can be fun to watch sometimes though. My girlfriend, Laura has a friend at work (Thank you Diane!) who gave us some tickets to go see the Fort Myers Miracle play. They are a minor league team in our area so that was pretty cool and I mean come on they were free tickets, if it’s free its for me. Anyways I thought it would be fun to bring my camera along and get a couple photos.

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DSC_1582All in all it was a fun filled day of hanging out and relaxing with great people. It was a much needed day of relaxing too haha! Hope you enjoy the pictures.

How Skateboarding Has Influenced Me

I am taking  public speaking class this semester and our first assignment was to give a short 1 to 2 minute speech on a person, thing, experience or place that has influenced you. I figured a lot of my classmates would pick people or experiences so I decided to pick an thing. The one thing that has had to most influence on my life… is skateboarding. Yes that’s right…skateboarding.

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Took this shot yesterday morning of my skateboard’s wheels. I like how you can see the orange paint chipping off the sides. Oh and here is the speech I wrote for class. I revised it a tad bit for this post haha.

One of the biggest influences in my life is skateboarding. Now you might be saying to yourself, it’s just a stupid piece of wood on wheels, how could that be a big influence? By the time you are done reading this, you might have understand a little bit better, what skateboarding means to me. I picked up my first skateboard at the age of about 11 or 12 years old. I started off skateboarding around in my driveway, just learning the basics. About a month after I started skating, I got to go to the skatepark for the first time. My mom probably had to drag me out of that place at the end of the day. I was addicted to skateboarding. I started going to the skatepark as much as possible so I could keep learning and improving. It doesn’t matter what tricks you can or can’t do, what matters is that you love doing it. In the words of professional skateboarder Lance Mountain, “Riding a skateboard does not make you a skateboarder. Being unable to stop riding a skateboard is what makes you a skateboarder.” I don’t think I could have said it any better myself. I still love skateboarding just as much today, at this very moment, if not more than I did when I first began learning how to skateboard. It has taught me patience as well as how to push myself. You go out with the idea that you are going to learn a new trick. Sometimes you get it within minutes, but other times it might take days of trying with no success. You fall on the ground over and over until you are bruised and bloody and then get back up in complete frustration. That’s the important part though. You have to get back up to try that one last time. Because when you finally do get the trick you have been trying for a few minutes, or a few days, the feeling is indescribable. Skateboarding has taught me to challenge myself, and has taught me how to overcome obstacles. It has helped me seek out new places and people. I have gone on spontaneous road trips just for the sake of finding new things to skate and I have met all kinds of different people, with different backgrounds and stories through skateboarding. Ever since picking up a board when I was a little kid, skateboarding has shaped the way I look at things and has given me a whole different perspective. Hopefully you all understand a bit more now, why skateboarding is an important influence in my life.

Dunk City!

So today I finished up my first week of Junior year back at FGCU. You might have heard of us. We are the school that shocked the world when our Men’s Basketball Team, ranked a 15 seed in the NCAA March Madness Tournament, made  number 2 seed Georgetown look like a middle school club team in front of a national audience. Not only did we put Georgetown in there place, we went on to make history, beating SDSU in our second tournament game, and becoming the first ever 15 seed team to make it to the sweet 16! We are ready to come back and go even further this year.

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(Azul the Eagle)

Every year at the begging of fall semester the school hold a pep rally called Eagle Revolution. Alico Arena was as loud as I think I have ever seen it and unless you showed up early it was standing room only. The amount of energy in the building was insane! We are still feeding of the victories and now treasured memories we made as a school last year. If you thought what we accomplished last year was impressive, you haven’t seen anything yet. We are coming back this year stronger than ever and ready to dominate more schools. If you’re not an eagle..you’re prey!

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(MC)

This guy is the MC at Eagle Revolution every year and its pretty sad that I always forget what his name is haha. Whenever he says it he screams it real loud over the mic and its kinda hard to make out. Anyways, he always does a good job and gets the crowd pumped the whole time

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(Dirty Birds!)

The Dirty Birds are FGCU’s student organization that supports all of our sports teams. We get loud, we chant, we get into the other teams head. Our goal is to Protect the Nest anyway we can!

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(President Bradshaw)
President Bradshaw is the man! He is FGCU’s third President. The board selected him unanimously on August 25, 2007 and I don’t think I am the first to say it, but he was definitely the right man for the job.

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(Eddie Murray)
Eddie Murray was part of our basketball team that made it to the Sweet Sixteen last year. At the pep rally he gave the crowd a reminder of how we got the name dunk city!

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(Azul the Eagle)
Come at me bro! The whole school agrees with Azul…come at us..we are ready to show you what it means to be an eagle!

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(Basketball Team)
Oh and just in case you forgot we won an ESPY award for best upset. We also are welcoming aboard new Head Coach Joe Dooley. I think everyone is excited to see what he can do this year.

Skate Sesh

Alright, well the first thing I want to talk about is that I try to keep this blog updated as much as possible. It has been quite a few days since I have had time to edit all the photos I have been taking because I was busy moving back into the dorms at FGCU over the weekend and getting ready for fall semester to start. I finally got a chance in-between all the craziness to edit some photos that I took before I left home to come back to FGCU.

The photos in the gallery below were all taken on Thursday the 15th when I went for my last minute skate sesh before moving on Friday. The weather all day had been awful and even while driving there it was starting to drizzle and I was just hoping it would hold off long enough to get a decent skate in.
Clay(the skateboarder in the shots) and myself were actually the only two people to show up because of the bad weather. We knew we didn’t have long so we got straight to business and began skating the park like it was getting torn down the next day. You never know, its South Florida, you have to take any opportunities to skate when mother nature allows it because it can go weeks at a time with nonstop rain.

Anyways, we were both having a good time skating and the weather was holding up for us so I decided to take my camera out since Clay was ripping. A couple of the tricks he was doing for me to shoot, he had actually never done before. He was getting them all within just a few tries. Just as we were wrapping up a couple last shots, the weather turned on us. It was sort of perfect timing though. Clay and I had both got what we had come for and the session ended on a good note.

If you click on any of the photos below, you can view them all in a full sized gallery. Hope you enjoy!

Salvaged Vizcaya Pictures…Lesson Learned

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So when Laura and I went to Vizcaya for a little photoshoot I was also taking pictures of the architecture and gardens. The problem was I had accidentally bumped my ISO settings way up so I was over exposing a bunch of pictures. I realized I had done this about 15 shots too late. These are the shots that I was sort of able to salvage from that mess. They don’t look anywhere near as good as they could of been if I would have exposed them correctly. This blog post is more about the lesson learned and not the photos themselves. You learn something new every time you go out shooting. Always double check your settings are correct people..

Planet Air!

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I went to Planet Air for the first time the other day. I went with my Uncle Denny and my cousins Dennis and Sammy. This place was tons of fun! You walk in and there are rope courses, trampolines, rock walls, zip lines, giant slides, dodgeball and so many other crazy fun things. You name it they had it..and it was all indoors. It was all a blast! We were there for hours jumping around and playing dodgeball on trampolines. We didn’t do so bad at dodgeball either, we won about 5 games in a row.

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Dennis and Sammy had tons of fun jumping around doing flips and stuff. We were jumping for at least 3 hours and by the time we were done everybody was exhausted. I know I am gonna be sore for a few days that is for sure.

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Interesting Daily Photo: Dust & Helicopters in the Desert, the Kopp-Etchells Effect – PictureCorrect

Interesting Daily Photo: Dust & Helicopters in the Desert, the Kopp-Etchells Effect – PictureCorrect.

A very cool picture and a pretty interesting article to go with it. Give it a read!

Trip to Vizcaya with Laura…

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Yesterday my gorgeous girlfriend Laura and I took a trip to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens for a little photo shoot. It is the former villa and estate of businessman James Deering. It is located in Miami, Florida which was just a short drive for us. This was my first time visiting the Vizcaya estate but it certainly wont be the last. It really is a beautiful place to visit with so much to take in. Id like to go back because we were there for only about an hour and a half. The blistering hot Florida sun forced us to seek shelter back in Laura’s air conditioned car haha. Next time maybe we wont go during the summer at the hottest point of the day. Despite the heat we managed to have a really great time and I got plenty of good shots of Laura. It was a great day!

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These are just a few photos from yesterday. If you would like to see more you can go to my Flickr. The link is to the left on the sidebar.