For the past week, I've been enjoying a somewhat warmer climate than the 20 degrees I returned to on Sunday after a wonderful week on the southwest coast of Florida. Traveling with three other artists, we racked up miles, smiles and tons of photographic reference. Teaming with bird life, we hit some of the standard birding spots, like Ding Darling, Myakka State Park and other locations along the Gulf coast. We even hit the local dump where slews of vultures and wood storks and crows and gulls and even an eagle, delighted our zoom lenses. Reviewing the thousands of images shot, I have pulled out just this random sampling of images to indicate the great reference material I shall be working from for years to come!