FEBRUARY/MARCH 2021 – PICTURE PERFECT

PICTURE PERFECT

FLORIDA COUNTRY MAGAZINE’S PHOTO CONTEST

 

 

Photo by Renata Keeling

IN THE WOODS OR ON THE WATER

Photo by: Renata Keeling

 Renata Keeling, of Pinetta, Florida, in Madison County, used her Canon 5D Mark IV camera to take this photograph while in the neighboring city and county seat of Madison. The image is of JD Peavy and his dog, “Duke.” Keeling says, “JD loves hunting and the outdoors. While most days you’ll find him in the woods or on the water somewhere, this particular morning was all about capturing JD’s senior photos. JD will graduate from Madison County High School this upcoming year.”

Photo by John Carney

SCOUTING PARTY

Photo by: John Carney

 Port Charlotte, Florida, resident John Carney took this photo with a Canon EOS 80D at Tippecanoe Environmental Park in his home town. He says, “This was my second attempt trying to find Florida scrub jays. Well, they found me. Out of nowhere, seven jays surrounded me. They checked me out for about five minutes and vanished as quickly as they appeared. They were a scouting party, and I wasn’t that interesting. Photography has become our last best hope of showing future generations what the natural world is supposed to look like. It may be too late.” 

Photo by Jim Harvey

GOD’S TRUE BEAUTY

Photo by: Jim Harvey

 Jim and Celeste Harvey live in Okeechobee, Florida, and Jim used an iPhone SE to shoot this image on family land. Son Eli is 7 years old and, Celeste explains, “He’s been working cows since he was 3, with his dad. Eli is very interested in the Florida Cracker way of life and being a cowboy. This picture means so much to me because it truly shows a young boy following the footsteps of his father and past generations of cowboys. Many people don’t realize how hard cowboys work and what they do daily to support their families. This shows God’s true beauty, especially since there’s no editing and it was taken with a cowboy’s iPhone. Long live cowboys!”

Photo by Andrea Parson/Acorn Hollow Farms

GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Photo by: Andrea Parson/Acorn Hollow Farms

An iPhone 6s came in handy for Andrea Parson when she was in her backyard in Myakka City, Florida, in Manatee County. And Parson tells the back story: “This is Melinda.’ She is an 18-year-old Piedmontese cow, pictured with her Piedmontese bull calf  ‘Mr. Myakka.’ We raise this breed of cattle and love the beef. ‘Melinda’ is re-bred for a 2021 calf. I love photography as a way of documenting farm life. God Bless America!”

Photo by Jessica Page

LITTLE TIME TO WASTE!

Photo by: Jessica Page

“This image was captured on a foggy Florida morning at Dead Lakes in Wewahitchka, in Gulf County, Florida, with little time to waste!” notes Jessica Page. She lives in nearby Altha, in Calhoun County, and shot the photo with a Canon 2000D and Sigma 17-50mm lens. Page adds, “Photography is my escape from reality—losing sense of time and portraying what makes Florida so beautiful. It is my way of displaying how I see our beauteous Florida country!” 

Photo by Danielle Avera/Danielle Avera Photography

‘COMBINING MY PASSIONS’

Photo by: Danielle Avera/Danielle Avera Photography

Danielle Avera employed her Nikon D3200 and Nikon 50mm 1.4D lens to take this image on the family farm, Avera Quarter Horses, in Lake County’s Groveland, Florida. She says, “This is a shot of our AQHA show mare, ‘Lucy’ (‘Born To Be Financed’) and her new baby ‘Ellie’ (‘Born To Be Kissed’)”. Avera continues, “Picking up my camera yet again to take shots of one of my main loves, horses. That comes in a close second to my daughter, Ainsley, who loves to take pictures like Mommy does. With having the horses and my daughter, I was able to really find my heart in photography, combining my passions into a business.” 

Photo by Josi Sellars

A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN OUT WEST

Photo by: Josi Sellars     

Josi Sellars notes, “This photo was taken on my father’s cow lease in Inverness” in Citrus County, Florida. Sellars, a resident of Leesburg, in Lake County, captured it with her iPhone 8. She adds, “This has always been my favorite lease because of the swampy Florida terrain. We love to capture what it looks like to be a Florida cowboy for our apparel business, Cracker and Cur—and to show the world that cowboys exist down here and that it looks a little different than it does out West.”