Facebook photography groups are wonderful venues to exchange information and learn by viewing the images uploaded by other photographers. Roxanne and I administer a Facebook group called Lensbaby Artistry. The group now has almost 2400 members, who create amazing images with their Lensbaby equipment. Thursday Roxanne and I got a chance to shoot with one of the first members of the group and her husband. They were vacationing from Connecticut and rented a campsite in Myakka State Park for two nights. We met at their campsite in the early afternoon, exchanged pleasantries and started shooting—with the exception of Barbara’s husband John, who works magic with a gas grille, but is not a photographer. Oddly enough, we were not shooting with our beloved Lensbaby gear. Barbara was traveling light, and we recently switched to Fujifilm cameras. The Fuji FX mount is not currently supported by Lensbaby, but we understand that will happen in the near future. We can’t wait.

At any rate, we showed Barbara and John our favorite spots in Myakka State Park and created lots of images. Our Facebook friend and her husband are now personal friends. Roxanne and I hope to shoot with them again. Here are some of my favorite shots from our time together.

Decay can be beautiful.

Decay can be beautiful.

Myakka River

Myakka River

Bird land.

Bird land.

A canopy of trees provides a respite from the sun.

A canopy of trees provides a respite from the sun.

Clay Gulley

Clay Gulley

Bobette's Place

Bobette’s Place

Upper Myakka Lake in late afternoon.

Upper Myakka Lake in late afternoon.

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