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Alligator Land

June 14, 2015

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I live in alligator land, more commonly known to locals as gatorland. Not only does this apply to sports teams names that are abundant in the state of Florida, but also applies to nature walks.

Throughout this spring, we have taken to exploring more of the interior of Florida and have found that no kidding,  alligators are in a lot of places and Florida has earned the name of alligator land or gatorland.

Recently on a walk we encounter a small nest of three baby alligators. There they were, nestled in a nature made pool of sticks and fallen trees along the banks of the Myakka River. They looked so cute and I can totally understand why they are endangered. Someone with a medium size net could easily just scoop them up, removing them from their natural habitat and take them home. Of course, eventually they would get too big and too dangerous and we would have another dislocated alligator released somewhere to fend for itself.  This is what I was thinking on the way up the trail!

Baby Alligators

juvenile alligators in Myakka river

Juvenile alligators in freshwater pool.


On the way back we thought, lets take one more look at these adorable reptiles in alligator land of Myakka. As we approached the area, we heard a very loud, big snort. Of course, I am beginning to panic! As we get closer, we see two adult alligators heads raise from the fresh water of the Mayakka River and one big roar. Now, I have never heard an alligator roar or snort and I am not familiar with how fast they can climb an embankment, but I do know they are fast!

Needless to say we pass rather quickly so we are downwind of the two adult alligators and circle back to take one more look at the baby alligators and spot the adults in protection mode.  Unfortunately, I did not get a photo of the roar. Truthfully, I had no desire to provoke or disturb the wildlife. I have read enough books to know the lengths wildlife can go to protect their young.

Parent on Patrol

adult alligator in Myakka River Florida

Adult Alligator on Watch

However, when I returned home and did some research and discovered alligators in Florida’s alligator land are not found of human meat I was comforted and ready to take another hike looking for them.

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New Website for My Art

May 22, 2015

I am just so thrilled that we have finally completed the new website for my art. It has been in the works for the last month and definitely a labor of love. The redesign of my website has given my art a new fresh look.  I could never have done this by myself and so happy I chose Stijl  for my design partner to get the right look that represent me and my art. I really do want to give a big shout out to Scott at Stijl who wouldn’t stop working on it till we got it just right. I also know I can pick up the phone or send him an email and he will help me out with any future changes to the new website for my art if needed.  That kind of Customer Service is hard to find.  My hosting company IBOD was also so accommodating with all of my test databases. It would have taken forever and a lot of frustration to get answers to some of my questions with one of the mega hosting companies.  A big thanks to both of those companies and huge recommendation if you are looking for a design or hosting company. Thanks for reading and check out the new website for my art.

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Etsy IPO

April 16, 2015

Today is a great day for Etsy as it launches it’s Etsy IPO. The stock is set to open at $16.00 and trade up to $33.00 throughout the day. Who knows what the Etsy IPO will do after today, but I am confident that the company going public will bring more eyes to Etsy and my shop, McAnany.  My shop has been doing great the past month or so. Lots of new traffic and record number of inclusions in Treasuries. What is not to like about featuring great art in a Treasury.

It is quite interesting to see the scoop of items being sold on Etsy. Some are original one of a kind, referred to as OOAOK. This is a new term for me. Also, I am finding quite a bit of vintage items sold by resellers. Some very interesting items that often spur creative inspiration for me.

Sales at my store are increasing. Two new sales over the last week. Spiritual, a relatively new print I just released after going through my archives.


Also, Attraction, which is part of my On Black Series.


If you are interested in fine art photography, more of my work can be viewed on my website or at my Etsy store.

For today though, lets tip our hats and raise our glasses to toast Etsy as they launch their Etsy IPO!

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Week at Etsy

March 22, 2015

It has been an incredible week at my Etsy Store. I have been working diligently on driving traffic to my Etsy store and increasing the amount of store listings. I am so happy to write I have broken 100 listings on Etsy and looking towards 200. I know I have plenty of art; it is just going back through many of my archives. It is an interesting process looking at images I shot months, and in many cases, years ago and assessing what I like or don’t like about the photograph. I have to admit I have been pleasantly pleased. Only big drawback is image size due to size of sensor on camera’s using at that time. My first digital SLR was only 6 megabytes which seems tiny now.  I am eagerly awaiting the release of Canon’s new 5D which I believe will be around 50 megabits. Also it only captured in jpg and tiff files; no raw files. And of course the tiff files took forever to record due to the slow cards that existed. Also the color profiles were limited to srgb or at least that is all I was aware of at the time. Amazing how technology has changed in a decades time along with my knowledge. Lesson to be learned, shoot in Raw and process in Pro Photo rgb for the largest color capture capable. You can always reduce for final output.

Below are a couple that I uploaded to my Etsy store from my archives. I have always loved tulips and since it is the beginning of spring thought it would be a timely addition. Also I am finding the pink, green and white a real upper!

Prints Available for Sale on Etsy

Tulip love

Tulip Love on Etsyperfection

Perfection on Etsy


Thanks for looking and check out more of my work at my Etsy Store or on my website.

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Take a Chance

March 15, 2015

“You can fail at what you don’t want so why not take a chance on doing what you love.”

– Jim Carrey

Inspirational words from Jim Carrey’s Commencement Address at the 2014 MUM Graduation. (Maharishi University of Management)


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The Passing of Time

January 8, 2015

“Time is the fire in which we burn”  ~ Scott Garrabrant

As another New Year rolls in, the emphasis on passing of time is on many people’s minds. We often reflect of what occurred the previous year and hopefully plan for the coming or current year. We all have our memorable moments ranging from intimate to entertaining to world events. For me, our family gained two new baby girls who are just a delight and of course beautiful. The St Louis Cardinals once again played some decent baseball, making it into the play-offs. I was stunned by Robin Williams death and to this day try to have more compassion for others, not knowing what demons they may be facing.  The Ebola outbreak and the three downed Asian commercial air crafts were scary and the landing of the Rosetta Space Craft after a 10 year journey astounding. They were many more moments all evoking an emotional response from us, all extracting time from us to process the events.  Some joyful, often they are painful or alarming.

This brings me back to my quote at the beginning of the post, “Time is the fire in which we burn”.  A very dramatic statement said by an often intense, fully alive person.

I vow this year in 2015 to be more conscious of my time, using it wisely not only in business but for fun and pleasure also. Appreciate the small stuff that happens each and every day. When I feel stuck, I want to push thru to the other side and not be such a perfectionist or fearful about the outcome.

We are all organisms here for a limited amount of time. Let us burn wisely.

Abstract Digital Time

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Trees by Jeffery McDaniel

November 8, 2014

I have always been a big fan of trees. When I was in college I was so infatuated with trees, I took a 3 credit course. It was fascinating. As the season changes from summer to fall, I am reminded of just how majestic trees live their life. Many grow for decades, enduring extreme temperature and environmental changes and still manage to survive. Not too certain we humans would do as well. I came across this quote of Jeffrey McDaniel’s regarding trees and it really hit home.

“I realize there is something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go.” – Jeffrey McDaniel


tree at Fuji shoreline


Although this is not a fall foliage image, it does show the strength of this tree. The ability to endure coastal living with it’s sandy soil and constant salty conditions is just another way trees show their strength and honesty. Knowing when and how to conserve energy to endure.

Thanks for reading and check out more of my nature portfolio on my website.

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Solo – New Image Uploaded

October 9, 2014

Solo is a new image I just uploaded to my website, Since fall and cooler temperatures are right around the corner for most of the country, my mind and inspiration went to trees. Trees were something I had a bit of a love affair with in college and growing up in the midwest. I had books and identified them by bark and leaf structure whenever hiking or walking around campus. I am still in awe of them today and a part of nature I truly miss living in Florida. I stumbled across this image in my archives and went to work making it something special to me and hopefully you can appreciate it also. This tree stands solo in the green farmlands of Palouse, Washington area. I photographed in the late spring one year and was awed by the fullness and strength it displayed standing there alone in the rolling hills through all kinds of weather. It also made me appreciate just how fertile this landscape must be to keep this tree healthy and how fortunate we are to have such wealth in the USA.


Solo TreeThanks for reading and more of my images can be viewed on my website or at my Etsy Store.

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Stanley Cup Play-offs

June 11, 2014

As hockey’s Stanley Cup Play-offs come to the final round a quote of Wayne Gretzky comes to mind:

“One hundred percent of the shots you don’t take, don’t go in.”  Wayne Gretzky

In this year’s Stanley Cup the LA King and NY Rangers are matched up and this quote came to mind as Wayne Gretzky dropped the first puck of the series. Tonight maybe the deciding game of the Stanley Cup Winner as the Kings have dominated the series thus far.  I have to admire the efforts put forth by both teams; the incredible amount of shots at the net in pursuit of a goal, endless skates back and forth on the ice, and just the sheer number of games played to get to this point in the season. I have true admiration for both teams. I know I will be watching and I hope you do too.

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Abandoned Door Featured on Etsy Treasury

April 12, 2014

My print Abandoned Door has been featured on the Etsy Treasury “The Silver Lining”. Actually many of my prints have been included in Treasuries in the past and I am gratefully to each and every Curator and Treasury. However, every once in awhile a truly creative vision occurs in a Treasury.  What makes this one great is the collection of eclectic items linked together by the muted colors of brown, gray and black. This gives the collection a very mysterious feeling and demands some thought and appreciation. I myself have created very few Treasuries on Etsy so I know coming up with a unique idea and searching for stunning items requires time and thought outside the box. This is a fabulous collection, so take a few moments and check it out. If you care to leave a comment, favorite it or post it to your facebook page, I am sure the Creator would appreciate it. While you are there, check out my art, Abandoned Door which is featured in the Etsy Treasury, The Silver Lining.

Treasury: The Silver Lining

Abandoned Door” by Susan McAnany

Abandoned DoorThanks for stopping by.  View more images from my Prison Life project on my Portfolio.