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Those Gorgeous Photos on My Site

October 9th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The stunning nature photographs on my web site are the work of two talented photographers — both with Palm Beach Post connections.

John J. Lopinot

Hawksbill Turtle/ photo by John J. Lopinot

Hawksbill turtle. Photo by John J. Lopinot


The beautiful underwater shot of the hawksbill turtle was taken by John J. Lopinot – one of the top nature photographers in the region. He is former Deputy Chief of Photo at The Post, where he worked on the photo staff for more than 30 years. He judged the annual nature photo contest, and now teaches nature photography in the area.

An endangered hawksbill sea turtle swims on a reef off Singer Island, off the bow of a wrecked PT boat. This turtle was once hunted not only for its meat, but for its beautiful shell, used to make eyeglass frames and combs. Hawksbills do not nest in Florida, rather they are teenagers here, spending time on the reefs off Palm Beach’s shores, dining on sponges and jellyfish and brown algae.

Double crested cormorant. Photo by John J. Lopinot

Lopinot also shot this double-crested cormorant in Everglades National Park — a favorite stop for “Lopi” (as we know him), for photographing the birds and plant life of our area.

The double crested cormorant shows its bright breeding eye-ring while at rest along a trail at the Anhinga Trail in Everglades National Park. During the winter breeding season, the birds grow special feathers and have a unique coloration around their eyes and beaks to attract mates. Cormorants eat fish, and hunt them by swimming underwater and catching them by with their hooked beaks.

I asked him specifically for a flamingo shot, and this is the one Lopinot chose:

Flamingoes at Duda Farms

Flamingoes at Duda Farms. Photo by John J. Lopinot

A flock of flamingoes preen in the shallows of a flooded agricultural area near Belle Glade, Fla. Most flamingoes seen in the wild in Florida were once captives that have escaped; however, they establish small breeding colonies now and then. They get their bright pink coloration from shrimp and other crustaceans in their diets.

To learn more about John J. Lopinot, visit his web site, where you can buy prints of his nature photos, and find out about his classes in nature photography. www.JohnJLopinot.com

Bruce Bennett

The banner photo of the flamingo was shot by Bruce Bennett — currently a photographer for The Palm Beach Post. He’s spent time working in Africa, and teaching black-and-white photography at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C.

Flamingo resting

Flamingo resting. Photo by Bruce Bennett

This brilliant pink flamingo was at the Dreher Park Zoo, standing with its flock and getting ready to nest for the night. Like many other birds, the flamingo buries its beak in its wing to sleep.

Bruce Bennett is currently working on his web site.

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1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Ben // Oct 13, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Your photographs are awesome.

    I have always enjoyed wildlife captured closeup as the colors are vivid and a different perspective emerges. Few photographers have the ability to do this.

    National Geographic has mastered this craft and these gentlemen would certainly qualify for their assignments.

    Again, I am most impressed with your pictures… especially the ‘Flamingo Resting’ by Bruce Bennett.

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