Christmas in Florida is always different. Mostly, it’s warm. Or, at least, it’s much, much warmer than South Carolina. I do remember about 18 years ago it dipping into the teens. We wrapped tropical plants in Christmas lights hoping that the warmth would keep them alive. This year it rained most of the day. While the weather may change, one thing remains constant – an orgy of unwrapping followed by an feast of obscene proportions.
This year Santa (with a little help from Mrs. Wright, Laura, and the musical community of Greenville) brought me a new lens for my camera. I got the Sigma 18-200 lens. I didn’t have anything wider than 28mm, which is not good for digital. The 18-200 gives me a tremendous range, and this will now be my standard “walking around” lens.
So far I can’t find anything I don’t like about the lens. It’s much heavier than anything else I’ve got, but that weight actually helps with stabilization. It focuses quickly. There is a lock to prevent zoom creep, and it even has optical stabilization to minimize camera shake. The lens is much sharper than anything else I’ve got, with the possible exception of my 50mm prime lens.
After lunch the skies cleared long enough for me to take my camera up to the Willcox Wildlife Area, just up the road from Amy’s. I was able to get quiet a few nice shots…
The rest of these images can be seen here.