Sunrise on 49


Sunrise on 49 by Chip Bunnell Photography

To me, a new day does not begin or end at midnight. After all, 11:59P and 12:01A look pretty much the same. To me, a new day is waiting and watching with anticipation as the sun begins its daily journey. Once the top tip becomes a glowing, bright ball and its rays streak across my field of vision, that is a new day!

So goes it for the start of a new year. No, not the New Year everyone watches from Times Square. This is much less celebrated new year, but it is MY new year!

It started over 17,500 days ago when two loving parents brought me into this world. Beyond life and love, they gave me a sense of right and wrong, a desire to succeed, belief that God loves me, and support as I ventured into our shared world. I have definitely made my fair share of mistakes, and perhaps even a few extra, but the founding principles my parents instilled in me still guides me daily.

Over 2,000 days ago a beautiful, loving woman entered my life and allowed me to learn and grow even more. Roughly 1,100 days ago she agreed to become my bride.  While finding each other later in life, I am so truly grateful for her love and companionship.

I always have believed that the journey is sometimes, or even often, better than the destination. The next 365 days is a journey to MY next new year. I am excited at the adventures, thrills and encounters I will meet. While I am so unbelievably grateful for all I have experienced, I am even more excited to share the journey with others and see what comes next!

Let the adventure begin!

Photo Stuff: Single frame, Processed in LR, Topaz Clarity and Topaz Adjust 5
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Airboat in the Everglades


Airboat in the Everglades by Chip Bunnell Photography

The “River of Grass” is not as difficult to navigate as it may look. From the bank, it looks like an endless field of grass with unknown critters below the line. In reality, it is a very delicate ecosystem that serves as the home to many birds, alligators and other endangered species.  It is critical to travel through these protected waters in the least aggressive means possible.  One solution – the airboat.

Long ago, inhabitants realized the destructive nature of the traditional boat propeller system on the soft river bottom. By moving the propeller above the waterline, the possibility of prop damage was removed.  This giant fan was then mounted to a unique flat bottomed hull to allow the boat to glide over the grass and even muddy land with ease. The airboat was born!

Today, these boats are the primary way to explore deep in the “Glades” and observe this wonderful slice of nature. Not only is it a responsible way to view this National Park, but it is truly exhilarating to seemingly fly across winding canals in search of some of the most remote residents.

Photo Stuff: Single frame, Processed in LR and Topaz Clarity
Fuji X-T1
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