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Florida and Florida State – The Sunshine Showdown

Once again the Seminoles and the Gators rivalry game took place on the last week of the regular season.

In a highly anticipated game billed as The Sunshine Showdown, both fan bases showed up to support their team and urge them on to victory. Florida went out to an early lead that lasted into the third quarter when the Seminoles scored 17 unanswered points to lead the Gators 20-13. It looked like the margin of 7 points the Seminoles were favored by was going to prove the difference.

However, in the final stanza, Florida put up 24 points to retake the lead and defeat the home team 37-26 after a late, inconsequential E.J. Manuel touchdown.

For this year, the Florida faithful have the bragging rights after a hard fought victory by the boys in orange and blue.

As one disappointed Seminole fan said after the game, “Wait’ll next year.’

Next year can’t get here soon enough to see this great rivalry renewed one more time.

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Florida State’s Devonta Freeman rushes for a first down in second quarter action against Florida.

Florida’s Trey Burton puts a stiff arm on a Florida State defensive back Terrence Brooks in the third quarter.

Florida’s Mike Gillislee strides towards the end zone during fourth quarter action.

Chief Osceola and Renegade celebrate a third quarter touchdown by the Florida State Seminoles.



Gators Hanging On

The Florida Gators hosted the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns on Saturday November 10, 2012. Florida was hosting a 26 point underdog in The Swamp on homecoming. The Ragin’ Cajuns had ideas of ruining the day for Florida alumni and players.

In a much closer than expected game, the team from Louisiana had the Gators on the ropes and the game was all knotted up at 20 points apiece with 13 seconds to go in the game. Most everyone was expecting overtime to determine a winner in this game. All ULL had to do was get a punt off and let their defense hold the Gators until regulation time ran out.

However, in the next few seconds, the Gators’ Louchiez Purifoy would block a ULL punt and Jelani Jenkins would grab the ball and run it into the end zone to give the Gators a 27-20 victory with 2 seconds to go in the game.

Florida players went into celebration mode and The Swamp exploded in delirium. An unbelievable finish to a very close game.

My complete gallery of the game is on

Florida linebacker Jelani Jenkins (3) returns a blocked punt for a touchdown as the Florida Gators beat the University of Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns 27-20 in Gainesville, Florida on Saturday November 10, 2012.


Florida wide receiver Latroy Pittman is on the business end of Jeff Driskel’s cleats during third quarter action against the University of Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns on Saturday November 10, 2012.

Albert and The Photobomb

Thanks Albert. You pulled off a great photobomb! Or, where you just rooting the boys on to victory?

Florida’s Mike Gillislee takes a screen pass and goes 45 yards for the touchdown against Missouri in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Florida’s 14-7 victory on November 3, 2012.

One Wedding and a Football Game

My weekends in the fall usually consist of livestreaming a Friday night high school football game and then shooting the University of Florida game when the Gators play in The Swamp on Saturdays.

This weekend was a little different as I shot a Friday afternoon wedding with an evening reception that wrapped up about 10:30 PM. I then got up early Saturday to head to Gainesville, Florida to cover ESPN GameDay and the Gators as they hosted the Gamecocks of South Carolina in a SEC Eastern Division showdown.

The wedding was great as I photographed a long time friend of my oldest daughter marry the man of her dreams. I wish Mike and Jennifer a long and happy marriage. They are a fun couple!

Here are a couple of snaps from the ceremony and reception.

The First Kiss

Top Gun Introduction

Reception Group Photo

The atmosphere in Gainesville was exciting on game day. ESPN choose to have their GameDay program outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for the 12th time. The Gators have been involved in a game where GameDay has been broadcast a nation leading 35 times. True to every other show, folks were out in force with their signs supporting one team or another or in this year of presidential election, signs supporting their candidate of choice.

The Gators jumped out to an early lead after a Carolina turnover on their opening possession to go up 7-0 in the game. The Gators never looked back in defeating the Gamecocks 44-11 to take control of the SEC Eastern Division race.

Jelani Jenkins (#3) takes down Carolina QB Connor Shaw in first quarter action.

Signs at the ESPN Gameday show outside Ben Hill Griffin.

Alex McCalister (#95) celebrates with the Rowdy Reptiles in the North End Zone after the victory.

Two big events made for a tiring, but very rewarding weekend of photography. I love what I do!



Life In The Swamp

The tenth ranked Florida Gators hosted the fourth ranked Tigers of Louisiana State University on Saturday, October 6, 2012. Despite falling behind by two field goals going into the second half, the Gator defense, aided by the Rowdy Reptiles in The Swamp held LSU scoreless the second half.

The Florida ground game came alive in the second half and  the offense put 14 unanswered points on the board to defeat the Bayou Bengals 14-6. A very jubilant team celebrated with the equally excited fans in the north end zone. The win vaulted the Gators to the number four spot in the AP poll.

Below are a few images from the game. The rest of the gallery may be viewed at

Gator players get ready to take the field prior to their game against LSU on October 6, 2012. The Gators employed a stifling defense and a solid running game to defeat the Tigers 14-6.

 Florida’s Lerentee McCray sacks LSU’s Zach Mettenberger during first quarter action on Saturday October 6, 2012. The Gators went on to beat LSU 14-6.

Florida’s Matt Elam strips the ball from LSU receiver Odell Beckham Jr. during third quarter action in Gainesville, FL on Saturday, October 6, 2012. Florida defeated LSU 14-6.

Florida fans celebrate another victory for the Gators in The Swamp as the Gators hosted LSU on October 6, 2012. The Gators employed a stifling defense and a solid running game to defeat the Tigers 14-6. The Florida team was rewarded with a number four ranking in the AP poll released on Sunday, October 7, 2012.

Orange and Blue Debut 2010

The annual spring scrimmage took place April 10, 2010 in Gainesville, Florida. I went down to watch the game with my wife and some friends. I had my trusty Canon G9 with me to get a few snaps of one of my favorite places to spend time away from home. Gainesville is like home away from home for me. [Read more…]

January 9, 2009 – A Thousand Words

A picture is worth a thousand words.

The Gator Nation was happy today!

UPDATE: View the BCS images and SEC images at

Data: Canon G9, manual mode, ISO 400, f 3.5, 1/500, at 12:04 AM from my seat inside Dolphins Stadium in Miami, Florida.

January 8, 2009 – BCS National Championship


Dolphins Stadium, Miami, Florida. Site of the 2008 BCS Championship Game.

I love shooting in low light situations using only the available light to challenge my photography skills. This shot was taken just prior to the kickoff of the National Championship game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Florida Gators as the fans continued to tailgate all around Dolphins Stadium.

Data: Canon G9, manual mode, ISO 800, f 2.8 , 1/250 at 6:11 PM outside Dolphins Stadium, Miami Florida.

January 7, 2009 – Road Trip

Keys? Check. Gator tie off the neck? Check. Keys? Check. iPod with cruisin’ tunes? Check. Directions from Google Maps? Check. Then it is time to hit the road for the 350 mile trip to Miami and the BCS National Championship game. It still seems a little unbelievable that I’ll be there to witness it. I am thankful that a good friend of mine for many many years was able to get tickets. Thank you Jordan!

I suppose that sometimes it is better to be lucky than good. In this case, that is certainly true. However, I always remember to be thankful for the good things that happen in life. They really don’t happen through luck, but because of carefully nurtured relationships and a pay it forward attitude. One good deed will certainly lead to another. In the end, I suppose it all balances out – that is, what get and what we give.

Tomorrow’s post might be a little late, but trust me, there will be plenty of photos taken during pre-game, game and post game activities that will appear in the next post.

Data: Canon G9, auto mode,  ISO 80, f 2.8, 1/60 at 4:46 PM approximately 30 miles south of Daytona Beach, Florida on Interstate 95. 7/365