A Lake County man encourages his community with photography

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — For many people, it’s always go-go-go, leaving very little time to appreciate the good that lies around their communities.

A retired Lake County man, however, took things slow and picked up a new hobby that is now part of his daily routine.

What do you want to know

  • Pete Accordino goes out into nature to take photos that tell a story
  • He says he tries to capture moments only a few are lucky enough to see
  • It is a hobby that not only puts a smile on his face, but also other people by browsing the photos on social networks

Picture this: you’re at the water’s edge, the birds are chirping, and you’re concentrating on the perfect shot. For Pete Accordinothis has not always been its reality.

“I spent a lot of time driving on the freeways,” he said. “From Miami to Jacksonville, from Naples to Tallahassee.”

Like many people, Pete was nonstop, always heading for the next thing – never having time to even look out the window. Now that he is retired, he is taking the time to develop a new hobby.

“I never took the time to appreciate all that. I’ve always loved the outdoors, but now I have the time,” Pete said.

Pete says he goes out into nature to take photos that tell a story – capturing moments that only a few are lucky enough to see.

Not all photos are perfect, but he says that’s half the fun.

“It makes me feel good to be outside and watch all of this,” Pete said.

And so far he says it works.

It has become a hobby that not only puts a smile on her face, but also other people who browse her photos on social media.

“I started posting pictures of birds and was surprised people were like, ‘Hey, that’s pretty cool, do more,’ he said. “Me? Are you sure?’ So I posted and posted.”

And people love it, as many say they now stop by to appreciate the beauty of Central Florida.

“It’s nice when people appreciate what you do,” Pete said, noting that he never thought his photos could bring so many people together.

“I’ll actually walk around my neighborhood with retention ponds and some people will roll down their windows and yell, ‘Are you Pete?’ ‘Yeah?’ Still kinda weird,” he said.

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