Civilized Southern Swamps

I have spent the great majority of my life avoiding swamps. Snakes, alligators, countless legends about reptilian monsters, mysterious “swamp lights”, amorous couples disappearing without a trace. Didn’t sound like much fun to me….

However, my desire to get some photographs of the wildlife that live in these boggy areas eventually overcame the chicken within and I set out to find a more “civilized” kind of swamp. One where you can observe and photograph wildlife while all while avoiding close contact with reptilian monsters. And yes, there are such wonderful places…..federal and state wildlife refuges! The best of both worlds- you can ride down well maintained roads, set up to shoot in cleared off areas, and still get pretty close to wildlife! And if Shrek does happen to show up and you scream loud enough, wildlife rangers with weapons show up. Doesn’t get much better than that.

This gator was huge- about 8 or 9 feet long….
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Swimming off into the sunset….
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New Spots….

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Mornings

I love mornings. My internal alarm clock is wired to go off around 5:00 am. I have learned over the years that I am much happier when I just go on and get up and not try to sneak in that extra sleep.

Now the trade-off, of course, is that I am not at all a night person. I once feel asleep in a movie WHILE ON A DATE before 10:00 pm. Mrs. Excitement, that’s me.

I wouldn’t trade it for the world though. Then I would miss scenes like these….
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Deer Couple

I took this picture months ago and it didn’t even make the final editing stack. I went back through the RAWs from this shoot the other day and rediscovered it. Now I think it’s one of my favorites. It struck me as romantic for some reason….

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Black & White

For MONTHS now, I have been unable to upload any pictures to WordPress. Hopefully the problem is permanently fixed and I will be able to post on a more regular schedule. Hopefully….

I am struggling a bit with black and white photography, landscapes in particular. Something is just missing in them….Any comments, positive or negative, would be appreciated.

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Golden Morning